Canada: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on Business Aviation

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July 11, 2020

General Restrictions: Every province in Canada have their own COVID-19 restrictions in place for customers wanting to fly into Canada.

Officials in Canada extended a ban on entry for most nonresident foreign nationals until July 31, as part of the measures to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). However, immediate family members of Canadian citizens or residents can enter Canada, provided they plan to stay for at least 15 days and are able to quarantine for the first 14 days of their stay. Other nonresident foreign nationals allowed to enter must be traveling for essential reasons, and must travel either from the US, or must be exempt from the restrictions by virtue of being temporary workers, international students, diplomats, aircrew members, or French citizens who live in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.

Domestic Travel with in Canada: All the Atlantic Provinces are restricted for domestic travel. -They require approval from “Public Health” who will meet the aircraft on arrival. Also, for these provinces, no leisure trips are permitted-only essential services. This include the additional Provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Other Type of Flights Allowed:

  • Case by case approval.
  • When you make your 1st initial call no earlier than 48 hours and no later than 2 hours prior to departure to present the details of the flight, CANPASS will determine if your travel is essential or not and will either approve or deny operations into Canada.
  • You are required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival; however if your travel is deemed essential, it could be handled differently, (no guarantee) and you would not have to self-isolate for the 14 days, it all depends on what your business is for
  • Must stress that each case is on a case-by-case basis
  • If you do have to self-isolate, it cannot be with anyone over the age of 65, nor can it be with anyone that has a pre-existing medical condition
  • Also, I asked if once you land into Canada, can you go to other airports, (again, that depends on if you have to self-isolate), the officer will determine if your travel is essential.

Additional Information: Canadian Citizens-will be permitted to enter the EU from July 1, when the external borders are officially scheduled to be reopened. Member States of the EU will gradually lift the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU as from 1 July 2020. This will be evaluated every two weeks by the EU and, the list of third countries referred to will be reviewed, and as the case may be updated, by the Council, after close consultation with the Commission and the relevant EU agencies and services following an overall assessment based on the methodology, criteria and information.

Passenger Restrictions: Affected – Nonresident foreign nationals have not been allowed to enter the country since March 18, with the exception of aircrew members and diplomats, as well as immediate family members of Canadian citizens and US citizens traveling by plane for essential purposes. No person exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms are allowed to board planes flying to Canada, including Canadian citizens. All international flights to Canada – with the exception of trade and business flights, as well as flights from the US, Mexico, Caribbean, and St. Pierre and Miquelon – are landing only at Pearson International Airport (CYYZ) in Toronto, Vancouver International Airport (CYVR), Montreal Trudeau Airport (CYUL), and Calgary International Airport (CYYC). Canadian citizens and residents returning from abroad are being ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days. All Pax are required to wear facemasks.

Crew Restrictions: Operators are required to notify Pax of the latest measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 taken by the Territorial and Provincial Governments with jurisdiction at the destination aerodrome.

Less than 24 hours: You are permitted to enter the province for the verified exemption only and to physically distance 2 meters from others. 1-2 days: You are required by law to self-isolate except for approved exemptions. (E.g. If you are here to work you self-isolate while not at work).You are also required to sign this declaration form. 3 days – 13 days: You are required by law to self-isolate except for approved exemptions. (E.g. If you are here to work you self-isolate while not at work). You are required to be available by phone or email for follow-up with Public Health Officials. You are also required to sign this declaration form.

Any person who must quarantine themselves may leave Canada before the expiry of the 14 day quarantine period provided they continue to quarantine themselves until they depart from Canada.

Tech Stop Details: Allowed with passengers and crew and pax are allowed to leave aircraft.  Crew can rest on aircraft (without clearing customs), at an airport or off-airport hotel.

Special Considerations: In order to enter the FBO crew and pax must: Everyone wishing to enter our FBOs will have to complete a quick health-screening questionnaire. Anyone within the FBO is asked to practice our six-foot social distancing protocols. Use of the provided hand sanitizer is required as soon as you enter the facility.

ICAO Specific Information:

  • CYVR – Some hotels are still closed and those that are open may have limited service.
  • CYQX – Flights can pass through no problem.  Crew are exempt from any regulations provided the flight is not a leisure flight, it must be an essential flight, i.e. not vacationing or other leisure activities.  CANPASS will let the Pilots or Dispatch know if it is deemed essential, required or a permitted flight when they call prior to the flight.  Therefore, tech stops are permitted.

Crew remain exempt, so crew can overnight but must practice social distancing.  If they plan to stay more than 24 hours, they will have to complete the self-declaration form document, which is required by the Provincial Government.

  • Newfoundland and Labrador: An aircraft can come into our province but only for a fuel stop. All crew and passengers have to remain on board, but we will allow one crewmember to come off the aircraft if he/she has to set the fuel panel or do an inspection of the aircraft. There is no overnighting as our stores, restaurants and hotels are closed.  Our FBO is closed for the safety of the staff. Crew and passengers and staff will have very limited access to the aircraft. There will also be no lavs, catering, potable water, international trash removal at this time.

Please contact your Universal Team for additional specifics.

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