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Central & South America COVID-19 Flight Restrictions


Argentina

August 6, 2020

Restriction expiration: September 1, 2020.

General Restrictions: All International flights are suspended until at least September 1st. Nonresident foreign nationals remain barred from entering the country until further notice. ​ Flights into Argentina require special permission from the authorities, including technical stops and crew rest stops. Special allowance may be given for air ambulance flights and official flights. Restrictions are currently in place for flights from all countries. A temporary entry ban for all nonresident foreign nationals remains in place until further notice.

A special permit is required for all operations, and will require a minimum 72 hrs. for processing. Requests can only be made Monday to Friday by ANAC (Civil aviation national administration).

A Health Declaration Form is required by all Pax and Crew. Pax with an ID address in downtown will quarantine for 14 days in a Govt Mandated Facility or Hotel; Pax with an address NOT downtown can quarantine at their place of residence.

Passenger Restrictions: Any inbound passengers must undertake a 14-day quarantine in a hotel designated by the government in the capital city. In the Provinces, you can quarantine in your home.

Crew Restrictions: Crew are unable to rest on the aircraft. Crew can rest at an off-airport hotel

Tech Stop Specifics: All Normal services are available. Crew and Pax cannot leave the aircraft.

Special Considerations: Quarantine for residents in effect.

ICAO Specific Information: SAEZ – Crew are allowed to crew rest at the Hilton or Hotel Emperador for 20 hours if needed.

Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Bolivia

August 4, 2020

Restriction expiration: August 31, 2020

​​General Restrictions: Authorities have suspended all flights through at least August 31. All ports of entry are closed to nonresident foreign travelers; however, citizens and legal residents may return. With this suspension, only humanitarian, cargo, medevac/ambulance, tech stops, United Nations, repatriation or state will be permitted and the Bolivian government will need to give such permissions. All operations require prior approval and crew can layover but under strict quarantine conditions at their hotel.

Special humanitarian flights are being authorized to operate in Bolivia and Landing permit is being process a diplomatic level, the embassy of the country must contact the Bolivian Counsel to request the permit to land. DGAC is recommending that the operator does not contact the DGAC directly.

COVID-19 negative test is mandatory to enter Bolivia (not older than14 days) for all passengers and crew.

People on board, except crew, shall not be permitted to disembark without authorization.

A regional three-tiered system of varying restrictions has been in place since May, with most major population centers and departmental capitals categorized as high-risk, the highest level. Residents must remain at home between 1800-0500 Mondays through Fridays, and all day on Saturdays and Sundays, except to perform outdoor exercise between 0600-1400. Facemasks must be worn and social distancing practiced.

Crew Restrictions: Crew rest at hotels is permitted with a COVID-19 negative test.

Tech Stop Details: Possible with passengers on board; no one can leave the aircraft. Some handling services like catering and VIP lounge are unavailable.

Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.

Brazil

August 5, 2020

General Restrictions: A new ordinance has just been issued and the border restrictions no longer apply for air travel. Non-Brazil citizens can now enter the country via air transportation.

http://www.in.gov.br/web/dou/-/portaria-cc-pr/mjsp/minfra/ms-n-1-de-29-de-julho-de-2020-269235614

Summing up, here is what needs to be taken into account:

The traveler needs to present a Health Insurance valid in all Brazilian territory. It also needs to cover the whole trip period.

Foreigners travelers are prohibited from visiting the following states:

I – Mato Grosso do Sul;

II – Paraíba;

III – Rondônia;

IV – Rio Grande do Sul; e

V – Tocantins.

Entry requirements-

  • Letter of intent describing the work nature of the trip.
  • Medical declaration attesting the individuals are not infected by COVID-19. There are no parameters for this declaration so, in order to be safe, we suggest a) arriving in Brazil with the letter no later than 72h after the test result; b) having the declaration stamped by an official authority of the country of origin (if that’s possible of course)
  • Foreign crew members arriving in airline company is considered passenger and fits to the passengers requirements. Requirements described below.
  • Foreign passengers of G. A. are subject to visa inspection, depending on their nationality, and must bring a Letter of Intent describing the business nature of the trip (Operator can declare it for them). They also must bring a Medical Declaration of Health Status attesting the individuals are not infected by COVID-19. There is no standard sample for this declaration. So, in order to be safe, we suggest a) arriving in Brazil with the letter no later than 72h after the test result; b) having the declaration stamped by an official medical authority of the country of origin (if that’s possible of course).

Crew Restrictions: One of the pilots needs to fill out a COVID-19 Pre-arrival/Departure form. Handling agent will need one for the arrival and one for the departure. Crew members with due licenses and passport arriving in private jets, listed in the gendec, are exempt of visa, health declaration and are free to stay during the business period of aircraft´s operation. No Quarantine requirements as crew are currently exempt from restrictions. Relief crew that want to enter Brazil as regular citizens MAY NOT be allowed by the authorities. They are analyzing case by case.

Active/Relief crews information-

Active crew entering Brazil will not need to quarantine prior to departing on a commercial airlines. Once in Brazil they are free to move around.

Approval is required for relief crew who want to return to Brazil to pick up the aircraft and depart with passengers. It may be possible, however no guarantees. The process is immigration chief on duty for the intended day of arrival is the one responsible for relief crew remittance approval. Safest option may be for inbound active crew to remain in Brazil for the entire duration. However, with advance notice, the best efforts will be made for approval process before the aircraft even departs country of origin.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops for refueling – passengers may not disembark.

Special Considerations: Cargo flights, Government Flights, Repatriation Flights, Passenger in transit flights.

With reduced staff at most airports, service providers might need additional time to get the items you request if available.

GSE – Providers have minimal staff, which may affect the operator if services are not planned and reserved in advance.

Catering:

Extra time may be required for preparation.

Certain items may be hard to find, as caterers are reluctant to purchase items out of their facility and some shops are closed.

Magazines and newspapers are hardly found as stores where they were purchased are still closed.

Hotels: Many hotels are closed.  Most open hotels have restaurants and bars closed. Breakfast only in room services, lunch and dinner only available through delivery at many locations.

Transportation: Available in the country.

ICAO Specific Information:

Airports authorized for business trip entries

For the purposes of the provisions of art. 6th and art. 7th, the entry must be done by air through one of the following international airports:

I – SBGR – São Paulo International Airport – Governor André Franco Montoro (Guarulhos), located in the Municipality of Guarulhos, State of São Paulo;

II – SBGL – Tom Jobim International Airport (Galeão), located in the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro;

III – SBKP– Viracopos International Airport, located in the Municipality of Campinas, State of São Paulo;

IV – SBBR– Brasília International Airport – Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek, located in Brasília, Federal District.

Please check with your Universal team for specifics.​


Chile

August 5, 2020

​General Restrictions: The only passengers Allowed to enter Chile until further notice are Chilean Citizens and Chilean residents, they need to have their personal document valid, each one of the passengers must be a Citizen or a resident, Visas can not be arranged at arrival. Diplomatic passengers are exempt if they have a consular permit issued by a Chilean authority. Any person allowed to enter will have to complete a 14 days quarantine or their place of residence or a Hotel.​

Passenger Restrictions: Only Chilean citizens or residents are currently allowed to travel, unless a diplomatic permit is issued.

Crew Restrictions: Crew rest is allowed with no time restriction,  but the crew must remain socially distant in their hotel.

Tech Stops: Are allowed with passengers onboard. Any requests to leave aircraft will need to be requested in advance and approved by local authorities. If approved, crew can rest at hotel or onboard aircraft (rest on aircraft can vary depending on airport). Only crew may leave aircraft for fuel or flight plan purposes.​

ICAO Specific Information: 

SCEL

Aviasur is able to handle the following types of flights:

​1. Part-91 and Part-135 flights Picking passengers in Chile to depart internationally. 2. Repatriation 3. Air ambulance 4. Humanitarian 5. Cargo 6. Technical stops 7. State flights

Colombia

August 6, 2020

Restriction expiration: August 30, 2020.

General Restrictions: Local governments in Colombia are adopting tighter movement restriction measures in addition to the nationwide lockdown, which has been expanded through at least August 1st. All flights coming in or out of Colombia require a permit from the CAA. Permit takes at least 72 business hours to be approved once all required documents are submitted. Business flights are not yet allowed. Humanitarian flights, with passengers arriving in Colombia, require 14 day quarantine.

At this time, passengers can depart on private, charter and humanitarian flights. But to enter only with the authorization of the Foreign Ministry to passengers of Colombian nationality, residents, diplomats or who come in a mission for COVID-19.​

Authorities in Colombia to impose staggered lockdown in Bogota July 13-Aug. 23 due to COVID-19 activity

The Mayor has announced authorities will impose a lockdown in parts of the city July 13-Aug. 23 due to increased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. The lockdown will be imposed in three stages across the city:

July 27-Aug. 9:
  • Bosa, Fontibon, Kennedy, and Puente Aranda
Aug. 10-23:
  • Barrios Unidos, Engativa, and Suba
  • It is currently unclear what measures, if any, will be in place in the Antonio Narino, La Candelaria, Sumapaz, and Teusaquillo areas.
  • In areas under the lockdown, the following restrictions will apply between the applicable dates:
  • Nightly 2000-0500 curfew, when no movement is allowed except for emergency services.
  • All nonessential businesses must close.
  •  Residents may only leave their homes 0500-1900 to go grocery shopping, to go the pharmacy, for doctors’ visits, or to care for vulnerable people.
  • Only one member per household will be allowed out to perform the abovementioned tasks.
  • Alcohol sales will be prohibited.
  • The status of outdoor exercise is unclear.

An additional 850 security personnel will deploy to enforce the measures. Severe disruptions to business and transport operations are almost certain during the lockdown period. Authorities could extend the measures based on COVID-19 activity in the coming weeks.

Flights for passengers coming out of Colombia and cargo flights do not require diplomatic permit anymore.

72 hour Pre-Authorization is required for flights to Colombia.  Aerosupport FBO will coordinate this with the CAA directly.

Passenger Restrictions: An order to ban all entries from air travel remains in place until at least August 1. The ban includes Colombian citizens abroad, but it exempts cargo shipments and flights for humanitarian purposes.  Internal passenger flights in Colombia have been banned until at least August 1.

Crew: Crew are allowed one over night stop. After that normal 14 day quarantine rules apply. Overnight for crews is allowed at approved hotels.

Special Considerations: Cargo Flights and Humanitarian Flights.


Costa Rica

August 3, 2020

General Restrictions: Foreign nationals from European Union countries, Canada and UK may enter the country as of Aug. 01, 2020.  All INTL Flights with Passengers must arrive at MROC ONLY. If MROC is closed, ALT aerodromes are MRLB, MRPV, and MRLM according with approved OPR Hrs. Due to COVID-19, private flights to MROC, MRLB, MRPV, and MRLM must have authorization to land PPR 5 Days before the flight.  Send authorization request to fmesen@dgac.go.cr, rmolina@dgac.go.cr, avargas@dgac.go.cr and to lmiranda@dgac.go.cr.

As per Costa Rican Government announcement today, as of August 01, MROC and MRLB airports will allow operations and passengers coming from the following countries:

  • UK
  • European Union
  • Canada
  • All passengers and crew must fill the epidemiologic form digital version at the following link HTTPS://ccss.now.sh
  • Also a COVID-19 negative test within 48 hours needs to be showed to the authorities.
  • Travel insurance will be required.

Crew: Crew rest is available for 72 hours once their health is inspected by the Health Department upon arrival (COVID-19 TEST). A few hotels are available (as of 11 APR, the Marriott Costa Rica still open).  Crew rest available on aircraft if a transit operation (just a couple of hours).

Tech Stop Details: Passenger cannot enter the country unless they are Costa Rican Citizens. Crew may enter the country. PPR is required 48 hours before landing.

Special Considerations: Universal Aviation Costa Rica suggests landing at MROC through the General Aviation Terminal because they have the protocol for health inspection at arrival and the passenger can be pick up at MROC airport.  If they prefer, Universal Aviation Costa Rica can set up a ground transportation for them to the other airport (takes 15 minutes).

ICAO Specific Information: MROC and MRLB: Aircraft are permitted to ferry in to pick up passengers and depart the country. All ground, air, and maritime borders have been closed, with only.

Ecuador

July 30, 2020

General Restrictions: Ecuadorian Government has partially opened its borders, allowing Pax from many countries except Brazil and China.

Passenger Restrictions: Any flights with more than 09 passengers need prior permission from authorities. Ecuadorian citizens or legal residents are allowed to enter.

Passengers from these countries/regions  are being allowed to enter

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Europe – Certain Countries
  • Mexico
  • Latin American – Certain Countries
  • Asia Pacific – Certain Countries
  • Middle East & Africa – Certain Countries

A thermal scan will be done by personnel of the ministry of Public Health upon arrival.

Pax must also show upon arrival a negative PCR test of COVID-19, taken within the 7 days prior to flight. If unable to get a PCR test prior to arriving, the PAX will undergo a test by the Ecuadorian Health Authority.

A 14-day quarantine at Govt mandated facility or hotel is required.

Local Health & Safety Requirements

  • Must wear mask
  • Must practice social distancing
  • Must shelter-in-place, self-isolate, or quarantine

In most of the country, a nightly 2100-0500 curfew remains in place​.
Please check with your team as a permit is required and will required.
​For PAX continuing to Galapagos National Park, they will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival Ecuador and stay on the mainland for 48 hours.  When PCR test result is negative, they can continue to Galapagos.

Crew Restrictions: Crew rest or overnight is possible in Ecuador. Crew in transit will be checked on the plane, using facemasks and gloves all the time. Crew will be checked for COVID-19 symptoms. They are required to wear facemasks and gloves all the time and keep a distance of 6′ (2m) between people around them. Crew rest is allowed at a hotel for up for one night. More than one night, quarantine must be completed.

Tech Stops:  Tech stops are allowed; however, only crew can leave the aircraft.

Special Considerations: 

  • Processing time to obtain landing permit is 24h.
  • Documents needed are:
    • Aircraft: registration, airworthiness, insurance policy and noise certificate where MTOW is shown
    • Crew: licenses, medicals and last flight simulator check
    • Pax: GenDecs and letter from operator requesting authorization to pick up persons in Ecuador

Galapagos is open, if an aircraft is operating into the Galapagos islands a safe passage must be arranged with local tourism agency in order to avoid 14 days quarantine.​

ICAO Specific Information: Airport operating hours are as follows:

  • SEGU – is 24/7 operative, nevertheless airport needs a confirmed schedule in order to coordinate with local airlines and rest of private aviation so they can clear and authorize schedules, they do not want large amounts of persons being together.
  • SEQM – Is operative 24/7. Passenger overnight stay is possible with prior coordination with SEQM handler.
  • SEMT – 24/7 OPERATIVE and this is the best option for tech stops with a secure 30 min turnaround.

Entry Form Required: Yes – sample letter to pick up Pax.

Ecuador is being less restrictive with COVID-19 mandatory restrictions.

El Salvador

August 6, 2020

​​General Restrictions: As of June 16, the mandatory 24-hour nationwide quarantine has been lifted. Country is reopening on June 16 in 4 to 5 stages however, MSLP and MSSS airports are still in total lock down until further notice.

All ports of entry remain closed to nonresident foreign nationals. Only Salvadorans, legal foreign residents, and accredited diplomats may enter the country. Any person entering the country will be screened by health officials to determine if they must remain in self-quarantine. El Salvador International Airport MSLP has suspended passenger flights. Air and land cargo transportation, as well as humanitarian flights and vessels, are not affected by the restrictions.​

Tech Stop Details: Allowed, Pax and crew unable to disembark (no crew swaps, no crew rest). Crew rest on aircraft not permitted.

Special Considerations: Cargo and humanitarian flights will continue to operate. Use MSSS or MSLP.​

Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.

Guatemala

August 6, 2020

Restriction expiration: August 15, 2020.

General Restrictions: Closed for all Intl aviation, excluding cargo flt, ambulances flt, humanitarian aid flt prior authorization of Guatemala foreign affairs, technical stops where passengers do not disembark or at alternate identified in a fpl to address wx or acft safety situations and military flt.

A protective mask that covers the mouth and nose must be used while in public.

Passenger Restrictions: Only Guatemalan Citizens, Residents, and Diplomats with prior permission, allowed. No foreign nationals allowed entry until further notice. Pax must bring the COVID-19 Certificated Negative Test Results valid for 72 hours. Quarantine rules: 14 to 21 days at hotel or home. Pax will be tested upon arrival.  If they have a high temperature, Government will make the Pax take the COVID-19 test again.  If the test is positive, the Government will take the PAX to the National Hospital Automatically.

Daily curfew has been reduced to 2100-0400, including weekends.

Pax must also fill out health declaration form

Crew Restrictions: For Foreign Crew, they must bring the COVID-19 certificated negative valid for 72 hours in case they want to overnight in Guatemala and with previous approval of the government. May overnight at off-airport hotel with MINEX approval. Quarantine rules: 14 to 21 days at hotel or home.

Tech Stop Information: Tech stops are allowed where passengers do not disembark. Fuel only is allowed.

Special Considerations:

For US Repatriation:

• Permission

o Embassy permission

 Passengers will first need to contact the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala to obtain permission (and have them contact CAA with the pertinent details)

 If the trip takes place, I can send you all the pertinent data

 Lead-time: 72 hours

 For Any Pax Nationality traveling out of Guatemala:

 A permit must be requested from DGAC directly if the Pax are traveling out of Guatemala.

o Landing permit

 Once the Embassy permission has been obtained, then a landing permit (arrival/departure) can be obtained

 Normal lead-time is 72 hours, but with the Embassy permission, I expect this stage to move quicker

ICAO Specific Information:

Airports are still closed until August 15, 2020, with limited aircraft operating into MGGT or MGMM.  Each of these airports are open for repatriation Monday through Thursday 0600-1800 local (1200 to 2200 UTC). After 1800 local on Thursday, no flights are permitted (closing their borders for the weekend) until that next Monday at 0600 local. Currently, MGGT is open 24/7.

Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Guyana

August 6, 2020

General Restrictions: International travel restrictions remain in effect. Cheddi Jagan International (GEO) and Eugene Correia International (OGL) airports remain closed through at least Aug 28 to all incoming international flights, with the exception of cargo, medical evacuation, or other specially authorized flights. Aircraft may also land for refueling purposes only; outgoing flights are still permitted. Passenger travel to neighboring countries remains prohibited. With the exception of merchant vessels, seaports remain closed and ferry services remain suspended until further notice. Guyana will initiate it’s Phase 4 of the country’s reopening on Aug 1st.

Airports are currently closed to all international passenger flights into the Guyana. Exceptions are Pax OUT, Cargo, Medevac, Search and Rescue, Tech stops for Fuel only, and special authorized flights. All flights must operate during daylight hours. Other type of flights allowed are outgoing flights and special authorization flights. Transportation of passengers to all locations shall be allowed at fifty percent (50%) of the aircraft seating capacity.  Transportation of all persons who would have visited, stayed, lived or transited through Brazil and Venezuela within the past thirty days is restricted. The transportation of cargo and medical supplies shall be allowed during daylight operations. Cargo shall be fully sanitized before loading onto the aircraft in keeping with the Ministry of Public Health guidelines. Medivac flights shall be allowed at fifty (50%) of the aircraft seating capacity. There shall be no night operation except for Medevac flights. The flight crew shall be properly protected with masks and gloves for all authorized flights in keeping with Ministry of Public Health guidelines. All passengers are required to wear masks.

To get permission to fly to Guyana, a formal request is to be made to the Director General GCAA at least three working days prior to the proposed flight.  Landing permit form must be completed.  A COVID-19 test is required for all crew and passengers prior to arrival, within the last 14 days. Must have no objection from the destination airport in Guyana, the Ministry of Public Health, or the customs or immigration of Guyana.

A copy of the flight’s general declaration and manifest should be submitte to the Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority at least 30 minutes prior to departure of the flight.  The submission needs to be copied to:

DIRECTOR-GENERAL@GCAA-GY.ORG

DATM@GCAA-GY.ORG

ATO1@GCAA-GY.ORG

AISGUYANA@GCAA-GY.ORG

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops are allowed, but must request permission at least 72 hours in advance from the Guyana National COVID-19 Task Force. Crew and pax are not allowed to deplane.

Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.​


Honduras

August 6, 2020

​​​General Restrictions: Closure of land, sea, and air borders until further notice. Suspension of all international flights also until further notice.  Honduras has closed its borders; however, there have been some repatriation flights out of the country. Authorities in Honduras have extended existing nationwide movement restrictions through 2300 Aug 9, as part of ongoing efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The degree of restrictions will continue to be implemented according to regions. The regions are divided according to COVID-19 activity levels and population density. ​ These measures are in addition to the previously announced closure of land, air, and sea borders, as well as the suspension of public transportation and ban on large gatherings. International flight operations remain suspended since March 17; it is unclear when they will resume. The transport of cargo goods and supplies are exempt. All measures are subject to amendment at short notice. Below you will find the email to the U.S. Embassy in Honduras along with the requirements in order to obtain a permission for repatriation fights. Also – below is the contact information for the U.S. Embassy in Honduras: U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa https://hn.usembassy.gov/ Tel. (504) 2238-5114 USAHonduras@state.gov State Department – Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Three forms are required on arrival. They are not requiring that the passengers bring results of a PCR test.​

Special Considerations: Honduras now requires prior authorization PPR 48 hours prior to flight.

ICAO Specific Information:

  • MHLC, MHRO, MHTG – Closed for all GA, Commercial, and Cargo Flights.
  • MHLM – Only available for Cargo Flights, Technical stops where Pax do not disembark, or as ALTN AP identified in a FPL to address WX or ACFT safety situations.  Any other aircraft requesting to ARR must wait for a special clearance.

Nicaragua

August 3, 2020

​​​General Restrictions: Commercial flights have been delayed until early Sept due to COVID-19. Repatriation flights are still continuing.

Landing Permits are required and require the following: negative COVID-19 tests (SARS-COV-2 RNA, QL Real Time RT PCR) for crew and passengers issued 72 hours prior to arrival, and aircraft fumigation certificate must be issued 72 working hours in advance. 15 day quarantine is required.  In addition to being sent in advance, the hard copies of all COVID-19 tests and fumigation certificates must be brought along on the aircraft.

Commercial airlines serving Nicaragua have delayed the resumption of flight operations to Nicaragua until at least early August.

Special Considerations: Must notify Nicaragua ATC in those cases in which a passenger with communicable disease and follow protocols and procedures established by your company. Supplying the following information: Aircraft Registry, Departure ICAO, Arrival ICAO, ETA, number of Passengers on board, number of affected cases on board, type of risk of public health, seat number of affected persons

Landing Permit applications must be sent 72 working hours in advance. It is required Health authorities must have a full 72 working hours to process permits as Health authorities work only from Monday to Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm local time.

International and National Airlines operating to and from Nicaragua, the following measures:

a) Have first aid kits and precautionary kits on board the aircraft universal, for use by crew and passengers, for handling incidents associated with states of bad for health.

b) Deliver, with due anticipation of the Customs Form, to all passengers before landing and explain the importance of correct filling.

c) The pilot-in-command of an aircraft shall promptly notify air traffic control of the State of Nicaragua, of those cases in which a passenger with illness is suspected Transmissible and follow the protocols and procedures established by your company; supplying the next information:

1) Identification of the aircraft

2) Departure aerodrome

3) Destination aerodrome

4) Expected arrival time

5) Number of passengers on board

6) Number of suspected cases on board

7) Type of risk to public health, if known

8) Seat number occupied by the affected passenger or passengers

Special Considerations: Must notify Nicaragua ATC in those cases in which a passenger with communicable disease and follow protocols and procedures established by your company. Supplying the following information: Aircraft Registry, Departure ICAO, Arrival ICAO, ETA, number of Passengers on board, number of affected cases on board, type of risk of public health, seat number of affected persons

Landing Permit applications must be sent 72 working hours in advance. It is required Health authorities must have a full 72 working hours to process permits as Health authorities work only from Monday to Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm local time.

International and National Airlines operating to and from Nicaragua, the following measures:

  1. a) Have first aid kits and precautionary kits on board the aircraft universal, for use by crew and passengers, for handling incidents associated with states of bad for health.
  2. b) Deliver, with due anticipation of the Customs Form, to all passengers before landing and explain the importance of correct filling.
  3. c) The pilot-in-command of an aircraft shall promptly notify air traffic control of the State of Nicaragua, of those cases in which a passenger with illness is suspected Transmissible and follow the protocols and procedures established by your company; supplying the next information:

1) Identification of the aircraft

2) Departure aerodrome

3) Destination aerodrome

4) Expected arrival time

5) Number of passengers on board

6) Number of suspected cases on board

7) Type of risk to public health, if known

8) Seat number occupied by the affected passenger or passengers

Crew Restrictions: No overnight Allowed.  Crew do not have to do 14 day quarantine.  They only have to quarantine for the duration of their stay.

ICAO Specific Information:

MNMG – Operating 24 hours abiding by the provisions and measures established by the OMS and ICAO facing COVID-19.  Users must also comply by the Public Health Requirements established by the State of Nicaragua.


Panama

July 28, 2020

Restriction expiration: August 22, 2020.

General Restrictions: The quarantine is in addition to an earlier imposed ban on foreign nationals and nonresidents entering the country, as well as the suspension of all commercial passenger flights to and from Panama that began March 22, and the suspension of all domestic flights as of March 25. All commercial passenger flights are likely to be suspended through at least Aug 21. No foreign or Panamanian citizen is allowed to enter unless they have an authorization from the chancellor or there’s an emergency situation.

At this time only Fuel Stops, or Relief Effort flights allowed. Repatriation flights allowed but must be arranged through the Embassy of the country of destination. All flights need permits and these permits are obtained by us, except repatriation flights where the handler serves as a guide to the company operating the flight. Business/ essential travel waiver option is currently not available.

On arrival Doctors from the Ministry of Health with have form for those arriving to fill out.

Passenger Restrictions: Panamanian nationals and residents returning to the country need to self-quarantine for 14 days at place of residence. Once in the country, passengers must wear mask, gloves, and practice social distancing.

A 1900-0500 curfew remains in force across most of the country.

Crew: No overnight is allowed. Crew can rest on the aircraft (without clearing customs). Crew do not have to quarantine.

Tech Stop Details: Fuel Stops are now allowed in Panama (04APR). No Passengers may disembark. A letter is required authorizing the repatriation or humanitarian flight from embassy or government at the initial origin or final destination of flight.

Special Considerations:

  • If a repatriation flight wants to take place, we will require a letter from the embassy requesting the authorization to the local authorities sending the route of the flight and requesting permit for tech stop.
  • If approved, the landing permit will have to be requested to local authorities and could take from 24-48 hrs.
  • If approved no passenger can come out of the plane, only 1 crew member can do so to check fuel process and do the walk around.
  • All normal services are available.

Paraguay

August 3, 2020

General Restrictions: The international borders will remain closed, and suspension of all commercial passenger flights at all airports will continue until further notice. Officials will make limited exceptions for repatriation flights.​  Foreign flights for repatriation purposes, cargo flights, SAR, emergency flights, and inspection flights are authorized. Humanitarian flights, medevac and technical stop will be approved by the corresponding authority with prior coordination.​   This will last through July 31st.

Passenger Restrictions: Arriving nationals 14 days of quarantine if negative for Covid-19. If Covid-19 positive, quarantine period is 30 days​. All persons are required to wear a mask over their mouths and noses in all public spaces.

Crew Restrictions: Crew rest at a hotel is possible; crew cannot leave hotel if on crew rest. Crew cannot rest on the aircraft.

Tech Stops Details: Prior permission is needed for tech stops.  Crew and passengers can not leave aircraft.

Special Considerations: Cargo is still permitted to cross the borders. Humanitarian, medevac, and tech stops must have prior approval. Please contact your Universal Team for additional specifics

Peru

August 3, 2020

General restrictions: Authorities in Peru modified the restrictions implemented to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As of July 15, officials require all persons to wear a face shield that covers their eyes, nose, and mouth, as well as a mask that covers their nose and mouth, whenever they are using public transportation or flying in an aircraft. All persons are also required to wash their hands with soap or rub disinfectant on their hands for at least 20 seconds before boarding any aircraft or public transport vehicle. Temperature checks are also mandatory, and no person with a temperature above 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) may board any public transport vehicle or enter any airport or bus station. Travelers are also required to sign an affidavit attesting to their health. COVID-19 testing is required. Persons younger than 14 or older than 65 are required to sign an additional statement swearing that they are abiding by the national quarantine measures. While authorities will initially only issue warnings to those who fail to comply with these regulations, they have begun enforcing the measures as of July 21.

Under these regulations, limited domestic flights resumed July 15. All international passenger flights to and from Peru remain banned until further notice. Peru’s borders remain closed to all passenger traffic. The border closures do not apply to cargo shipments.

A nightly 2200-0400 curfew remains in effect nationwide, except Ancash, Arequipa, Huanuco, Ica, Junin, Madre de Dios, and San Martin departments, where a 2000-0400 curfew is in effect. Additionally, in these particular departments, a 24-hour curfew will be in effect on Sundays. During curfew hours, individuals outside their homes may be subject to questioning and arrest by police or military personnel. Only essential workers providing critical health, financial, sanitation, and telecommunications services may leave their homes during curfew hours. An earlier regulation requiring residents to remain inside their homes outside of curfew hours will also be lifted.

Due to the national state of emergency being extended until further notice, all scheduled, non-scheduled and general aviation at Peruvian airports are suspended. No foreign nationals are allowed to enter the country.  Exceptions can be made for cargo, emergency, SAR, humanitarian, medevac and state flights. Peru’s borders remain closed to all passenger traffic; international passenger flights to and from the country remain suspended. Humanitarian / repatriation flights require 5-7 business days for permit process and at least 24 hours for medevac / technical stops.

Quarantine rules are 15 continuous days, in establishments coordinated by the government and ministry of health, for Crew and PAX. International Landing Permit for Repatriation Flights must be processed through the Chancellery.  It can take around 5 days.

Peru’s existing nightly curfew hours will be shorted to 2200-0400, with the exception of Ancash, Arequipa, Huanuco, Ica, Junin, Madre de Dios, and San Martin departments where a 2000-0400 curfew will be in effect. Additionally, in these particular departments, a 24-hour curfew will be in effect on Sundays.

Passenger Restrictions:  Passengers will have a quarantine of 15 continuous days-at the place of residence during their stay in the country. Passengers are expected to wear masks and must practice social distancing during their stay. Several countries have agreements with Peru to allow limited flights to repatriate their citizens. Nationals of countries that do not have such arrangements may not leave Peru. The border closures do not apply to cargo shipments.

Crew: May rest at hotel and may rest at off site hotels. Crew will not have quarantine requirements.

Tech Stop Details: Fuel Stops are allowed with prior coordination with each Airport Authority and CAA.  Require 48 hours advance notice. Pax may not leave aircraft, only crew.

Special Considerations: Flights allowed are the following -Cargo, Emergency, SAR, Humanitarian, Medevac and State flights. Peru airports are accepting operations and technical stops 48 hours in advance, as long as they comply with the type of flight accepted.

ICAO Specific Information:

SPJC – Airport is now open to domestic flights; services are provided at Air Force Ramp. Operations can be done from 0700 to 1630 LCL (Immigration Operation Hours). All services are provided, catering will be basic.

Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.

Uruguay

August 3, 2020

Restriction expiration: August 15, 2020.

General restrictions: Non-resident foreign nationals are banned from entering Uruguay. Entry ban does not apply to cargo operations. Passenger, commercial, and/or private flights may only operate in country in case of moving Uruguayan citizens. Flights transporting Uruguayan passengers will need to be confirmed by authorities 72 hrs. prior to operating with the following information attached: operator, contact phone number, data of flight, estimated date of entry and exit of the country, route, type of aircraft, insurance, maximum capacity of pax, number of pax, citizenship and country of residence.​ Special permit is required for any flights with returning passengers.  Documents needed in advance for approval are: Registration, Airworthiness Certificate, Insurance Policy, Crew Licenses and Medical Certificates. Landing Permit is required.

Passenger Restrictions: Uruguayan citizens and foreign nationals who are legal residents will be allowed to enter. Arriving Uruguayan passengers must quarantine for 14 days at private residences. Citizens of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay no longer allowed to enter. Exceptions can be made for aircraft crews, accredited diplomats, foreigners who benefit from humanitarian or sanitary corridor, reunification of families, and other special cases approved by the government.

CrewA health declaration and temperature measure will be required on arrival.  Crew are allowed to overnight and rest in the Hotel, but cannot leave Hotel. Hotels are available 20 minutes from the airport. Crew rest aboard the aircraft is limited to 2 or 3 hours.  Crew are exempt, but only for crew rest.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops are allowed with no disembarkation of passengers or crew. All services are available.

Special Considerations: The repatriation flights in order to collect citizens of their countries for return to their originating cities will only be allowed if the aircraft in return brings stranded Uruguayan Citizens.

The Foreign Ministry will contact the Embassy of the country you are flying from to confirm if there are any Uruguayan citizens who needs to fly home. This is a diplomatic process, the owner or operator does not need to find an Uruguayan citizen to bring, just have to be open to bring them in the empty leg and confirm how many seats can they offer.

In the case that in the country where you are flying from has no Uruguayan citizens to bring, the authorities will give you the approval to fly ferry and pick up the passengers without any issue.

All international commercial passenger flights have been suspended indefinitely. Cargo transport and humanitarian and repatriation flights will not be affected.

Some business and shopping centers will be allowed to start opening June 9th (except Rivera province near Brazil)

ICAO Specific Information: SUMU is the only airport operating.

Venezuela

August 3, 2020

Restriction expiration: August 12, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities have extended the ban on all domestic and international passenger flights through at August 12th. Additionally, all land border crossings remain closed, though there are no restrictions on cargo transportation. Cargo, humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights have been exempt from the ban. Except aircraft in emergency, exempted flights are to see pre-authorization from Venezuela INAC (Civil Aviation Authority). Repatriation flights for Venezuelan citizens from abroad have also been permitted. All aircraft that operate into Venezuela must enter through SVMI only. GA terminal is open and disinfected each night. All persons that transit are in the terminal or outside their home must wear gloves and mask. No aircraft disinfectant is available. All Crew and Pax must wear gloves and masks, even if Tech Stop, they will be screened by Health Authority. There is a curfew from 1400 to 0600 LCL.

Authorities in Venezuela amended restriction orders, extending the strictest quarantine measures nationwide, Aug 3-9, as part of the country’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities maintain the “7+7” plan, under which a week with the strictest restrictions nationwide is followed by a week of loosening of restrictions in certain areas of the country.​ This system will be in effect until further notice.

GA Terminal Procedures

  • Mandatory use of mask, gloves and social distance.
  • Only 3 persons allowed per office and must work in groups.
  • Offices and GA Terminal are disinfected 3 times a week with chlorine hypochlorite in a concentration of 9 grams diluted in 25 liters of water.
  • GA Terminal is installing disinfectant tunnels at the entrance doors.
  • Parking lots and common areas are disinfected on a daily basis.

Ramp/Aircraft/Passengers

  • Terminal Authorities must be advised 24 hours prior of any operation.
  • Terminal has 2 types of disinfection :
    • Chlorine Hypochlorite for the baggage and shoes.
    • Alcohol 70% solution to spray passengers and aircraft stairs.
    • Inside of aircraft must be sprayed by the crew and spray can must be shown as proof.
  • After this process Health Authority will board the aircraft for temperature screening of crew and passengers.
  • After screening, passengers and crew (if crew will overnight) all will be taken to an isolation room to be taken blood test for COVID-19 . Passengers must take all their bags to the testing room.
  • If a passenger or crew has a certificate of having been tested at least 14 days prior, they will not be tested. In case anyone has a positive result, they will be taken to a government COVID-19 isolation facility and must remain there until when tested negative.
  • After tested and being negative, the entrance process will continue with immigration and customs.
  • It is mandatory passengers and crew have mask and gloves on all the time.

It is recommended to follow up with ground handler for any upcoming operation. Restrictions can change without notice; there are many different authorities in the SVMI airport that can be very subjective to a procedure.

Passenger Restrictions: Repatriation flights are only allowed through diplomatic channels. Any person arriving in Venezuela will be taken to a Govt facility for quarantine for 15 days, regardless of test results (as of April 13th). Pax may not disembark without authorization. Protective facemasks are required while riding public transportation, inside grocery stores and pharmacies, healthcare facilities, airports, and ports.

Passengers are required to have a COVID-19 Test of less than one week maybe accepted by the Health Officer on duty. All passengers will be screened and if overnighting will be tested with via blood sample.

Crew: Crew rest is allowed but will be under the strict mandatory quarantine procedures at the state facility for the length of crew rest.  All crew members that overnight at SVMI, must comply with the 72 hour quarantine established by the health authority. Crew members will be screened and tested with a blood sample from fingertip upon arrival.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops are allowed with no disembarkation. No catering available. Lav and trash available with advance request. All crew and Pax must wear gloves and masks and will be screened by health authority.

Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.


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