COVID Travel Restrictions Impacting Business Aviation

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IMPORTANT: The impact of the global COVID travel restrictions on business aviation is fluid and evolving by the minute. While we do our best to keep this article current by adding additional information once it is received and confirmed, always check with your Universal Trip Support Team and local authorities for the most current information.

The top section of the blog will feature weekly insights and trends. Scroll down to see a list of country restriction changes and visit the individual region blog articles for full details. Note: Older updates will now be kept at the end of the country sections.


COVID-19 Travel Restriction Updates and Trends

Jan. 27, 2022

A Relatively Quiet Week for Int’l Restrictions

Everything continues to look pretty stable, with no surprising tightenings or loosenings this week. From an access standpoint, we’re back in that trend of incremental easing as more countries start to unwind their Omicron-related restrictions and make it easier for vaccinated/boosted travelers to enter. All signs point to this pattern continuing.

Start Planning: Spring Break


Last year’s Spring Break brought record traffic numbers to popular beach destinations in Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean. Based on early inquiries we’re already receiving, expect this year to be the same.

Parking and hotels are always the first to go since availability is limited in many places. If you can start locking in anything now, DO IT before the surge hits. You’ll be happy you did.

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • More UK Easing – Effective Feb. 11, fully-vaccinated travelers will NOT need to take a COVID-19 test after arrival, and there will be no quarantine requirements. Non-fully vaccinated travelers still require testing before and after arrival.
  • Mexico Yo-Yos on Health Form – In late December, Mexico dropped the requirement that all entrants must complete an online health questionnaire and then show a QR code upon arrival. The country reversed course last week and has reinstated those requirements.
  • Vaccination Validity Periods & Boosters – Continue to advise vaccinated passengers to get their boosters scheduled. For most countries instituting vaccine validity windows, nine months has been the standard, but we are seeing exemptions to that. If the 9-month window remains the standard, those who got their last jab in April 2021 or earlier are due now if they want to maintain their maximum travel flexibility. However, Israel, which recently reopened, is requiring a 6-month validity window. Saudi Arabia has an 8-month window. The European Commission is expected to issue recommendations on vaccine validity for travel by early February.
  • [Video] Yesterday’s Ops Meetup Webinar – If you couldn’t attend, you can still watch it here.
  • Deadline Approaching: AIN FBO Survey – AIN is running its annual FBO survey through February 4. If you’ve had a good experience at any of our FBOs, please consider voting for us. While we don’t put a lot of weight in these trade surveys, they create nice recognition and celebratory moments for our international teams when they rank. Complete the survey online.
  • Now Required: EASA Environmental Registration – Operators of certain aircraft must register on the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA’s) new environmental portal, and the process is a little more onerous for N-registered aircraft. This NBAA article breaks it all down. Our Global Regulatory Services team can now take care of this on your behalf. Let me know if you’re interested in this service, or you can request support for EASA Filing online.
  • FAA Dispatcher Certification – We have two 2022 course dates set for our popular online FAA Dispatcher Certification class. Learn more and register online.

Upcoming Major Int’l Events –

Here are some of the bigger events coming up on the calendar that we’re hearing interest in among int’l operators.


United States

Summary info only. Detailed intelligence available – Pre-arrival testing requirements, health forms, quarantine details, local curfews, and scenario-specific info have been omitted from this overview. Ask your Universal Trip Support team for a Feasibility Guide to get detailed intelligence for your destination of interest.

Travelers from outbreak & variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited an outbreak and/or variant virus hotspot, including Brazil, India, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

    • The CDC has announced that as of Dec 6, all air passengers 2 years and older, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 viral test taken no more than 1 day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, prior to boarding a flight to the United States (including Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii and Alaska). The CDC has approved several at-home tests (like Abbott BinaxNow, Qured, Ellume, etc.) that can be used for this, but they do need to be supervised via telehealth. Air passengers will also be required to confirm in the form of an attestation that the information they present is true. The CDC has created a helpful guidance process flow chart and FAQs.
    • The current Presidential Proclamation went into effect Nov. 8. You can find our summary of the new rules on our blog. The main highlights include:
      • Foreign nationals must be fully vaccinated to enter, with few exceptions.
      • ALL VACCINTATED TRAVELERS (U.S. citizens included) must provide proof of negative test taken no more than 1 day prior to departure (updated Dec 6 with CDC order).
      • U.S. citizens who are not fully-vaccinated must provide proof of negative test taken no more than 1 day before departure.
      • Active crew are exempt from these requirements.
    • The CDC has developed a handy entry quiz to help travelers determine entry eligibility for the U.S.
    • Applications for signatory carrier status under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are still being processed. CBP is now requiring physically signed contracts rather than electronic, which means it will be roughly 30 days before you receive approval. All U.S.-based operators (including some international companies with U.S. subsidiaries) and non-U.S. commercial operators are eligible to apply. If you are not a signatory carrier and qualify, we recommend you apply to increase your operating flexibility. We can help.
    • The U.S. STEP Program is an important risk mitigation program that U.S. nationals should be using on every international trip, especially now with COVID. When the first wave hit and we saw the massive wave of lockdowns, this program helped get people on the U.S. Embassy’s evacuation list to return home. It has a whole host of other benefits like if you lose your passport or have medical issues, if there is a terrorist incident or civil unrest, etc. Our Global Regulatory Services team offers an optional, turnkey STEP Registration Service for your trips with us.
    • Any operator entering the U.S. from the south should be taking advantage of the CBP’s Border Overflight Exemption (BOE) program to avoid having to make an extra stop at the first designated AOE when returning home. A BOE is good for 2 years, and it greatly increases your operational flexibility. We can take care of this for you.
    • Non-U.S. charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators flying to/from the U.S. with less than 12 flights per year MUST have a DOT Part 375 Ops Permit and/or Special Authorization. We can assist.
    • Hawaii – As of Nov 8, Hawaii now aligns with federal international requirements. Hawaii no longer has its own requirements for passengers flying directly into Hawaii from an international destination.
      •  Hawaii will likely soon require a COVID booster shot to avoid the mandatory 5-day quarantine. This is expect to go into effect around early February.
      • COVID tests don’t have to be done with Trusted Travel Partners under the new international federal requirements, but they do have to be done with a Trusted Travel Partner for unvaccinated domestic travel.
      • Fully-vaccinated domestic travelers are exempt from quarantine and testing but must still create an account in Safe Travels Hawaii, enter their trip details, upload their vaccination documentation, sign the legal attestations, and within 24 hours of departing to Hawaii, complete the online health questionnaire. More information available at: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/faqs/.
    • Puerto Rico – No pre-testing required for fully-vaccinated travelers from the U.S. Travel declaration form required for all travelers. See details at www.travelsafe.pr.gov or www.viajaseguro.pr.gov. Proof of negative COVID test required to avoid quarantine. Crew are exempt.
    • USVI – Proof of negative COVID test result required for travelers from the mainland U.S. Visit the USVI Travel Screening Portal and fill out the info requested in advance. Additional information and testing requirements available on https://usviupdate.com/. Our preferred ground handler at TIST, Standard Aviation, has parking availability and can provide air transfers to neighboring Caribbean islands.
    • Alaska – Alaska’s travel mandates and orders are now just travel advisories. Full entry details online.
    • California – As of Dec. 13, a new requirement for those who cannot provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status will require a negative COVID-19 test within 1 day for an antigen test and 2 days for a PCR test prior to entry into an event.

Canada

  • Foreign crew vax mandate expanded Jan .15
  • Airport Funneling in Effect – All international passenger flights, including those from the U.S., are required to enter Canada through one of the following funneling airports: CYYZ/Toronto, CYVR/Vancouver, CYUL/Montreal, CYYC/Calgary, CYEG/Edmonton, CYWG/Winnipeg, CYOW/Ottawa, CYQB/Quebec, CYHZ/Halifax, CYTZ/Toronto Island, CYHM/Hamilton, CYKF/Waterloo, CYYT/St. Johns, CYQR/Regina, CYXE/Saskatoon, CYLW/Kelowna, CYXX/Abbotsford and CYYJ/Victoria.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador have updated entry requirements for travelers and crew as of Jan 22. See details.
  • Canada’s Crew and Pax Vaccine Mandate – All travelers 12 and older are required to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine for Canadian domestic and international flights. All foreign crew must be vaccinated, effective Jan 15. See detailed FAQ.
  • Any foreign national that qualifies for the fully-vaccinated traveler exemption can enter Canada for discretionary travel. Use this self-assessment tool to check if you qualify for the exemption.
  • We’ve confirmed via CANPASS that crew are required to take a PCR test if staying longer than 72 hours
  • All travelers are required to provide their COVID-related information, in advance, via ArriveCAN app or website
  • Canada has this online tool to help you assess if you can enter the country.

Mexico

  • Mexico is open and accessible.
  • Once again requiring completion of a health questionnaire and showing the QR code upon arrival.
  • Our ground handing teams in Mexico (Mexico City/TolucaLos CabosCancunCozumelPVMonterrey, etc.) are available to support your missions.
  • Renew Your Mexico Multiple Entry Permits Now – AFAC’s physical offices remains closed but is processing AOC renewals and modifications, one time permits, blanket permit modifications, and blanket permit verifications remotely/online. Note that AFAC is working under reduced staffing hours, so application processing will take longer than normal. For assistance with your Mexico permits, we can help.
  • Do this now to ensure your permits are approved in time for Jan. 1, 2022, as AFAC is working at reduced capacity, and it normally pauses on processing permits mid-Dec through early-Jan. Read our blog article for more on this, and why you should get this permit if you do multiple trips to Mexico a year. We can take care of this for you.
  • There is a no-touch Covid-19 health assessment form, which is required on arrival/departure. After completing the form, print or screen cap the QR code that is generated for easy access. You’ll need to present this to the health inspectors upon arrival into Mexico. Here is the link: https://afac.hostingerapp.com – Note that you need to actually copy/paste it into your browser; just clicking it will throw an error. A 14-day quarantine at residence may be necessary; however, popular tourist zones in the typical vacation cities (e.g., Cancun, Los Cabos, PV, Cozumel) are excluded.
  • The Mexican government has established an epidemiological traffic light monitoring system based on the number of cases and risk of contagion to manage the relaxing of restrictions. The status of it varies from state to state.
  • See detailed restrictions for this country.

Caribbean

Summary info only. Detailed intelligence available – Pre-arrival testing requirements, health forms, quarantine details, local curfews, and scenario-specific info have been omitted from this overview. Ask your Universal Trip Support team for a Feasibility Guide to get detailed intelligence for your destination of interest.

Travelers from outbreak & variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited an outbreak and/or variant virus hotspot, including Brazil, India, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

⚠️Omicron Update: We are not annotating every country that is banning travelers who have visited any of the eight African hotspot countries. We are annotating countries that are banning travel from countries outside of Africa that have reported Omicron infections or that have closed their borders completely. We are not including COVID pre-arrival testing requirements for most countries since it is a common requirement. Check with us for specifics.

  • Anguilla – Passengers AND CREW must be fully-vaccinated. Must apply at https://www.ivisitanguilla.com to receive an approval certificate from the Chief Medical Officer. Pre- and on-arrival testing required. Quarantine 24 hours until result is known. If negative, you are free to move about island. Travelers may be required to test on day 4 if staying more than 8 days.
  • Antigua and Barbuda – Fully vaccinated travelers, do not have to quarantine. However, both they AND crew are required to have proof of a negative RT-PCR COVID test taken within 4 days prior to arrival and proof of full vaccination. See official website for details.
  • Aruba – Aruba is accepting flights from all U.S. states. Aruba’s Digital Embarkation-Disembarkation Card (ED card) and health insurance are required. Full details on entry requirements can be found here.
  • Bahamas – Open. Rapid antigen test required within 5 days after arrival in the Bahamas by all travelers. No quarantine required. Health insurance is required. More info at the Office of the Prime Minister and Reopen Bahamas.
  • Barbados – Open. Fully-vaccinated travelers may be selected for randomized test on arrival. Post-arrival health screening. Post arrival testing not required if coming from a designated “travel bubble” Caribbean island. No quarantine required after approval from Port Health Official, you are free to move about the island. See details online.
  • Bermuda – Open. Vaccinated travelers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to enter and proof of full vaccination uploaded to Travel Authorization Prior to departure. Vaccinated travelers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to enter. They will also be tested on arrival and must quarantine until results are known (about 24 hours). Then they will be released from quarantine and free to move around.
  • Bonaire – Open to U.S travelers. Even with vaccine, a negative COVD test is still required for entry. Mandatory antigen testing on day 5 after arrival. Must complete a Health Declaration Form at www.bonairepublichealth.org. Quarantine is required unless traveling from “low-risk countries.”.
  • British Virgin Islands (BVI) – Open. All visitors 18 years and older must be fully vaccinated. Rapid antigen test on arrival. See latest entry requirements.
  • Cayman Islands – Travelers from Canada, EU and the U.S. with securely verifiable vaccination records are allowed entry with no quarantine. NOTE: Paper CDC cards not considered verifiable, so quarantine still required. See website for more details.
  • Cuba – Certain parts of country are open for tourism. Travelers must be fully vaccinated to enter. May be subject to post-arrival testing at random. U.S. sanctions still apply.
  • Curacao – Vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and these other countries are permitted to enter Curacao. Add’l post-arrival testing required.
  • Dominica – Open; however, entry requirements, disembarkation, and quarantine protocols vary depending on the country-of-origin’s risk level (CARICOM Travel Bubble, Low Risk, Medium Risk, High Risk) and whether or not travelers are vaccinated. U.S. sits on high risk, but vaccinated travelers who test negative during the post-arrival can proceed quarantine free. COVID test on arrival required for all travelers, regardless of vaccination status. Full details online.
  • Dominican Republic – Open to international passengers. Passengers who present a vaccination card and/or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in the Dominican Republic will be exempted from the random test. Universal Aviation DR is open and supporting missions.
  • Grenada – Open for fully-vaccinated travelers. Apply for approval online. Complete details here.
  • Guadeloupe – French territory. Open for vaccinated U.S. travelers.
  • Haiti – Open. No quarantine required for vaccinated travelers.
  • Jamaica – Open. All foreign crew and passengers must obtain travel authorization online prior to arrival. Process must start 7 days prior to departure date. COVID-19 PCR or antigen test on arrival for travelers from high-risk countries, like the U.S., at cost of $150 USD. Quarantine required for length of stay or 14 days, in either a residence or tourist zone (“Resilient Corridor”). Fully vaccinated travelers have the option to shorten their mandatory 8-day quarantine by taking an additional (RT-PCR) for COVID-19 on arrival and with a negative result will be released from quarantine. See full details online.
  • Martinique – French territory – Open to vaccinated U.S. travelers for leisure. No quarantine.
  • Montserrat – Open to fully vaccinated travelers, including business travelers and tourists. Government pre-approval required.
  • St. Barts – French territory – Open for vaccinated travelers.
  • St. Lucia – Open. Fully-vaccinated travelers exempt from quarantine. Travel registration and health screening questionnaire to be completed in advance and printed before arrival. Random medical screenings may apply. More info online.
  • St. Kitts & Nevis – Open. Must be fully vaccinated. All travelers who are fully vaccinated must remain in quarantine for at least 24 hours and take a COVID-19 PCR test on the fourth day to exit quarantine. Health app required. Details online.
  • Sint Maarten (Dutch side) – The island is split between France and the Netherlands. However, TNCM falls on the Netherlands side. As of Jan 5, Sint Maarten has updated their testing requirements and moved from a risk-based system to a vaccination status system. Passengers are not required to test prior to travel if they are aged 18 or over and have received a booster shot, or if they are aged 5-18 and fully vaccinated.
  • St. Martin (French side) – The island is split between France and the Netherlands. Vaccinated travelers from Canada and USA will be allowed entry as tourists at St. Martin (French Side). No quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers.
  • St. Vincent & Grenadines – Fully-vaccinated travelers from high-risk countries (including Canada and U.S.) may be required to take a COVID test upon arrival, and if this takes place, the passengers will need to self-isolate until the results are known. Aircraft disinfection required. See full details and pre-authorization forms online.
  • Trinidad and Tobago – Only fully-vaccinated travelers can enter. Apply online in advance.
  • Turks and Caicos – Open to vaccinated travelers. All travelers, including crew staying more than 24 hours, are required to obtain a TCI Assure Travel Authorization at least 24 hours prior to boarding, have travel insurance, and take a pre-arrival test.
  • USVI and Puerto Rico – See U.S. section above.
  • Ask your Universal Trip Support team for a Feasibility Guide to get detailed intelligence for your destination of interest.

Latin America

Summary info only. Detailed intelligence available – Pre-arrival testing requirements, health forms, quarantine details, local curfews, and scenario-specific info have been omitted from this overview. Ask your Universal Trip Support team for a Feasibility Guide to get detailed intelligence for your destination of interest.

Travelers from outbreak & variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited an outbreak and/or variant virus hotspot, including Brazil, India, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

⚠️Omicron Update: We are not annotating every country that is banning travelers who have visited any of the eight African hotspot countries. We are annotating countries that are banning travel from countries outside of Africa that have reported Omicron infections or that have closed their borders completely. We are not including COVID pre-arrival testing requirements for most countries since it is a common requirement. Check with us for specifics.

  • Our FBOs and ground handling offices in ArgentinaBrazilChileCosta RicaMexico, and Venezuela are still operational and supporting missions.
  • Argentina – Open foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated. No quarantine if vaccinated. Proof of medical insurance is required. Crew must be vaccinated or they must quarantine the entire length of their stay. Universal Aviation Argentina can assist.
  • Belize – Vaccinated travelers allowed.
  • Brazil – Passengers require COVID test and proof of vaccination to enter without quarantine. Universal Aviation Brazil is following our C19 Health and Safety standards to support you safely.
  • Bolivia – U.S. passengers allowed entry for business. Fully-vaccinated travelers can enter without quarantine. Travel health insurance required.
  • Chile – Vaccinated foreign passengers are allowed and can enter only at SCCI, SCDA, SCFA, and SCEL airports. Requirements for entry are proof of vaccination, PCR test, health affidavit, travel medical insurance and self-isolate until on-arrival COVID test results are known. Universal Aviation Chile is staying on top of the latest.
  • Colombia – International passengers are allowed to arrive in Colombia. All passengers AND crew require proof of vaccination plus a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. CHECK MIG form required on the Colombian Immigration website. SKBO, SKCG, SKRG, and SKCL are open to accept flights from the U.S., Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Curacao, and Panama.
  • Costa Rica – Open. No quarantine or pre-arrival test required. All passengers and crew must have travel insurance, unless fully vaccinated, and complete this health form in advance.
  • Ecuador – Open. Health form required. All passengers require vaccination and pre-arrival COVID test to enter. Active crew traveling to the Galapagos Islands will need to comply with the same rules as passengers.
  • El Salvador – Open. No quarantine, testing, or vaccination requirement.
  • Falkland Islands – Business flights require special invitation letter. Quarantine and periodic COVID testing required, no exemptions. Leisure flights possible if transiting direct to a private vessel. Contact locator form required. Adequate aeromedical insurance is recommended.
  • French Guiana – Fully-vaccinated individuals can now enter French Guiana without a compelling reason for travel, same for unvaccinated travelers. Pre-arrival test, on arrival test, and a 7-day quarantine are all required.
  • Guatemala – Open. Proof of vaccination required for entry. Health screening on arrival.
  • Guyana – Open to fully-vaccinated passengers. No quarantine. Subject to health screening on arrival.
  • Honduras – Open for business flights. Quarantine and testing not required with proof of vaccination.
  • Nicaragua – Open. No quarantine. Local contact and aircraft sanitization certificate required.
  • Panama – Open. Fully-vaccinated travelers can bypass quarantine and COVID testing requirements. Must complete an online registration form.
  • Paraguay – Paraguay is open for flights. Proof of Medical insurance required. Health card required. With proof of vaccination, quarantine not required.
  • Peru – Reopened for international flights with the exception of those who have been in South Africa or Botswana in the past 14 days. Proof of vaccination required for entry.
  • Suriname – Flights require government approval. Passengers must be fully vaccinated. Health insurance and quarantine required. Aircraft Disinfection Required.
  • Uruguay – Fully-vaccinated travelers are allowed entry, as long as final dose of vaccine was within previous 9 months. No quarantine required. COVID testing required upon arrival. Medical insurance with COVID-19 coverage is required.
  • Venezuela – Accessible with approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Quarantine at government facility required, up to 14 days. Aircraft Disinfection is required.
  • Ask your Universal Trip Support team for a Feasibility Guide to get detailed intelligence for your destination of interest.

Europe

Summary info only. Detailed intelligence available – Pre-arrival testing requirements, health forms, quarantine details, local curfews, and scenario-specific info have been omitted from this overview. Ask your Universal Trip Support team for a Feasibility Guide to get detailed intelligence for your destination of interest.

Travelers from outbreak & variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited an outbreak and/or variant virus hotspot, including Brazil, India, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

⚠️Omicron Update: We are not annotating every country that is banning travelers who have visited any of the eight African hotspot countries. We are annotating countries that are banning travel from countries outside of Africa that have reported Omicron infections or that have closed their borders completely. We are not including COVID pre-arrival testing requirements for most countries since it is a common requirement. Check with us for specifics.

  • Our FBOs and ground handling offices in IrelandUKFranceGreeceItalySpain and Turkey are all open and supporting missions.
  • Reopen Europe has improved its online tool for helping you assess entry requirements into the EU based on your trip scenario.
  • European countries that are accessible to passengers from the U.S. and other countries include:
    • Albania – Open. Health screening upon arrival. Travelers will require one of the following: proof of vaccination, recovery, or negative COVID test result.
    • Austria – Open. Immunized U.S. travelers can enter for leisure. Travelers who have received a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccination will be allowed entry without any testing or quarantine requirement. See entry details online.
    • Belarus – Accessible. Travelers from this list of countries will likely have to self-quarantine. Immunized travelers are exempt from testing and isolation.
    • Belgium – Non-essential travel from U.S. is permitted. Test on arrival and isolation until results are known required. See details online.
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina – U.S. citizens are allowed entry with a negative COVID test, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery.
    • Bulgaria – The U.S. is on the Red List. Any traveler coming from the U.S. direct to Bulgaria must have a valid EU digital COVID certificate for vaccination or recovery AND approval from the Ministry of Health.
    • Croatia – Open for tourism with negative test, vaccine, or proof of recovery. Test on arrival required. Our Universal Aviation offices in Italy are helping coordinate arrangements to enter Croatia for customers.
    • Cyprus – Open. U.S. citizens can enter for business and tourism. As of Jan 4, new procedures are in place requiring a PCR on arrival, regardless of vaccination status, and a rapid antigen test 72 hours from arrival unless travelers have the booster.
    • Czech Republic – U.S. was added to the “Dark Red” category. With that, U.S. vaccinated persons can still enter without restriction, but non-vaccinated travelers can only enter for limited essential reasons and will have COVID testing requirements with a 10-day quarantine.
    • Denmark – Fully-vaccinated travelers from the U.S., other non-high risk countries, and OECD category countries can enter without testing or quarantine. See detailed entry requirements. (Note: Captcha required to access site.)
    • Estonia – Fully-vaccinated travelers can enter. Testing and quarantine not required with vaccination.
    • Finland – As part of its phased reopening, vaccinated travelers from all countries (including the United States) are now permitted to enter Finland.
    • France – Open for tourism to fully vaccinated travelers. Countries on the Red list, like the U.S., are subject to possible testing on arrival.
      • France offers its own digital health pass for vaccinated non-EU citizens/residents. However, it can be slow process to obtain this. Most establishments will still accept a vaccine card in lieu of this. Read details here.
      • France requires that passengers on domestic legs provide proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative PCR test. In addition, crew are required to provide this. This does not change active crew health entry requirements for international ops into France; just domestic legs in country.
    • Germany – U.S. travelers are allowed for tourism with either a negative test, proof of vaccination, or recent (6 month) proof of recovery. Quarantine can be bypassed with proof of vaccination or proof of recovery.
    • Greece – Open to U.S. travelers that are vaccinated OR those who have a negative PCR test result taken 72 hours before arrival. All arrivals subject to random rapid tests upon arrival. PLF form needs to be filled out at least 24 hours prior to arrival. Travel back and forth from the mainland to islands or vice versa requires PCR test or proof of vaccination. Indoor dining requires proof of vaccine or negative COVID test. Our FBO ground support offices in Greece are ready to support you.
    • Greenland – Open with prior permission. Proof of vaccination required for entry.
    • Hungary – Travelers should be fully vaccinated to avoid quarantine, and additional testing is required after arrival.
    • Iceland – Open to travelers with proof of vaccination or recovery. Vaccinated travelers exempt from quarantine. Full details online.
    • Ireland – Our Universal Aviation offices in Dublin and Shannon can assist.
      • Fully-vaccinated and/or recently recovered travelers from the EU, U.S., and other low risk countries are allowed to enter without testing upon arrival or quarantine without the pre-arrival testing requirement as of Jan 6, 2022. Omicron-specific testing requirements have been removed.
      • Related to above, Ireland is participating in the EU’s Digital Green Pass Program, allowing pass holders with proof of vaccination, recovery, or recent test result.
      • There are exemptions to the above restrictions for tech stops.
      • This pre-departure testing provider is available at EIDW for travelers headed to the U.S.
      • U.S. CBP Preclearance is open at Shannon/EINN for GA. Read our blog for details and ops procedures.
      • Shannon has an onsite COVID testing program providing quick turnaround. Appointments are required and can be booked online at https://rocdochealthcheck.ie.
    • Italy – Open to U.S. and Canadian citizens for tourism. Open to vaccinated travelers from the UK. Must have the following: 1) proof of vaccination or recovery, AND 2) proof of negative COVID test. Universal Aviation Italy is ready to support your missions.
    • Kosovo – Open. All travelers 12 and up need proof of vaccination.
    • Latvia – Open for leisure. Vaccinated/recovered passengers traveling from countries not classified as “Very high risk” or “New COVID variant” are exempt from pre-arrival Covid-19 testing and self-isolation.
    • Luxembourg – Open to fully vaccinated individuals.
    • Macedonia – Open. All persons arriving in North Macedonia will need to present either a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before entry, proof of full vaccination, or proof of having recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 45 days.
    • Malta – Immunized travelers from the USA, which is on the Red list, will be allowed entry.
    • Moldova – International travelers are required to present proof of vaccination, recovery, or negative COVID test result to enter.
    • Montenegro – Open to U.S. citizens. Travelers must present vaccination certificate or negative Covid test. Aircraft disinfection required.
    • Netherlands – Most fully-vaccinated travelers arriving from areas designated very high risk without a COVID-19 variant of concern are not exempt from mandatory 10 day self-quarantine, including travelers from the United States. Some exceptions include “Urgent short-term cross-border business trips”, and “Significant contribution to the Dutch economy”. See website for details and consult with us prior to operation.
    • Norway – Open to U.S. citizens, HOWEVER, they must have a valid EU digital vaccine certificate to avoid quarantine, which is not readily available for most U.S. travelers. As such, persons without the valid digital certificate will need to quarantine upon arrival.
    • Poland – Allowed travelers, including U.S. citizens, with an EU-approved vaccine OR proof of recovery are exempt from quarantine. The updated flight ban list can be found online.
    • Portugal – Officially open to tourism, including U.S./Canadian travelers. Proof of vaccination required. In response to Omicron, pre-arrival test now required. Note: Portugal has implemented a new carbon tax for charter ops.
    • Romania – Open. No quarantine for passengers who can provide proof of vaccination or recent recovery.
    • Russia – Allowing international travelers from a number of countries, including the U.S. and Mexico, for nonessential travel. Canadians and Latin American countries are still prohibited.
    • Serbia – U.S. citizens can enter for business or tourism. No quarantine required. Aircraft disinfection required.
    • Slovak Republic – Immunized business travelers with acceptable reason for business can be exempted from quarantine. Travelers from the EU and Schengen region are not required to test or quarantine with proof of vaccine. Travelers from Red countries (including USA) can end their quarantine with a negative PCR test on the fifth day of quarantine.
    • Slovenia – International arrivals must provide proof of vaccination, recovery, or negative COVID test to enter without quarantine. See website for details.
    • Spain – Open to fully-vaccinated U.S. travelers. Universal Aviation Spain can assist.
    • Sweden – As of Nov. 5, vaccinated U.S. residents can travel direct. More details here.
    • Switzerland – Open to U.S. and Canadian travelers. Proof of vaccination or recovery required. COVID pre-arrival testing reinstated in response to Omicron. Post-arrival testing required. Quarantine only required for visitors if they have been to any of these countries (note that U.S. is NOT on this list) at any time within the last 14 days before entering Switzerland.
    • Turkey – Non-vaccinated travelers from high-risk countries (none of which are EU, UK, U.S., or Canada) must quarantine. Other than travelers from high-risk countries, Turkey remains open on the Mediterranean to Private/Business flights (including leisure) regardless the country of registration and/or nationality of passenger. Our Universal Aviation office in Turkey can provide assistance.
    • Ukraine – Open to unvaccinated travelers. No quarantine required. Medical insurance and tracer app required. Aircraft disinfection required. Read more online.
    • UK – Accessible. See section below for more details.
  • UK –
    • UK entry requirements –
    • RAF Northolt Airport in London has extended its M-F operating hours by three hours to 0800-2000L. This is a big deal because as the closest GA-accessible to central London, as well as the closest airport to Heathrow, these longer hours make it a much better option for international operators. Universal Aviation Northolt worked hard to make this happen.
    • Don’t miss your UK-APD payments – Passenger flights out of the UK are subject to Air Passenger Duty (UK-APD) payments, and many operators forget to pay these within the 7-day deadline. Since we have a local office, we can monitor and manage any payments owed on your behalf. Just send a request to our Global Regulatory Team to get started. It’s a fast and easy setup process.
    • A new emissions reporting scheme now applies as a result of Brexit – UK-ETS. If you need help with your UK-ETS monitoring and reporting, we can make this easy for you. Contact our Global Regulatory team directly.
  • Ask your Universal Trip Support team for a Feasibility Guide to get detailed intelligence for your destination of interest.

Middle East & Africa

Summary info only. Detailed intelligence available – Pre-arrival testing requirements, health forms, quarantine details, local curfews, and scenario-specific info have been omitted from this overview. Ask your Universal Trip Support team for a Feasibility Guide to get detailed intelligence for your destination of interest.

Travelers from outbreak & variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited an outbreak and/or variant virus hotspot, including Brazil, India, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

⚠️Omicron Update: We are not annotating every country that is banning travelers who have visited any of the eight African hotspot countries. We are annotating countries that are banning travel from countries outside of Africa that have reported Omicron infections or that have closed their borders completely. We are not including COVID pre-arrival testing requirements for most countries since it is a common requirement. Check with us for specifics.

  • Afghanistan – Political unrest. Military flights only.
  • Angola – Testing upon arrival and departure required. Travel registration form and mandatory quarantine for at least 10 days required. Flights to and from Australia, Aircraft disinfection required.
  • Bahrain – Vaccinated foreign nationals with valid visa are allowed entry. Vaccinated travelers are exempt from quarantine, as long as they test negative for COVID upon arrival. Smartphone app required.
  • Benin – Open to U.S. passengers. Testing upon arrival and departure required.
  • Botswana – Accessible. No quarantine, unless coming from a high-risk country. Test on arrival required and an additional test on departure.
  • Burkina Faso – Locator form and health declaration required. Testing required for departure.
  • Burundi – U.S. passengers can enter with government approval. Test on arrival and self-isolation required while awaiting results.
  • Cape Verde – All int’l flights are allowed.
  • Central African Republic – Open with stringent health requirements. U.S. citizens may have to quarantine.
  • Chad – Open. Testing on arrival required. Travelers must surrender their passports and remain in self-isolation for seven days, with an additional test being performed on the seventh day in isolation. Travelers in Chad for fewer than seven days do not need to quarantine.
  • Comoro Is.– Open to U.S. passengers. Health survey, aircraft disinfection, visa, and pre-departure test required. No quarantine.
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of (DRC) – Health forms required. Private flights authorized on a case-by-case basis. Testing on arrival required. Outbound test required within 72 hours prior to departure from DRC.
  • Cote d’Ivoire – Open to U.S. passengers. Testing and health screening upon arrival. Testing required for departure.
  • Djibouti – U.S. passengers are allowed. Flights must get permission. Mandatory COVID-19 testing on arrival and departure.
  • Egypt – All airports are open. Tourism is limited to resorts. No quarantine. Aircraft disinfection required. Health insurance required. Test on arrival dependent on recent travel history. Fully-vaccinated individuals, except those from high-risk countries, are exempt from taking a PCR test if they have an approved vaccination certificate with QR code.
  • Equatorial Guinea – Some essential business flights allowed. Testing upon arrival and quarantine required. Travelers from countries with variant strains of the disease may be prohibited from entering the country UFN. Health insurance required.
  • Eritrea – U.S. citizens can enter with a valid visa and a special invitation letter. Diplomatic permission required for all landings. Rapid COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival required. PCR test required for departure.
  • Eswatini (Swaziland) – Open to U.S. passengers. Health screening upon arrival. Aircraft disinfection required.
  • Ethiopia – Open with quarantine. Aircraft disinfection required. Pre-departure test with Trusted Travel.
  • Gabon – Open. Proof of vaccination required to bypass quarantine. Test upon arrival and on departure required. Individuals will have to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test or a vaccination certificate to access public places.
  • Gambia – Open. Travelers arriving from hotspot countries, including the U.S., will be required to undergo testing upon arrival.
  • Ghana – Government authorization and vaccination is needed for entry. Test on arrival and prior to departure required.
  • Guinea – U.S. passengers allowed for business. Health declaration form required. Negative COVID test required for departure. Travelers who are arriving from locations where variants of COVID-19 are known to be circulating must present a vaccination certificate, test upon arrival, and may be subject to quarantine.
  • Guinea-Bissau – U.S. passengers allowed. No quarantine.
  • Iran – Vaccinated travelers are allowed and exempt from quarantine, with pre-arrival testing. U.S. passengers allowed entry with an Iranian visa. Aircraft disinfection required.
  • Israel – Israel is open to fully vaccinated travelers, with last jab within 180 days, or those with proof of recovery AND at least one job of the vaccine. PCR testing on arrival and departure is required for everyone, including crew. Quarantine until results are known. If arriving from red list country, 7- or 14-day quarantine required. Our Universal Aviation in Tel Aviv can support you in Israel.
  • Jordan – Open to fully-vaccinated travelers. Testing on arrival required. No quarantine. Health insurance, aircraft disinfection and tracing app required. Visa on arrival now available for GCC countries, USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, EU countries, Switzerland, and UK.
  • Kenya – Open to 200+ nations/states, including U.S. Proof of vaccination required. No quarantine. Test required to exit.
  • Lebanon – Vaccinated travelers are exempt from quarantine. Health insurance and test on arrival required. Self isolate until results are known.
  • Liberia – Open. Proof of vaccination required. Mandatory testing on arrival and departure. Liberia Travel App download and health screening arrival form required.
  • Madagascar – Very restricted. Open to U.S. passengers with special permission only. Test on arrival and health screening.
  • Malawi – Open. Electronic vaccination certificate required for entry. Travelers without the electronic vaccination certificate and who refuse to take vaccination on arrival will be quarantine for 10 days. Test on arrival and testing on departure required.
  • Mali – Open. Quarantine not required. Departure test required.
  • Mauritania – Open. Testing required to depart.
  • Mauritius Is. – No quarantine for vaccinated travelers. Testing, health insurance, and aircraft disinfection required.
  • Mayotte – Open for vaccinated travelers. Test on arrival required.
  • Morocco – Morocco has closed its borders to all flights at this time due to the Omicron variant.
  • Mozambique – Open. Business travel permitted (including for U.S. citizens). Testing on arrival required. Aircraft disinfection required.
  • Namibia – Open. No quarantine required. Testing required to depart.
  • Niger – Open. CAA might require MOFA approval. 7-day self-isolation required. Testing required for departure.
  • Nigeria – Open. Vaccinated travelers are not be required to quarantine. Test on arrival and departure required. Health form portal.
  • Oman – Vaccine certificate is required for entry. With a negative PCR test done on/before arrival, quarantine not required. Officials have lifted entry restrictions for foreigners with visas. Health insurance and smartphone app required. Authorities have suspended the option to isolate at a private residence UFN.
  • Qatar – Vaccinated U.S. travelers (currently on Red List) and those from the Green List can enter. Vaccinated travelers from Green List countries are exempted from quarantine, as long as pre-arrival testing is provided. Testing on arrival is required. Smartphone app required. Visitors from countries on the Red List must be vaccinated and are subject to on arrival testing and hotel quarantine until results known.
  • Republic of Congo – Authorities resumed international air travel. Vaccinated travelers are exempted from pre-arrival testing. Test on arrival required. No quarantine requirements for crew. Must provide a negative test for departure.
  • Reunion Island – Open. No quarantine for vaccinated travelers. Testing required on arrival and for departure.
  • Rwanda – Charter tourism and business flights allowed. Passenger locator form and testing on arrival. Mandatory quarantine for 24 hours at a designated hotel until results are known. COVID test required to exit country.
  • Sao Tome & Principe – Open to domestic and international travel with government approval at least 72 hours prior to arrival. Aircraft disinfection required.
  • Saudi Arabia – Allowing travelers from the U.S, UK, and other countries. Tourist Visa issued for fully vaccinated travelers. Booster shot required if more than 8 months have passed since last dose, effective Feb 1. On-arrival and pre-departure PCR test required. Immunized travelers do not require quarantine or on-arrival testing. Heath Insurance required. Smartphone app required.
  • Senegal – Open. Passengers must complete a passenger locator form online and present it on arrival.
  • Sierra Leone – Open. No quarantine for vaccinated travelers. Test on arrival required. Aircraft disinfection required.
  • Seychelles – Open. See official website for details. Travel health insurance required. Test on arrival required.
  • Somalia – Open, with quarantine.
  • South Africa – Allowing travel into/out of South Africa for business, leisure, and other travel. Travelers must be screened on arrival. Health insurance required.
  • South Sudan – Open. No quarantine for vaccinated travelers. Aircraft disinfection required.
  • Sudan – Open. Quarantine measures lifted for all travelers with proof of a negative COVID test.
  • Tanzania – Open. Pax will undergo advanced screening on arrival.
  • Togo – Open. COVID-19 test required upon arrival and departure. Quarantine while awaiting results. Aircraft disinfection required. Contact tracing app required.
  • Tunisia – Effective Dec 1, vaccination mandatory for entry. Foreign travelers allowed, subject to approval by CAA. No quarantine required for vaccinated pax/crew.
  • Uganda – All international passenger flights allowed. Aircraft disinfection required. Immunized travelers must still present a negative COVID-19 test result. Test on arrival required.
  • United Arab Emirates – Open, but entry requirements vary by emirate. Emirates Airlines has a great tool for checking this. UAE will issue tourist visas for fully vaccinated persons traveling from all countries. PCR test on arrival required. Health insurance and tracer app required. More on Dubai here. Abu Dhabi removed the need to quarantine for all fully-vaccinated travelers arriving from international destinations. Travelers who have recently visited “high-risk” countries are subject to stringent testing and quarantine measures.
  • Yemen – U.S. passengers are allowed entry for business. Vaccinated travelers are exempted from quarantine.
  • Zambia – Open. Travelers arriving from countries deemed high-risk are required to quarantine for 10 days at a government designated facility. Test on arrival required. Vaccinated travelers with a negative test result are exempt from quarantine requirements.
  • Zimbabwe – Open. All travelers need to quarantine for 14 days. Test on arrival required.
  • Ask your Universal Trip Support team for a Feasibility Guide to get detailed intelligence for your destination of interest.

Asia-Pacific

Summary info only. Detailed intelligence available – Pre-arrival testing requirements, health forms, quarantine details, local curfews, and scenario-specific info have been omitted from this overview. Ask your Universal Trip Support team for a Feasibility Guide to get detailed intelligence for your destination of interest.

Travelers from outbreak & variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited an outbreak and/or variant virus hotspot, including Brazil, India, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

⚠️Omicron Update: We are not annotating every country that is banning travelers who have visited any of the eight African hotspot countries. We are annotating countries that are banning travel from countries outside of Africa that have reported Omicron infections or that have closed their borders completely. We are not including COVID pre-arrival testing requirements for most countries since it is a common requirement. Check with us for specifics.

  • Our FBOs and ground handling offices in ChinaJapanPhilippinesSingaporeSouth Korea, and Thailand all remain open and are supporting missions.
  • American Samoa – Open to vaccinated U.S. pax with special permission. No quarantine.
  • Armenia – All foreign nationals are allowed entry into Armenia with approval if they meet the Visa requirements. Fully vaccinated travelers with 14 days since final dose of vaccination and proof of vaccination will be exempt from PCR test on arrival.
  • Australia – Still predominantly closed to international travellers, with some exceptions for those who have an eligble visa. Accessible to travellers from the U.S. with a business exemption. As of Nov. 1, fully-vaccinated non-Australians can apply for a visa and a travel exemption for specific purposes, such as essential business. Strict testing before and after arrival. Aircraft disinfection required. Check with us for details.
  • Azerbaijan – Open to vaccinated U.S., UK, and other travelers. No quarantine required if vaccinated. Negative COVID test required for departure.
  • Bangladesh – Vaccinated travelers do not need to quarantine unless coming from high-risk countries. Pre-arrival testing required. Visa-on-arrival services are suspended until further notice. Aircraft disinfection required. Proof of hotel booking required for travelers arriving from high-risk countries.
  • Brunei Darussalam – Open to business travelers. Prior approval, health insurance, mobile app, and hotel booking required. Test on arrival required. Fully-vaccinated travelers may have shortened quarantine shortened to 5 days.
  • Cambodia – Allowing fully-vaccinated U.S. citizens and foreign nationals to enter. Visa, insurance, and test on arrival required. No quarantine when vaccinated. Visa on arrival remains suspended. Hotel booking for crew and unvaccinated travelers required. Crew staying overnight must be vaccinated.
  • China – Remains highly restrictive. Testing on arrival and quarantine required for those who can get in. Universal Aviation China is in close contact with local authorities and will be reporting on the latest.
  • Fiji – Effective Dec 1, international vaccinated arrivals from Fiji’s travel partner countries, including the U.S. and UK who have stayed in these countries at least 10 days prior to coming to Fiji, are permitted for vaccinated travelers with a COVID test and travel medical insurance obtained prior to arrival. Another COVID test needed upon entry along with a 3-day quarantine. Mobile tracer app required. Aircraft disinfection required. See details online.
  • French Polynesia/Tahiti/Bora Bora/Moorea – Open for tourism to U.S. persons or persons that have been in the U.S. for the preceding 15 days. If vaccinated, you’ll need a PCR test prior to arrival, complete the online form, and take an antigen test upon entry. Quarantine not required for fully vaccinated travelers from Green, Orange, and Red countries. Aircraft disinfection required. See details online.
  • Georgia – Special permit required to enter for business purposes. Most foreign nationals must present a vaccination certificate to immigration officials. Online travel form required for entry. Air travel is permitted from any country for individuals who have completed a full course of vaccination against COVID-19.
  • Guam – Open to U.S. passengers. Vaccination required for entry. Fully vaccinated passengers with proof of FDA-approved vaccine are exempt from quarantine. COVID testing prior to arrival still required.
  • Hong Kong – More than 150 countries, including the U.S, are designated as high risk. Travelers who have stayed in Group A high-risk countries for more than 2 hours in the past 21 days are prohibited from entering Hong Kong. Crew members who have visited these countries in the past 21 days have to self-isolate at designated hotels. Travelers might be required to have proof of vaccination and hotel booking depending upon travel history. Enhanced crew testing and quarantine requirements are in place, depending upon vaccination status and travel history. All arriving passengers must undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival and quarantine. Fully vaccinated passengers are eligible for shortened quarantine depending upon travel history.
  • India – Has resumed issuing tourist visas for tourists on chartered flights. 7-day quarantine and test required on exit. Travelers from high-risk countries need additional test on arrival. More details online.
  • Indonesia – U.S. passengers are allowed only if they have a diplomatic visa, temporary (KITAS) permit, or permanent (KITAP) permit to stay. All arriving passengers must undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival and quarantine. Mobile app, health insurance and proof of vaccination required. Fully-vaccinated travelers with tourist visa from 18 countries (US not in list) are allowed entry (hotel booking, insurance and 5-day quarantine required).
  • Japan – In response to Omicron, an entry ban on all foreign nationals, including business flights, is in place UFN. Universal Aviation Japan is reporting on the latest.
  • Kyrgyzstan – Open to U.S. travelers. No quarantine for fully vaccinated.
  • S. Korea – Temporary suspension of Visa Waiver Agreement and Visa-Free Entry for a ~50 countries. Exceptions: Diplomatic passport holders, Arrival Crew members, APEC card holders. Effective Sept 1, foreigners entering Korea from visa-free countries must be issued K-ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) 24 hours before entering Korea. More than 20 countries, including the U.S., allowed entry without a visa. Mandatory screening on arrival, and quarantine required at government-designated facilities.
  • Laos – Fully-vaccinated tourist arrivals from select countries, including the U.S, are allowed. Test on arrival and quarantine until results known. Health insurance required.
  • Macau – As of Jan 24, Macau has lifted a ban on inbound passenger flights, with testing and quarantine required. Travellers from extremely high-risk countries (including U.S) are subject to enhanced testing and quarantine measures. COVID test required on all outbound flights. Aircraft disinfection required.
  • Maldives – Tourists who are fully vaccinated or recently recovered are allowed to stay at Guesthouses. Tourists must have a confirmed reservation for the entire stay. Testing required to exit country. Aircraft disinfection required.
  • New Zealand – Still predominately closed. Entry is allowed for New Zealand citizens and resident VISA holders. Request for travel to New Zealand is required and permitted travellers will require full vaccination. Travelers must obtain a Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher prior to board a flight to New Zealand. Aircraft disinfection required. Full entry details online.
  • Nepal – Officials have resumed visa on arrival and lifted on-arrival testing and quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated. Pre-booked accommodation required.
  • North Mariana Islands – Open to U.S. passengers for business, tourism, and tech stops. Vaccination required for entry. On-arrival test required. Vaccinated travellers are exempted from quarantine. Health form required.
  • Pakistan – As of Jan 5, fully vaccinated travelers allowed entry. Testing on arrival required for travelers from certain countries.
  • Palau – International traffic has officially resumed but remains restricted. Officials only allowing fully-vaccinated travelers. Quarantine required.
  • Papua New Guinea – Open for fully vaccinated travelers. No quarantine with vaccination. On arrival test required. Tourism travel is still banned.
  • Philippines – Enhanced measures in effect in response to Omicron. Travelers with permitted visa allowed entry. Quarantine requirements vary according to travel history.
  • Singapore – Is in the process of phased re-opening. Read . Nonscheduled Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights reinstated as of Jan 21. Use this website to see if you can enter. Quarantine required. Health insurance required. Aircraft disinfection required. Our team in Singapore can provide assistance.
  • Sri Lanka – Open. Fully-vaccinated travelers, not coming from suspended regions, can enter Sri Lanka for tourism without quarantine. Online registration and testing required. Health insurance required. See details at www.srilanka.travel/helloagain/
  • Taiwan – Foreign nationals without Alien Resident Certificates are prohibited from entering UFN. Depending on departure country, quarantine requirements vary. Leisure not allowed. Travelers must submit proof that they have suitable accommodations. Test on arrival required.
  • Tajikistan – Not accessible to most passengers, including U.S. travelers.
  • Thailand – The “test and go” quarantine exemption for travellers resumes Feb 1. It has various requirements for approved hotels, transportation and testing. See details online. Also, the “Sandbox” program, which allows vaccinated tourists to access specific locations, is resuming and being expanded effective Feb 1. See details online. Universal Aviation Thailand can help you understand your best options for visiting Thailand.
  • Turkmenistan – U.S. passengers are allowed for business, with prior approval through diplomatic channels. Testing upon arrival and quarantine is required in a state-run facility required. Vaccinated travelers can have quarantine period reduced to 7 days. Negative COVID test required for departure.
  • Uzbekistan – Arrivals from any “Yellow Zone” or “Red Zone” countries (like U.S.) can enter with pre-testing, self-isolation, and additional requirements. Test on arrival, day 7, and departure required. Aircraft disinfection required.
  • Vietnam – Flights require special approval from Vietnam National CDC. Proof of vaccination required. Quarantine required. Visas on arrival remain suspended. Aircraft disinfection required. Test on arrival required.
  • Ask your Universal Trip Support team for a Feasibility Guide to get detailed intelligence for your destination of interest.

Additional Resources

Visit your country’s local health department. Other resources to check include:


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Jan. 20, 2022

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

    • Hawaii to Soon Require Booster to Avoid Quarantine – Hawaii’s governor announced via a live stream that the state will likely soon require a COVID booster shot to avoid the mandatory 5-day quarantine. It’s being reported that it will not go into effect for at least two weeks. Details are still pending.
    • Canada’s Crew Vax Mandate Now in Effect – Canada’s crew vax mandate expanded to all foreign crew on Jan 15. See the Canada section below for details.
    • UK to Drop Local COVID Restrictions Jan. 26 – Boris Johnson announced that the UK will drop its Plan B Covid measures, including face mask requirements and proof of vaccination/test to enter indoor establishments. International travel restrictions remain in place.
    • France Eases Restrictions on UK Travelers – Travelers from the UK to France no longer need a compelling reason to enter the country. They will still require proof of vaccination and a negative test 24 hours before entry.
    • Asia-Pacific Eases Slightly – This week, we saw some easing in Asia-Pacific and rolling back of Omicron-related restrictions. Singapore reopened its vaccine travel lanes. Thailand is reinstating its “TEST & GO” and “Sandbox” programs, with the Sandbox program also being extended to more tourism destinations. Brunei, Philippines and Sri Lanka lightened their restrictions. See the country level summary below.
    • Vaccination Validity Periods & Boosters – Continue to advise vaccinated passengers to get their boosters scheduled. For most countries instituting vaccine validity windows, nine months has been the standard, but we are seeing exemptions to that. If the 9-month window remains the standard, those who got their last jab in April 2021 or earlier are due now if they want to maintain their maximum travel flexibility. However, Israel, which recently reopened, is requiring a 6-month validity window. Saudi Arabia has an 8-month window. The European Commission is expected to issue recommendations on vaccine validity for travel by early February.
    • Save the Date: Ops Update Webinar – We’re hosting our first webinar meetup of the year next Wednesday at noon Central. Look for details and your invite tomorrow.
    • Deadline Approaching: AIN FBO Survey – AIN is running its annual FBO survey through February 4. If you’ve had a good experience at any of our FBOs, please consider voting for us. While we don’t put a lot of weight in these trade surveys, they create nice recognition and celebratory moments for our international teams when they rank. Complete the survey online.
    • Now Required: EASA Environmental Registration – Operators of certain aircraft must register on the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA’s) new environmental portal, and the process is a little more onerous for N-registered aircraft. This NBAA article breaks it all down. Our Global Regulatory Services team can now take care of this on your behalf. Let me know if you’re interested in this service, or you can request support for EASA Filing online.
    • International COVID Testing – With COVID cases soaring, along with recent Omicron testing mandates, hospitals and testing centers are strained, and home testing kits can be hard to get. You can bypass all this by certifying your N-reg aircraft for On-Aircraft COVID Testing. It’s going to make your international missions easier, improve your operating flexibility, reduce your risks, and provide an overall more comfortable experience for your passengers.
  • FAA Dispatcher Certification – We have two 2022 course dates set for our popular online FAA Dispatcher Certification class. Learn more and register online.

Jan. 13, 2022

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

    • Mexico Ground Handling Disruption – We’re aware of an unplanned disruption with a third-party ground handling provider that is creating challenges for some operators at 12 Mexican ICAOs, including popular resort destinations like Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos. Impacted airports include Aguascalientes (MMAS), Bajío (MMLO), Guadalajara (MMGL), Hermosillo (MMHO), La Paz (MMLP), Los Mochis (MMSL), Manzanillo (MMZO), Mexicali (MMML), Morelia (MMMM), Puerto Vallarta (MMPR), San José del Cabo (MMSD) and Tijuana (MMTJ). Consult with us to determine if Universal Aviation Mexico is a good option to support you at any of these airports based on your operating needs.
    • Israel Reopens. Testing Required for Pax & Crew – After closing completely due to Omicron, Israel is reopening to fully vaccinated travelers (180 days since last jab), or those with proof of recovery and having received at least one vaccine dose. PCR testing on arrival and departure is required for everyone, including crew.
    • Crew Vax & Testing Mandates – More countries here and there continue to impose some form of vaccine and/or testing mandate on crew. Canada’s crew vax mandate expands to all foreign crew on Jan 15 (see detailed FAQ). Cambodia just introduced a crew vaccine mandate. Other countries with crew vax mandates include Anguilla, Argentina, Colombia, and Ecuador (Galapagos Islands only). Countries with crew testing mandates include Antigua, Canada (for crew staying more than 72 hours), Ecuador (Galapagos Islands only), France (domestic legs only), and Israel. Even in countries without crew mandates, accessing indoor venues (like shops and restaurants) continues to become more challenging for unvaccinated crew, especially in Europe, and securing testing as an alternate to vaccination is hard right now with the Omicron surge.
    • Vaccination Validity Periods & Boosters – Continue to advise vaccinated passengers to get their boosters scheduled. For most countries instituting vaccine validity windows, nine months has been the standard. However, Israel, which just reopened, is now requiring a 6-month validity window. If the 9-month window remains the standard, those who got their last jab in March or earlier are due now if they want to maintain their maximum travel flexibility. We’re also awaiting the vote at the end of the month by the European Commission, which will provide recommendations for its members on vaccine validity.
    • APAC Remains Heavily Restricted – APAC, already the most restricted region in the world, tightened down even more this week. Hong Kong, India, Japan and Cambodia all added additional restrictions. China, meanwhile, is currently in a zero-tolerance lockdown, and its CAA does not expect the aviation sector to fully rebound until 2023-2025.
    • International COVID Testing – With COVID cases soaring, along with new Omicron testing mandates, hospitals and testing centers are strained, and home testing kits can be hard to get. You can bypass all this by certifying your N-reg aircraft for On-Aircraft COVID Testing. It’s going to make your international missions easier, improve your operating flexibility, reduce your risks, and provide an overall more comfortable experience for your passengers.
  • Reminder: 5G Rollout: – On January 19, several U.S cell phone carriers will activate major new 5G networks. There is concern that this could affect radio altimeters and other safety-critical systems. Visit the FAA website for more info, including details on the 50 airports that have 20 second buffer zones.
  • FAA Dispatcher Certification – We have two 2022 course dates set for our popular online FAA Dispatcher Certification class. Learn more and register online.
  • Now Required: EASA Environmental Registration – Operators of certain aircraft must register on the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA’s) new environmental portal, and the process is a little more onerous for N-registered aircraft. This NBAA article breaks it all down. Our Global Regulatory Services team can now take care of this on your behalf. Let me know if you’re interested in this service, or you can request support for EASA Filing online.

Jan. 6, 2022

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • Mexico Ground Handling Disruption – We’re aware of an unplanned disruption with a third-party ground handling provider that is creating challenges for some operators at 12 Mexican ICAOs, including popular resort destinations like Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos. Impacted airports include Aguascalientes (MMAS), Bajío (MMLO), Guadalajara (MMGL), Hermosillo (MMHO), La Paz (MMLP), Los Mochis (MMSL), Manzanillo (MMZO), Mexicali (MMML), Morelia (MMMM), Puerto Vallarta (MMPR), San José del Cabo (MMSD) and Tijuana (MMTJ). Consult with us to determine if Universal Aviation Mexico is a good option to support you at any of these airports based on your operating needs.
  • UK Eases Testing Requirements – The UK is making all kinds of tweaks to its testing policy, making it easier for travel to the country if vaccinated. See the UK section below.
  • Ireland Ease Testing Requirements –  Ireland has dropped its pre-arrival testing requirement for fully-vaccinated travelers, which it had enacted in response to Omicron.
  • Shorter Testing Lead Times x Availability Challenges – Countries continue to adjust COVID testing requirements and lead times in response to Omicron, with the common trend being shorting the lead time to within 72 hours of arrival. However…with Omicron surging, labs are overwhelmed, and testing within a tight timeframe can be challenging. Even in the U.S, there are multiple reports of popular U.S. pharmacies being booked 5-6 days out and lines of 5+ hours for testing facilities. We’re also witnessing a trend of more countries requiring additional on-arrival testing as well.
  • Crew Restrictions Remain Stable, but Unvaccinated Face Local Challenges – In late 2021, a few countries adopted requirements for crew to be vaccinated in order to avoid quarantine. So far, this policy has not caught on with most countries. However, accessing indoor venues (like shops and restaurants) continues to become more challenging for unvaccinated crew, especially in Europe, and securing testing as an alternate to vaccination is hard right now with the Omicron surge.
  • Vaccination Validity Periods & Boosters – Continue to advise vaccinated passengers to get their boosters scheduled. It looks like we’re going to start seeing more countries issue a 9-month vaccine validity window. That means those who got their last jab in March or earlier are due now if they want to maintain their maximum travel flexibility. Also keep in mind some countries mandate ~2 weeks since your last jab before entering, so consider factoring in another ~2 weeks of overlap coverage between shots 2 and 3 when scheduling the booster.
  • Big Events Adjust for Omicron – The Omicron surge has resulted in changes and/or cancellations of major events popular with business aircraft operators. The World Economic Forum was deferred, CES was reduced by a day, the NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference was moved to April, and the Grammys have just been postponed.
  • FAA Dispatcher Certification – We have two 2022 course dates set for our popular online FAA Dispatcher Certification class. Learn more and register online.
  • Now Required: EASA Environmental Registration – Operators of certain aircraft must register on the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA’s) new environmental portal, and the process is a little more onerous for N-registered aircraft. This NBAA article breaks it all down. Our Global Regulatory Services team can now take care of this on your behalf. Let me know if you’re interested in this service, or you can request support for EASA Filing online.
  • Reminder: Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics | Feb 4-20 – We’re 1 month out from the start of this event. While visitors won’t be allowed, sponsors and other VIPs will be. The IOC has published this playbook (v Dec 2021) detailing COVID entry guidelines and entry/exit details. Universal Aviation China is taking reservation requests now and will work with you to secure your best options for operating to the Games.
  • Reminder: Summary Info Only – This is just a reminder that this operational update provides a summary overview to help you assess if entry is feasible. It does not provide details on pre-arrival testing requirements, forms, and other common requirements for entry that are not major blockers for most trips. For detailed requirements on your specific scenarios, consult with us or request a Universal Feasibility Guide.

Dec. 9, 2021

While countries continue to implement new Omicron-related restrictions in response to the rising number of cases globally, a majority of these are in the form of enhanced COVID testing requirements – not travel bans.

As a result, travel demand for popular peak-season destinations has remained strong, and over the past few days we’ve seen a BIG INFLUX in bookings as news trickles out that Omicron may be a less severe variant.

If this continues, we expect to see another prolonged booking surge, so plan accordingly and get your requests in ASAP for best options – especially parking and hotels.

While the new U.S. 24-hr testing requirement for return travel is tight, it’s not a big deal if you are prepared with an approved at-home testing kit (like Abbott BinaxNow, Qured, Ellume, etc.). Alternatively, our Trip Support Teams can help you identify testing providers abroad.

Looking ahead to your missions in 2022, you may want to consider On-Aircraft COVID Testing for your N-registered aircraft. It’ll make international COVID testing MUCH easier on you and your passengers when at-home testing kits aren’t an option.

Lastly, advise vaccinated passengers to get their boosters scheduled. It looks like we’re going to start seeing more countries issue a 9-month vaccine validity window. That means those who got their last jab in March or earlier are due now if they want to maintain their maximum travel flexibility. Also keep in mind some countries mandate ~2 weeks since your last jab before entering, so consider factoring in another ~2 weeks of overlap coverage between shots 2 and 3 when scheduling the booster.

You can find our full weekly rundown below.

This is also the last week to vote for us in the European FBO survey if you feel we’ve earned it. Link is below.

Thanks, and let me know if there is anything else I can be doing to support you.

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

    • Omicron-Related Restriction Trends –
      • Shorter Testing Window for U.S. Travel – On Dec. 6, the U.S. began requiring all air passengers 2 years or older with a flight departing to the U.S. from a foreign country to show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before they board their flight. This flowchart outlines the new requirements. The CDC has approved several at-home tests (like Abbott BinaxNow, Qured, Ellume, etc.) that can be used for this.
      • No Additional Restrictions on U.S. Passengers – While there was an early trend of some countries implementing additional restrictions on passengers from any country where Omicron was detected, we have not seen any additional restrictions targeting U.S. passengers, even as cases of Omicron in the country increase.
      • Hong Kong and Belgium Added to Some Int’l Travel Bans – While the majority of the world is still only completely restricting travel from the 8 African hotspot countries, a few nations have now added restrictions on Belgium and Hong Kong due to reports of Omicron.
    • Vaccination Validity Periods – The European Commission is recommending a 7-to-9-month validity window on vaccination status, depending on age. We expect many EU countries will adopt this…as well as more countries globally. Austria and Uruguay already have a 9-month policy. IMPORTANT: Based on this, advise vaccinated travelers to get their boosters scheduled soon to make sure there is NO GAP in their vaccination status when traveling internationally. Those who did their last vaccination round in March are already due.
    • International COVID Testing – With COVID cases rising, along with new Omicron testing mandates, hospitals and testing centers are once again strained. You can bypass all this by certifying your N-reg aircraft for On-Aircraft COVID Testing. It’s going to make your international missions easier, improve your operating flexibility, reduce your risks, and provide an overall more comfortable experience for your passengers.
  • 🕒 Dec. 31 Deadline: EASA Environmental Registration…We can help! – Operators of certain aircraft must register on the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA’s) new environmental portal, and the process is a little more onerous for N-registered aircraft. This NBAA article breaks it all down. Our Global Regulatory Services team can now take care of this on your behalf. Let me know if you’re interested in this service, or you can request support for EASA Filing online.
  • 🗳️ Dec. 17 Voting Deadline: Business Air News FBO Survey – If you had a good experience at any of our Universal Aviation locations in Europe this year, please consider voting for us in the BAN FBO Survey. Download the ballot here. Click the SUBMIT button at the bottom when done to email it to BAN. While we don’t put a ton of weight in these trade journal surveys, our ground support teams really appreciate it when they rank, and it gives them a nice opportunity to celebrate all their hard work.

Dec. 2, 2021

It’s been an insanely busy week with new Omicron-related restrictions dropping literally by the hour.

The vast majority of missions to popular peak season destinations REMAIN UNAFFECTED, unless passengers have been to one of the named eight African country hotspots.

However, additional layers of COVID testing will now be impacting many/most trips. This includes pending U.S. requirements for testing for ALL passengers, including vaccinated U.S. nationals, entering the country.

If you haven’t yet considered On-Aircraft COVID Testing for your N-registered aircraft, now may be a good time to do so. By last count I had, over 30 flight departments (and 100+ trained crew) are now on the program and loving it.

In addition, with the U.S. now reporting its first Omicron case, we’re closely monitoring for countries adding additional restriction measures on U.S. travelers.

Despite all this, trip volumes and new booking requests for Dec-Jan remained strong this week for popular peak season destinations. Parking is tight at many beach hotspots, and alternates are being snatched up. We recommend you continue getting your requests in as soon as schedule is known to secure your best options.

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

    • Omicron-Related Restriction Trends –
      • Blocking Passengers from Omicron Hotspots – Many countries, including the U.S. and much of Europe, are now banning passengers who have been in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi in the last 14 days.
      • More COVID Testing – An increasing number of countries are reimplementing COVID testing mandates for all travelers, including vaccinated foreign nationals and returning citizens. The U.S will do this soon, and the UK is already doing this. We can help you navigate your best options for ASAP COVID testing on your planned missions.
      • Adding Restrictions on Passengers from Countries Where Variant Detected – A small but growing number of countries have implemented additional restrictions on passengers coming from any country where the Omicron variant has been detected – like the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, UK, etc. This can range from additional quarantine time to all-out blocking. With the U.S. reporting its first case, we’re closely monitoring for countries adding additional restriction measures on U.S. travelers.
      • Complete Border Closures – Only a few countries like Israel, Japan, and Morocco have completely closed their borders to all foreign passengers.
    • International COVID Testing – With COVID cases rising, along with new Omicron testing mandates, hospitals and testing centers will once again be strained. You can bypass all this by certifying your N-reg aircraft for On-Aircraft COVID Testing. It’s going to make your international missions easier, improve your operating flexibility, reduce your risks, and provide an overall more comfortable experience for your passengers.
  • Vaccination Validity Periods – So far, only a handful of countries have defined a validity period for vaccination status (ranging between 9-12 months since last shot). With boosters now being more commonly recommended, we’re hearing rumors from across our global network that we’ll see this requirement implemented in more countries soon.
  • 🕒 Dec. 31 Deadline: EASA Environmental Registration: – Operators of certain aircraft must register on the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA’s) new environmental portal. The process is a little more onerous for N-registered aircraft. This NBAA article breaks it all down.
  • Canada Adds More Funnel Airports – This week, the following airports have been added to the official list of Canada’s approved funnel airports: CYHM/Hamilton, CYKF/Waterloo, CYYT/St. Johns, CYQR/Regina, CYXE/Saskatoon, CYLW/Kelowna, CYXX/Abbotsford and CYYJ/Victoria
  • 🗳️ Dec. 17 Voting Deadline: Business Air News FBO Survey – If you had a good experience at any of our Universal Aviation locations in Europe this year, please consider voting for us in the BAN FBO Survey. Download the ballot here. Click the SUBMIT button at the bottom when done to email it to BAN. While we don’t put a ton of weight in these trade journal surveys, our hard-working ground support teams really appreciate it when they rank, and it them a nice opportunity to celebrate.

Nov. 19, 2021

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • Travel Restrictions Remain Stable – Despite ongoing concerns over new COVID waves in the media, entry restrictions remain predominately unaffected, so you shouldn’t need to worry much about restrictions changing on you from now into the New Year for anywhere currently accessible. What is changing is the continual tightening in local restrictions on the unvaccinated, like with this strict lockdown in Austria.
  • Peak Holiday Travel Season in Full Effect – The holiday travel surge we’ve been anticipating is here. Charter operators are reporting record numbers in advanced bookings, and now the wave of last-minute trips is starting to hit. Similarly, our in-house data is showing the same jump in travel demand among flight departments we support. We expect these high-traffic conditions to last through the rest of the year, particularly for popular vacation destinations. Get your requests in ASAP to secure best options for parking, hotels and other services.
  • Europe Continues to See Unseasonably High Traffic Numbers – As reported last week, destinations across Europe are seeing traffic numbers exceeding same period 2019 levels, fueled by heavy business travel, the return of high-traffic events, and the reopening of the U.S. to Europeans traveling direct.
  • Scheduled Closure: London’s Northolt, Dec. 22 – Jan. 4 – London’s closest GA airport to download London and Heathrow, RAF Northolt, will be closed Dec. 22 – Jan 4 for the holiday. The airport has been reporting record traffic thanks to its extended operating hours and strong international travel demand for the London-area.
  • Asia-Pacific Continues its Incremental Easing – More and more of Asia-Pacific continues to SLOWLY loosen up each week. Cambodia has now ended quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated tourists. Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia are extending their quarantine free travel lanes. If you are looking at a possible trip into this region, we can help you understand what is feasible.
  • International COVID Testing – With COVID cases rising again, hospitals and testing centers will once again be strained. You can bypass all this by certifying your N-reg aircraft for On-Aircraft COVID Testing. It’s going to make your international missions easier, improve your operating flexibility, reduce your risks, and provide an overall more comfortable experience for your passengers.

Nov. 12, 2021

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • Europe Sees Unseasonably High Traffic Numbers – Normally there is a predictable decline in traffic between the summer and winter holiday travel seasons. That has not been the case this year, as destinations across Europe are seeing traffic numbers exceeding same period 2019 levels. This has been fueled by heavy business travel, the return of high-traffic events, and now the reopening of the U.S. to Europeans traveling direct.
  • Crazy Congestion at U.S. Commercial Airports – With the reopening of the U.S. to previously restricted foreign travelers, traffic is now surging, creating significant congestion at many U.S. commercial airports. Consider alternative options when operating to the U.S., such as pre-clearance in Shannon or more bizav-friendly airports.
  • [Reminder] Peak Season is Upon Us. Book Now. – Requests for beachy leisure destinations continue to increase week after week. Parking and hotels in popular holiday destinations such as Costa Rica, the Caribbean, Central America, Bali, French Polynesia and the Maldives will be limited and in high demand. If you know your dates, lock in your reservations ASAP.
  • Japan Takes a Step Toward Easing – This week, Japan started allowing some vaccinated travelers to enter for essential business. Travelers must still complete a variety of steps and quarantine for 3 days, but this is an encouraging sign as Japan has been inaccessible to nearly everyone for two years. Our Trip Support teams in conjunction with Universal Aviation Japan can help you navigate the process to apply for entry.
  • Vaccination Validity Periods – Last week, we mentioned that Uruguay was the first country to set a validity period on COVID vaccination – within the previous 9 months. Sint Maarten is now No. 2, defining a 12-month validity period on vaccines or booster shots before arrival.
  • [Video] Monthly Ops Webinar Meetup – If you missed yesterday’s Zoom webinar focusing on U.S. and Canada ops, with guest speaker CBAA President & CEO, Anthony Norejko, you can watch the video on our blog.

Nov. 5, 2021

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • Canada’s Vaccine Mandate – As mentioned last Friday, Transport Canada provided more clarity on Canada’s vaccine mandate and its impact on flight departments, passengers, and crew. There are a few nuances you should be aware of. Read our analysis on our blog, which also includes some insights for charter operators.
  • More Canadian AOEs Come Back Online – Starting Nov. 30, CYHM/Hamilton, CYKF/Waterloo, CYYT/St. Johns, CYQR/Regina, CYXE/Saskatoon, CYLW/Kelowna, CYXX/Abbotsford and CYYJ/Victoria will once again be accepting international arrivals.
  • U.S. Preclearance in Shannon, Ireland – With the U.S. reopening to vaccinated European travelers on Nov 8, the U.S. CBP preclearance office in Shannon is a great option to look at versus clearing mainland U.S. Our blog has details on the whole Shannon preclearance process, or you can contact Universal Aviation Shannon.
  • Sweden Opens to Direct Travel – U.S. passengers no longer need clear through another EU prior to entering. Effective Nov 5, vaccinated U.S. residents will be able to travel direct form the U.S. to Sweden.
  • Charters Ramping up for Holiday Travel Season – Many charter operators we support are forecasting a VERY BUSY holiday travel season based on demand they are already seeing, and they’ll start getting the last-minute bookings as we approach the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. We keep banging the same drum, but get your requests in ASAP for best options…especially at popular beach and island destinations.
  • New Requirement to Watch – Vaccination Validity Periods – Uruguay is first country we know of to set a validity window on COVID vaccination – within the previous 9 months. We figured we’d see this pop up somewhere eventually, and now we’ll be watching to see if other countries adopt similar validity window policies on COVID vaccination.
  • Upcoming Ops Webinar Meetup – Save the date. Next Wednesday at noon CST we’ll host another Zoom webinar meetup with heavy focus on recent and upcoming changes in Canada and the U.S. Look for an invite this Friday. CBAA President & CEO, Anthony Norejko will be joining as a guest panelist.

Oct. 28, 2021

HOT TOPIC: U.S. Reopening Details Announced

Earlier this week, the Biden Administration officially published the details of the U.S. Nov. 8 reopening. You can find our summary of the new rules on our blog. The main highlights include:

  • Foreign nationals must be fully vaccinated to enter, with few exceptions.
  • ALL VACCINTATED TRAVELERS (U.S. citizens included) must provide proof of negative test taken no more than 3 days before departure.
  • U.S. citizens who are not fully-vaccinated must provide proof of negative test taken no more than 1 day before departure.
  • Crew are exempt from these requirements.

The CDC has developed this entry quiz to help travelers determine entry eligibility. 

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • Marriott Elite Status Extension & Program Changes – Following Hilton’s lead, Marriott announced via its Twitter account that elite status for members will be extended through 2023. They’ve also extended free night awards. Read more here. However, they also announced that they’ll soon replace award charts with a dynamic redemption model, which will be bad for peak period redemptions. Our Hotels Department continues to monitor and report on loyalty program changes for the major chains flight departments use.
  • Canada’s Pax Vax Mandate Starts Oct. 30. – All travelers 12 and older will be required to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine for Canadian domestic and international flights.
  • Australia Announces Pathway for Entry – After being one of the most locked down countries throughout the pandemic, Australia has announced a narrow path for entry for foreigners. Starting Nov. 1, fully-vaccinated non-Australians can apply for a visa and travel exemption for specific purposes, such as essential business. If granted, you’ll be restricted to only visiting Sydney or Melbourne with strict testing measures…but without quarantine requirements. We’re keeping a close eye on this and will report on any successes that we hear.
  • Thailand to Re-open Nov. 1 – Fully vaccinated travelers from countries on Thailand’s low-risk list, which includes the U.S., will be allowed to enter the country quarantine free starting Nov. 1.
  • Beach & Island Peak Season is Coming – Requests for beachy leisure destinations continue to increase week after week. Parking in popular holiday destinations such as Costa Rica, the Caribbean, Central America, Bali, French Polynesia and the Maldives will be limited and in high demand. If you can lock in some dates with your principals now, you’ll be ahead of the surge and have the best options.
  • More Coverage in the Dominican Republic – In anticipation of another record peak season, Universal Aviation Dominican Republic has added offices in Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, and Samana, on top of existing offices in La Romana and Santo Domingo. This will give you more flexibility in accessing the island and positioning close to your resort destination.

Oct. 21, 2021

HOT TOPIC: Canada Requires Vaccination for Active Crew

Transport Canada has released Interim Order 42, which replaces the heavily debated Interim Order 41, which included a requirement that active crew be vaccinated.

Despite intense lobbying efforts against it, the new order still has the vaccination requirement for active crew, and it’s now in effect.

This is a significant policy as active crew are typically exempt from vaccination requirements, as long as they meet the country’s definition for active crew.

Transport Canada does update these orders monthly, so something could always change. Our Global Regulatory Services team will be staying on top of the latest.

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • U.S. Reopening to Foreign Travelers Nov. 8 – We now have a hard target date of Nov. 8 for the U.S. planned reopening to vaccinated foreign travelers; however, official guidelines on requirements, testing, documentation, etc. are still TBD. Our Global Regulatory Services team is in close contact with officials and will be reporting when details emerge.
  • HIGH DEMAND: Costa Rica Parking – Over the past 2 years, Costa Rica has ballooned in popularity thanks in part to its new GAT at MROC/SJO, easy in-and-out access, and newfound accessibility for super yacht operators. However, parking at MROC/SJO will be limited during the Nov-Jan peak period. Universal Aviation Costa Rica advises to get your requests in ASAP.
  • Beachy Peak Season Starts in 2 Weeks – Similar to the above, November is the start of the holiday travel season, and early booking requests are already coming in. Beachy places like the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Maldives, and French Polynesia are going to see a ton of traffic. A lot of these islands have very limited parking. If you can lock in some dates with your principals now, you’ll be ahead of the surge and have the best options.
  • Mexico F1 Weekend (Nov 5-7) – If you have passengers flying in for the F1 weekend, Universal Aviation Mexico City-Toluca is running some special rates on ground handling services. Let me know if you want details. You can also find details on operating to Mexico City/Toluca during for this event on our blog.
  • India Now Open to Foreign Tourists – Effective Oct. 15, tourist visas are once again being issued for foreigners coming to India via chartered flights. India had previously already reopened visa applications for business, diplomatic, and student travelers.
  • Singapore Eases Restrictions for Business Jets – Singapore authorities recently announced that business jets departing certain countries (including the U.S.) have been approved to be a part of their travel lane system. Vaccinated travelers on direct business-purpose flights to Singapore will be tested on arrival and self-isolate until results are known – upon which they are free to move about without quarantine.
    • IMPORTANT: Singapore Bloomberg New Economy Forum (Nov 16-19) – The forum will have its own entry method that participants can opt for. Passengers can request this through the event host, Bloomberg SG. We are recommending doing this ASAP so that the host can work with the governing body to get the “letter of entry” issued.
  • Beijing Winter Olympics – China recently announced that no visitors will be allowed for the upcoming Winter Olympics in February 2022. However, sponsors and other VIPs will be allowed. Universal Aviation China is taking reservation requests now and will work to secure parking and other arrangements as soon as they are available.
  • POPULAR: 2-day Virtual S&D Training Course Oct. 27-28 – Due to popular demand, we’re hosting our Essentials in Scheduling & Dispatch for Business Aviation course again before the year is up. People who take it love it, and it’s really interactive — covering real-world scheduling/dispatch scenarios. This course is great for anyone in the aviation industry looking to enhance their aviation knowledge and career. You can sign up online, or I can put you in touch with one of the course instructors if you want to learn more.

 


Oct. 6, 2021

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • Start Planning for Holiday Travel – November is the start of the holiday travel season, and early booking requests are already coming in. Beachy places like the Caribbean, Maldives, and French Polynesia are going to see a ton of traffic. A lot of these islands have very limited parking. If you can lock in some dates with your principals now, you’ll be ahead of the surge and have the best options.
  • Southern Hemisphere Relaxes for Upcoming Travel Season – Across the Northern Hemisphere last summer, we saw popular leisure destinations relax their entry rules to avoid missing out on another peak travel season. We’re seeing a similar trend now in the Southern Hemisphere where their summer is set to start. Argentina, Chile, Singapore, and Thailand are a few examples of countries that are/will be relaxing restrictions to allow leisure travel. See the country-level updates below for more info.
  • EU Travelers Eye the U.S. – Since the recent news broke that the U.S. would be opening to vaccinated foreign travelers from Europe in November, we have seen an immediate uptick in questions about trips to the U.S. This is good timing since there are a lot of MAJOR int’l events in teh U.S. planned in 2022 that will draw international operators and travelers, starting with the CES Convention in early January in Vegas.
  • Universal @ NBAA-BACE – Look for us at Exhibit #345. Our experts will be there to discuss what’s important to you, as well as share what’s new to help you operate successfully in this current environment. You’ll also get a first look at a w digital application that will speed up your pre-trip planning process by making our detailed pre-trip planning intelligence available to you on demand.
  • Australia Confusion – There were some sound bites in the media recently about Australia reopening for international travel. This resulted in a number of inquiries coming into our ops teams. The reopening only applies to Aussie citizens. Great news for them, but foreign nationals still need to wait.
  • Singapore Bloomberg New Economy Forum & Parking – We’re still awaiting details for this event, tentatively scheduled for Nov. 16-19. However, based on inquiry volume we’re already getting, parking will be VERY LIMITED. Several operators have already submitted their requests for parking, and we strongly recommend you do the same if going.
  • Beijing Winter Olympics – China recently announced that no visitors will be allowed for the upcoming Winter Olympics in February 2022. However, sponsors and other VIPs will be allowed. Universal Aviation China is taking reservation requests now and will work to secure parking and other arrangements as soon as they are available.

Here are some of the bigger events coming up on the calendar that we’re hearing interest in among int’l operators. Note: Most of the U.S. events have been excluded since int’l travel to the U.S. remains restricted for non U.S. nationals, until sometime in November.


Sept. 23, 2021

U.S. authorities announced a tentative end to the Presidential Proclamations that currently ban travel for non-U.S. nationals who have visited a banned region/country (like Europe) over the preceding 14 days.

This is just an announcement at this time, and we’re now waiting for something official to be published.

Until then, all current restrictions remain in place. See the U.S. section below for more details.

Our Global Regulatory Services team is close contact with authorities on this and will continue to report on the latest.

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • UK to Simplify Entry Requirements for the Vaccinated – Effective Oct. 4, the UK will no longer require fully-vaccinated travellers to take a COVID test to enter, as long as they haven’t been in a red-listed country 10-days prior. The U.S. is not on the red list. A COVID test will still be required within two days after arrival, but this will transition to a simple lateral flow test by the end of October. Our Universal Aviation UK team member explained this in detail on yesterday’s webinar.
  • Mediterranean Stays Busy Following Peak Season – While the coastal areas have slowed down, major cities in the region – like Milan, Rome and Athens – continue to see heavy traffic. Universal Aviation Italy is reporting that Milan is actually beginning to have parking challenges, which is very rare. Universal Aviation Greece reports that the parking restrictions put in place at Athens will likely continue indefinitely.
  • Canada Adds Another Funnel Airport – Toronto Island (CYZT) became the 10th Canadian airport added to the country’s funnel airport list. See the full list in the Canada section below.
  • Renew Your Mexico Multiple Entry Permits Now – Do this now to ensure your permits are approved in time for Jan. 1, as AFAC is working at reduced capacity and it normally pauses on processing permits mid-Dec through early-Jan. Read our blog article for more on this, and why you should get this permit if you do multiple trips to Mexico a year. We can take care of this for you.
  • Argentina to Reopen Nov. 1 – After being closed off since the start of the pandemic, the country announced that it will allow all foreign visitors to enter for any purpose (including leisure) starting Nov. 1. No quarantine if vaccinated. Universal Aviation Argentina can assist.
  • Singapore Bloomberg New Economy Forum & Parking – We’re still awaiting details for this event, tentatively scheduled for Nov. 16-19. However, based on inquiry volume we’re already getting, parking will be VERY LIMITED. Several operators have already submitted their requests for parking, and we strongly recommend you do the same if going.
  • [New Service] On-aircraft COVID Testing – We continue to hear really positive feedback on our new on-aircraft COVID testing service, which involves getting your N-registered aircraft certified as a mobile testing center. It’s an easier, safer way to manage your testing needs when operating internationally, and it’s available for Universal-managed trips.
  • [Video] Sept. 22 Ops Webinar Meetup – If you missed yesterday’s Zoom meetup, you can watch the video here. Our experts discussed the latest global restrictions, including the U.S. and UK’s plan to ease restrictions, as well as information on how to make the best airport choice when traveling to London.


Sept. 16, 2021

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • EU Tightening Continues – More EU nations have downgraded U.S. entry status this week. Most countries still remain accessible, but there are some exceptions. With this latest batch of restriction changes, proof of vaccination along with a negative COVID test result continues to provide the greatest flexibility for entry into the EU. Check with us based on your specific trip scenario.
  • Restrictions Impacting Crew – For now, crew remain mostly exempt from COVID entry restrictions, except in a few instances like Abu Dhabi which is requiring unvaccinated crew to quarantine. However, crew are impacted by restrictions on restaurants and local business requiring patrons to provide proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test to enter.
  • London-area Traffic Surges – Our Universal Aviation FBOs at RAF Northolt and London-Stansted are reporting that parking is starting to become scarce across the London area due to the phenomenal traffic demand. If you have trips into the London area this fall, we recommend submitting your requests ASAP.
  • Singapore Bloomberg New Economy Forum & Parking – We’re still awaiting details for this event, tentatively scheduled for Nov. 16-19. However, based on inquiry volume we’re already getting, parking will be VERY LIMITED. Several operators have already submitted their requests for parking, and we strongly recommend you do the same if going.
  • [New Service] On-aircraft COVID Testing – We continue to hear really positive feedback on our new on-aircraft COVID testing service, which involves getting your N-registered aircraft certified as a mobile testing center. It’s an easier, safer way to manage your testing needs when operating internationally, and it’s available for Universal-managed trips.

    On-Aircraft COVID PCR Testing Services
  • U.S. Reopening Plan – Nothing new this week. Our Global Regulatory Services team is in close contact with U.S. CBP on the latest.
  • Next Ops Meetup: Sept. 22 @ Noon CST – Our next ZOOM webinar meetup is coming up next week. Look for details tomorrow.

Sept. 9, 2021

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • EU Retightens Restrictions – As expected, now that Europe’s summer peak tourism season is wrapping up, some countries are retightening their restrictions, and there is no uniform approach.
  • EU retightening examples on U.S. and other allowed non-EU-nationals include:
    • Only allowing entry to fully vaccinated travelers – like Spain
    • Requiring a proof of vaccination or recovery, AND proof of a negative COVID test result – like Italy
    • Reinstating quarantine, even for fully-vaccinated travelers – like Netherlands
    • Can only enter via another EU country and not directly – like Sweden
      Ultimately, U.S. travelers can still access Europe…there are just a few more hoops to jump through. Consult with us prior to any planned mission.

  • UK Sees Strong Bounceback – After the UK’s first full month of being reopened to U.S. travelers, our Universal Aviation FBOs at RAF Northolt and London-Stansted are reporting a very strong bounceback in traffic numbers, fueled by pent up demand for business travel, as well as some high-traffic events on the calendar. If you are considering a trip into the London area, we can consult you on your best airport option given the details of your plans.
  • Canada Expands Entry Exemptions to the Vaccinated – As of earlier this week, any foreign national that qualifies for the fully-vaccinated traveler exemption can enter Canada for discretionary travel. Check this self-assessment tool to see who qualifies.
  • Hurricane Ida Relief Help Needed – We’re supporting the National Air Transportation Association’s effort to collect and distribute supplies for those in need following Hurricane Ida. If you would like to donate supplies or flight services, please contact Ryan Waguespack at ryanw@nata.aero.
  • [New Service] On-aircraft COVID Testing – We continue to hear really positive feedback on our new on-aircraft COVID testing service, which involves getting your N-registered aircraft certified as a mobile testing center. It’s an easier, safer way to manage your testing needs when operating internationally, and it’s available for Universal-managed trips.

    On-Aircraft COVID PCR Testing Services
  • U.S. Reopening Plan – Nothing new this week. Our Global Regulatory Services team is in close contact with U.S. CBP on the latest.

Sept. 2, 2021

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • U.S. Back on the EU’s “Recommended” Naughty List – Earlier this week, the EU removed the U.S. from its “safe list” for non-essential travel. The timing isn’t surprising since we’ve now reached the end of Europe’s traditional summer peak tourism season. Here’s what you need to know:
    • This is guidance only and non-binding. Each EU member country will choose if, how, and when they want to follow this.
    • So far, we’ve seen no impact or restriction changes because of the announcement.
    • The EU specifically cited restricting “non-essential” travel in its recommendation, leaving the door open for business travel. Earlier in the pandemic, each country interpreted essential vs non-essential differently – with many allowing most business-purpose flights.
    • This news has no impact on ops to the UK, as it is no longer an EU member post BREXIT.
    • Bottom line is this news does NOT mean, U.S. travelers can no longer get into Europe. It just makes proper planning and staying on top of the latest regulations even more essential.
  • Regulations Remain Stable Despite Delta – Internationally, everything is still looking very stable. Countries that have opened are staying open. Biggest changes in the regulations are countries re-adding COVID testing as an entry requirement for the vaccinated, as well as governments implementing health requirements for entering local establishments and venues. Having proof of vaccination continues to offer the path of least resistance for navigating all the regs.
  • [New Service] On-aircraft COVID Testing – We’re hearing really positive feedback on our new on-aircraft COVID testing service, which involves getting your N-registered aircraft certified as a mobile testing center. It’s an easier, safer way to manage your testing needs when operating internationally, and it’s available for Universal-managed trips.

    On-Aircraft COVID PCR Testing Services
  • Beijing Winter Olympics – While details are still unknown, sponsors and other VIPs will likely have preferred access to parking, permits, and attending the games in person. If you have a tentative trip for this event, contact your Universal Trip Support Team or Universal Aviation China so we can send you new details as soon as they emerge.
  • EU Digital Green Pass – No new information on the EU extending its Digital Green Pass to “low-risk” non-EU nationals.
  • U.S. Reopening Plan – Nothing new this week. Our Global Regulatory Services team is in close contact with U.S. CBP on the latest.

Aug. 26, 2021

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • Regulations Remain Stable Despite Delta – Internationally, everything is still looking very stable. Countries that have opened are staying open. Biggest changes in the regulations are countries re-adding COVID testing as an entry requirement for the vaccinated, as well as governments implementing health requirements for entering local establishments and venues. Having proof of vaccination continues to offer the path of least resistance for navigating all the regs.
  • [New Service] On-aircraft COVID Testing – We’re hearing really positive feedback on our new on-aircraft COVID testing service, which involves getting your N-registered aircraft certified as a mobile testing center. It’s an easier, safer way to manage your testing needs when operating internationally, and it’s available for Universal-managed trips.

    On-Aircraft COVID PCR Testing Services
  • Beijing Winter Olympics – While details are still unknown, sponsors and other VIPs will likely have preferred access to parking, permits, and attending the games in person. If you have a tentative trip for this event, contact your Universal Trip Support Team or Universal Aviation China so we can send you new details as soon as they emerge.
  • EU Digital Green Pass – No new information on the EU extending its Digital Green Pass to “low-risk” non-EU nationals.
  • U.S. Reopening Plan – Nothing new this week. Our Global Regulatory Services team is in close contact with U.S. CBP on the latest.

Aug. 19, 2021

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • Int’l Traffic Continues Strong – Despite continued concerns in the media over Delta, countries remain open and int’l traffic volumes have remained steady at the same strong levels for the past few months now – especially across popular leisure destinations like the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and Central America.
  • [Trend] Testing Required for the Vaccinated – Each week, more countries (re)adopt pre-arrival COVID testing as an entry requirement for the vaccinated, all in response to controlling the spread of Delta. Don’t expect pre-arrival testing to go away soon.
  • [Trend] Vaccination = Easier Access – Regulations continue to get harder for the unvaccinated. More countries are requiring this for entry or to bypass quarantine, and the U.S. is planning on doing the same for foreign travelers. Restaurants and stores in some countries/states require proof of vaccination or a health pass to enter. Now, major event organizers are mandating the same – like this week’s announcement from CES, which draws A TON of bizjet traffic.
  • London Fall Travel Demand – As the summer leisure travel season winds down, London is seeing a sizable increase in business travel bookings for the September+ time period. There a number of high-traffic events on the calendar contributing to this. (See list below.). 24-Hour London-Stansted Airport and centrally-location London-Northolt Airport are two great options to look at.
  • EU Digital Green Pass – No new information on the EU extending its Digital Green Pass to “low-risk” non-EU nationals.
  • U.S. Reopening Plan – Nothing new this week. Our Global Regulatory Services team is in close contact with U.S. CBP on the latest.
  • [Video] Thursday’s Ops Meetup There were over 200 people on the call. Watch it here. Topics covered included recent restriction changes, U.S./Canada regulatory changes, and UK ops. Marriott International joined the call to provide updates about their global operations. And Cedars Health provided an update on int’l PCR testing requirements and trends.

    Video Recap: Aug 18 Ops Webinar Meetup

Aug. 12, 2021

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • COVID Testing Returns for the Vaccinated – As we’ve been reporting the last several weeks, more countries have reinstated COVID testing as a requirement for vaccinated travelers to enter, in response to Delta. The latest countries this week include Belize, Curacao, Guatemala, Greenland, and Jamaica. Expect this trend to continue.
  • [New] Convenient On-aircraft COVID Testing – We can now help you reduce the challenges and increase your flexibility when it comes to securing COVID testing internationally by getting your aircraft certified as a mobile testing center.

    Available for Universal-managed missions, this is especially useful for short-turn trips, when your schedule is tight, or as a solid Plan B option to have in your back pocket.

    This is a new service we’ve been slowly scaling up over the past several months, and it’s proved to be a VERY EFFECTIVE alternate to trying to coordinate COVID testing abroad. Let me know if you’d like to discuss.
  • [Survey Results] NBAA-BACE 2021 Convention – Yesterday we asked North America-based operators, via survey, about their plans to attend the Oct 12-14 convention in Las Vegas this year. We received over 350 submissions within the first 3 hours. Thank YOU! Here’s what we heard:
    • 50% of respondents said YES or MAYBE to themselves attending NBAA; 50% said NO – a nearly even split.
    • 43% of respondents who said NO to attending NBAA are under a corporate mandate to avoid travel for non-essential reasons.
    • 51% of respondents that said YES or MAYBE to attending themselves said that requirements for masking, COVID testing, and/or vaccination to enter would be a deterrent to their attending – with masking being the biggest deterrent.
      • NOTE: Some people reached out directly to tell us they would only feel safe attending if requirements for masking, COVID testing, and/or vaccination were mandated. Sorry we didn’t specifically ask that in the survey.
    • 54% of all respondents said their company plans on sending at least 1 attendee to the show, with 38% sending 3 or more.
  • France Creates Digital Health Pass for non-EU Citizens – France is the first EU country to offer such a program to vaccinated non-EU citizens/residents. Read details here.
  • New French Requirements for Pax/Crew Flying Domestically – France announced that effective immediately, passengers on domestic legs will be required to provide proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative PCR test. In addition, crew will be required to provide this effective Aug. 30. This does not change active crew health entry requirements for international ops into France; just domestic legs in country.
  • UK Pepping for Busy Late-Aug through Oct – With the UK’s quarantine requirements for vaccinated U.S. and EU travelers now expired, traffic is expected to start ramping up later this month. Our Universal Aviation FBOs in the UK are prepping for a busy end of summer/fall. The UK has several upcoming high-traffic events coming up for fall, including London Fashion Week, the BFI London Film Festival, and two NFL Games. See our blog for the latest UK requirements.
  • [Reminder] London-Northolt Airport – If you haven’t been to the UK in a while, you may not be aware that London-Northolt Airport has recently expanded its hours, making it a great option for accessing Central London or for flights making crew swaps at Heathrow. You can read more about the enhancements at Northolt here on our blog article.
  • Portugal Introduces New Carbon Tax for Charter Ops – On July 1, Portugal implemented a new carbon emissions tax on charter (“unscheduled commercial”) operators. Our blog article has all the details.
  • Med Charter Traffic Remains High – The demand for travel to the Med continues its torrid pace. Italy and Southern France remain hot destinations, and Greece is only slightly down from July, which saw 20+ percent increase in traffic from its pre-pandemic numbers. We’ve seen unprecedented growth in small charter ops, as travelers are avoiding the airlines for health and cancellation reasons.
  • U.S. Reopening Plan – Nothing new this week outside of last week’s announcement that the White House will require proof of vaccination for entry into the country when reopening plans are introduced.
  • EU Digital Green Pass – No new information on the EU extending its Digital Green Pass to “low-risk” non-EU nationals, outside of the France announcement above.
  • [LAST CHANCE ⏰] Essentials in Scheduling and Dispatch – We’re holding our next virtual 2-day course on Aug 17-18. This is your last chance to register. Learn more and register online.

Aug. 5, 2021

Restriction-wise, everything is looking stable, and there isn’t much “NEW” to report…which isn’t a bad thing.

Despite growing concerns and media coverage surrounding the Delta variant, international traffic demand remains very strong, and August is already looking to be another SUPER busy month.

We are seeing some countries (re)introduce additional entry requirements in response to Delta, but nothing too major, as you’ll see below.

The UK did open to vaccinated U.S. travelers without quarantine, as announced last week, and we’ve already managed a number of direct flights without issue.

Also, our international high-traffic event calendar continues to grow as more dates become known and countries announce reopening. You can find that below, as well.

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • Int’l Flying Stays Strong Despite Delta – Demand for international business aircraft travel remains strong despite the news being dominated by concerns over the Delta variant. July traffic numbers wrapped up strong (with some locations reporting better than pre-pandemic levels of traffic), and bookings for Aug/Sep continue on that same trajectory – particularly for popular leisure destinations throughout Europe, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
  • The Return of PCR Testing for Vaccinated Travelers – Over the past several weeks, some countries that had previously dropped COVID testing requirements for vaccinated travelers have reinstated that requirement in response to concerns over the Delta spread and that vaccinated individuals can still be transmitters of the virus.
  • Travel Health Insurance Required – More countries are starting to implement the requirement to purchase COVID travel health insurance for entry, similar to what Costa Rica implemented last year.
  • UK Now Open – The UK officially ended quarantine requirements for vaccinated U.S. and EU travelers on Aug 2. Our Universal Aviation FBOs in the UK report that the entry process has been pretty seamless so far. Traffic is expected to start ramping up later this month as the summer holiday travel season starts winding down and business travel picks back up.
  • More UK Entry Easing – On Aug 8, the UK will modify its GREEN/AMBER/RED country list, allowing travelers vaccinated in the UK, EU or U.S. to directly enter from more countries without quarantine, including India, Qatar, and the UAE. Unfortunately, it’s the oppositive for travel from Mexico which has moved to the Red list.
  • U.S. Will Require Proof of Vaccination to Enter – While we are still waiting on details on when and how the U.S. will reopen to foreign travelers, the White House announced yesterday that proof of vaccination will be a mandate for entry.
  • Reminder: Canada reopening to vaccinated U.S. citizens – Canada will ease its borders for fully-vaccinated U.S. citizens and residents, effective Aug 9.
  • More Signs of (Very Cautious) Easing in Asia – Singapore is still aiming to open to quarantine-free travel this fall. Similarly, Hong Kong will be easing its restrictions on Aug 9, but vaccinated travelers from medium risk countries like the U.S. and Canada will still need to quarantine 7 days.
  • Health Entry Requirements for Local Businesses & Venues – We’ve been reporting on this trend across Europe for the past month. Now, New York has announced a similar mandate. Reminder…Outside of holding the EU Digital Green Certificate, proof of full vaccination is the most straightforward way to navigate COVID health entry requirements when operating internationally.
  • EU Digital Green Pass – Still waiting on how it may be extended to “low-risk” non-EU nationals.
  • [Popular Virtual Course 🔥] Essentials in Scheduling and Dispatch – We’re holding our next virtual 2-day course on Aug 17-18. This course is really popular for both recurrent and new-hire training, and you’ll earn NBAA CAM credits. Learn more and register online.

Fully vaccinated U.S. and EU travelers after hearing yesterday’s announcement by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the UK was eliminating quarantine on arrival requirements starting Aug. 2, 2021.

Visitors, however, are still required to complete a pre-departure test before arriving in England alongside a PCR test on or before day two after they have landed.


July 29, 2021

Major News –

  • EU Digital Green Pass – Still waiting on how it may be extended to “low-risk” non-EU nationals.
  • Trend: Caribbean Says Vax Required – Many Caribbean nations have unfavorable entry restrictions for unvaccinated travelers. Some are all out banning unvaccinated travelers while others are imposing a 2-week quarantine. In contrast, vaccinated travelers are typically looking at only a 0-2 day quarantine, following results of an on-arrival COVID test. Check out the Caribbean section below for details.
  • Cayman Islands opens – Now officially open to U.S., Canada and EU citizens with proof of vaccination. 5-day quarantine required.
  • [Virtual Course] Essentials in Scheduling and Dispatch – We’re holding our next virtual 2-day course on Aug 17-18. This course is really popular for recurrent training, and you’ll earn NBAA CAM credits. Learn more and register online.
  • Encouraging signs in Singapore –
    • Hosting the Bloomberg New Economy Forum 2021 in November – Singapore is planning to host the Bloomberg New Economy Forum 2021 between Nov 16th to 19th. With the cancellation of the WEF and F1, this appears to be the next available opportunity for Singapore to showcase that we can handle a big face-to-face event.
    • May open for leisure this fall – Recent statements by officials also indicated the the government could lift some travel restrictions to countries with low COVID infection numbers. The Singapore government is currently talking to the US and EU with regards to a travel channel that is less restrictive. Our Universal Aviation Singapore team is following this closely.
  • Reminder: Supply Chain Challenges with the Surge – After 18 months of operating with reduced traffic and staff, service providers across the entire supply chain are struggling to keep up with the growing travel surge and additional operating complexities that COVID has introduced. We’re seeing longer-than-normal turn times and higher-than-normal error rates across every touchpoint – hotels, chauffeurs, caterers, handlers, you name it. The majority of the trips we’re managing are executing smoothly without problems, but you should be aware that these issues are out there. Our advice to help mitigate risk of problems happening on your trips:
    • Plan ahead and make arrangements as soon as schedule is known.
    • Stay within our network if able. We have more control to reduce risk of error and have more flexibility and speed to make last-minute adjustments across all service delivery areas, when needed.
    • Get your parking confirmations prior to arranging hotels and other services that are dependent on where you’ll be overnighting.
    • Ask what the ETA is on parking confirmations from the airport authority. For some destinations, you may have to wait until just days prior to operation, which impacts all related service arrangements. An airport that can confirm sooner may be a better option.
    • Avoid making changes. You may lose preferred options you’ve already secured, and it adds more risk of something getting missed.
    • Set expectations with stakeholders that these challenges exist this year.
    • Try to be patient with minor delays and inconveniences if you experience them.

BIGGEST NEWS: Canada Announces Border Easing Starting Aug 9

We were all doing a happy dance earlier this week when Canada (finally) announced plans to ease its borders for fully-vaccinated U.S. citizens and residents, effective August 9 – and other fully-vaccinated foreign nationals, effective September 7.

Read full-details online.

Quarantine will no longer be required. It’s also our understanding in talking with CBAA that the intent is for mandatory pre-arrival testing to go away as well, but that’s not clearly spelled out in the regulation. We’ll be looking for more clarity on that. On-arrival testing will only be required on a randomized basis.

Unvaccinated ACTIVE crew (essential workers) will still be able bypass quarantine for stays less than 72 hours, just as they do today.

In addition, we’ve learned that Canada will soon add 5 more funneling airports to the 4 already in place. Those 5 new ones will be: Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Quebec, and Halifax. It’s not official yet, but it’s coming.

Our Global Regulatory Services team discussed all this in depth in yesterday’s webinar, which you can watch here.

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • This Week’s Biggest Movers:
    • Canada – As stated above.
    • Finland – As part of its phased reopening, Finland is easing restrictions effective Jul 26 allowing some fully-vaccinated U.S. citizens to enter for essential business or if they have EU citizenship or a residence. Further easing allowing additional categories of vaccinated U.S. travelers is expected Aug 22.
    • Ireland – As of July 19, fully-vaccinated travelers from the EU, UK, U.S., and other low risk countries are allowed to enter without testing or quarantine. Our FBOs in Ireland are already seeing the increase in arrivals.
    • Malta – U.S. CDC certificates are now accepted as proof of vaccination, allowing U.S. citizens to enter.
    • Trinidad and Tobago – Opened Jul 17 to fully vaccinated travelers. Pre-arrival testing still required.
  • Trend: Caribbean Says Vax Required – Many Caribbean nations have unfavorable entry restrictions for unvaccinated travelers. Some are all out banning unvaccinated travelers while others are imposing a 2-week quarantine. In contrast, vaccinated travelers are typically looking at only a 0-2 day quarantine, following results of an on-arrival COVID test. Check out the Caribbean section below for details.
  • Health Pass Required for EU Restaurants – More countries and businesses in Europe are adopting a health passport requirement (e.g., proof of vaccination, recovery, or negative test result) to enter non-essential places like restaurants. France has announced this. Greece is enforcing this. Austria has a policy in placeCyprus as well. If you don’t have the EU Digital Green Certificate (with QR code), your vaccine certificate is your next best option, but not all business will accept this.
  • EU Digital Green Pass – Still waiting on how it may be extended to “low-risk” non-EU nationals.
  • U.S.-UK Travel Corridor – No major updates this week.
  • [VIDEO] Yesterday’s COVID Ops Update Webinar – We covered global updates, Italy ops, the anticipated UK reopening, and the Aug 9 Canada border easing. If you missed it, you can watch it here.
  • [VIDEO] Aviation Emission Reporting Update – Our Global Regulatory Services team recently held a Zoom call to discuss the latest with EU-ETS, CORSIA and UK-ETS. Watch it here.
  • [Virtual Course] Essentials in Scheduling and Dispatch – We’re holding our next virtual 2-day course on Aug 17-18. This course is really popular for recurrent training, and you’ll earn NBAA CAM credits. Learn more and register online.
  • Reminder: Supply Chain Challenges with the Surge – After 18 months of operating with reduced traffic and staff, service providers across the entire supply chain are struggling to keep up with the growing travel surge and additional operating complexities that COVID has introduced. We’re seeing longer-than-normal turn times and higher-than-normal error rates across every touchpoint – hotels, chauffeurs, caterers, handlers, you name it. The majority of the trips we’re managing are executing smoothly without problems, but you should be aware that these issues are out there. Our advice to help mitigate risk of problems happening on your trips:
    • Plan ahead and make arrangements as soon as schedule is known.
    • Stay within our network if able. We have more control to reduce risk of error and have more flexibility and speed to make last-minute adjustments across all service delivery areas, when needed.
    • Get your parking confirmations prior to arranging hotels and other services that are dependent on where you’ll be overnighting.
    • Ask what the ETA is on parking confirmations from the airport authority. For some destinations, you may have to wait until just days prior to operation, which impacts all related service arrangements. An airport that can confirm sooner may be a better option.
    • Avoid making changes. You may lose preferred options you’ve already secured, and it adds more risk of something getting missed.
    • Set expectations with stakeholders that these challenges exist this year.
    • Try to be patient with minor delays and inconveniences if you experience them.

Upcoming Major European Events –

The calendar of major events continues to grow. Here are some of the bigger ones coming up that we’re hearing interest in among international operators looking at Europe. We’ll continue to build out our international events calendar as more countries open to international travel.


July 15, 2021

The Mediterranean…All day. Every day.

Demand for trips into the Med surges on, and securing overnight parking continues to be the biggest challenge.

As mentioned before, 1) availability is limited, 2) demand is very competitive across the ENTIRE region, and 3) airport authorities are pulling various control levers in response (like narrowing confirmation windows until close to arrival date) – all of which makes for a highly complex operating environment.

In addition, we’re seeing another demand spike starting late July through August among operators in the U.S.-based Part 91 segment who are doing their first trans-Atlantic missions since the pandemic, which will bring more aircraft volume into the region.

Read the section on Supply Chain Challenges below for more info on understanding this year’s challenges and tips for mitigating risks. Best practice to avoid issues is to plan early and get your trips in with us as soon as your schedule is known.

Our Trip Support and Mediterranean ground operations teams are working round the clock with local authorities and supply chain providers to help you secure your best options and navigate all the operational complexities of this year.

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • This Week’s Biggest Movers:
    • Slovenia – The country has moved many more countries to its Green (Safe) List making it even easier for citizens of those countries to enter. With just 20 miles of Mediterranean coast, it’s often overlooked in the region. With everything across the Med congested, Piran is a hidden gem to consider, and Portoroz, just to the south, offers superyacht access.
    • Cayman Islands – Has announced its phased reopening plans. But don’t get too excited yet…passengers will have to wait until Oct 14. to enter without quarantine.
    • Malta – Has moved all amber countries to the red list. Under the new regs, vaccinated EU and UK travelers are allowed in. However, holders of U.S. CDC vaccine certificates are not. This may be short lived if Malta amends their regs to allow the CDC cards or if the U.S. is added to the EU Digital Green Pass program.
    • Mauritius Is. – From July 15 to Sept 30, a phased reopening is in effect allowing vaccinated travelers to enjoy designated “safe resorts” and beaches. COVID pre- and post-arrival testing required. Aircraft disinfection required.
  • (Very) Incremental Easing in APAC – We’re seeing signs of cautious easing in Asia-Pacific. While French Polynesia has been open for some time, the Philippines and Sri Lanka have more recently started letting travelers in. Thailand is also now running its “sandbox” program in Phuket. We think the region will remain very restrictive through the end of the calendar year, but we’re optimistic that we’ll continue to see more gradual easing – especially for business purpose flights and vaccinated travelers.
  • EU Digital Green Pass – Still waiting on how it may be extended to “low-risk” non-EU nationals.
  • U.S.-UK Travel Corridor – No major updates this week.
  • Easing U.S./Canada Restrictions – There was more news out of Canada about lightening of entry restrictions for vaccinated non-citizens, but nothing official yet. Our Global Regulatory Services team is in regular close contact with both CBSA and CBP officials on the latest.
  • U.S. NIE Extension – The U.S. has extended the validity for National Interest Exemptions (NIEs) for travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, S. Africa, the Schengen Area, UK, Ireland, and India by 12 months. Details here.
  • Tokyo Olympics is on. Japan (briefly) accessible to VIPs. – VIPs/sponsors can attend. Get your requests in with us ASAP.
  • [New] Essentials in Scheduling and Dispatch – We’re holding our next virtual 2-day course on Aug 17-18. This course is really popular for recurrent training, and you’ll earn NBAA CAM credits. Learn more and register online.
  • Reminder: Supply Chain Challenges with the Surge – After 18 months of operating with reduced traffic and staff, service providers across the entire supply chain are struggling to keep up with the growing travel surge and additional operating complexities that COVID has introduced. We’re seeing longer-than-normal turn times and higher-than-normal error rates across every touchpoint – hotels, chauffeurs, caterers, handlers, you name it. The majority of the trips we’re managing are executing smoothly without problems, but you should be aware that these issues are out there. Our advice to help mitigate risk of problems happening on your trips:
    • Plan ahead and make arrangements as soon as schedule is known.
    • Stay within our network if able. We have more control to reduce risk of error and have more flexibility and speed to make last-minute adjustments across all service delivery areas, when needed.
    • Get your parking confirmations prior to arranging hotels and other services that are dependent on where you’ll be overnighting.
    • Ask what the ETA is on parking confirmations from the airport authority. For some destinations, you may have to wait until just days prior to operation, which impacts all related service arrangements. An airport that can confirm sooner may be a better option.
    • Avoid making changes. You may lose preferred options you’ve already secured, and it adds more risk of something getting missed.
    • Set expectations with stakeholders that these challenges exist this year.
    • Try to be patient with minor delays and inconveniences if you experience them.
  • Vaccine Passport Countries – You can track the growing list of countries adopting some form of a vaccine passport/exemption policy on our blog.

July 8, 2021

Med Travel Demand Surge Intensifies

While billionaires with rocket ships battle it out to be first to space, here on Earth the daily competition for preferred travel options across the Mediterranean is more intense.

As reported last week, securing overnight parking across the Med continues to be a major challenge as operators race to grab anything they can.

Adding complexity to the availability issue, airport authorities in some destinations aren’t confirming parking requests until close to the arrival date – e.g., 48 hours out in the case of Venice.

And since where you secure parking dictates where you book hotels and other services, it’s creating a soup sandwich of logistical challenges to navigate this year.

Our advice: Get your requests in with as soon as schedule is known so that we can help you mitigate these issues and advise you of your best options. Also…keep in mind the supply chain challenges as mentioned below.

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • EU Digital Green Pass – Went live last week. Still waiting on how it may be extended to “low-risk” non-EU nationals.
  • U.S.-UK Travel Corridor – No major updates this week. However, the UK is set to ease almost all domestic COVID restrictions July 9.
  • Easing U.S./Canada Restrictions – No updates this week. Our Global Regulatory Services team is staying in close contact with authorities for the latest.
  • Tokyo Olympics is on. Japan (briefly) accessible to VIPs. – VIPs/sponsors can attend. Get your requests in with us ASAP.
  • Reminder: Supply Chain Challenges with the Surge – After 18 months of operating with reduced traffic and staff, service providers across the entire supply chain are struggling to keep up with the growing travel surge and additional operating complexities that COVID has introduced. We’re seeing longer-than-normal turn times and higher-than-normal error rates across every touchpoint – hotels, chauffeurs, caterers, handlers, you name it. The majority of the trips we’re managing are executing smoothly without problems, but you should be aware that these issues are out there. Our advice to help mitigate risk of problems happening on your trips:
    • Plan ahead and make arrangements as soon as schedule is known.
    • Stay within our network if able. We have more control to reduce risk of error and have more flexibility and speed to make last-minute adjustments across all service delivery areas, when needed.
    • Get your parking confirmations prior to arranging hotels and other services dependent on where you’ll be overnighting.
    • Ask what the ETA is on parking confirmations from the airport authority. For some destinations, you may have to wait until just days prior to operation, which impacts all related service arrangements. An airport that can confirm sooner may be a better option.
    • Avoid making changes. You may lose preferred options you’ve already secured, and it adds more risk of something getting missed.
    • Set expectations with stakeholders that these challenges exist this year.
    • Try to be patient with minor delays and inconveniences if you experience them.
  • Vaccine Passport Countries – You can track the growing list of countries adopting some form of a vaccine passport/exemption policy on our blog.

July 1, 2021

Alert: Parking Shortages across the Med

Securing overnight parking in the Med is becoming increasingly challenging. It started in Greece, which had already been experiencing parking shortages across the country due to the demand.

With operators grabbing up alternate options outside of Greece, it’s helped create a domino effect of parking shortages at airports across other Med-area countries like Croatia, France, Italy and Turkey….and airport authorities are responding. Some highlights:

  • Athens – Starting July 1, Athens is requiring PPR for any flight requesting parking for more than 3 hours. Some preference will be given for cross-continental flights, but missions requesting parking for repositioning will be denied. Universal Aviation Greece is also reporting that parking extensions that were usually granted in Athens are no longer being allowed.
  • Rome – Due to the surge in traffic, Rome is now enforcing a 2019 regulation that caps GA movements at 61 per day. This threshold has already been exceeded several times this summer. This eliminates Rome as a repositioning option. Universal Aviation Italy can assist with alternate options.
  • Turkey – Has announced restrictive new parking limitations. Until Sept. 30, GA parking will not be allowed at LTFM, LTFE, LTBS, LTBJ, LTBA, LTFJ and LTAI. Aircraft can land at and depart from these airports as usual, but not park. The max. duration on the ground is not specified, but we assume 2 hours. Alternate parking options are: LTBZ , LTBR , LTAY , LTFC and LTBO. Universal Aviation Turkey is monitoring the latest.
  • Nice – With the Cannes Film Festival slated to start next week, combined with high season traffic, parking in Nice is extremely limited. Keep in mind that any request, regardless of how far in advance it’s made, will not be confirmed until 10 days before arrival.

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • This Week’s Biggest Movers:
    • Hawaii – Starting July 8, travelers who have been vaccinated in the U.S. may enter Hawaii without a negative COVID-19 test.
    • Austria – Travelers from the U.S. can enter Austria with proof of vaccination, recovery, or negative test result.
    • Malta – Now allowing vaccinated U.S. citizens to enter, but only from some states/territories.
    • Netherlands – Travelers from the U.S. and other “safe” countries can now enter without the need for a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine. Vaccination is not required.
    • Sweden – U.S. residents can now enter the country directly. COVID test still required. More details here.
    • Switzerland – Now open to U.S. travelers. Proof of vaccination, recovery, or negative test result required.
  • EU Digital Green Pass – Went live today. The pass is available in all member states and allows vaccinated EU citizens to move freely within the EU. Does not apply to U.S. travelers for now.
  • U.S.-UK Travel Corridor – No major update this week, except for a new UK quarantine exemption for senior executives who are likely to bring significant economic benefit to the country.
  • Easing U.S./Canada Restrictions – No updates this week. We’re still waiting to hear what comes out of the Biden administration’s working group that is looking to ease restrictions between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
  • Tokyo Olympics is on. Japan (briefly) accessible to VIPs. – VIPs/sponsors can attend. Get your requests in with us ASAP.
  • Insight: Proof of Vaccination vs Recovery – While some countries are allowing proof of recovery as an entry requirement option, proof of vaccination is the more straightforward option, with less risk of denial. Generally speaking, the validity period for proof of recovery has a shorter expiration date than vaccination, and that validity period varies by country. There can also be nuances in the regulations that put more restrictions on the recovered vs. vaccinated (e.g., business vs leisure restrictions).
  • Tip: Mitigating Supply Chain Struggles with the Surge – After 18 months of operating with reduced traffic and staff, service providers across the entire supply chain are struggling to keep up with the growing travel surge and additional operating complexities that COVID has introduced. We’re seeing longer-than-normal turn times and higher-than-normal error rates across every touchpoint – hotels, chauffeurs, caterers, handlers, you name it. The majority of the trips we’re managing are executing smoothly without problems, but you should be aware that these issues are out there. Our advice to help mitigate risk of problems happening on your trips:
    • Plan ahead and make arrangements as soon as schedule is known.
    • Stay within our network if able. We have more control to reduce risk of error and have more flexibility and speed to make last-minute adjustments across all service delivery areas, when needed.
    • Avoid making changes. You may lose preferred options you’ve already secured, and it adds more risk of something getting missed.
    • Set expectations with stakeholders that these challenges exist this year.
    • Try to be patient with minor delays and inconveniences if you experience them.
  • The Vaccine Passport Watch Party 💉🛂🥳 – More countries joined the party this week. You can track the list of countries adopting some form of a vaccine passport/exemption policy on our blog.

 


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