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

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May 29, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 8, 2020.

General Restrictions: As of March 30, authorities in Canada are banning individuals displaying symptoms associated with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from domestic air travel as part of the nation’s efforts to curb the spread of the disease. Travelers who are denied boarding will be barred from air travel for at least 14 days unless they can produce a medical certificate confirming that any symptoms are unrelated to COVID-19. These measures will remain in effect through at least May 20. Every province in Canada have their own COVID-19 restrictions in place for customers wanting to fly into Canada.

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

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 (YYZ) in Toronto, Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Montreal Trudeau Airport (YUL), and Calgary International Airport (YYC). Canadian citizens and residents returning from abroad are being ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days. While authorities have not stipulated how long these measures will remain in effect, they will probably continue through at least mid-June.  All Pax are required to wear face masks.

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.

ICAO Specific Information:

  • CYQX – Aircraft are not allowed to overnight there; crew and Pax must remain onboard during a fuel stop. One crew member will be allowed to exit the aircraft to set the fuel panel or do walk around of aircraft, but must return to aircraft upon completion.
  • 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 crew member 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.

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