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Africa & Middle East COVID-19 Flight Restrictions


Algeria

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 10, 2020

General Restrictions: As of Aug 9th Algerian Authorities will begin to ease some coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions which will remain in place until Aug 31. The curfew that has been instated most of the countries

Provinces will be reduced to 2300-0600 local. A ban on public and private vehicle traffic will continue. Algerian citizens returning using the government’s special repatriation program from foreign countries will be quarantined for 7 days rather than 14 days.

Land, air, and sea connections for passenger travel remain suspended until further notice. Flights are not authorized except in the event of repatriation of Algerian citizens, State Aircraft, Cargo flights, MEDEVAC flights, and technical stops where crew and passengers do not disembark. All other flights require approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 14 day quarantine is required on arrival.

Passenger Restrictions: Must remain on board during tech stops. Must wear face masks while in public. Social distancing should be practiced as well.

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

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

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

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


Angola

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 7, 2020

Restriction expiration: August 9, 2020

General Restrictions: The government has extended the State of Emergency until at least August 9. Exceptions are Medevac, Repatriation, Cargo, Humanitarian, Tech Stops and State flights.  The country’s land, sea, and air borders are closed. The movement of essential goods, humanitarian operations, and the repatriation of foreign nationals continues.  As of June 26th, according to the Ministry of Transport, most international flights are still banned. In Angola’s situation of Public Disaster Situation, only humanitarian and special flights will be allowed. All passengers traveling to Angola must perform a RT-PCR SARS-cov-2 molecular test, up to 8 days before the date of travel. International air travel is expected to resume in the near future, but there is no specified date as of yet. A Health Control Form must be filled out and presented upon arrival.

Passenger Restrictions: Entry is Passengers are restricted from any country other than Angola. Upon entry, 14 day quarantine is required. Passengers disembarking from flights must at all times make use of the means of individual protection against COVID-19 (masks and other things).

Crew Restrictions: 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). Crew can stay up to 72 hours at an approved hotel. Crew cannot rest on the aircraft.

Angola requires that all aircraft must have COVID-19 individual pandemic protection on board. Crew need to use individual protection against COVID-19. Crew are not to leave the perimeter of the aircraft without permission.

Tech Stops: Only crew can leave the aircraft to settle services with handler.

ICAO Specific Information: FNLU is currently operational 24/7.


Bahrain

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 10, 2020

General Restrictions: Passengers are not allowed to transit and enter Bahrain unless they are:

– GCC citizens who do not require visas. Still not allowed to enter Bahrain

Arrival Procedure:

All arriving passengers must complete a health declaration form provided on arrival by the Ministry of Health and are subject COVID-19 testing at a cost of BHD 30. Payments can be made on arrival in cash and electronically, or in advance via the ‘BeAware Bahrain’ mobile application.

If a passenger tests positive, the Ministry will take further action. Those who test negative will complete immigration formalities and collect their baggage. Passengers should adhere to social distancing measures at the baggage reclaim area and leave the terminal as soon as possible to minimize the possibility of transmission.

Arriving passengers are also required to self-isolate for 10 days and will be tested again at the end of their quarantine period. Exit swabs will cost an additional BHD 30 and can be paid for through the app or at the testing centre. Cabin crew, diplomatic staff, and those arriving from medical travel are exempt. Transit passengers are not required to undergo testing or subject to quarantine.

Authorities in Bahrain will resume accepting work permit requests from Aug. 9. The issuing of work permits for foreigners was initially suspended in March.

Entry into Bahrain remains restricted to Bahraini nationals and residents, as well as other travelers holding a letter of prior permission to enter. All visas on arrival have been suspended until further notice.  Flights to and from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, and Morocco remain suspended until further notice. Travelers who transited through or departed from Iraq, Lebanon, or Iran in the 14 days before arrival will be denied entry, except for Bahraini or Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens. All arrivals are subject to health screenings recommended by WHO and will be required to self isolate for 14-days from the date of their arrival. 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. It is dealt with case by case basis. All permits need not to be applied through diplomatic channels. 

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: Wearing of protective face coverings while out in public is compulsory.

  1. Visa on Arrival remain suspended until further notice.
    • 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. Visas issued by authorities before the COVID-associated restrictions were put in place an expired visit visas will still be valid through at least Oct 21. 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; pax arriving via private jet can still get a visa on arrival.
  2. Passengers are not allowed to transit and enter Bahrain unless they are:
    • Bahraini Citizens
    • GCC citizens who do not require visas
    • 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 transfer passengers
    • This does not apply to Military Personnel
  3. 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.
    • Government will give consideration to non-Bahrain citizens/residents but are giving priority to Bahrain citizens/residents.
  4. Saudi Arabian nationals currently residing in Bahrain are permitted to return to Saudi Arabia via the King Fahd Causeway without permission. The causeway has remained closed to regular traffic since March 7.

Crew: Crew members (US) will still be able to obtain Visa on Arrival at OBBI. Crew must obtain prior permission for overnight rest stops. Crew are subject to medical screening, but then can proceed to the hotel for rest if overnight stay is approved by government. Crew can enter on crew Gendec and can stay for 48 hrs. Crew will be given a COVID-19 medical screening.


Botswana

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 7, 2020

General Restrictions: Gaborone has been placed under lockdown conditions through Aug 13. Residents only are permitted to leave their residents to obtain essential goods and services between 0800 and 2000 local time. All arriving intl Pax who are citizens and residents of Botswana will be quarantined for 14 days. Non-citizens including transit and transfer Pax will be denied entry. Exclusions exist for flights delivering essential commodities such as food, medical Supplies, fuel and agricultural supplies.

Air Botswana resumed domestic flights on June 12 following precautionary measures, such as social distancing between passengers and health screening before boarding. International flights remain suspended.

The Botswana government (reported in AIC 07/2020 and still in force as of July 16th) has prohibited entry of passengers from these countries: China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, United States of America, United Kingdom, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and India.

The issuance of visas at ports of entry has been suspended until further notice.

These are the only international airports open for international flights:

  1. Kasane International Airport / FBKE
  2. Maun International Airport / FBMN
  3. P G Matante International Airport / FBFT 
  4. Sir Seretse Khama International Airport / FBSK
  5. All other airports are closed to international flights.  

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. Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.

Universal Primary Ground Handler in Botswana advises they are unable to assist with clearances or DOT approvals during the COVID-19 situation. The operator will need to apply to the CAA and the Department of Transportation.

The form to be completed and provided is the Health Declaration Form which is issued on arrival by Port Health for immediate completion. The PCR Test can be provided to Health Authorities to further confirm crew status.


Cameroon

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 7, 2020

General Restrictions: Limited international air travel to Cameroon is ongoing as of July 17. Services by Air France (AF), Brussels Airlines (SN), and Ethiopia Airlines (ET) will operate out of Douala International Airport (FKKD) and Yaounde Nsimalen International Airport (FKYS). All passengers intending to travel to Cameroon must present a negative coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test taken up to three days before the flight. Other flights allowed are Medevac, Cargo, tech stops, and repatriation flights approved by the government. 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 0600 and 2200 UTC.

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

Crew Restrictions: Not allowed to disembark without prior authorization. No crew rest allowed. Crew cannot rest at hotel. Crew must follow all directives of the health authorities.

Tech stops:  Tech stops are allowed. Nobody can leave the aircraft.


Cape Verde

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 7, 2020

Restriction expiration: August 31, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities have announced that international flights will not resume until at least end of August 2020.

Limited international flights to resume 01 Aug 2020.

A permit will be required for all aircraft and should be applied to the authorities with 48 hours in advance of the flight and to be analyzed by the CAA

The following information is required.

  • Operator
  • Registration
  • Aircraft Type
  • Purpose of flight
  • Passenger and Crew information
  • Complete schedule and passenger loads.
  • AOC
  • Noise Certificate
  • Air Worthiness certificate.

Facilitation can be made through the local handler or through CAA directly.

Tech stops can be made in Cape Verde, but will require the same information as a landing permit.

Currently, Cape Verde airports are closed to all inbound international flights due to COVID-19 infection prevention. The restriction does not affect the following flights:

  • Aircraft in state of emergency
  • Cargo flights
  • Technical landing for refueling
  • Humanitarian/Medevac/Repatriation flights
  • United Nations flights
  • Flights for essential travel purpose approved by the government

Persons on board and crew shall not be allowed to disembark without authorization. Passengers authorized to disembark in Cape Verde should confirm a negative PCR COVID-19 test.

Except for aircraft in emergency the exempted flights are to seek pre-authorization from the civil aviation authorities by phone or email.

Domestic flights resumed across Cape Verde July 15.

Passenger Restrictions: Pax must not leave the Aircraft.

Crew: Must remain on board for Repatriation and Technical Stops. Crew members authorized to disembark shall undergo strict mandatory quarantine under the supervision of the state during their rotation / rest period.

ICAO specific information:

  • GVAC-CAA is restricting operations to GVAC, it is recommended GVNP be used instead.
  • GVAC may resume normal operations around 13 JUL but at this time it is uncertain. 

Chad

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 10, 2020

General Restrictions: The state of emergency will continue until Aug 17.

Authorities allowed the resumption of limited commercial flights at N’Djamena International Airport (NDJ), and a limited pre-approved list of destinations may resume from Aug. 1. Specific destinations will be announced, depending on the reciprocal opening of airspace with other nations. Travelers to Chad require a medical certificate from local health authorities stating they are free from COVID-19 prior to departure. Travelers arriving in Chad will be subject to a mandatory seven-day quarantine period. Destinations may be added or removed depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Authorities in Chad have revised and extended the existing nightly curfew in certain regions through at least July 20 as part of government efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The curfew has been revised to 2200-0500, and is in place in N’Djamena, Logone Occidental, Logone Oriental, Mayo-Kebbi Ouest, Guera, Kanem, and Mayo-Kebbi Est regions; Mandelia and Lougoun sub-prefectures in Chari-Baguirmi Region; and N’Djamena Fara sub-prefecture in Hadjer-Lamis Region. International flights will resume to FTTJ-N’Djamena on August 1st.

Other restrictions and measures remain in place nationwide, including a ban on travel into and out of the capital, N’Djamena, as well as all regional capitals. Freight and cargo transport serving these cities is limited. All international commercial passenger flights remain suspended until further notice. The measure does not apply to cargo and emergency flights.

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.

Tech stops: Tech stops are allowed but none can disembark. No crew rest allowed.

Special Considerations: Cargo flights and Diplomatic flights with Permits.

ICAO Specific Information:

  • FTTJ-N’Djamena-International flights will resume to FTTJ-N’Djamena on August 1st.

Congo, Democratic Republic

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 7, 2020

General Restrictions: International borders and Airports are expected to re-open 15 AUG.

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.

No quarantine procedures in place at the moment.

The wearing of protective masks is mandatory in public.

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.

ICAO specific information:

FZQA:Daily curfew between 1800-0400z


Côte d’Ivoire

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 8, 2020

Restriction expiration: August 31, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities in Cote d’Ivoire have extended the ongoing state of emergency through August 31 as part of the nation’s efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Land and sea borders will remain closed during this period; however, domestic flights have been authorized to resume June 26, with international flights starting July 1. Cargo and freight transport will likely continue through land and sea borders, with increased screening in place.

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: Some international flights were allowed to begin on July 1st.

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, medevac, repatriation and special flights.

ICAO Specific Information: Able to file DIAP as alternate aerodrome.

Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Djibouti

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 10, 2020

Restriction expiration: September 1, 2020.

General Restrictions: Authorities have banned all commercial international travel.

Authorities in Djibouti have announced the reopening of the primary air entry point, Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport (HDAM), for incoming and outgoing passenger traffic from July 17. Passengers entering Djibouti will be tested upon arrival for COVID-19. Authorities have not indicated what measures will be taken for travelers who test positive.

All land and sea borders remain closed until Sept. 1. Cargo and humanitarian services will be allowed to continue.

Currently the only flights allows are cargo/military and technical stops.

Any flights must get permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Civil Aviation Authority.
Overnight parking is not allowed and crew cannot leave the aircraft until departure. Cargo and military flights are allowed only after approval from Djibouti Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Civil Aviation Authority. There is a 14 day quarantine for anyone ultimately allowed to enter.  On arrival, on the civilian side of the airport, visa on arrival is possible for French and Dutch citizens.

All flights must be disinfected before arrival with health certificate.

Crew will need medical certificate free covid test valid 72hrs.

All arrival passengers will undergo covid 19 test at own cost of 5000djf except crew and transit passengers with or without covid 19 medical test certificate.

Passengers will be released after given covid 19 test results within one and half hours.

Positive covid 19 test results passengers will be taken for 14 days quarantine on their own cost on selected medical facilities.

Negative covid 19 free test results passengers will be released home with advise of self-quarantine.

Passenger Restrictions: Pax will not be able to disembark during tech stop

Crew Restrictions: The crew can enter via gendec, on the civilian side, for 72 hours provided they have airline IDs and are in uniforms.


Egypt

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 7, 2020

General Restrictions: The Ministry of Civil Aviation highlights that the Prime Minister’s

Decree on prohibiting travelling to Egypt unless all travelers

Have a negative PCR test is applicable only to non-Egyptians.

The PCR test result must be issued not more than 72 hours prior to the arrival.

The Decree will come into force starting August 15th, 2020.

All tourists travelling directly by air to Sharm el Sheikh/HESH, Taba/HETB, Hurghada/HEGN, Marsa Alam/HEMA,

And Matrouh/HEMM International Airports are exempted from this requirement.

Transit passengers to these airports are exempted as well.

Tourism will be limited to resorts in Matrouh, Red Sea, and South Sinai coastal governorates. Authorities have reportedly instituted a series of measures to ensure social distancing at the country’s airports. All passengers must also wear masks on airplanes. All types of flights including business flights and leisure flights are allowed. Masks and gloves are required in public places until further notice. Quarantine is not required at this time.

Travelers to Egypt will no longer undergo testing upon arrival; instead, they will be subject to temperature checks. All residents arriving in Egypt will need to self-isolate at home for 14 days. No health tests or examinations are required before the flight.

Passenger Restrictions: Pax can depart and arrive into Egypt at all airports. No restrictions at the moment. Of course, landing permit is required for passengers to enter or depart from Egypt.

Tech Stops: Are allowed, with no minimum stay. 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

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 7, 2020

General Restrictions: All arriving passengers entering Ethiopia will need to quarantine for 14 days except transit passengers. Diplomats and their descendants are allowed to quarantine at their own residence for 14 days.

The 14 days’ quarantine does not apply to Transit passengers and crews. If permit is acquired through diplomatic channels crew may be allowed for overnight stay at HAAB for a maximum of 12 hours stay.

The revised procedure currently has 2 options for quarantine passengers:

  1. Those passengers who bring PCR test, they give their sample on arrival and they go home and self-quarantine at their home for 14 Days with government follow up
  2. Those passengers going to the hotel, their sample will be taken before leaving the hotel and they are expected to self-quarantine at their home for 7 Days more with government follow up.

Land borders remain closed.

Tech Stops: Tech stops possible with pax onboard if only for refueling purpose. Crew/Pax may leave aircraft but not allowed to leave out of terminal.

Crew Restrictions: Crews will stay at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel until their departure time. The expense is USD -125/day, rest onboard aircraft is not permitted. Crews must stay in hotel until their departure time.

Special Considerations: Chemical disinfection is mandatory (wide body $ 560.00 & small aircraft $360.00) Please contact your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Gabon

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 7, 2020

Restriction expiration: September 5, 2020

General Restrictions: The Authorities of Gabon have eased serval existing restrictions put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. From July 1, the nationwide travel by all means of transportation can resume. Limited international flight services can also resume. Gabon is allowing two international flights per week per operator, with permission received in advance. Land and Sea boarders remain closed except for cases of repatriation, the transport of food, oil, gas, and freight. A nationwide curfew remains in effect from 2000-0500 local time. Some hotels and restaurants have reopened.

Operators are not allowed to carry passengers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to or from Gabon, not even via a hub.

Social distancing is still required as well as the wearing of protective mask and gloves being compulsory. Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.

A nationwide 2000-0500 curfew remains in place.


Gambia

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 10, 2020

General Restrictions: All flights into and out of GBYD airport except Medical and Cargo Flights are suspended until further notice. Medical, Repatriation 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. In essence, GYBD airport may authorize flights to the airport however, prior approval is required.

Gambian Authorities reinstate the state of emergency and tighten COVID-19 measures as of 05 Aug. The national state of emergency had previously expired July 22. This is in response to increasing cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This new state of emergency will last through Aug 27th. A new restriction of a mandatory night time curfew is now in place from 2200-0500 with markets closing daily at 1400 local times.

Restrictions that remain in place include: Closure of the country’s land, air, and sea borders until further notice; the measure does not include freight transport. Suspension of flights until further notice, though emergency and cargo planes can continue to operate.

Passenger Restrictions: All arriving passengers to the Gambia will undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine in government-run facilities.

Crew Restrictions: Administered by Ministry of Health based on prior approval for crew layover.

Tech Stops: Require prior approval. Both crew rest (on aircraft or hotel) and whether crew/pax can leave the aircraft requires prior approval. Restaurants and other related services are currently not available. The airport still operates 24 hours but most third party services will require prior coordination.


Ghana

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 10, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities continue to implement measures to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Lockdown measures in Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi were extended June 15. International passenger flights are restricted from entry until further notice. All flights must obtain government authorization prior to flight. Domestic flights have resumed.

Passenger Restrictions: International flights are suspended. Borders are closed. Any Ghana citizens returning to Ghana will be subjected to mandatory quarantine. No other nationalities will be allowed into country.

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

Special Considerations: Cargo Flights, Repatriation Flights, and Emergency Flights pre-approved by Ghanian Authorities to operate at DGAA between 0800 and 1600 daily.

ICAO Specific Information: DGAA Closed to all International Flights except those listed.


Iran

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 8, 2020

General Restrictions:

  1. Special permission is required to all international flights to use all international airports via email to 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.
  8. 14-day Quarantine – at place of residence during time in country.

All arriving indviduals are expected to:

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

Kindly be advised that Crew and Passengers are expected to present Negative PCR test result upon arrival to Iran. The test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure from origin.

Authorities have lifted most COVID-19 restrictions; however, they intermittently impose sanctions on cities and areas where there is a sudden uptick in the number of cases.

Passenger Restrictions: Israel Citizens Not Allowed.

Citizens of the following countries should apply for Iranian VISA in their respective countries prior to arrival: 1. United States of America 2. United Kingdom 3. Colombia 4. Canada 5. Bangladesh 6. Somalia 7. Jordan 8. Iraq 9. Afghanistan 10. Pakistan All other nationalities can obtain VISA on Arrival.

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

Crew can rest at an airport hotel, and Crew can rest at an off-airport hotel

Mandatory 14-day Quarantine – at place of residence during time in country.

Tech stop are allowed with passengers onboard however no one is allowed to leave the aircraft.

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.

ICAO Specific information:

  1. Due to COVID -19,in case of patient drop or patient boarding on Medevac flights ,such flights only accepted in OIIE, but in case of technical landing for medevac flights, such flights are allowed to land in OIII. 2) Due to COVID -19,and lack of sanitation protocols in OIII, all business private flights are not allowed to land in OIII and must arrange for OIIE. 3)All VIP flights are allowed to land in OIII, but one item which is essential to note is that the all crew information( passport copies, ID cards, GENDEC, receiving party phone no.) must be send to VIP and Non-scheduled flight office in OIII in advance ( Rampcontrol@iranair.com) for arranging with airport authorities. 4) VIP crew will not subject to undertaking screening test in OIII, but crew of business private flights in OIIE will subject to undertaking screening test. 5) Cargo and humanitarian flights are only allowed to land in OIIE.
  2. Overflight within Tehran FIR (ENR ATS) is continued in accordance with Iran AIP requirements. 2. Flights in State of Emergency are accepted ONLY at INTL Airports. 3. About the alternate AD,s which must insert in all INTL, National flights and Traffic over flying Tehran FIR, we had tell conversation with briefing department and they confirmed and also informed that for getting more information, you can refer to NOTAM,s: A1057 , A1168 , A1654. 4. Email Address for Permission office in OIII : SPECIALPERMISSIONS@CAO.IR AFTN : OIIYKYX. Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.

Iraq

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August 7, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities lifted the ban on commercial passenger flights July 23. Travelers flying to Iraq have to take a COVID-19 test 48 hours before their trip. Commercial flights to Beirut, Lebanon, however, will resume as an exception, from July 2. The ban does not apply to emergency and cargo flights. All travelers to Iraq will be subject to 14 days of quarantine. All travel between governates is banned. 

There is a federal government curfew in place from 0600 Thursday through 0500 Sunday. A partial 1800-0500 curfew remains in place Sundays through Wednesdays.

Authorities in Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced that it would allow travel between the region’s governorates, as of July 22, as part of measures to ease coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. Officials also said that airports in the region would reopen Aug. 1. Travel between the KRG and the rest of Iraq, however, remains banned.

The nationwide daily curfew hours 2100-0500 Sundays to Wednesdays with 24-hour daily curfews Thursdays through Saturdays remain in place until further notice. In Wasit Governorate, authorities reduced curfew hours to 2200-0500 and allowed religious sites to reopen, provided they comply with health measures. In Al-Qadisiyyah Governorate, authorities maintain a partial 1800-0500 curfew until further notice. All social events, including weddings, are banned under the measures. Additionally, a 24-hour curfew remains in place in Dhi Qar Governorate indefinitely.

ICAO Specific Information:

  • ORSU-Closed at this time due to COVID 19 per notam effective from July 3rd 2020 til July 15th. With the exceptions of Medvac, cargo, humanitarian, repatriation flights, military and Red Cross flights.
  • ORNI-Closed at this time due to COVID 19 per notam effective from July 3rd 2020 til July 15th. With the exceptions of Medvac, cargo, humanitarian, repatriation flights, military and Red Cross flights.

Israel

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August 8, 2020

Restriction expiration: September 1, 2020.

General restrictions: As of 05 Aug, Officials of Israel have decided to lift the weekend restrictions on business and leisure activities these restrictions were determined by the health officials as ineffective measures in lowering the infection rates of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities will increase enforcement of public health precautions in COVID-19 hotspots. Authorities are working on new measures to track and implement a more directed response to the assessment and tracking of the disease; with a color code system by the first of September.

International passenger flights will resume in Israel on August 16. The government has instructed relevant departments to develop health screening procedures, which will be published in due course. Foreigners are likely to be allowed, and restrictions will be based on where you are travelling from. Passengers from low risk countries will be allowed to enter without quarantine.

Authorities in Israel have extended the nationwide entry ban on non-resident foreign nationals until September 1. Israel initially barred entry to foreign nationals on March 18 as part of the country’s efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Israeli citizens and residents are permitted to return to Israel but are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Anybody else must get special permission from an Israeli embassy. Authorities may allow entry for those who can self-quarantine at home, while others will undergo quarantine at a government facility. Passengers are not allowed to depart Israel prior to the end of the quarantine period. Any foreign pax must obtain an approval from the Israeli embassy prior to arrival.  The suspension does not apply to cargo and emergency flights. International flights are only allowed to land at LLBG.

As of July 6th, Israeli authorities have begun to reimpose internal restrictions to stem the resurgence of COVID-19 following an increase in cases nationwide.

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.  Passengers are not allowed to depart prior to the end of the quarantine period.

Passengers who are not Israeli citizens or residents are prohibited from entering, including transit passengers. 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 of their choosing. No quarantine requirement – crew can depart when desired.

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

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August 5, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities in Jordan have continued to gradually ease the country’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions; the nationwide nightly curfew has been shortened by one hour starting 30 July to 0200-0600 local time. Businesses may now stay open until 0100 local.

All land borders and seaports are closed until further notice.

Authorities in Jordan postponed the resumption of international commercial flights until further notice. The countries on the approved travel list, which the government in Amman has compiled based on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity data, are Austria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Thailand. Authorities may update or change the list of countries over the coming weeks.

All Jordanian Airports (OJAM, OJAI, and OJAQ) are closed to all flights, with the following exceptions: Emergency, Cargo, Humanitarian, MEDEVAC, Reparation, United Nations, State/Diplomatic, Domestic Flights with Prior Permission, Training, Flight Test, and Tech Stop Flights where crew and passengers do not embark. Authorities in Jordan have extended the suspension of international passenger flights through at least early August.

Overflights of the Amman FIR are as normal.  All arrivals require a 14-day Quarantine at government-mandated facility or hotel. Face masks are required in public places.

Authorities in Jordan announced that commercial flights between Queen Alia International Airport (QJAI) and a limited pre-approved list of destinations throughout Europe and Asia will resume beginning in August. Authorities did not specify a precise date for the resumption of flights but stated that flights could resume as early as the first or second week of the month. Destinations on the pre-approved list will likely include Austria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Thailand. Destinations may be added or removed depending on the evolution of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Authorities also announced procedures for the resumption of international passenger travel at airports. Passengers must test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before their flight and must undergo another test upon arrival to Jordan. No passenger may leave the airport until they have received their test result. Non-Jordanian citizens will be required to provide proof of active health insurance for the duration of their stay. Furthermore, all arrivals will be required to provide personal details to authorities, download the government’s COVID-19 app, and verify that they were in a pre-approved country in the 14 days before their arrival.

Passenger Restrictions: All permissions are up to the official Jordan risk management administration.

Crew Restrictions: Same as passengers – All permissions are up to the official Jordan risk management administration. Passengers coming to Jordan for medical care can apply for entry permission via this website: http://www.salamtak.gov.jo/

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

Special Considerations: The exempted flights shall refer to the instructions of Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission available at www.CARC.GOV.JO

ICAO Specific Information: All Airports under the same restrictions.


Kenya

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August 10, 2020

General Restrictions: Following the suspension of all scheduled and non-scheduled passenger flights in and out of Nairobi FIR due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of the Republic of Kenya has given the following directives in resumption of international flights on 1st August, 2020.

Travelers from the following countries will be exempt from quarantine:

Canada, South Korea, Namibia, Uganda, China, Rwanda, Morocco, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Switzerland, United States (except for California, Florida, and Texas), United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Qatar, UAE, Italy, Germany

The air operators shall be responsible for ensuring proper screening, medical briefing and reporting any cases to the relevant authorities.

Ministry of Health has developed digital online COVID-19 Health Surveillance Form for international travelers arriving in Kenya. The for is to be completed using mobile phone, tablets or computers before disembarking. For those who do not have smart phones, they can print the generated QR code after filling the online form. Form is online via bit.ly/covid19moh or download Jitenge MoH Kenya app from PlayStore and click sign up or scan the QR Code.

Air Operators shall provide guidance material to passengers regarding application of the preventive measures on board; Where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed because of the seat configuration or other operational constraints, the crew members will make constant on-board announcements reminding passengers to adhere at all times to all the other preventive measures including strict hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette and should wear a surgical face mask. In addition, other measures such as cabin high efficiency particulate filters (HEPA) where available will be employed.

Kenya Airports Authority, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works is reviewing frequency and timing of flights to facilitate physical distancing at the Airports.

The nationwide curfew between 2100 and 0500 has been extended through the early August.

Passenger Restrictions: All arriving passengers on international flights whose body temperature is NOT above 37.5° C (99.5°F); do not have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms; have negative PCR based COVID – 19 test carried out within 96 hours before travel and are from countries considered low to medium risk COVID – 19 transmission areas shall be exempt from quarantine. Passengers from countries that are not exempted from quarantine upon arrival shall quarantine at government designated facility at own cost.

For those passengers traveling out of the country, they will be required to abide by the particular travel, health and COVID-19 related requirements of the destination country; Passengers arriving on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their hotels and/or residences;

Drivers should have evidence that they have come from the Airport to drop or pick up passengers;

Passengers departing on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their departure airport

Kenyan immigration is advising that all passengers requiring Visa to enter Kenya need to apply for the same on line. Visa application on arrival into Kenya will also be done on-line. Cash payments for Visas on arrival Will NOT be allowed. Visa Cards will however be accepted.

Crew Restrictions: All crew shall be exempt from quarantine after operating any flight if their body temperature is not above 37.5° C (99.5°F); do not exhibit symptoms of COVID–19 and there is no suspected case of COVID-19 on their flight. Crew may rest at an airport or an off-airport hotel. With a suspected case of COVID-19 on the flight, the crew shall be quarantined at home or designated facility. If results are negative they shall be allowed to resume normal duties. Inbound Crews should be COVID-19 free.

Tech Stop Details: Allowed with Pax onboard, Crew and PAX cannot leave aircraft. All normal handling services are available.

Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Kuwait

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August 7, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities in Kuwait have lifted a ban on international travel, permitting residents and nationals to fly into and out of the country from Aug 1. Commercial flights to and from the following countries including but not limited to Bangladesh, Egypt, Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iran and Nepal remain suspended until further notice. These measures are in place due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, despite the easing of the countries travel ban. Cargo flights are still being accepting.

Kuwait DGCA will oversee a three phased plan for reopening Kuwait International Airport/ OKBK. This will have a stepped approach for international flights of 30 percent in the first phase, which has completed. The second phase began Aug 1 with a 60 percent acceptance of international flights and then the final stage of 100%.

As of Aug 2, flights from the following countries are not allowed: 

India, Iran, China, Brazil, Cambodia, Armenia, Bangladesh, Philippines, Syria, Spain, Singapore, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Mexico, Iraq, Indonesia, Chile, Pakistan, Egypt, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Italy, North Macedonia, Moldova, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Montenegro, Dominican Republic, Kosovo.

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. Foreign nationals who need to leave their homes in the event of an emergency must first obtain a permit from authorities. All passengers on board must sign MOH form agreeing to quarantine and other MOH guidelines to be submitted with permit request.

Travel from the following countries is banned:

INDIA SRI LANKA NEPAL IRAN PAKISTAN PHILIPINES BANGLADESH

Travelers must obtain approved health certificate (PCR) proving negative infection with COVID19 disease, with 96 hours validity from testing date. Passengers have to check for list approved labs with embassy of Kuwait for each country. Travelers must register in mobile application (Shlonik) prior to board the aircraft from destination.

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. No arrivals by foreign nationals allowed at this time.

Only Kuwaitis, their first-degree relatives, and domestic workers accompanying them are currently allowed into Kuwait. Require civil copies (front& back sides) of non-Kuwaiti accompanying Pax (domestic workers and first degree relatives).

  • Each passenger has to sign MOH forms.
  • Passport copies for each passenger is required.
  • Passenger 14-day mandatory quarantine is applicable.
  • Passengers must wear mask, gloves and practice social distancing

A nationwide nightly curfew has been in place since July 28th and will continue until further notice from 2100-0300 local time. Foreigners can only enter with a visa issued by a consulate, as they cannot currently be obtained on arrival or online. New entry procedures have also been published. All arriving passengers must register via an app and hold a negative PCR Covid test that is less than 96 hours (4 days) old. It should be issued in English, and you have to get it from an approved laboratory. 14 days of self-quarantine applies to all. Temperature screening will be in use at airports, and some passengers will be randomly selected for an additional PCR test. Departing pax must have health insurance for the duration of their trip but do not need to be tested.

Crew Restrictions: No quarantine for crew. Crew rest available only at airport transit hotel – The SAFIR Transir Airport Hotel. The crew will be inspected by a medical team before they can crew rest.

Crew rest can be done on the aircraft without clearing customs.

For accepting crew at the hotel, crew must be wearing full PPE (hazmat suit, gloves, masks) through entire flight.

Crew can only stay at hotel for a maximum of 24 hours.

For technical stops neither the crew nor the passengers can leave the aircraft.

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; 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.

Tech Stops: Are accepted. Crew and passengers are required to remain onboard aircraft.

ICAO Specific Information: OKBK is only airport available for pax operations

OKBK – Airport Operational hours: Normal published Notams applicable. Airport is open 24/7.

Total number of Pax shouldn’t exceed 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

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August 8, 2020

General restrictions: As of July 1st, flights to and from OLBA Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY), have resumed with limitations due to COVID-19. Private flights resumed 24 June. All previously confirmed passenger flight permissions were suspended. All new flights must be approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

COVID-19-passengers restrictions (from NOTAM):

  1. All passengers, except children under 12 years old, arriving at Beirut Rafic Hariri Int’l airport (OLBA) shall be subjected to PCR test upon arrival at the airport.
  2. Passengers, except children under 12 years old, arriving at Beirut Rafic Hariri Int’l Airport (OLBA) from countries that perform PCR tests, specified by DGCA circular 32/2 dated 29/6/2020, shall present a negative PCR testing certificate not older than 96 hrs old at the check in counter. Passengers not having a negative PCR test results are not allowed to board the plane departing to Lebanon.
  3. Passengers, except children under 12 years old, arriving at Beirut Rafic Hariri Int’l Airport (OLBA) from non-PCR countries, specified by DGCA circular 32/2 dated 29/6/2020, shall be subjected to PCR test upon arrival at Beirut Rafic Hariri Int’l Airport and to another PCR test 72hrs after their arrival.
  4. All passengers must fill an online health declaration form issued by the Lebanese Ministry Of Public Health before arrival to Lebanon.

It is suggested to submit the flight request along with PCR Test for all Pax and copies of their passports.

It was decided that about 80% of the arriving passengers shall be from Countries where PCR test is available and 20% from Countries where that test is not available.

All airlines and ground handling companies operating at GAT must follow these instructions:

FIRST: Passengers Arriving from PCR Countries

  1. Passengers arriving from countries that perform PCR test and which were specific in circular No. 24/2 dated 22/06/2020 shall undergo such a test as a certified lab by the countries local authorities no earlier than 96 before departing to Lebanon. Passengers who are not in possession of negative PCR test result are not allowed to board the aircraft departing for Lebanon.
  2. Upon arrival to GAT all passengers shall be subjected to PCT test performed through labs authorized by Lebanese ministry of public health at the airport. The cost of the test will be 100 USD in cash which is to be paid through the airlines to the handling agents at the GAT. Passengers will be informed of the results of the test within 24 hours of their arrival.

Exemptions:

Passengers who travelled out of Lebanon and will return within on week are exempted from doing PCT test at their departure station.

Connecting passengers are allowed to board a flight from PCR countries without a PCR test before departure.

SECOND: Passengers arriving from NON-PCR countries:

Passengers arriving from NON-PCR countries which were specified by circular 24/2 dated 22/06/2020 shall be subjected to PCR test performed through labs authorized by Lebanese ministry of public health at the airport. The cost of the test will be 100 USD in cash which is to be paid through the airlines to the handling agents of the GAT. These pax will also be subject to another PCR test 72 hours after arrival to BRHIA by a lab which will be designated by the MOPH medical team at the airport. The cost will be paid by the passenger.

Third: All passengers arriving to Lebanon.

  1. All passengers must fill a health declaration form issued by the Lebanese ministry of public health before arrival into Lebanon. That form is available from the following link : https://arcg.is/0GaDnG
  2. All passengers shall posses before arrival to Lebanon, an insurance policy covering all costs of Covid-19 treatment made inside Lebanon through their stay.
  3. Passengers who already arrived to Lebanon and their PCR tests results were positive shall follow the directives of the Lebanese Ministry of public health until they recover.

Passenger Restrictions: If passengers arrive without a PCR COVID-19 test, passengers will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival and will be quarantined in their hotel until the test result is known within 24 hours. If tested positive, passenger will have to be self-quarantined. Non-residents traveling to Lebanon are required to have a valid health insurance policy for the duration of their trip.

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


Liberia

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August 7, 2020

General Restrictions:  The state of emergency is no longer in place as of 21 July.

Flights will need a permit to operate to Liberia.

International commercial flights to Liberia have resumed following the arrival at Roberts International Airport (ROB) of a commercial aircraft traveling from Brussels, Belgium, June 29. All arriving passengers will be screened for symptoms. Passengers without a test from the point of departure will face tests at ROB.

Robert Intl AP reopened to all commercial airlines on 21 July.

Crews/passengers requirements:

The crews/passengers are thereby required to observe and practice the following health protocols as  prescribed by the health ministry of the republic of Liberia:

  • Everyone is required to wear face mask at all times
  • Constantly wash your hands;
  • Social distancing;
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands; and catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue and dispose of it immediately

The security apparatus and health authorities are to ensure a stricter enforcement of these guidelines going forward

Passenger restrictions: Passengers must wear face mask at all times and follow strict social distancing orders Passengers on arrival will go though a screening by the Ministry of Health.

  • Temperature check
  • COVID-19 Test

Visa’s are required for Passengers.

Crew Restrictions: Crew must wear face mask at all times and follow strict social distancing orders

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 the aircraft.

Please contact your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Mali

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August 9, 2020

General Restrictions: Special Clearance from Airport Authority required. Air and land borders were reopened 31 Jul 20. Restaurants and entertainment venues are closed.  All airports in Mali are closed to all traffic from countries affected by Coronavirus (with the exception of cargo flights.)This does not apply to humanitarian, ambulance or tech-tech stops. For flights approved by diplomatic channels, quarantine is required for crew and passengers.

All passengers and crew must present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival.

Passenger Information: All crew and passengers allowed in the country are subject to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in a hotel authorized by the government if needed.

Tech Stops: Tech stops are possible with passengers onboard. Crew and passengers can leave the aircraft. Crew rest is not possible at hotel, or on aircraft.

ICAO Specific Information: GABS hours of operations is 24 hours with prior coordination.

Please contact your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Mauritania

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August 9, 2020

General Restrictions: All airports in Mauritania are closed to all inbound international commercial flights. This is valid until 12Aug.

 The current restriction does not affect the following flights:

  • Emergency flights
  • Technical stops with no disembarking passengers
  • Humanitarian, Evacuation and Rescue flights
  • United Nations flights
  • Cargo flights and Repatriation flights approved by Mauritania (The disembarkation of crew and passengers is subject to prior authorization and conditions set and supervised by the national authorities.)
  • National commercial flights.

Except for aircraft in emergency, the exempted flights are to seek pre-authorization from the Mauritanian authorities.

Domestic flights have resumed as of July 10th

Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Morocco

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August 6, 2020

General Restrictions: As of 05AUG20, all international flights from or to Morocco are suspended until further notice except overflight and cargo. REPATRIATION OF FOREIGNERS IS ENSURED BY THEIR GOVERNMENT WITH CONDITION OF HAVING AUTHORIZATION VIA THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF KINGDOM OF MOROCCO.  MOROCCAN AIRLINES WILL SCHEDULE AS MANY FLIGHTS AS NECESSARY TO REPATRIATE MOROCCAN CITIZENS, FOREIGN RESIDENTS IN MOROCCO AND THEIR FAMILIES.

Borders reopened on July 15 with restrictions. Only citizens/residents will be permitted to enter, and foreign citizens will be allowed to depart. Only Moroccan airlines are allowed at this stage. All arriving passengers will require both PCR and Serological test results taken within 48 hours of flying. On arrival all passengers will be examined by a doctor and those with symptoms will be placed in a health facility. Everyone else will need to self-quarantine and take another PCR test in 7 days. Repatriation flights for foreigners are possible but require approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 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. Domestic flights resumed June 25th. 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.

The Health State of Emergency has been extended through at least August 10th.

Officials allowed domestic flights and public transport, including trains and buses, to resume nationwide June 25. They have also designated some provinces as Zone 1 and Zone 2, according to COVID-19 activity. Zone 1 includes cities and regions, including Rabat and Casablanca, where authorities have eased COVID-19 restrictions due to lesser disease activity. Residents can leave their homes without a permit and access public spaces, such as parks and gardens. All residents, however, must carry their national identity cards at all times. Authorities also allowed the resumption of some commercial activities, such as restaurants, cafes, hotels, beaches, and public baths; all businesses must operate at 50 percent capacity and observe the country’s social distancing guidelines.

Zone 2 includes cities and regions, such as Marrakesh, where authorities have eased only some restrictions. Residents can travel within the cities and areas they are living in without a movement permit. People who wish to travel outside must obtain a permit from local authorities.

Additional Information:

Citizens of Morocco – 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.

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

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August 7, 2020

General Restrictions: No Foreign Nationals are allowed to enter the country. Approved travelers must self-quarantine for 14 days if they are entering the country from countries affected by COVID-19. Authorities have suspended international passenger flights until further notice. Matters of state, repatriation, humanitarian, and cargo flights are exempt from the ban. This measure also exempts individuals traveling to Mozambique for health reasons. Mozambique citizens and residents will be allowed entry, but will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

Total Aircraft Disinfection is Mandatory after each flight. It is also mandatory to disinfect Pax and Cargo before boarding or loading onto the aircraft. The general state of emergency is likely to continue through til late July. A health declaration form – filled out by all persons on board, and a GENDEC is required upon arrival.

Passenger Restrictions: Disembarking International Pax are subject to an observational trail to check for COVID-19, which includes a mandatory temperature check and a mandatory 14-day quarantine at place of residence during time in country. Once in the country, passengers must wear a mask, practice social distancing and quarantine. 

A business essential travel permission can be obtained under the following conditions:

A letter addressed to the Minister of Home Affairs citing reason for entry into the country. Letter must be in the national language, Portuguese. Lead time is not less than 7 working days.

The following countries citizens can enter Mozambique:

  • US Citizens
  • Canadian Citizens
  • European Citizens-Certain Countries 
  • Mexican Citizens
  • Latin American Citizens –Certain Countries
  • Asia Pacific Citizens –Certain Countries
  • Middle East and Africa Citizens-Certain Countries.

Crew: Crew may take crew rest onboard the aircraft (without clearing customs) or rest at an off-airport hotel. Crews are to quarantine for the length of the rest period, up to 24 hours.

Tech Stop Details: Can Tech Stop with Passengers onboard. Crew may leave aircraft, PAX may not leave aircraft. All normal services are available.

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

ICAO Specific Information:

Hours of Operation have been reduced:

  • FQMA – 0400 to 1800Z
  • FQBR – 0400 to 1700Z

Namibia

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August 7, 2020

General Restrictions: President Hage Geingob announced that nationwide movement restrictions have been eased from Stage 3 to Stage 4 until Sept. 17 to halt the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Pre-authorization is required through September 30 by all relevant Authorities and stake holders for all operations into and out of Namibia before the NCAA will issue authorization letters including overflight and landing clearance. Air Operators that require Pre-Authorization:

  1. Cargo Flights 
  2. Technical Flights 
  3. Humanitarian/Medevac/Repatriation Flights 
  4. United Nations Flights 

These flights require approval from Ministry of Health and Social Services, the ministry of Works and Transport, as well as the landing permit from the Namibia Civil Aviation Authority. The local Namibian handler/service provider as well as the local airport itself must confirm ability to handle the flight as well.

For other types of flights by International operators, approval must be sought from the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, and the landing permit from the Namibia Civil Aviation Authority.

The local Namibian handler/service provider as well as the local airport itself must confirm ability to handle the flight as well.

See Namibia AIC 21-20 and AIC 22-20 for detailed instructions for the above flights.

With the exception of the Erongo Region will be excluded from the change and will remain under Stage 3 restrictions until July 6, with additional restrictions in place for the Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, and Arandis local authority areas.

The remainder of Namibia will operate at Stage 4 until Sept 17 as stated above.

This will allow for increased social and economic activities.

  • The wearing of protective face masks is mandatory in public and at businesses.
  • Public gatherings, including conferences, convention centers, and cultural, social gatherings, and sports events, are limited to 250 people.
  • Social distancing of at least 1 meter (3 feet) must continue where possible.
  • Businesses are required to keep a register of customers’ details to assist with contact tracing.
  • Nightclubs and casinos may reopen to pre-booked clients.

Land, Sea, and air borders remain closed, except for repatriation of Namibian nationals and foreign citizens and the movement of goods. Humanitarian and essential workers (non-nationals) will be allowed to enter the country.

Passenger Restrictions:

Returning residents, citizens, and travelers will be subject to mandatory, supervised quarantine for a period of 14 days.

  • Travelers are required to present a negative coronavirus disease COVID-19 test obtained within the previous 72 hours prior to boarding a flight. Travelers must also fill in a health declaration form.
  • Domestic air travel can continue in adherence to social distancing protocols.
  • Intercity travel is allowed without restriction.

All commercial flights in and out of Namibia have been suspended since March 26 until further notice. 

The above coincide with the guidelines set forth by the Minister of Health.

  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.
  3. Special cases include:
  4. Medical treatment
  5. Humanitarian assistants
  6. Namibians returning
  7. Truck drivers bringing food etc.

Compulsory screening with quarantine is required when 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.

Passengers on board shall not be permitted to disembark without prior authorization. Crew members may not disembark as directed in the state of emergency statement.

Air Operators are encouraged to use industry best practices published by IATA, WHO and ICAO to ensure the safety and wellbeing of passengers as well as crew. There will be thermo guns at all airports. All crew members and passengers shall be subjected to screening.

  • Foreign nationals wishing to depart from Namibia, may do so through their diplomatic Missions which will be handled through the MIRCO Ministerial Pre-Authorization Process. 
  • The temporary travel ban is still in place for all Namibians and Permanent Residents of Namibia wishing to depart from Namibia. Permission must be obtained prior to departure from Namibia. Application forms are available at our counters, border posts and may be requested via covid19@mha.gov.na No exit will be facilitated without prior permission to do so. Permission to travel will only be granted for essential travel. 
  • For those who wish to leave Namibia, please ascertain that you will be allowed entry in your country of destination before you seek to depart from Namibia. Your departure from Namibia is at own risk. 

Niger

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August 9, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities in Niger reopened the country’s air borders Aug 1. All travelers arriving in Niger must present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before arrival. Travelers who arrive in the country without this document must undergo an on-site test at their own expense. Other health screening measures will also be present at international airports. Departing travelers face similar directives. Landing permit is required and is to be obtained through diplomatic channels. 14-Day quarantine required at place of residence during time in country. 

Passenger Restrictions:All passengers have to do a COVID-19 test on arrival, conducted by the airport medical team and 14 day quarantine in an authorized hotel by the government.

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). Crew members who have authorization to disembark shall observe the health measures decreed by the state. 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: DRZA/Agadez, DRRN/Niamey, and DRZR/Zinder airports are closed to all inbound international flights. Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.

Nigeria

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August 7, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities in Nigeria have extended the suspension of international passenger flights to Oct. 15 as part of the nation’s efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measure does not apply to emergency and cargo flights. Authorities, however, eased restrictions on domestic flights beginning July 8. Airports in Abuja and Lagos reopened July 8. Other airports that met the government’s health and safety requirements began operating from July 15.

No Foreign Nationals are allowed to enter the country.  As of June 22, the closure of Nigerian airports to all international flights will continue until further notice. Country allowing humanitarian, medical, relief, repatriation, and cargo flights. All flights must obtain approval in advance for flights from Nigeria Federal Ministry of Aviation.

Request should be addressed to the Honourable Minister of Aviation:

E-MAIL: HADISIRIKA@GMAIL.COM

COPY: EHMUSA33@GMAIL.COM; MUSA.NUHU@NCAA.GOV.NG AND MSNAIBI@YAHOO.CO.UK

Restrictions that remain in effect include:

  • Sea and land borders are closed until further notice. The measure does not apply to freight transport.
  • 2200-0400 nationwide curfew in place until further notice.
  • Residents are required to wear face coverings while in public.

Passenger Restrictions: Pax must Quarantine for 14-days at a Government Mandated Facility or Hotel. Must wear mask, practice social distancing, shelter-in-place, self-isolate, or quarantine.

Crew: Max ground time for crew is 02 hours. No overnight rest available for crew.

Tech Stop Specifics: Tech Stop (no disembark).

ICAO Specific Information:

DNMM, DNAA are the only international airports currently open to flights. All other airports remain closed until further notice.


Oman

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August 7, 2020

General Restrictions: All international and domestic passenger flights arriving or departing are suspended through Aug 31.

Based on the decisions of the Supreme Committee for dealing with COVID19, the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) notifies all airlines operating in Omani airports on the followings:

Departures

  1. Omani citizens shall have health insurance valid in the country to which they are travelling.
  2. Passenger shall comply with the conditions of the country to which they are travelling to.
  3. Citizens and foreigners are allowed to travel from Oman without permit.

Arrivals

  1. Citizens arriving to Oman are subject to 14 days of domestic quarantine.
  2. Foreigners arriving to Oman are subject to institutional quarantine for 14 days and must present confirmation of accommodation and means to cover its expenses.
  3. Aircraft crew are exempted from the 14 days quarantine and subject to the precautionary measures issued by the Ministry of Health.
  4. Arriving passengers shall be required to download and start the registration process on the Tarassud+ application before arrival as well as pay an amount of 5 OMR to obtain a tracking bracelet to wear during quarantine. 
  5. All visitors are required to have health insurance valid for the full duration of their stay in Oman.
  6. Non-Omanis are allowed to enter Oman only under a permit issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs via their embassy or sponsor or national airlines (Oman Air and Salam Air).
  7. The two national airlines (Oman Air and Salam Air) are allowed to carry transfer passengers
  8. Foreign diplomats returning to Oman are excluded from the previous conditions except for the domestic quarantine requirement.

All will need to fill out health declaration form and hand to staf on arrival

Passenger Restrictions: A nation wide curfew is in place with hours of 1900-0600 currently. As of 8th Aug it will be reduced to 2100-0500 and will remain in place until 15 Aug. During the curfew hours, all nonessential movement will be prohibited.

Use of protective face coverings in public spaces and transportation remains mandatory.

Special Considerations: Humanitarian, Repatriation, Diplomatic, Cargo and Ambulance flights can also operate subjected to PACA approval. The request will have to be submitted through the operator’s embassy.

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. Prior approval necessary for overnight crew rest.

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

  1. Cargo Flights approved by the PACA Air Transport Department
  2. Domestic Flights to OOKB
  3. Overflights
  4. Aircraft operated by RAFO, ROP, Oman Royal Flight
  5. Aft Exempted by the Authority

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

OOSH: Airport Closed

Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Qatar

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August 7, 2020

General Restrictions: All Passenger flights inbound to Qatar aerodromes are suspended except for flights with transfer passengers, Qatari Nationals and Cargo Flights, technical landings, humanitarian, medevac and UN flights.  This has been extended until further notice. 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 unless they have special permission from the Embassy. Wearing face masks in public remains mandatory nationwide. If Passengers have onward connection with Qatar Airways commercial flight, they are allowed to land in Qatar and proceed with their onward trip on Qatar airways without clearing Immigration.

Passenger Restrictions: Pax has to go for mandatory Covid test and if it is positive they have to go for treatment. If negative then they can decide where to stay their quarantine Days either hotel or Home.

Crew: Crew rest can be done at Oryx Hotel airside without clearing customs. Crew members may disembark but shall undergo strict mandatory quarantine under the supervision of the state during their rotation/rest period.

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. Pax are not permitted to disembark without authorization.


Rwanda

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August 10, 2020

General restrictions: Authorities in Rwanda have announced plans to resume commercial flights from August 1 amid easing of restrictions related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). All travelers, including those in transit, must provide proof of having been tested negative for COVID-19 in the 72 hours before arrival in Rwanda.

HRYR remains closed to all arriving and departing international commercial passenger flights. This restriction does not affect the following flights:

  • ACFT IN STATE OF EMERGENCY
  • CARGO FLIGHTS
  • TECHNICAL LANDING
  • HUMANITARIAN/MEDEVAC/REPATRIATION FLIGHTS
  • CHARTER OR PRIVATE FLIGHTS FOR TOURISTS

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

Passenger Restrictions: All travelers arriving in Rwanda must be:

  • Tested negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of departure before their first flight in journey to Rwanda. Travelers must complete a passenger locator form and update the COVID-19 test certificate here: www.rbc.gov.rw
  • Be screened upon entry and be given a second test to confirm negative results of previous test
  • Complete 24 hours in designated transit hotel while awaiting results of second test. The rates are specially coordinated through the government and inclusive of three meals including water or soft drinks. 
  • Rates and hotels can be found here: https://rbc.gov.rw/travel/src/Passengers%20Info%20-%20Designated%20hotels.pdf

Crew Restrictions: Crew layover not allowed.

Any crew member who may disembark for the purpose of entering Rwanda shall be required to adhere to Rwanda Ministry of Health guidelines. Crew may rest at an off-airport hotel. After testing, Crew will be taken to hotel (Marriott for 08 hours), awaiting result while resting in their rooms.

Tech Stop Details: Allowed at HRYR. No one can leave aircraft.

Special Considerations: Starting July 1st, All aircraft must be disinfected by GHA on arrival and prior to departure.

If anyone is suspected to be suffering from Covid 19 in flight, captain must radio ahead to KGL ATC for port health to meet the aircraft.

Rwanda CAA are providing disinfection certificates to be completed by GHA after arrival and prior to departure

Crew and pax to wear face masks at all times.

All baggage will be disinfected by GHA on arrival.

All GSE and pax transport will be disinfected between use on each flight.

All security equipment will be disinfected between use on passengers for hand held devices and regularly for x-ray equipment.

Porters and disinfected trollies available, porters will wear gloves and face masks.

Departure specific issues:

Medically vulnerable people should not travel unless they have medical certificates authorizing travel.

Social distancing will be observed in the airport environment.

All baggage will be disinfected on arrival at airport and prior to entering terminal.


Saudi Arabia

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August 7, 2020

General restrictions: Saudi Arabian Authorities have extended the validity of all expired visas for expatriates who are currently outside of the Kingdom, for a period of three months from July 27th. This is an attempt to ease the return of Saudi Arabian residents who cannot return to the Kingdom due to a ban on all commercial international flights. 

Authorities announced that the Kingdom has indefinitely extended the suspension of international flights. For Repatriation Flights out of Saudi Arabia, the request must be submitted 72 hours prior to departure otherwise requests will be ignored. Domestic flights have resumed. The King Fahd Causeway linking Saudi Arabia and Bahrain is now open for returning Saudi Arabian nationals from Bahrain but remains closed to regular traffic. Land border crossings with Kuwait, Yemen, and the UAE remain closed until further notice.

Passenger Restrictions: No International 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. All will have 14 day quarantine on arrival. Passengers will sign pledge to quarantine on arrival with MOH.

Wearing face masks in public is mandatory.

Crew: Opr 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. No crew rest available. All would have a 14 day quarantine on arrival.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops are allowed but crew and passengers may not disembark. No Crew Rest is available. One hour on ground only.

Special Considerations: The measures do not apply to transport associated with vital sectors, including health, cargo, and energy.


Senegal

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August 7, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities in Senegal have lifted the ongoing state of emergency and the associated 2300-0500 curfew. International flights can also resume from July 15; however, land and sea borders remain closed indefinitely.

Airspace is now re-opened and a COVID-19 negative test within the last 7 days is required upon entrance.

Each passenger must complete the tracking form available online at www.dakaraeroport.com and present it on arrival.

Kindly submit to anacim@anacim.sn and survolatterrissage@anacim.sn

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

Seychelles

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August 7, 2020

General restrictions: As of Aug 1st tourist activity will resume in the country.

Seychelles International airport (FSIA) is open for:

  1. Emergency Diversions
  2. Flights with permission from the Authority include (All flights must obtain permission from Seychelles prior to any flight and persons must obtain permission from the Seychelles Public Health Authority)
    1. Private Jets with passengers destined to an authorized resort, yacht or residential facilities
  3. Permit to enter the Seychelles is still under the Public Health guidance due to COVID-19. Ministry of Health still has the upper hand to approve or cancel any application to operate to FSIA.
    1. Chartered Passenger Flights with passengers from Low Risk Countries published by the Dept. of Health (listed below).
    2. Chartered Cargo Flights that may carry passengers under permission (eg. Patients, returning Seychellois, students who completed their studies)

In order to avoid imported cases of the virus, the lifting of restrictions will be gradual. As of now until 1st August 2020, only arrivals by private jets, chartered flights and private yachts from low risk countries published by the Public Health Authority will be allowed in the country. Visitors disembarking will be limited to staying at only hotels, island resorts and private yachts certified safe by the Public Health Authority.

Low risk countries (as of 03 July): Belgium, China, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Thailand.

Medium risk countries (as of 03 July): France, Austria, Canada, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates.

Exit screening must have been completed by all incoming passengers and crew.

Passenger Restrictions:

  1. Visitors coming from low risk countries must have a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate from an authorized laboratory dating no more than 48 hours from the date of travel. In the event that a PCR test is not available, a Rapid Antigen test will be required. Whereas for visitors coming from medium risk countries, they will require a negative PCR certificate no more than 48 hours from the date of travel. Visitors coming from high-risk countries will not be authorized to enter Seychelles. Please go to http://tourism.gov.sc/covid-19-guidelines/ for the list of approved low and medium risk countries.
  2. All negative test result certificates including all flights and accommodation details must be sent to the Public Health Authority on the following email address: – visitor@health.gov.sc . If visitors fail to submit the tests results, flights and accommodation details they will be subjected to a COVID-19 PCR or a Rapid Antigen test upon arrival.
  3. Upon check in, all travelers coming to Seychelles must submit the approved test results to their respective airline companies for verification. Visitors must comply with all airline protocols upon embarkation.
  4. Visitors must ensure that accommodation bookings are made only at licensed accommodation establishments or live-a-boards that have been certified by the Public Health Authority. All booking vouchers reflecting the entire duration of their stay in Seychelles must be presented at the immigration counter for verification. If upon arrival visitors have not booked in a licensed and certified accommodation establishment, they will be directed to another establishment that has been certified.
  5. Visitors must ensure that they have a valid travel insurance with full medical coverage for the duration of their entire stay in Seychelles.

Crew: Heightened screening measures.

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

ICAO Specific Information: FSIA is open with limited flights.


Sierra Leone

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August 9, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities in Sierra Leone continue to enforce measures to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Passenger Restrictions: International commercial passenger flight operations at Freetown International Airport /GFLL are currently open as of July 22. The transport of cargo through the land borders is likely to continue, albeit with increased screenings at land border crossing points that could result in disruptions to supply chains. Emergency flights will still be allowed to proceed via Freetown International Airport /GFLL the only international airport in the country. Passengers entering the country will have to be quarantined for 14 days at government-mandated facility or hotel.

Effective Monday, July 13, 2020, all mosques, churches, and other places of worship will reopen for congregation and prayers. Starting from Monday, July 13, 2020, curfew hours will now start from 11 pm to 5 am. Lungi International Airport will be opened for all scheduled commercial flights on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

Protocols for passengers Arriving and Departing -Sierra Leon

ARRIVING PASSENGERS

  1. All passengers shall produce a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result issued no longer than 72hrs before departure at point of origin.
  2. At the check-in desk at the airport of embarkation, passengers are required to display travelers’ authorization to Sierra Leone, received through the Government of Sierra Leone travel portal (www.travel.gov.sl). The travel authorization consists of:
    • Negative PCR COVID-19 test result issued no longer than 72 hours before departure,
    • Pre-departure public health passenger locator form
    • Proof of payment for COVID-19 testing on arrival, paid through the online platform
  3. Health officials will collect temperature, basic health screening data, and seat number on arrival.
  4. All passengers shall be subjected to a mandatory COVID-19 test upon arrival:
    • Passengers will simultaneously have a PCR test swab and an RDT test on arrival.
    • If the RDT screening is negative, passengers are allowed to depart from the airport and observe public health protocols (mandatory proper mask wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing) while awaiting their PCR test result.
    • If the RDT screening if positive, passengers will be isolated at a hotel in Lungi while awaiting their PCR test result. Note, the cost of the accommodation at the hotel shall be borne by the passenger.
    • For all test results, the PCR result supersedes the RDT result.
    • PCR results will be disseminated via the local contact number confirmed by the passenger on arrival.
  5. All children under 2 years shall be exempted from pre-departure and arrival PCR test requirements.
  6. Airline crew are exempted from the pre-departure and arrival PCR test requirements and should follow airline policy for testing. Airline crew must adhere to public health protocols.
  7. Two temperature screenings will be conducted by Port Health Services. If temperature is 37.5 degrees Celsius or above, passenger will be taken aside for further observation.
  8. All passengers shall go through a walk-through disinfectant channel/Infrared temperature scanner at the entrance of the arrival hall.
  9. All passengers with machine-readable passports shall go through the Immigration E-gate system. Passengers with Emergency Travel Certificates or non-machine-readable passports shall go through the Immigration booth.
  10. At the Baggage Reclaim section passengers shall maintain social distancing and observe all public health protocols, including proper use of face mask at all times.
  11. All passengers will be directed to a Reception Lounge while awaiting their COVID-19 test.
  12. Passengers with a negative RDT screening test are cleared to proceed to their destination, while awaiting their PCR result and adhering to public health protocols. PCR test results (available in no more than 48 hours) will be distributed via the contact confirmed on arrival.
  13. If a passenger’s PCR test is positive, s/he will be contacted by public health authorities and taken to an appropriate treatment center.
  14. Passengers sitting near a positive case on the plane will be considered primary contacts. Self-quarantine and monitoring by public health officials will be required.
  15. All passengers are strictly advised to observe all public health protocols (proper and constant use of face mask, hand washing/sanitizing, observing social distancing) as directed by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation / NaCOVERC.
  16. The same protocols shall apply to all VIP passengers.

DEPARTING PASSENGERS

  1. All passengers are subjected to a mandatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID19 test with a negative result issued no longer than 72hrs before departure at the Freetown International Airport. Cost for this test will be borne by the passenger.
    • Passengers will use the Government of Sierra Leone Travel Portal to request their pre-departure test, to pay for the test, and for scheduling sample collection.
    • Passengers with negative PCR results will receive e-confirmation and certificates ahead of travel.  Physical copies can be collected at the airport at a designated desk.
    • Passengers with positive PCR results will not be permitted to travel and must follow public health protocols for isolation and contact tracing.  They will be re-tested after seven days.
    • Passengers who have entered Sierra Leone within five days shall be exempted from the mandatory additional test on departure.
    • All children under 2 years shall be exempted from PCR test requirements.
  2. On arrival at the airport, passengers shall be directed to a reception area to avoid congestion and ensure social distancing during the check-in process.
  3. All passengers are encouraged to complete their check-in online before arriving at the airport.
  4. All departing passengers shall go through the thermal screening/disinfectant channel at the airport’s departure entrance.
  5. All departing passengers shall have their passport/travelling document verified before proceeding to the check-in counter.
  6. Departing passengers shall proceed to the check-in counter for baggage drop and collection of their boarding pass. While at the check-in counter, they are mandated to produce their COVID-19 PCR negative test certificate or e-certificate issued within past 72 hours.
  7. Departing passengers shall proceed to the immigration services for onward travel authorization via the e-gate or immigration booth.
  8. All departing passengers shall go through security screening before proceeding to the departure hall.
  9. All departing passengers shall proceed to the waiting lounge where social distancing, proper use of face mask and other health protocols shall be strictly observed.
  10. All passengers shall proceed to the final screening and verification point prior to boarding the aircraft.
  11. Boarding procedures shall be in accordance with the approved SOPs of the respective airlines.
  12. All passengers are strictly advised to observe all public health protocols (proper use of face mask, hand washing/sanitizing, observe social distancing) as directed by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation / NACOVERC.
  13. The same protocols shall apply to all VIP passengers

Crew: Tech stop: Fuel only stops can be arranged. Passengers and crew are not allowed to leave aircraft.

Special Considerations: With exception of aircraft in state of emergency, requests for approval for operations of other allowed flights into GFLL, require approval in advance of flight.

ICAO Specific Information:

GFLL-Flights are currently suspended and are planned to resume July 22.

Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics


Somalia

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 10, 2020

General Restrictions: International flights resumed on 03 Aug 20.

Passengers originating from China, Iran, Republic of Korea and Italy and/or transiting one of the above mentioned countries for the last 14 days are not allowed to enter Somalia.

Mandatory for all to have Covid-19 certificate issued within 72hours prior to the start of the journey.

Passenger Restrictions:  An indefinite 2000-0500 curfew is in place in Mogadishu.

Special Considerations:

Tech Stop Restrictions: Yes

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


South Africa

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 9, 2020

Restriction expiration: August 31, 2020.

General Restrictions: All international flights are prohibited, irrespective of the risk category of their country of origin except those flights authorized by the Ministry of Transportation through August 31st. Authorities reiterated that existing lockdown measures will remain in force.  All international and regional flights are prohibited (inclusive of Gen and Recreational Aviation).  Domestic flights are available for essential and business only and will require permits. 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.  Landing permit still required.

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. A nationwide 2200-0400 nightly curfew for nonessential travel on public or private transport is in place likely until 15 Aug 2020.

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. Crew of cargo flights are allowed 24 hour stop. Crew cannot disembark.

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

Special Considerations: Cargo flights

ICAO Specific Information: FAOR- hotels close by for crews to stay overnight FACT/FALE- Crews can rest on board.


Sudan

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 7, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities in Sudan have reopened Khartoum International Airport / HSSS to international flights with Egypt, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. The measure comes amid Sudan’s efforts to ease restrictions related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). All passengers arriving HSSS will be subject to testing and other health measures.

Technical stops are allowed with no passenger disembarkation. All other non-Humanitarian/Cargo flights remain suspended. Humanitarian aid, medical, relief, UN and oil services flights are required to obtain prior approval from the Sudan Civil Aviation Authority.

Passenger Restrictions: All travelers entering Sudan are required to complete a medical form upon their arrival.  Sudanese passengers and foreigners with Sudanese origin will be subject to COVID-19 testing upon arrival. All other nationalities must posses a certified negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival. 

In Khartoum State, a nightly curfew hour 1800-0500 is in place.

Outside Khartoum, a nationwide curfew is in effect from 1800-0600.

ICAO Specific:

HSSS- Authorities in Sudan have reopened Khartoum International Airport (KRT) to international flights with Egypt, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates as of July 10. 

Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Suriname

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 6, 2020

General Restrictions: All international passengers’ arrivals and departures at SMJP and SMZO are temporarily suspended. SMZO is open only for cargo flights. International passenger movement at all other ports of entry and still banned until further notice.

The following flights must receive prior approval from the Act. Head of the Civil Aviation Department, National COVID-19 Team of Suriname and the National Coordination Center for Disaster Management (NCCR) with at least 24-hour notice: Medical, Repatriation, Cargo flights and Diplomatic flights.

Officials have made provisions for Cargo Flights between Suriname and the Netherlands.  There is a 2200-0500 nightly curfew until further notice.

Passenger Restrictions: COVID-19 testing is required. All passengers are being tested as soon as they arrive at SMJP. They are being transported from the airport to the quarantine place under supervision of the National Coordination Center for Disaster Management of Suriname. 14 day quarantine at government-mandated facility or hotel is required for passengers.

Crew Restrictions: Crew rest is not possible. All hotels are closed due to lockdown.

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

Crew / Pax may not step out of the aircraft.

Special Considerations: If there is a diplomatic flight into Suriname, the pax and crew will be swabbed at the airport and then must stay for 24hours in their hotel room.

24 Hours advance notice is required for Customs, Immigration, Fuel services and the Airport Management.

ICAO Specific Information:

  • SMZO – is closed
  • 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 are now from 1200 UTC till 1800 UTC. Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.

Tanzania

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 10, 2020

General Restrictions: Tanzania has resumed all international flights. As part of the new measure, all travelers arriving at airports will be required to present a valid negative COVID-19 certificate from an approved laboratory, tested within 72 hours before the arrival. All travelers will also undergo enhanced screening for COVID-19 upon arrival. There will be no 14 day mandatory quarantine on 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 operations 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.

  • Crew members will be subjected to an enhanced screening at airports of entry and may be isolated in accordance with applicable procedures as may be issued by the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, in case they are suspected of COVID-19 infection;
  • The aircraft will be decontaminated if crew members are suspected to have COVID-19;
  • In case crew are quarantined or isolated while in transit, aircraft owners/operators must make necessary arrangements to back-up their crew to ensure that goods are delivered to the intended destination.
  • All arriving/departing air operators must provide Advance Passenger Information so as to allow the Points of Entry Authorities to scrutinize the manifest for possible high-risk passengers;
  • Pilot in Command of a flight should prior to arrival, submit to Port Health Authority the duly filled-in flight health declaration forms (Health Part of the Aircraft General Declaration);

Uganda

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 7, 2020

General Restrictions: 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, Ministry 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.

For repatriation of Ugandans stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall be contacted for arrangements in coordination with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Works and Transportation.

As of June 23rd, the nationwide nightly curfew from 1900-0630 local has been extended 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. when crew members travel out of Uganda and return on the same day, they shall:
    1. not be subjected to mandatory 14 days institutional quarantine if they do not disembark from the aircraft at the destination;
    2. be subjected to mandatory 14 days institutional quarantine if they disembark from the aircraft at the destination;
  2. 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;
  3. all crew members must fulfil the Port Health requirements at the airport/airstrip.

United Arab Emirates

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August 8, 2020

Restrictions expiration: September 22, 2020

General Restrictions: All inbound and transit passengers traveling to the UAE must have a negative COVID-19 test certificate from Aug 1. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure and from a pre-approved lab. This excludes children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability.

COVID-19 – Resumption of international flight:

International flight resumption from/to UAE airports provided flight complies with:

  1. Safety Decision (SD) 2020-20 (13 pages) relating to methods to prohibit the spread of COVID-19. Available at https://www.gcaa.gov.ae/en/ePublication/Pages/covid-19.aspx
  2. Relevant public health measures including requirements in NOTAM A1429/20 (relating to any and all travelers who have been in Pakistan).
  3. Landing permit still required

14-day Quarantine required- at place of residence during time in country.

Local Health & Safety Requirements passengers must follow:

  • Must wear mask
  • Must wear gloves
  • Must practice social distancing
  • Must shelter-in-place, self-isolate, or quarantine
  • PCR Test is mandatory for all passengers including UAE nationals and UAE residents arriving at Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) Airports.
  • All arriving UAE Nationals and residents who are living in Dubai are required to download and register with the Dubai Health Authority “COVID19 – DXB Smart App” prior to leaving the airport.
  • Passengers arriving at DXB and DWC have the choice of selecting home quarantine or institutional quarantine (details provided on arrival).

Passengers will require a negative COVID test prior to travel and full health insurance. Those without a test will be swabbed on arrival and if positive placed in mandatory quarantine.

All foreign nationals with valid residency permits returning to the UAE must complete a pre-departure COVID-19 test from July 1.· Passengers who do not have a negative test within 72 hours from departure will not be allowed to board the flight. The test must be done at an accredited laboratory. Currently, there are accredited labs in 106 cities across 17 countries. Additional labs will be added in the coming days. The list has yet to be released. For UAE residents returning from a country lacking any accredited laboratory, individuals will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival to the UAE. Thereafter, individuals will be required to undertake a 14-day quarantine period.

All aircraft registered in the state of Qatar are not authorized to overfly UAE airspace or use UAE aerodromes.

Passenger Restrictions: Country nationals that require prior visa to enter UAE are prohibited. Nationals who do not require prior visa to enter UAE can travel.

PCR Test and 14 day quarantine is mandatory for all passengers.

Travelers must have travel insurance with COVID-19 cover or declare that you will bear the costs associated with treatment if necessary before you travel.

Foreign nationals whose visas had expired March 1-31 have been given three months from July 11 to renew their documents, after authorities revoked an earlier decision to extend their validity through Dec. 31. Foreign nationals currently abroad have been given a grace period to return once flights between their location and the UAE resume.

Please be advised that an updated travel advisory received from Dubai COVID-19 Command and Control Centre states that all arriving, transfer and transit passengers from below listed countries are required to carry out COVID-19 PCR test prior to their departure from country of origin. Only passenger with a negative COVID-19 certificate shall be accepted by the airline. Passengers will also undergo another PCR test upon arrival at DXB or DWC. 

Kindly contact UAE embassy in your home country to inquire about the list of approved PCR test labs. 

Health declaration and quarantine undertaking forms that must be filled by all passengers. Both forms need to be printed and completed before travelling and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff. The quarantine undertaking form will only go into effect if a passenger is required to undergo quarantine.

List of countries: 

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Bangladesh
  3. Egypt
  4. India
  5. Iran
  6. Nigeria
  7. Pakistan
  8. Philippines
  9. Russian Federation
  10. Sudan
  11. Tanzania
  12. USA – California, Florida and Texas
  13. Turkey

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

PPE requirements for cabin crew: face shield or googles, mask, gloves during service, disposable gowns as minimum requirements. Mask should be changed every 6 hours.

Tech Stop Details: Landing permit still required. All normal services are available.

ICAO SPECIFIC

OMDB/OMDW

  • All citizens, residents, tourists and transit passengers are require to obtain a negative COVID19 certificate before arriving into DXB or DWC.
  • All passengers arriving from the list of 31 countries below will undergo another PCR test upon arriving into DXB or DWC.
    • Afghanistan
    • Armenia
    • Bangladesh
    • Brazil
    • Djibouti
    • Egypt
    • Eritrea
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Iran
    • Iraq
    • Kazakhstan
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Lebanon
    • Montenegro
    • Nigeria
    • Pakistan
    • Philippine
    • Russia
    • Serbia
    • Somaliland
    • South Africa
    • Sri Lanka
    • Sri Lanka
    • Sudan
    • Tajikistan
    • Tanzania
    • Turkey
    • Turkmenistan
    • USA (California, Florida and Texas)
    • Uzbekistan
  • All passengers including citizens, residents and tourists departing from DXB or DWC to the European Union or United Kingdom are required to carry a negative COVID19 certificate.
  • Children under the age of 12 and children with moderate to severe disabilities are except from PCR.
  • Negative COVID19 certificates should be valid for 96 hours from time of PCR

Special Considerations: Foreign Operators are required to submit a statement to FOA (Foreign Operators Affairs), confirming the compliance of latest safety decision and its attachment.

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


Zambia

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August 10, 2020

General Restrictions: Only FLKK/Lusaka airport is accepting international flights. Crew on cargo and chartered international flights into FLKK/Lusaka airport shall be exempt from the ongoing 14 day mandatory quarantine period. All airports in Zambia are now open. Both pax and crew need negative SARS COV-2 PCR test result taken within the previous 14 days.

Passenger Restrictions: All arriving passengers will have to undergo a 14 day self-quarantine.

Must wear a mask at all times in public areas and practice social distancing. All flights have to obtain permission from government.

Crew: Crew rest is available at hotel but crew must quarantine at the hotel for the entire stay. 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. Crew can crew rest for up to three days. Must wear a mask at all times in public areas. Must practice social distancing.

Tech Stop: Tech stops are permissible with passengers on board. However, no one will be allowed off the aircraft.

ICAO Specific Information:

  • FLKK/Lusaka will remain open until further notice.
  • FLSK/Ndola, FLHN/Livingstone, and FLMF/Mfuwe airports are closed indefinitely as of March 25.
  • Please contact your Universal Team for additional specifics.

Zimbabwe

Notice: As of Aug. 12, 2020, we have temporarily stopped updating restriction information for this country on this resource center. Please contact your Universal Trip Support Team for the latest COVID-19 information. Restriction information for U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe will continue to be updated.

August 10, 2020

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

Passenger Restrictions: No Foreign Nationals are allowed to enter the country. Pax must quarantine for 14-days at a Government Mandated Facility or Hotel.

Crew Restrictions: No crew rest options are available.

Tech Stops Specifics: Not currently allowed

FVRG is the only available airport.


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