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Africa & Middle East COVID-19 Flight Restrictions


Algeria

May 30, 2020

Restriction expiration: July 5, 2020

General Restrictions: Flights to and from Algeria are prohibited; however, operating cargo, private and diplomatic flights are subject to consideration by the authority depending on type of cargo, passengers rank & status.

Passenger Restrictions: Health Declaration forms are required for entry.

Crew: Health Declaration forms are required for entry. Expect Medical temperature test and monitoring.  No RON or overnight stays. Check with team for specific doumentation required for repatriation flights.

Tech Stop Details: Tech Stop-with no crew rest and no disembarkation-fuel and go operations only.

Special Considerations: Ferry flights no passengers-Subject to CAA approval, Air Ambulance flights -Subject to CAA approval, Ferry flights to pick up passengers, must arrive with zero passengers-Subject to CAA approval and Ministry approvals. Repatriation flights-Subject to CAA and Ministry approval. Tech Stop-with no crew rest and no disembarkation-fuel and go operations only.  Diplomatic flights -Subject to diplomatic clearance.  Humanitarian flights-Subject to diplomatic clearance. Medical supplies (pick up or drop off) Subject to CAA appoval.  RON/Crew Rest and Courier flights are not allowed at this time.


Angola

May 26, 2020

Restriction expiration: Until further notice.

General Restrictions: The government has extended the State of Emergency until further notice. The emergency declaration was due to expire May 10 and enacts measures to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As of April 10, the measures below are in place.

* The country’s land, sea, and air borders are closed. The movement of essential goods, humanitarian operations, and the repatriation of foreign nationals continues.

Crew: Crew arriving from abroad are now allowed to overnight in Luanda, in a specific hotel authorized by the Angolan Health Ministry (Hotel IKA, 20 mins from airport).


Bahrain

May 21, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 30, 2020

General Restrictions: There are no restrictions for Private Jets arriving into OBBI. Landing permit may need to be obtained through diplomatic channels and once landing permit is approved then Passenger restrictions do not apply.  Bahrain’s flag carrier – Gulf Air (GF) announced April 4 that transit through Bahrain International Airport (BAH) is now permitted for international travelers. Full entry into Bahrain remains.

All scheduled passenger flights from the following countries will be suspended (by NOTAM) for COVID19 infection prevention: Ethiopia, UAE, Bangladesh, Azerbaijan, Syria, and Iraq. This restriction does not affect the following flights (Scenarios 2-5 require pre-authorization from Bahrain Civil Aviation Authority):

  1. ACFT IN STATE OF EMERGENCY
  2. CARGO FLIGHTS
  3. TECHNICAL LANDING
  4. HUMANITARIAN/MEDEVAC/REPATRIATION FLIGHTS
  5. UNITED NATIONS FLIGHTS

Passenger Restrictions:

  1. Visa on Arrival has been suspended.

– This does not apply to Passengers with a Diplomatic, an Official, a Service or UN Passport.

– Electronic visa services and other types of visas will still be open to the public, and visas issued by authorities before the COVID-associated restrictions were put in place will still be valid. From March 18, all non-diplomatic passengers to the country must obtain an e-visa before their departure. The Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) also announced a reduction in the number of incoming flights to the Kingdom from March 18 until further;

  1. Passengers are not allowed to transit and enter Bahrain unless they are:
  • – Bahraini Citizens
  • – Passengers who reside in Bahrain
  • – Passengers with a valid Letter of Prior Permission Granted, which is presented prior to boarding.
  • – This does not apply to Airline Crew
  • – This does not apply to Military Personnel
  1. All Passengers arriving in Bahrain will immediately be taken to undergo enhanced testing procedures as a preventative measure for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will be subject to quarantine.

Crew: Crew members (US) will still be able to obtain Visa on Arrival at OBBI. Crew are subject to medical screening, but then can proceed to the hotel for rest. For private jets, it is fine.  Yes, crew will get on arrival visa and can stay overnight.

Botswana

May 27, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 31, 2020

General Restrictions: The Parliament of Botswana endorsed a motion to extend the State of Public Emergency by six months April 9. The emergency declaration was initially implemented April 2 in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The extension has been opposed by the political opposition. The declaration provides the government with powers to curtail movement and travel. Botswana has already implemented a series of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. A 28-day lockdown (known locally as extreme social distancing) order was initiated April 2. Flights have been suspended and borders are closed.

Special Considerations: Transport of essential goods, humanitarian,flights, foreign national repatriation flights, and the movement of residents into the country remain permissible.

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


Cameroon

May 11, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 31, 2020

General restrictions: Except aircraft in Emergency, the exempted flights are to seek pre-authorization from Cameroon CAA. Landing authorization requests must be submitted at least 48 hours before the scheduled flight date, except for MEDEVAC flights that are treated as Urgent, by email to SURVOL(A)CCAA.AERO.

All Repatriation Flights to Cameroon must land in Yaounde and all pax disembarking there will be quarantined for 14 days under the directives of the Health Authorities.

Due to operational reasons, the exempted flights must take off or land as far as possible from Monday to Friday between 0700 and 1900 UTC.

ENR ATS is normal and Air Operators are able to file Douala and Yaounde Nsimalen as Alternate Airfields.

Crew: Not allowed to disembark without authorization.  Crew may disembark, but shall follow mandatory sanitary prescriptions under the supervision of the State during their Rotation / Rest period.​


Chad

June 1, 2020

​Restriction expiration: June 15, 2020.

General Restrictions: Authorities in Chad on April 2 announced additional measures to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities have imposed a 14-day nightly curfew in the capital N’Djamena, and in the Logone Occidental, Logone Oriental, Mayo-kebbi Ouest, and Mayo-kebbi Est regions. The curfew will run from 1900-0600. The measures update existing measures, including a suspension of international passenger flights at N’Djamena International Airport (NDJ) through May 15, excluding cargo shipments.

Passenger Restrictions: The government issued a statement March 30 requesting that all nationals who recently entered the country observe a 14-day quarantine. The exact operating status of the land borders remains unclear; it is likely there are restrictions and health screenings on entry at official entry points.

Special Considerations: Cargo flights and Diplomatic flights with Permits.


Congo, Democratic Republic

May 29, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 6, 2020

​General Restrictions: Authorities have suspended inbound and outbound international flights starting March 21. Private Flights are decided on case-by-case basis by Civil Aviation Authorities. Once the landing permit has been acquired, the receiving party will have to apply for the immigration approval. All this might take 5-7 days and we are unable to get any favors in all means.

Regarding CARGO FLIGHTS, once the landing permit is received, we just need to inform the immigration about the flight.

Passenger Restrictions: Special Clearance for Passengers is required. For Pax Flight, in addition to the landing permit, approval from the Immigration department is also required to open borders (as international terminal is closed).

Crew: Crew will be going thru intense screening. Crew members are subject to special restrictions upon arrival. It is recommended to avoid crew rest, as the permit may not be granted because of COVID-19 issues.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops are allowed but aircraft must depart immediately upon refueling. Special clearance is required.


Côte d’Ivoire

May 25, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 31, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities in Cote d’Ivoire have extended a nationwide 2100-0500 curfew UFN in an effort to halt the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The extension forms part of a suite of measures enforced by the government in recent weeks. Except aircraft in emergency, the exempted flights are to seek pre-authorization from the Minister of Transportation via:

  • BABACARDIOP50@HOTMAIL.COM
  • E.ASSAMOIATTRANSPORTS.GOUV.CI

Passenger Restrictions: Flights to and from the country remain suspended.

Crew: Crewmembers may disembark but shall undergo strict mandatory quarantine under the supervision of the state during their rotation/rest period.

Special Considerations: Flights for humanitarian, security purposes, and special flights.

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


Cyprus

May 29, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 8, 2020

General Restrictions: No flights are allowed between the airports of the Republic of Cyprus and airports of the European Union including Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway (European Economic Area), Switzerland and between the Airports of the Republic of Cyprus and Airports of Third Countries.

Other Type of Flights Allowed: Individual flights for Urgent Purposes with Permission by the Minister of Transport Communication and Works

Passenger Restrictions: No foreign nationals are allowed to enter the country.

  1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Cyprus until 8 June 2020.
  • – This does not apply to nationals of Cyprus and passengers who reside in Cyprus.
  • – This does not apply to passengers who work in Cyprus.
  • – This does not apply to passengers with a special authorization issued by the competent ministry of Cyprus.
  • – This does not apply to passengers attending educational institutions in Cyprus.
  1. Nationals and residents of Cyprus must have a certificate of health stating they are free from COVID-19 issued within a maximum of 4 days before departure. They will be quarantined for 14 days.
  2. Passengers who work in Cyprus must have a certificate of health stating they are free from COVID-19 issued within a maximum of 4 days before departure. They will be quarantined for 14 days.
  3. Passengers who have a special authorization issued by the competent ministry of Cyprus or are attending educational institutions in Cyprus, must have a certificate of health stating they are free from COVID-19 issued within a maximum of 4 days before departure. They will be quarantined for 14 days.

Pax upon arrival will be tested and transported to premises identified by the Government (Hotel) until test results announced and will then go home for self-isolation for 7 days if arriving from a Catergory A or Category B country (Category A: Greece, Malta, Bulgaria, Norway, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Hungary, Israel, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia, Lithuania. Category B: Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Estonia, Czech Republic).  If not, Pax will remain under quarantine for 14 days.

Crew Restrictions: No crew rest options are available. Crew Accommodations not available due to all Hotels being closed.

Tech Stop Specifics: Possible with Pax onboard. Some services are unavailable. Toilet service and portable water is available from 0930 to 1730 LCL.

ICAO Specific Information:

  • LCPH – Airport will open on 9 June.

Djibouti

May 19, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 31, 2020.

General Restrictions: Authorities have banned all commercial international travel as of March 18. The prohibition does not include cargo flights.

Other Type of Flights Allowed: Medical Flights (with DCAA Approval).


Egypt

May 29, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 4, 2020.

General Restrictions: Egypt is allowing Evacuation flights only. Exempted flights listed need to obtain pre-authorizations from Egypt CAA before operating. Restrictions are until further notice. Restrictions vary by airport.

HECA is the only airport where Crew and Pax are allowed to disembark provided they remain at a hotel for the duration of their stay without leaving the hotel.  An approval from the Ministry of Health is required.  This approval letter must be sent at least 24 hours before the scheduled arrival time.

All other airports in country are accepting Tech Stops, Ambulance, Humanitarian and Repatriation Flights.

Passenger Restrictions: All travelers from countries affected by COVID-19, both nationals and expatriates, must remain in quarantine for 14 days. Pax from Libya are prohibited from entering Egypt.

Crew: Will be allowed to overnight only if conducting an evacuation flight (24hrs). If approved by the Health Authority, crew will be allowed to stay in preapproved quarantine hotel.  They can rest at HECA only at 3 specific hotels and they must remain the hotel without leaving for the duration of their stay.

  • Le Meridien Cairo Airport
  • Radisson Blu
  • JW Marriott Mirage

To obtain Health Ministry approval, we must send them an application with your flight details and booking confirmation from one of the hotels below mentioning the duration of stay. After we receive approval from Health Ministry, then we send the approval to ECAA for landing permit approval. If crew wish to extend their stay after they have checked in, then that is possible provided we inform authorities in advance.

Crew maybe allowed to stay overnight onboard aircraft at HECA, but it is not preferred.

Crew are required to quarantine for length of stay up to 14-days.

Tech Stops: Are allowed, with a max 24hrs. At HECA, Crew / Pax are allowed to leave the aircraft.  At other airports, Pax are not allowed to disembark.

Some services are unavailable during curfew unless requested in advance (at least 24 hours in advance).  Arrivals during curfew (except at HECA) will require advance notice so Ground Handlers will be available upon arrival.


Ethiopia

May 29, 2020

Restriction expiration: July 22, 2020.

​​General Restrictions: All passengers arriving in Ethiopia will be subjected to a 14-day quarantine period in designated hotels at their own expense to stem the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, authorities also indicated that Ethiopian Airlines (ET) would cease flight operations to 30 countries; however, the announcement did not reveal the countries affected by the directive.

Everyone entering the country is forced to quarantine/isolate him/herself for 14 days at a designated area prepared by Ethiopian Airlines after 23Mar 00:10 am. For now it is at Skylight hotel ($125 USD a day), cost covered by passenger. They will prepare more hotels following.

Diplomats will be quarantined at their respective Embassies.

The 14-day quarantine does not apply to transit Pax or Crews.

Special ConsiderationsChemical disinfection is mandatory (wide body $ 560.00 & small aircraft $360.00)​


Gabon

April 13, 2020

General Restrictions: No one is allowed to enter Gabon.

Exceptions: Cargo and “exceptional” flights


Gambia

May 27, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 6, 2020

General restrictions: All flights into and out of Banjul/Yundum International Airport except Medical and Cargo Flights are suspended Until Further Notice. Medical or Cargo Flights and Special Flights require a Landing Permit before Arrival.  Issuance of Overflight and Landing Permits is delegated to the Dept. of Flight Safety Standards on an ad hoc basis by the Director General.


Ghana

March 23, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 31, 2020

General restrictions: Kotoka International Airport is closed to all inbound international flights.

Exceptions:

  1. Emergency flights
  2. Cargo flights
  3. Technical landing for refuel only
  4. Medical evacuation flights.

Crew: May disembark but shall undergo strict quarantine under the supervision of the State during rotation / rest period.

Tech Stop Details: Technical landing-fuel and go operations only

ICAO Specific Information: DGAA Closed to all International Flights except those listed. Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Guyana

April 16, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 3, 2020

General Restrictions: Closed for All Intl Passenger Flights into the country exceptions are Pax OUT, Cargo, Medevac, Search and Rescue, Tech stops for Fuel only, and special authorized flights.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops are allowed.


Iran

May 26, 2020

Restriction expiration: July 11, 2020.

General Restrictions:

  1. International scheduled flights will only be accepted at OIIE. It is required special permission to use other INTL airports though email SPECIALPERMISSIONS@CAO.IR
  2. The evacuation flight for evacuating other Nationality from Iran, will only be accepted to/from INTL Airport, prior permission required at least 24 hours before OPR through email SPECIALPERMISSIONS@CAO.IR
  3. Overflight within Tehran FIR (ENR ATS) is continued in accordance with Iran AIP requirements
  4. Flights in State of Emergency are accepted ONLY at INTL Airports
  5. Humanitarian/MEDEVAC/Repatriation/United Nations Flights and other INTL Organizations Air Services are accepted with prior special permission from Iran CAO through email SPECIALPERMISSIONS@CAO.IR
  6. Cargo flights are only accepted at OIIE
  7. Disembarkation of Non-Iranian flight crews is subjected to undertaking screening test.

Crew: Non-Iranian Flight Crews disembarking will be subjected to screening test.

Special Considerations: To prevent further outbreak of COVID-19, all INTL, National Flights and Traffic over flying Tehran FIR are permitted to insert the following AD ONLY as the alternate AD in their FPL: OIII, OIMM, OIFM, OISS, OIKB, OITT, OIZH, OIAW and OICC.

Iraq

April 18, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 22, 2020

General Restrictions: Iraq’s CAA has extended the suspension of all flights through at least 24 Apr. The measure does not apply to Emergency and Cargo Flights.


Israel

May 29, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 15, 2020.

General Restrictions: Authorities in Israel suspended all incoming flights April 11. The suspension will continue until Home Front Command obtains the requisite legal permission to transfer arriving travelers to designated facilities to wait out their 14-day quarantine. The measure is the latest in the country’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Israel’s national flag carrier, El Al (LY) Airlines, has suspended all passenger flights until at least May 30. The company will continue to operate emergency and cargo flights. International flights are only allowed to land at LLBG.

Passenger Restrictions: Israeli citizens and permanent residents are still allowed entry. Israelis returning from abroad who are unable to self-quarantine must enter a designated state-run quarantine facility for a period of 14 days. There are no specific restrictions on passengers from any country; however, the only way foreign passengers can enter Israel is with the approval of Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This must be initiated via the Israeli Embassy. Diplomatic intervention will be needed.

Any passenger arriving in Israel must submit a form in the following webpage in order to inform the authorities of an address for self-quarantine or the inability of self-quarantine. A printed copy of the complete form must be in hand when arriving in case the passport control officer will require it: https://govforms.gov.il/mw/forms/HouseIsolation%40health.gov.il?displang=en

Crew Restrictions: Crew can rest on the aircraft (without clearing customs), at an airport hotel, or at an off-airport hotel. No quarantine requirement.

Tech Stop Specifics: Not possible with Pax onboard. No one may leave the acft. Some services are unavailable without more lead-time (i.e. Catering, Tech Services (oxygen, nitrogen). Airport Duty Free is closed.

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


Jordan

May 26, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 4, 2020.

General Restrictions: Due to COVID-19 Pandemic all flights arriving or departing Jordanian Civil airports are suspended.

Passenger Restrictions: All flights are suspended.

Tech Stop Details: Crew and passengers are not allowed to disembark -fuel and go operations only.

Special Considerations: Cargo Flights, Humanitarian Flights, Medevac Flights, Reparation Flights, United Nation and State/Diplomatic Flights. The exempted flights shall refer to the instructions of Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission available at www.CARC.GOV.JO


Kenya

May 29, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 5, 2020.

​General Restrictions: All scheduled and non-scheduled international Pax flights are suspended, with exceptions listed.

All approved flights are required to provide, before Dep and immediately after ARR, Pax declaration forms and Pax Manifests, complete with Pax names and the NR of the seats they sat on, to Port Health, Immigration and Customs.

Passenger Restrictions: The government on April 5 extended the cancellation of all incoming and outgoing international passenger flights through at least May 6, exempting international flights chartered to evacuate foreign nationals.

Crew: Crew for approved flights with an exemption will be required to self-isolate within designated hotels for their rest period if disembarking.  Crew may also rest on aircraft.

Tech Stop Details: Allowed with Pax onboard, Crew may disembark, Pax cannot.  All services available for exempted flights.

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


Kuwait

May 20, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 31, 2020.

General Restrictions: Authorities have suspended issuing permits for Commercial/Charter operations till further notice. Only Cargo flights are accepting. Please be informed that Kuwait DGCA has announced the suspension of all departing & arriving flights from Singapore, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Iraq, South Korea, Thailand , Egypt & Italy due to increase in #COVID19- Corona Virus.

Passenger Restrictions: Those expats who have a residence permit or previous entry visa to Kuwait who were present in these countries will be prevented from entering, and the issuance of visa on arrival to those coming to Kuwait from these countries will be stopped as a precautionary measure.

Only Kuwaitis, their first degree relatives, and domestic workers accompanying them are allowed. Require Civil copies (front&back sides) of non Kuwaiti accompanying pax(domestic workers and first degree relatives).

Each passengers have to sign MOH forms.

Passport copies for each pax is required.

Crew RestrictionsCrew stay not available now. Only drop and leave options is available.

Special Considerations:

Health Authorities in the State of Kuwait have instituted the following measures for Private Flights due to the Coronavirus:

1. Send operation request to the DGCA with Flight Information of Passengers and Crew details. Fill out the approved Health Card and send to schedules@DGCA.GOV.KW.

2. Approval from Ministries of Health and Interior is required. Final approval by DGCA. Flights limited to Kuwait Citizens, their First Degree Relatives and Domestic Workers accompanying them. Non-Kuwaitis prohibited from Entry.

3. Aircrews allowed to use Hotel subject to Health Procedures being applied.

Health Authorities in the State of Kuwait have instituted the following measures for Cargo Flights due to the Coronavirus:

1. Send operation request to the DGCA, provided that the request must include the Information of Flight, Details of the Shipment, and Aircrew.  Aircrews must adhere to the procedures of the Health Authorities at Kuwait International Airport.  The request can be sent to the following email schedules@DGCA.GOV.KW.

2. Aircrews are allowed to use the Kuwait International Airport transit hotel, if they wish, noting that Health Procedures are mandatory and will be applied.

ICAO Specific Information:

​OKBK – Airport Operational hours: 0900-2100LT

Total number of Pax shouldn’t be exceeding 100 for whole private flight operations per day. If total pax is exceeding 100 per day, flight will have to move to the next day.


Lebanon

May 29, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 8, 2020.

​​General Restrictions: Lebanese authorities will prohibit entry to and exit from the northern town of Bsharri from 0600 April 11 as part of the country’s efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measure follows a surge in COVID-19 cases in Bsharri over the past several days. It remains unclear how long the new restriction will be in effect. Authorities plan to carry out hundreds of COVID-19 tests in Bsharri in the coming days and determine the duration of the measure based upon the test results. Lebanese authorities previously extended the existing nationwide lockdown through at least July 5th. Every flight must have approval from the Prime Minister’s Office.  It is suggested to submit the flight request along with PCR Test for all Pax and copies of their passports.

Passenger Restrictions: Authorities shut down operations at Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport/OLBA, regional airports, and all seaports starting March 18.

Crew: May not enter Beirut, but can stay onboard or drop off Pax and depart immediately to another destination.

Special Considerations:UN Flights, Diplomatic Flights, Cargo Flights.

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


Liberia

May 26, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 6, 2020.

General Restrictions: All Commercial Flights to/from Roberts Intl Airport are suspended aside from the list of allowed flights. Authorities in Liberia have declared a renewable three-week state of emergency from April 10 in the latest measure to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Passenger Restrictions: No passenger flights will be allowed outside of the flights listed. Inbound passengers will be quarantined for 14 days before they will be allowed to enter the country.

Crew Restrictions: Charter and Special Flight Crew Members must remain on  board and stopovers shortened. Crew will be quarantined for 14 days before allowed entry into the country.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops are allowed, and can be arranged for operations with Passengers via the Airport Authority. Crew rest is available only onboard.

Mali

May 27, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 31, 2020.

General Restrictions: No one is allowed entry without special Clearance from Airport Authority.

Exceptions: Government, VIP, Ambulance, Humanitarian, Military, Technical and Cargo


Mauritania

March 22, 2020

Restriction expiration: Until further notice.

General restrictions: All airports In Mauritania are closed to commercial arrival and departure traffic.


Morocco

May 29, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 15, 2020.

General Restrictions: All international flights from or to Morocco are suspended until further notice except overflight and cargo.  No foreign nationals are allowed to enter the country.

All private flight from or to Morocco are suspended until further notice. The VIP flights must request Authorization from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kingdom of Morocco via diplomatic channels.

Crew: Crewmembers for Cargo Flight must remain onboard and stopovers shortened. No crew rest available.

Tech Stop Specifics: Possible with Pax onboard, no one can leave the aircraft.  Some services unavailable as Catering Supplier closed UFN.

ICAO Specific Information:

  • GMME – Civilian side closed​

Mozambique

May 21, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 30, 2020.

General restrictions: Visas for Chinese travelers to Mozambique are suspended. Travelers must self-quarantine for 14 days if they are entering the country from countries affected by COVID-19. Authorities have suspended all air and maritime inter-island connections. Mozambique citizens and residents will be allowed to entry, but will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

Passenger Restrictions: Subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Crew: Max Crew Rest is 24 hours.  Hotels are available or rest on aircraft.

Tech Stop Details: Can Tech Stop with pax onboard. Crew may leave aircraft, pax not yet decided.

Special Considerations: Aircraft to be disinfected by a recognized disinfectant.

ICAO Specific Information: Hours of Operation have been reduced:

  • FQMA – 0400 to 2000Z
  • FQBR – 0400 to 1800Z​

Namibia

May 30, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 30, 2020.

General restrictions:

General Restrictions: All commercial flights in and out of Namibia have been suspended since March 26 until further notice.  President Declares state of emergency as from 17 March 2020 over the whole country. Returning residents and citizens will be subject to mandatory, supervised quarantine for a period of 14 days. As per Presidential Directive, all ACFT seeking approval to fly into or out of Namibia that meet flight requirements for pre-authorization from Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services (MHSS), Ministry of Works and Transport and all Diplomatic / Mil flights to see additional authorization from Ministry of INTL Relations and Cooperation (MIRCO).

Minister of Health: NEW MEASURES IMPLEMENTED:

  1. Travel ban at the International Airport and ports of people arriving by air or by sea from: Schengen States, China, Iran, Korea, UK, USA, Japan
  2. Temporary Travel ban for Namibians, Temporary Residents, except for special occasions and with permission of Minister of Health and Social Services.
    • Special cases include:
    • Medical treatment
    • Humanitarian assistants
    • Namibians returning
    • Truck drivers bringing food etc.

Compulsory screening with quarantine where necessary.

  1. All business, social and leisure travel suspended.
  2. All international flights, scheduled or private chartered to land at Hosea Kutako or Walvis Bay.
  3. All passenger international flights to and from high infected countries are suspended for 30 days. Cargo not affected.
  4. All Namibians and PRP arriving from high infection countries will be subjected to supervised self-quarantine for 10 days.
  5. South African borders to remain open for visitors to exit and for Namibians to return and for trade.

Niger

May 29, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 29, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities in Niger have enacted several measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. As of April 11, a nationwide State of Emergency, originally enacted March 28, remains in place. Additional restrictions are now in place.  International passenger flights are suspended until further notice. No foreign nationals allowed to enter the country except for Diplomatic Personnel. 14-Day quarantine at place of residence during time in country.

* Land borders are closed until further notice

Crew Restrictions: No crew rest options available.  Quarantine for length of stay, up to 14-days.

Tech Stop Specifics: Allowed with no disembarkation of Pax (only Crew). Some services are unavailable: Catering is not available, disinfections service is not available, but Hand Sanitizing service is available.

Special Considerations: Repatriation Flights and Cargo Flights with prior authorization.

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


Nigeria

May 29, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 4, 2020.

General restrictions: Approval for flights may be granted upon request. Process for approval found in AIC.  The Nigerian government closed all land borders to passenger traffic for four weeks effective March 23. The update follows restrictions to air travel following the closure of the five international airports (DNMM, DNAA, DNKN, DNPO, and DNEN) on March 23 and has been extended until 4 June 2020.

Crew: Crew operating evacuation flights of more than 6 hours shall apply for flights through the appropriate embassy. Embassy will provide transportation of flight crew to and from airport and provide controlled sleeping arrangements for rest period in compliance with NCDC guidelines. Operators must provide prior notification to Port Health of arrival and departure to ensure screening of port of entry.

Tech Stop Specifics: Tech Stop (no disembark)

ICAO Specific Information:

  • DNMM, DNAA, DNKN, DNPO, and DNEN – Closed until at least 04JUN20.

Please contact your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Oman

May 29, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 29, 2020

​​General Restrictions: All international and domestic PAX flights arriving and departing airports within OOMM FIR are suspended. OOMS and OOSA available for Emergency Diversion only. PPR 15Min Notice required via ATC. Jetex can arrange crew accomodation in airport hotel for diplomatic flight crew operating to OOMS or OOSA.

Special Considerations: Humanitarian, Repatriation, Diplomatic, Cargo and Ambulance flights can also operate subjected to PACA approval.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stop for refueling is possible in OOMS and OOSA. Crew will not be allowed to disembark; only quick turnaround is possible. Please coordinate with the airports operator to ensure this will be implemented.

ICAO Specific Information:

OOMM: Only returning Omani citizens are allowed to disembark at OOMM and are subject to PHE measures by the Ministry of Health at OOMM.

This restriction does not apply to

a. Cargo Flights approved by the PACA Air Transport Department

b. Domestic Flights to OOKB

c. Overflights

d. Aircraft operated by RAFO, ROP, Oman Royal Flight

e. Aft Exempted by the Authority

OOSA: Hours of Operation are 0400 to 1600 UTC. Available outside these hours for Emergency. Contact AOC +96823367888.

Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Qatar

May 29, 2020

General Restrictions: All Passenger flights inbound to Qatar aerodromes are suspended except for flights with transfer passengers, Qatari Nationals and Cargo Flights. Qatari nationals returning will be placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Qatari citizens in Qatar are not allowed to exit the country. Foreigners are barred from entering the country.

Crew: Crew rest can be done at Oryx Hotel airside without clearing customs. If crew members enter Doha, there might be circumstances that they will be subject for a 14-day quarantine.

Tech Stop Details: It’s possible to operate technical stops/crew rest however if the crew will enter Doha ‎there might be a circumstances that they will be subject for a 14 days quarantine due to covid-19 issue. There is a hotel airside.


Rwanda

May 29, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 31, 2020.

General Restrictions: No Passenger Flights for 30 Days- Officials also maintain the closure of Rwanda’s borders, except for the movement of cargo and permitted entry of returning citizens and residents, subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Enhanced health screenings are underway at all ports of entry. All travelers presenting one of the COVID-19 symptoms and coming from Countries with confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be considered suspect cases and be isolated fro further investigations and laboratory testing procedures in the nearest hospital. If confirmed, traveler will be sent to COVID-19 Treatment Center. Any asymptomatic traveler coming from countries with confirmed COVID-19 cases will be considered at risk and will be recorded in a register and electronic tools for continued daily monitoring for 14-days counted from the day he/she left country.

Passenger Restrictions: Disembarking Pax from repatriation flights are taken directly to quarantine.

Crew Restrictions: Crew layover not allowed.

ICAO Specific Information: HRYR – Authorities suspended all flights to and from Kigali International Airport (KGL), the primary entry and exit point for international travelers, for at least 30 days starting March 20.


Saudi Arabia

May 29, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 12, 2020.

General Restrictions: Authorities announced March 29 that the Kingdom has indefinitely extended the suspension of international flights. Domestic passenger flights are schdeuled to resume 31 May.

Passenger Restrictions: No International or domestic passenger flights are allowed. Saudis entering SA are allowed with approval from the MOH. Flights with outbound foreign nationals are allowed with proper approval from GACA.

Crew: Operators on approved flights are advised to comply with KSA Ministry of Health instructions protocol regarding notification for LDG at KSA Airports. Crew must be briefed on symptoms of COVID-19. Crew of Foreign Operators must remain on board the ACFT. Crew to notify Airport Authority no later than 60 minutes prior to landing of suspected COVID-19 cases onboard.

Exceptions: The measures do not apply to:

  1. Transport associated with vital sectors, including health, cargo, and energy
  2. Cargo
  3. Diplomatic flights
  4. Technical stops where pax does not disembark
  5. Humanitariation, medevac and repatriations flights (must be approved by GACA prior to operation)
Tech Stop Details: Tech stops are allowed but crew and passengers may not disembark. No Crew Rest is available. Short turns for refueling only.
Special Considerations: The measures do not apply to transport associated with vital sectors, including health, cargo, and energy.

Senegal

May 30, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 30, 2020

General Restrictions: Ministry of Foreign Affairs special approval for all types of flights – private/charter/medical flights/air ambulance.  All responses below are for GOOY Military Airport.

​Crew: Crew Rest Available at local Hotel or on the aircraft.  Crew are not exempt from restrictions.

Tech Stop Details:

  • Crew / pax may leave the aircraft
  • No ACU Available

ICAO Specific Information:

  • GOOY – Still PRR via Diplomatic

All Others – Via Diplomatic until Declaration of COVID-19 end within the Country or decision of authorities.​


Seychelles

May 29, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 31, 2020.

General Restrictions: Authorities in the Seychelles announced April 8 that they will enforce a nationwide 21-day period of restrictions as part of the country’s efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Seychelles International airport (FSIA) is open for:

  1. Flights with permission from the Authority and
  2. Emergency Diversions

Permit to enter the Seychelles is still under the Public Health guidance due to COVID-19. Ministry of Health still have the upper hand to approve or cancel any application to operate to FSIA.

Passenger Restrictions: A travel ban of Seychellois citizens to foreign countries remains in place.

Crew: Heightened screening measures.

Special Considerations: Cargo transport remains open with heightened screening measures.

ICAO Specific Information:  FSIA is open with limited flights until the end of May.


Sierra Leone

May 27, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 22, 2020

General Restrictions: International commercial passenger flight operations at Freetown International Airport /GFLL are suspended. Additional measures are likely to be taken by the authorities through at least the end of April. Emergency flights will still be allowed to proceed via Freetown International Airport /GFLL the only international airport in the country. Additional measures are likely to be taken by the authorities through at least the end of April


Somalia

May 11, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 17, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities have reportedly enforced a short-notice lockdown in Mogadishu April 10 in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities have cleared streets and closed businesses. It is not clear when the new restrictions will be lifted.

Passenger Restrictions: All airports are closed to local passenger flights.

Special Considerations: Cargo flights (food stuff, medical supply and spare parts) except fruit and vegetable are authorized provided prior permit is obtained from Somali CAA.


South Africa

May 30, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 30, 2020.

General Restrictions: Authorities in South Africa extended the existing nationwide lockdown through at least June 30 as part of their efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  Authorities reiterated that existing lockdown measures will remain in force.  All international, regional and domestic flights are prohibited (inclusive of Gen and Recreational Aviation).  Domestic flights are available for business only. Exceptions are those flights authorized by the Ministry of Transport (Mr. Owen Rikhotso), 0726234370, EMAIL: RIKHOTSO@DOT.GOV.ZA. Medical evacuation flights may not carry passengers other than crew and patients and shall be subject to quarantine laws. Cargo flight will be subject to sanitization requirements. Repatriation of Foreign Nationals to their respective countries are allowed subject to the following conditions: Charter may enter with crew, no passengers allowed; crew may not disembark.

Medical Flights

a. Medical Evaluation Flt may not carry Pax other than Crew and Patients
b. Crew and Patients are subject to quarantine laws

Passenger Restrictions: Repatriation of South African Nationals from foreign countries are allowed subject to the following conditions: passengers should have a fully paid return flight ticket; passengers will be quarantined for up to 21 days.

Crew: Crew of South African repatriation flights may disembark subject to mandatory quarantine laws as applicable. Crew of repatriation of foreign national flights are not allowed to disembark; ensure that flight and duty times are adhered to under all circumstances through provision of relief crew.

Tech Stop Details: No passengers may disembark during tech stop.

Special Considerations: Cargo flights

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


Sudan

May 23, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 31. 2020.

General Restrictions: There are currently no commercial international flights in and out of Sudan as Khartoum Airport and all other Sudanese Airports are closed.

Passenger Restrictions: All travellers entering Sudan are required to complete a medical form upon their arrival.


Suriname

May 15, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 14, 2020.

General Restrictions: All international passengers’ arrivals and departures at SMJP and SMZO are temporarily suspended.

The following flights must receive prior approval from the Act. Head of the Civil Aviation Department with at least 24-hour notice: Medical, Repatriation, and Cargo flights.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops are allowed but must be approved by the CAA, COVID-19 Team of Suriname and the Minister.

Crew / Pax may not step out of the aircraft.
ICAO Specific Information:
  • SMZO – http://www.cadsur.sr/smzo.html
  • SMJP – Use as an alternate will not be allowed; Technical/fuel stops are now still allowed to land at SMJP but the CAA, Covid19 Team of Suriname and the Minster of Public Works must give the permission to land. A landing request must be requested and send three (3) days in advance. Airport Operating Hours 24 hours. http://www.cadsur.sr/pengel.html 

Tanzania

May 29, 2020

Restriction expiration: Unrestricted entry.

General Restrictions: Tanzania has resumed all international flights. As part of the new measure, all travelers arriving at airports will be required to undergo enhanced screening for COVID-19 upon arrival.

All international travelers should adhere to hand-washing hygiene, wear masks and keep physical distancing.

Cargo Flights are allowed based on respective Bilateral Air Service Agreements (BASAs) between Tanzania and other countries.

The Government will continue to authorize flight operatoins to include overflights, humanitarian aid, medical and relief, diplomatic missions and other safety-related operations.

Passenger Restrictions: All travelers Surveillance Form available onboard and submit to Port Health Authorities upon arrival.

Crew: Should submit completed Health Declaration Forms before their arrival. Crew have to declare their final destination at the Point of Entry.​


Turkey

May 26, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 31, 2020

General Restrictions: All flights, regardless of seat configuration from/to any aerodromes of all countries with the purpose to operate at any Turkish aerodromes are prohibited. Flight prohibitions also cover the flights of business jets and exceptional authorisations will be needed for carrying Turkish Citizens from restricted countries in case of repatriation.

Passenger Restrictions: All inbound Turkish citizens on flights will be quarantined for 14 days.

Crew Restrictions: UA Turkey may arrange hotel rooms for crew rest inside the airport only.

Special Considerations: Cargo Flights, Government Flights, Emergency Medical, Diversions, Repatriation Flights

ICAO Specific Information: Parking of 3 days can be arranged either in the Apron or Hangar. Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.

Uganda

June 1 2020

Restriction expiration: June 26, 2020.

General Restrictions: All International passenger flights to and from Uganda Aerodromes are suspended Until June 2, 2020.

Foreign Nationals who require evacuation from Uganda to their home countries may be flown out provided they are cleared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mistry of Health, and Ministry of Works and Transport, and the evacuating flight has no disembarking passengers.

Air transportation of human remains into Uganda is suspended.

Travelers from high-risk countries will face a 14-day mandatory quarantine at their own expense in a local health facility even if they exhibit no symptoms of COVID-19.  All airports, as well as land and maritime ports of entry are closed until further notice.

Passenger Restrictions: Disembarking Pax shall:

  • Be subjected to physical and temperature screening and results will be communicated per the Ministry of Health / World Health Organization.
  • Undergo mandatory quarantine at a Govt designated facility at their own expense under the surveillance by health authorities
  • Dispose of their masks and /or gloves used during travel in designated waste collection containers.

Crew Restrictions: Disembarking Crew shall:

  • Be subjected to physical and temperature screening and results will be communicated per the Ministry of Health / World Health Organization.
  • Undergo mandatory quarantine at Protea Hotel Entebee and Lake Victoria for their rest period.
  • Dispose of their masks and /or gloves used during travel in designated waste collection containers

For flight crew based in Uganda,

  1. a) when crew members travel out of Uganda and return on the same day, they shall:
  2.     i) not be subjected to mandatory 14 days institutional quarantine if they do not disembark from the aircraft at the destination;
  3.     ii) be subjected to mandatory 14 days institutional quarantine if they disembark from the aircraft at the destination;
  4. b) in the event that the crew members travel out of Uganda and do not return on the same day, they shall be subjected to mandatory 14 days institutional quarantine at premises designated by the Ministry of Health on return;
  5. c) all crew members must fulfil the Port Health requirements at the airport/airstrip.

United Arab Emirates

May 29, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 4, 2020.

General Restrictions: For approval of all flights, contact UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs through diplomatic channels. All international flights from/to airports in UAE are suspended. This restrictions does not affect the following flights:

  1. CARGO FLIGHTS operating with no passengers on board (if passengers on board they must meet the requirements listed in the Passenger Requirements below). Cargo flights from the Hubei Province in China or Iran are not allowed.
  2. Aircraft in a State of Emergency per international standard.
  3. Operations related to medical fights for the purpose of carrying UAE Nationals ONLY. Crew onboard are subject to health requirements unless they leave UAE territory.
  4. Technical landings per below
  5. Humanitarian/Medivac/Repatriation flights are allowed but MUST have approval from Ministry of Foreign Affairs through diplomatic channels.
  6. UAE Registered aircraft that are out of base prior to 24MAR2020 will be allowed to return to base carrying only UAE nationals and operator’s crew members. THESE SHALL INCLUDE RMK/BASERETURN IN ITEM 18 OF THE FPL. All domestic flights and overflights are allowed with no restrictions.

Flights without a valid FPL will not be permitted to enter UAE Airspace.

A Landing Permit issued by an Airport Authority is not an approval to enter Emirates FIR.  The Operator and PIC shall ensure compliance with latest issue of Safety Decision 2020-01 Flight Restrictions Due TO Coronavirus SARS-COV-2 https://www.GCAA.GOV.AE.

In Field 18 of FPL, add:

  1. Type of Flight (Tech Stop-Evac-Cargo-Air Ambulance-Ferry)
  2. Landing Permit Code issued by Airport Auth.

All Non-Sked Air Transport Ops and General Aviation Flights INBD or Outbound any aerodrome in the UAE shall obtain prior approval MNM 24 hours prior DEP from National Advance Information Center (NAIC)-UAE.

Submit (APP) data to (NAIC) of all Pax and Crew and Flight Details

PIC or Aircraft operator must respond to AFTN messages immediately when contacted by Emirates ACC.

Passenger Restrictions: No Flight carrying passengers will be allowed entry. Passengers are allowed on a cargo flight IF the flight is operated by an UAE Air Operator, passengers are UAE Nationals AND the UAE Air Operator provides the weekly schedule of flights ahead of time. Pax from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa are allowed. 14-day Quarantine at government-mandated facility or hotel.

Crew Restrictions: Crew may rest at an airport hotel. 14-day Quarantine at government-mandated facility or hotel.​

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops are allowed with no disembarkation of passengers or crew. Crew are allowed to disembark to perform walk-around inspection and flight prep only. All normal services are available.

Special Considerations: Cargo may operate but is limited to Crew and personnel required; Cargo ops from China or Iran are not allowed.

ICAO Specific Information:

  • OMSJ – Crew rest no longer allowed as of 2 weeks ago (Updated 29APR verbally with Gama Aviation)
  • OMDW – Please be advised in order to get OMDW landing permit, the process is as follows:
  1. Passengers must contact their respective Embassy or Consulate in UAE / and ask them to inform UAE MOFA about their departure and flight details.

Please make sure that the Embassy will include flight details including the complete list and details of the passengers when sending to MOFA:

  1. OPERATOR:
  2. AIRCRAFT TYPE:
  3. REGISTRATION:
  4. CALLSIGN:
  5. SCHEDULE:
  6. If MOFA accepts the request from Embassy, they will approve departure on the flight.
  7. We have to get the MOFA approval and submit it along with landing permit application to GCAA to get landing permit for your flight.

Zambia

May 23, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 22, 2020.

General restrictions: Zambians and residents returning from high risk countries will be subjected to mandatory 14-day quarantine as per protocol.  Officials are screening at airports and border crossings, and 14-day mandatory quarantine is in place for persons at high risk of COVID-19. Zambian borders remain open but under tight screening procedures.

International travel by Government employees except for His Excellency President Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, parastatals and State owned Entities is suspended with immediate effect.

Passenger Restrictions: International passengers are being screened and those from high-risk countries followed up for 14 Days as part of a mandatory quarantine for travelers from high-risk areas. (China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, USA, UK, Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands,  Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and India).

Crew: Crew rest is available at hotel but crew must quarantine at the hotel. Crew must undergo a health screening upon arrival and the required forms must be completed. Crew must obtain visa on arrival. Permit lead times remain the same.

ICAO Specific Information:

  • FLKK/Lusaka will remain open until further notice.
  • FLSK/Ndola, FLLI/Livingstone, and FLMF/Mfuwe airports are closed indefinitely as of March 25.

Zimbabwe

April 9, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 14, 2020

General Restrictions: Zimbabwean authorities suspended all inbound and outbound commercial air travel indefinitely on March 23. Cargo and freight shipments remain unaffected.

Passenger Restrictions: All land borders are closed to passenger traffic.


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