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Daily Travel Alerts 28 Jan ’20

SOUTH AFRICA / CHINA: UPDATE: Coronavirus – DIRCO issues warning for South Africans in China
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has urged South Africans in China to remain up to date with news on the coronavirus, EWN reports.

DIRCO advises SA citizens with flu symptoms to report to a hospital in their area of residence and if they are diagnosed with the virus, they should inform the SA embassy.

At this stage, no SA citizens have been diagnosed with the virus.

AUSTRALIA: Public transport disruption to hit Australian Open
The Rail, Tram & Bus union took industrial action on Tuesday, January 28, and several other strikes will follow until Friday, Yahoo News reports.

The unions have scheduled a meeting on Thursday.

Australian Open commuters are advised to allow extra time when making use of these services or find alternative options.

UNITED KINGDOM: UK weather warning
Four yellow alerts are in place for Tuesday, January 28, Daily Star reports.

The Met Office warns that journeys could take longer in Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Some areas can expect 5-10 cm of snow.

Travellers are advised that longer journey times can be expected by road, bus and train services.

MAURITIUS: UPDATE: Mauritius Airport re-opens
Mauritius Airport has re-opened after closing on Friday after the UK FCO issued a cyclone warning, TravelMole reports.

The Mauritian authorities have lifted the cyclone warning on Saturday, January 27.

The UK FCO reports that ongoing disruption to flights can be expected and advises travellers to check their flight status.

eTNW reports that a Class II cyclone warning is in effect in Mauritius from January 24, and there is a potential threat just north of the island tomorrow morning (Saturday).

Intermittent rain will become more frequent in the afternoon and may be sometimes moderate to heavy with thunderstorms.

Travellers are advised to take necessary precautions.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Wildfire risk for Southern California
Gusty winds will increase the risk of wildfire ignition and spread, AccuWeather reports.

Winds of 24-48 km/h can be expected along with high temperatures.

Travellers are advised to check official reports for updates on potential fires.

AUSTRALIA: UPDATE: Coronavirus – Australia confirms fifth case
Five people in Australia have now been confirmed to have the coronavirus since returning from Wuhan, CNN reports.

Australia’s Health Minister said the country was working on ways to assist its citizens to leave Wuhan.

SPAIN: New high-speed service to launch in Spain
Business Traveller reports that Spain’s new high-speed low-cost rail service, Avlo, will launch in April.

Tickets went on sale on Monday, January 27, with introductory one-way prices starting from €5 (R80). One thousand tickets will be made available daily for 10 days and will be valid for travel between April 6 and August 31.

Thereafter, tickets will be sold at regular prices of between €10 (R160) and €60 (R961) one-way depending on the time, date and when the ticket is bought.

SOUTH AFRICA: Mossel Bay over-ocean zipline opens
Mossel Bay has officially launched the world’s longest over-ocean zipline, Getaway reports.

The zipline is 1 100m long and travellers can now experience this activity as they glide over the ocean in the Southern Cape harbour town.

A ride costs R450.

As per TravelInfo Plus 28 January 2020.

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