United States: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on Business Aviation

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United States

July 1, 2020

  • 14 DAY TRAVEL HISTORY is REQUIRED for any operator seeking to enter the United States.
    This information prior to initiating arrangements with U.S. Customs.
    • Travel History = Countries visited for any period of time in last 14 days.
    • Simple affirmative statement from operator/PIC is acceptable.
    • If there are unique circumstances please discuss with your Universal Team.

US Authorities have extended the ground border closures with Canada and Mexico to all nonessential travel through 21st of July.

Entry into the United States of all immigrants, with certain exceptions, is suspended.


  • * U.S. Permanent Residents
  • * Persons currently holding VALID U.S. Visas or other Conditional Authorization for Travel (ie. Transportation Letter or Advance Parole Document) Issued prior to proclamation

Note: Essentially, the U.S. is not processing any new immigration applications from Aliens during this period unless they meet very specific criteria, i.e. National Security, assist in the fight against COVID-19, etc. We are pending clarification on if travelers on an ESTA will be affected.

As further provided in each proclamation, citizens and lawful permanent residents of the United States, certain family members, and other individuals who meet specified exceptions, who have been in one of the countries listed, below, in the past 14 days will be allowed to enter the United States through one of 15 airports. After arriving to the United States from one of these countries, CDC recommends that travelers stay home and monitor their health for 14 days.

Passenger Restrictions:

1. Department of State officials have also advised US citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Authorities urge anyone entering the country from abroad to self-quarantine and monitor their health for 14 days.

US officials have suspended entry for foreign nationals who have been in Brazil, China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), Iran, UK, Ireland, and the Schengen Area within the last 14 days. The Schengen Area includes 26 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. US citizens and legal permanent residents who have traveled to a country on the restricted list within 14 days of arrival must self-quarantine for 14 days.

2. Passengers who have been in one of the countries listed in bullet number 1 in the past 14 days but are exempt from the restriction to enter the USA, must arrive at one of the following airports: Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas, (DFW), Detroit (DTW), Honolulu (HNL), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK or EWR), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA) and Washington (IAD).

3. Hawaii orders Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine for all individuals arriving or returning to Hawaii.

Additional Notes:
  • * ALL flights and ALL Persons on Board are automatically subject to COVID-19 immigration restrictions, Funneling or Landing Rights Denial, if traveling from affected regions
  • * “Crew Only Ferry Flights” can apply for Landing Rights outside of these restrictions, but will be approved case-by-case. If you have traveled to an affected region within the last 14 days, plan to funnel best-case scenario, but denials are possible.

Crew Restrictions: Crew / Ferry Flights with persons who have been in suspended regions in the last 14-days, whether they are US Citizen, US Permanent Resident, or Foreign Crew must funnel to one of the 15 airports listed.

The FAA has agreed to extend the grace period for recurrent training requirements for Part 135 operators – those who have training due in July will have until the end of October to get this done.

Please contact your Universal Team for additional specifics.

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