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Central & South America COVID-19 Flight Restrictions


Argentina

July 9, 2020

Restriction expiration: July 18, 2020.

General Restrictions: All International and Domestic Commercial Flights are banned until at least July 18.  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.

Crew: Crew are unable to rest on the aircraft.

Tech Stop Specifics: All Normal services are available. Crew and Pax may leave the aircraft.

Special Considerations: Quarantine for residents in effect.

ICAO Specific:

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

Bolivia

July 9, 2020

Restriction expiration: August 1, 2020

​​General Restrictions: Authorities have issued a quarantine thereby suspending all flights (including domestic travel) until July 31. ​

Land borders will remain closed to all nonresident foreign nationals. All international passenger flights remain suspended.​

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.

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 than 14 days) for all passengers and crew.

People on board, except crew, shall not be permitted to disembark without authorization.  Crew members may disembark but shall undergo strict mandatory quarantine under sanitary controls during their rest period.

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

Brazil

July 9, 2020

Restriction expiration: July 30, 2020

General Restrictions: Brazil has revised and extended the ban on entry for nonresident foreign nationals by air, land, and water through 29 July to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Starting June 30, it is restricted, for a period of thirty days, the entry into the country of foreigners of any nationality, by highways, by other terrestrial means, by air or by water transport.   The restrictions referred to in this Ordinance do not apply to:

  • Brazilian, born or naturalized;
  • ​Immigrant with permanent residence, for a determined or  indefinite period, in Brazilian territory;
  • Foreign professional on mission in the service of an international organization as long as duly identified;
  • Passenger in international transit, as long as he does not l eave the international area of the airport and the destination country admits his ticket;
  • Foreign employee accredited to the Brazilian Government;
  • ​Foreigner:
    • spouse, partner, son, father or curator of a Brazilian
    • whose entry is specifically authorized by the Brazilian Government in view of the public interest or for humanitarian reasons
    • bearer of the National Migration Registry
  • Cargo transportation.

The restrictions referred to in this Ordinance do not prevent the entry into the country, by air, of a foreigner of any nationality who comes to the country in order to establish residence for a specific time and who has a temporary visa for the following purposes:

  • Research, teaching or academic extension;
  • Study;
  • Work
  • Making an investment
  • Family reunion
  • Artistic or sports activities with a fixed-term contract.

Foreign nationals with a layover in Brazil enroute to their destination countries are exempt as long as they do not leave the international area of the airport. Foreigners will be allowed to cross the border into Brazil provided they have proof of an onward flight that takes them to their country of residence, but they will need permission from federal police. The entry restrictions do not apply to air, ground, or maritime freight transport, nor to humanitarian transport.

The passenger must, before boarding, present to the transport company a medical declaration issued by a health authority or a local doctor who attests that he is not infected with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (covid-19).

Crew Restrictions:  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

July 9, 2020

​General Restrictions: Multiple travel, movement, and other restrictions on the national and local levels remain in effect in Chile to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Officials may alter these measures.  The only people allowed to enter Chile are Chilean Citizens and Chilean residents [still true as of July 7th]. Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 must remain quarantined for 14 days or until they no longer present symptoms, whichever is longer. Anyone having had at least 15 minutes of direct contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, as well as anyone who has spent two or more hours with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, must likewise remain in quarantine for at least 14 days. Returning Chilean citizens and residents are subject to a 14-day quarantine period. Sanitary checks will be conducted on all Pax arriving in Chile.

Persons entering the country must fill out health affidavits and undergo health screenings.  A nightly curfew of 2200 to 0500 local time is still in effect, indefinitely, nationwide.  All are required to wear protective face masks.  Improvised masks may be used in place of medical-grade masks as long as they cover the mouth and nose.

Passenger Restrictions: Officials have extended a ban on the entry of nonresident foreign nationals in the country until at least June 30. They are permitted to leave the country, but flights are likely to be limited. For passengers quarantine is mandatory, they must specify upon arrival where they’re going to spend the 14 days.

Crew Restrictions : Overnight is allowed but crew must have a preventive quarantine, it means they must stay in their hotel, at hotel or near the airport, until the next flight. Crew can also rest on the aircraft.

For crew If the purpose of your flight is not among the following >>

Repatriation // air ambulance // Humanitarian // Cargo // Technical stops // state flights // then:

The aircraft crew can not remain in Chile, they can remain in transit for the period of disembark, then they must depart to exit the country, so consider that you will have to bring extra crews ready for your way back if you are coming to Chile (If the Flight is an Air ambulance exemptions to allow the crew to overnight are accepted).

Example: Tech stops or Bringing back Chilean passengers not as a repatriation, but as a contracted private jet.

Tech Stops: Are allowed with pax 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).

Special Considerations: We are currently providing handling services for international Flights for the following purposes >> repatriation // air ambulance // Humanitarian // Cargo // Technical stops // state flights // and Only Chilean Citizens or residents are allowed inbound as a passenger, international crews are allowed to enter Chile if they come for the mentioned purposes.

Regarding the permits we are able to provide landing permission in regular conditions in less than 12hrs, because of the situation this we need at least 3 business days once we have all the documentation, we  will only need you to send the following documents:

  • a) aircraft registration certificate.
  • b) airworthiness certificate
  • c) insurance Policy (This one must include Acft coverage , Passenger coverage and Crew coverage , with all the amounts described per each item, clause AVN73 in insurance policy is also valid)
  • d) MEDEVAC in case is an air ambulance

It is very important to keep in mind the only people Allowed to enter Chile are Chilean Citizens and Chilean residents, they need to have their personal documents valid, each one of the passengers must be a Citizen or a resident, Visas cannot be arranged at arrival, and no exemptions are available for anyone.

Tech Stop Specifics: Possible with Pax onboard; Only crew may leave aircraft for fuel or flight plan purposes.

ICAO Specific Information: Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.

Colombia

July 8, 2020

Restriction expiration: August 1, 2020.

General Restrictions: Local governments in Colombia are adopting tighter movement restriction measures in addition to the nationwide lockdown, which will remain in effect through at least 1 August. The measures are part of the nation’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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

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 overnight stop. After that normal 14 day quarantine rules apply. Overnight for crews is allowed at approved hotels.

Special Considerations: Cargo Flights and Humanitarian Flights.

ICAO Specific Information: Airports in the main cities are open 24/7 for humanitarian flights (SKRG, SKCG, SKCL, SKBQ, SKCC), Airports in small cities will operate with at least 24 hour notice.


Costa Rica

July 9, 2020

Restriction expiration: August 1, 2020

General Restrictions: The Costa Rican Government announced on 26 Jun that all current restrictions are extended until August 1st. Costa Rica MROC airport is open for returning Costa Rican Citizens and Residents. Ferry flights in to pick up passengers and return them to home country. Due to COVID-19, private flights to MROC, MRLB, MRPV, and MRLM must have authorization to land PPR 48 Hours before the flight.  Send authorization request to FMESEN@DGAC.GO.CR, RMOLINA@DGAC.GO.CR, AVARGAS@DGAC.GO.CR AND LMIRANDA@DGAC.GO.CR.

All INTL Flights with Pax must arrive at MROC. On May 19th and 20th, Intl Pax are not allowed in Juan Santamaria Intl Airport (MROC).  If MROC is closed, ALT aerodromes are MRLB, MRPV, and MRLM according with approved OPR Hrs.

Passenger Restrictions: Costa Rican citizens and residents being allowed to enter the country followed by a 14-day quarantine after arrival if they do not present any COVID-19 symptoms.

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: Pax cannot enter the country unless they are Costa Rican Citizens. Crew may enter the country.

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 9, 2020

Restriction expiration: July 31, 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

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

ICAO Specific Information: Airport operating hours are as follows:

SEGU – From 1100 to 0200 UTC daily. GAT is closed, so all Customs and Immigration takes place at the main commercial terminal.

SEQM: Passenger overnight stay is possible with prior coordination with SEQM handler.

SEQM and SEMT are 24/7

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

El Salvador

July 9, 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

July 7, 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.

Passenger Restrictions: Only Guatemalan Citizens, Residents, and Diplomats with prior permission, allowed. No foreign nationals allowed entry. 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.

Crew: 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

  • 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.
    • 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 15 August, 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.


Guyana

July 2, 2020

General Restrictions: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. Medevac 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 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.

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.


Honduras

July 9, 2020

Restriction expiration: July 15, 2020.

General Restrictions: 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. Medevac 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 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 submitted 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.


Nicaragua

July 7, 2020

Restriction expiration: July 14, 2020.

​​​General Restrictions: Landing Permits are required and require the following: negative COVID-19 tests for crew and passengers 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

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.

Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Panama

July 7, 2020

Restriction expiration: July 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 July 22. 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 we serve as a guidance to the company operating the flight.​

Passenger Restrictions: Panamanian nationals and residents returning to the country are subject to a mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days.

Crew: No overnight is allowed. Crew can rest on the aircraft (without clearing customs).

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.

Crew: No overnight is allowed. Crew can rest on the aircraft (without clearing customs).

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

July 9, 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.​   Estimated date of reopening is June 30th.

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 aircaft.

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

July 9, 2020

Restriction expiration: July 31, 2020

General restrictions: Due to the national state of emergency being extended through August 1st, all scheduled, non-scheduled and general aviation at Peruvian airports are suspended.  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.

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 closed, 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

July 9, 2020

Restriction expiration: July 15, 2020.

General Restrictions: Non-resident foreign nationals are banned from entering Uruguay through at least mid-April. Entry ban does not apply to cargo operations. Charter and private flights with the allowed passengers will need to be confirmed by authorities 72 hrs. prior to operating. Special permit is required for any flights with returning passengers.  Documents needed in advance for approval are: Registration, Airworthiness Certificate, Insurance Policy, Crew Licences and Medical Certificates. Landing Permit is required.

Citizens of Uruguay -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: Uruguayan citizens and foreign nationals who are legal residents will be allowed to enter. Arriving Uruguayan passengers must quarantine for 14 days. 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

July 9, 2020

Restriction expiration: July 12, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities have extended the ban on all domestic and international passenger flights through at least July 12. 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.

The government plans to lift restrictions on additional businesses from June 15, while maintaining its flexible quarantine measures following the “7+7” formula, where seven days of work is permitted, followed by seven days of quarantine. 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.
  • 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.

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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