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

Sept. 16, 20210

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.

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. 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.


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.

  • U.S. – No updates. Presidential proclamations remain in place.
    • On Jan. 12, 2021, the U.S. CDC issued an order requiring proof of a negative viral COVID-19 test (NAAT/PCR or antigen), or medical proof of recovery, for anyone arriving from a foreign country to the U.S. The order went into effect Jan. 26, 2021 for ALL flights, including private flight and GA aircraft. Key points:
      • Only ACTIVE crew members are EXEMPT. You can find the full definition of ACTIVE CREW and some analysis on the various exemption scenarios that we’ve been asked about on our website.
      • Passengers must show aircraft operator proof of negative result, taken with 3 days of boarding, or of recovery prior to boarding.
      • U.S. CDC Approves Home Test for Int’l Arrivals – On May 7, the CDC updated its Order to allow self-administered COVID tests (aka home tests) to qualify for int’l arrivals to the U.S. Note that the CDC has guidance on what home tests will be allowed.
      • Operators of private flights and general aviation must maintain passenger Attestations (i.e., declaration forms) for 2 years. Note: While the operator needs to see the test result, only the Attestations (which can be captured digitally) must be kept on file. We are providing free pre-populated Attestation forms on Universal-managed trips in-bound to the U.S. Ask us for details.
      • The CDC’s website has more information on the order, including the official announcement and FAQs.
      • Note FAA NOTAM reinforcing the CDC order.
    • U.S. Presidential Proclamations remain in place: On April 30, the U.S. travel restrictions were extended to include India. All non-U.S. travelers who have recently been in Brazil, India, South Africa, and most EU countries, including the UK and Ireland, are restricted.
      • CBP has published a bulletin announcing a variety of U.S. visa holders have been granted blanket national interest exceptions to the current entry restrictions on travelers from suspended regions. Note: B1 and B2 visas are not exempt; HOWEVER, read next bullet.
      • The U.S. State Department quietly released a buried update allowing National Interest Waivers (NIWs) to be issued to foreign crew seeking entry to the U.S. for the purposes of training or aircraft pickup, delivery, or maintenance – despite their travel history. Crew must have a B-1/B-2, B-1, or M-1 visa, or Visa Waiver Program authorization to qualify. This is a big one many in the business aviation community have been asking for. We have extensive expertise with NIWs and can assist.
      • All stops in suspended regions, overnight or just tech stops, are treated the same.
      • Entry by any non-U.S. foreign national (that includes Canadian and Mexican citizens) who has been in a suspended region over the past 14 days is HIGHLY RESTRICTED and will be denied, with few exceptions.
    • Expired U.S. Passports for Return Travel – CBP issued this bulletin announcing that U.S. citizens holding a U.S. passport that expired on or after January 1, 2020 may still be able to use their expired U.S. passport for direct return travel to the United States until December 31, 2021.
    • New U.S CBP Documentation Provided for Arrivals – Effective April 26, Part 91 arrivals into the U.S will begin receiving this new document [PDF] with their landing rights packages at select ports. It basically covers roles and responsibilities for both operator and CBP for int’l arrivals. NO ACTION is needed when you get this. It’s just good-to-know info to have in your back pocket.
    • U.S. APIS Update: All GA travelers are now required to provide additional details, including primary phone number and email address, for contact tracing purposes when coming from Guinea or the DROC in response to Ebola. Scheduled airlines have already been doing this. Airport funneling from these destinations is also in effect. While these destinations aren’t the most popular for GA travel, it’s not unlikely that we could see the APIS data collection portion of this requirement expanded to cover arrivals from more countries (e.g., for contact tracing other diseases). Note that Private and Charter flights will have different processes for complying with this based on how APIS information is currently transmitted for each of these two flight types. Read more about this on our blog.
    • Applications for signatory carrier status under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are still being processed. 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 National Interest Waiver (NIW) is another avenue foreign nationals can seek for entry into the U.S. and can be an effective means of entry. Allowed purposes of visit include Business, Education, Training, and Medical. Application for entry is available for the following U.S. AOEs: KLAX, KEWR, KDFW, KJFK, and KIAH, as well as through the U.S. Embassy in France and the UK. Our Global Regulatory Services team has worked out the repeatable process to apply at each of these and can provide support.
    • On June 29, the U.S. 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.
    • 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.
    • Advise passengers and crew to continue maintaining a 14-day travel history log of the countries, states, and cities they visit. This is critical for both travel into the U.S., within it, and abroad.
    • Restrictions on non-essential travel for USA/Canada/Mexico land borders have been extended until Aug 21, 2021 per latest DHS tweet.
    • Hawaii – Travelers who have been vaccinated in the United States, may enter Hawaii without a negative COVID-19 test. International travelers still require a COVID test at one of Hawaii’s approved testing providersAdditional easing on local restrictions expected as vaccination numbers rise.
    • Puerto Rico – No pre-testing required for full-vaccinated travelers from the U.S. 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 – No pre-testing required for full-vaccinated travelers from the 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.

Canada 

  • Effective August 9, Fully-vaccinated U.S. citizens and residents can enter with proof of a negative COVID test, without having to quarantine. Read details here.
  • Effective Sept 7, 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.
  • Gander (CYQX) Update: Effective Aug 11, travelers on East bound flights directly departing the U.S. are allowed to disembark during the tech stop if 1) vaccinated, 2) have a negative COVID test, and 3) have completed ArriveCan in advance. This does not apply to West bound flights from Europe or return flights.
  • 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.
  • Airport Funneling in Effect – All international passenger flights, including those from the U.S., are required to enter Canada through one of the following nine funneling airports: CYYZ/Toronto, CYVR/Vancouver, CYUL/Montreal, and CYYC/Calgary, Edmonton/CYEG, Winnipeg/CYWG, Ottawa/CYOW, Quebec/CYQB, and Halifax/CYHZ. Initial announcement for the first 4 airports. Announcement on the 5 added in August. Medevac, ferry and crew repatriation flights, cargo-only flights, and tech stops where no passengers disembark are exempt.
  • Restrictions on non-essential travel for USA/Canada/Mexico land borders have been extended until Sept. 21, 2021. Note: This does not apply to air travel.

Mexico

  • Mexico – No major updates.
    • Mexico is open and accessible. Popular tourist destinations like Los Cabos, Cozumel, PV, and Cancun are active with flights.
    • Our ground handing teams in Mexico (Mexico City/TolucaLos CabosCancunCozumelPVMonterrey, etc.) are available to support your missions.
    • AFAC 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.
    • 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.
    • Restrictions on non-essential travel for USA/Canada/Mexico land borders have been extended until Aug 21, 2021 per latest DHS tweet.
    • 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.

    • Anguilla – Open. Only open to fully vaccinated travelers. Pre- and on-arrival testing required. Quarantine 24 hours until result is known. If negative, you are free to move about island.
    • Antigua and Barbuda – Fully vaccinated tourist \ travelers, do not have to quarantine. However, both they AND crew are required to have a proof of a negative COVID test taken prior to arrival. See official website for details.
    • Aruba – Aruba is accepting flights from all U.S. states. The pre-arrival COVID test requirement has been reinstated for vaccinated travelers. Aruba’s Digital Embarkation-Disembarkation Card (ED card) and health insurance are required.
    • Bahamas – Open. FULLY-VACCINATED TRAVELERS are no longer exempt from the requirement to provide a negative PCR test prior to arrival; testing required prior to arrival for ALL travelers. No quarantine required. This electronic health visa must be completed. Health insurance is required. More info at the Office of the Prime Minister and Reopen Bahamas.
    • Barbados – Open. Fully-vaccinated travelers will only need to quarantine 1 day. Pre- and on-arrival testing required, unless coming from a designated “travel bubble” Caribbean island. Quarantine 24 hours until test result is known, after which 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. They will also l 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. Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine a full 14 days on a gov’t approved location.
    • Bonaire – Open to U.S travelers. Check with us for latest. Must complete a Health Declaration Form at www.bonairepublichealth.org. Quarantine is required unless traveling from “low-risk countries.”.
    • British Virgin Islands (BVI) – Open for tourism. Testing pre-arrival, on-arrival, and on day 4 required. Details online. Form must be submitted in advance of arrival on the BVI Gateway Traveller’s Authorization Portal. Contact tracer app required. Immunized travelers will be tested on arrival. Once arrival test result is known, immunized traveler will be exempt from 7-day quarantine. Health insurance is required.
    • Cayman Islands – Cayman authorities are allowing limited tourism of vaccinated travelers to resume, with a 2-week quarantine required. Pre-arrival COVID testing required. See website for more details.
    • Cuba – Certain parts of country are open for tourism. U.S. sanctions still apply. COVID-19 test upon arrival. Quarantine is required.
    • Curacao – Vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and these other countries are permitted to enter Curacao. Pre-arrival COVID test required to enter, and additional testing required on day 3 of stay.
    • 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. Apply for approval online. Expect to quarantine. Tracer app required. More information online. Persons providing proof of full vaccination will only be required to quarantine for up to 48 hours, pending a negative result from a PCR test administered upon entry.
    • Guadeloupe – French territory. Open for leisure to vaccinated U.S. travelers and pre-arrival COVID test required.
    • Haiti – Open. No quarantine required for vaccinated travelers.
    • Jamaica – Open. All foreign crew and passengers must obtain travel authorization online prior to arrival. COVID-19 PCR or antigen test on arrival for travelers from high risk countries, like the U.S., at cost of $150 USD. Travelers from India, Trinidad, and six South American countries are prohibited. 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. Proof of negative COVID test results required for entry.
    • St. Barts – French territory – Open for vaccinated travelers. Negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. Must complete online Health entry form prior to entry.
    • St. Lucia – Open. Fully-vaccinated travelers exempt from quarantine. More info online.
    • St. Kitts & Nevis – Open. All travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must remain in quarantine for at least four days and take a COVID-19 PCR test on the fourth day to exit quarantine. Pre-arrival test and 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. The Netherlands side is enacting stricter restrictions for passengers from “high-risk” countries. Travelers from the U.S. and Canada can enter. Check with us for details based on your specific trip scenario.
    • 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). Unvaccinated travelers will need an imperative reason for travel.
    • St. Vincent & Grenadines – Fully-vaccinated travelers from high-risk countries (including Canada and U.S.) are required to do pre- and on-arrival testing. 48-hour quarantine required at a government-approved hotel/resort or facility. Testing upon arrival required for crew as well. Aircraft disinfection required. See full details and pre-authorization forms online.
    • Trinidad and Tobago – Fully vaccinated travelers can enter. Apply online in advance. Pre-arrival testing required. Unvaccinated travelers are banned.
    • Turks and Caicos – Open to vaccinated travelers. All travelers to the Turks and Caicos are required to obtain a TCI Assure Travel Authorization at least 24 hours prior to boarding. Travel insurance required.
    • 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 variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited a variant virus hotspot, including the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

  • Our FBOs and ground handling offices in ArgentinaBrazilChileCosta RicaMexico, and Venezuela are still operational and supporting missions.
  • Argentina – Very restricted. Can only enter with special authorization by the government. Universal Aviation Argentina is staying on top of the latest.
  • Belize – VACCINE PASSPORT ACTIVE. Vaccinated travelers will need to still present a negative COVID-19 test result for entry.
  • Brazil – COVID test and health entry form for both crew and passengers. Crew are not exempt. Universal Aviation Brazil is following our C19 Health and Safety standards to support you safely.
  • Bolivia – U.S. passengers allowed entry for business. Travel health insurance required.
  • Chile – Until at least August 31, entry is restricted to medical, humanitarian, cargo and foreigners who have been specially authorized to enter by the Chilean diplomatic mission in their country. Travel medical insurance and quarantine required. Universal Aviation Chile is staying on top of the latest.
  • Colombia – International passengers are allowed to arrive in Colombia. 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 is required. All passengers and crew must have travel insurance, unless fully vaccinated, and complete this health form in advance.
  • Ecuador – Is permitting persons to enter, but if you are coming from Brazil or India you will need to quarantine. Health form required. For mainland airports, no test required with proof of both vaccine doses. Galapagos airports SEGS and SEST still require a test.
  • El Salvador – VACCINE PASSPORT ACTIVE: Open. No quarantine. Travelers with proof of COVID-19 immunization are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test result for entry.
  • 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.
  • Guatemala – VACCINE PASSPORT ACTIVE for entry. Open. No quarantine with proof of a negative COVID-19 test result. Health screening on arrival.
  • Guyana – COVID test required for entry. No quarantine.
  • Honduras – Open for business flights. Quarantine not required with proof of a negative test. COVID test on departure required. Travelers with proof of vaccination may be exempt from the testing requirement.
  • Nicaragua – Open. No quarantine. Local contact, aircraft sanitization certificate, and traveler declaration form required.
  • Panama – Open. Quarantine required. Quarantine may be avoided depending on the 14-day travel history. Travelers with digital vaccine certificates proving they have been fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior and have a negative COVID test in their IATA Travel Pass will be exempt from further testing requirements at the airport. Must complete an online registration form.
  • Paraguay – Paraguay is open for flights. Proof of Medical insurance required. Health card required.
  • Peru – Reopened for international flights with the exception of those who have been on Brazil, South Africa, or India in the past 14 days.
  • Suriname – Flights require government approval. Health insurance and quarantine required. Aircraft Disinfection Required.
  • Uruguay – Foreign non-residents can enter with special authorization issued by the government and a valid reason to travel. Vaccinated passengers will be exempt from quarantine. 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 variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited a variant virus hotspot, including the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

    • 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.
    • The EU has removed the U.S. from its “safe list” as of August 2021. See details:
      • 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.
    • European countries that are accessible to passengers from the U.S. and other countries not on the EC’s list 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, without testing or self-isolation. Unvaccinated travelers from 7 countries will have to self-isolate. Some nonessential travel is prohibited. See entry details online.
      • Belarus – Accessible. Travelers from this list of countries will likely have to self-quarantine.
      • Belgium – Is only allowing entry for essential travel. We’ve also learned that the country doesn’t accept the U.S. CDC card to enter. See specific entry details.
      • Bosnia and Herzegovina – U.S. citizens are allowed entry with a negative COVID test, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery.
      • Bulgaria – Effective Sep 12, the U.S. was added to the Red List. Any traveler coming from the U.S. direct to Bulgaria will not be allowed to enter without approval from the Ministry of Health.
      • Croatia – Open for tourism with negative test, vaccine, or proof of recovery. Travelers from Cyprus, India, Russia, and the UK must have pre-arrival negative Covid-19 test, regardless of vaccine status. Our Universal Aviation offices in Italy are helping coordinate arrangements to enter Croatia for customers.
      • Cyprus – Open. The country is following this traffic light system. COVID test needed prior to arrival and another one upon entry. Self-isolate until results are known. See details here.
      • 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 have COVID testing requirements and a 10-day quarantine.
      • Denmark – Fully-vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and other Green/Yellow/Orange or OECD category countries can enter without testing or quarantine. There are additional paths in for non-vaccinated travelers. See detailed entry requirements. (Note: Captcha required to access site.)
      • Estonia – Fully-vaccinated travelers can enter. Testing 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. To qualify as a vaccinated traveler, you must have received the last dose of a valid COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to arrival. Non-vaccinated travelers from the United States are permitted to enter Finland for essential reasons only.
      • France – Open for tourism to fully vaccinated non-EU citizens from countries not on the red list. U.S. in now on the Orange list. Vaccinated travelers can enter for any reason. Non-vaccinated travelers will have to be authorized for essential reasons, provide a negative Covid test, plus 7 days self-isolation and test to end isolation. Our blog article has the full details.
        • France is the first EU country to offer a digital health pass for vaccinated non-EU citizens/residents. However, we’re getting reports it’s a slow process to obtain this. We’ve received on the ground intel that most establishments will accept a vaccine card. Read details here.
        • France now requires that passengers on domestic legs provide proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative PCR test. In addition, crew are required to provide this as of Aug. 30. 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. 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 and negative COVID test required for entry.
      • Hungary – U.S. persons can travel to Hungary for essential business. An invitation letter from the receiving party should be submitted in advance for approval. All U.S. passengers approved in for essential business don’t require COVID testing or quarantine.
      • Iceland – Open to travelers with proof of vaccination or recovery. Pre-arrival COVID test also required as of July 27. Full details online.
      • Ireland – Our Universal Aviation offices in Dublin and Shannon can assist.
        • Since July 19, fully-vaccinated travelers from the EU, UK, U.S., and other low risk countries are allowed to enter without testing or quarantine. See full details online.
        • Related to above, since July 19, Ireland is participating in the EU’s Digital Green Pass Program, allowing pass holders with proof of vaccination, recovery, or recent test result.
        • 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; however, hours have changed again. 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.
      • Latvia – Open for leisure. Passengers who have been in the EU, EEA, Switzerland, UK, or U.S. for the past 14 days and have proof of vaccine approved by European Medicines Agency or WHO are exempt from pre-arrival Covid-19 testing and quarantine.
      • Macedonia – Open. Effective Sep 1, 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 – Effective Aug 18, international travelers are required to present proof of vaccination, recovery, or negative COVID test result to enter.
      • Montenegro – Open to U.S. citizens. Effective Sep 14, travelers must present vaccination certificate, negative Covid test, or proof of recovery. Aircraft disinfection required.
      • Netherlands – As of Sept 4, the U.S. has been designated on the very high risk list. U.S. travelers will only be able enter the Netherlands if they are fully vaccinated and fall under one of the 23 exemption categories for the EU entry ban. They are also required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival, and they must also show proof of a negative COVID test result. Proof of recovery or vaccination is no longer be sufficient to be exempt from pre-travel negative test. Non-EU/Schengen passengers transiting from high-risk, hotspot countries are very restricted.
      • Norway – Open to Green List EU countries without quarantine. We’re expecting to soon hear about plans for easing to the U.S. soon.
      • Poland – Allowed travelers, including U.S. citizens, with an EU-approved vaccine OR proof of recovery are exempt from quarantine. U.S. traveler entering with only a proof of negative test result will need to quarantine. The updated flight ban list can be found online.
      • Portugal – Officially open to tourism, including U.S./Canadian travelers. Proof of a negative COVID test result is required. Travelers from the UK require proof of vaccination or quarantine for 14 days. Note: Effective July 1, Portugal has implemented a new carbon tax for charter ops.
      • Russia – Allowing international travelers from a number of countries, including the U.S. and Mexico. Pre-arrival PCR test required. Canadians are still prohibited.
      • Serbia – U.S. citizens can enter for business or tourism. No quarantine required. Fully vaccinated travelers from some EU countries are exempt from providing negative COVID-19 test results for entry.
      • Slovak Republic – PCR test and quarantine required for entry. 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 Green countries can end their quarantine with a negative PCR test at any time after arrival. 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. Unvaccinated U.S. travelers will require reason a compelling reason to enter.
      • Sweden – U.S. residents can only enter indirectly via another EU country. Proof of vaccination and negative COVID test required. More details here.
      • Switzerland – Open to U.S. and Canadian travelers. Proof of vaccination, recovery, or negative test result 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 – Travelers from high-risk countries (none of which are EU, UK, US, or Canada) must quarantine. Immunized U.S. travelers do not require a pre-arrival COVID test. Other than the high-risk countries above, 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. Travelers who have completed the vaccine process are exempt from presenting a negative Covid-19 test on arrival. All unvaccinated travelers must undergo 10 days of self-isolation, which can be ended early by passing a second COVID-19 test. Medical insurance and tracer app required. Aircraft disinfection required. Read more online.
      • UK – Accessible. See section below for more details.
    • UK –
      • UK entry requirements – Travelers must follow the UK’s Red, Amber, and Green list rules for entering the UK. NOTE: Effective Aug 8, the country classification list will change, allowing more access for travelers from India, Qatar, UAE and other countries. Mexico will be more restricted.
        • Fully vaccinated travelers from Green List countries don’t require quarantine.
        • Fully vaccinated travelers from the EU and U.S. can enter the UK from an Amber List country using Green list country rules, which means:
          • Test prior to arrival (lateral flow or PCR)
          • Complete pax locator form and book/take a day 2 COVID test (booked in advance via the official UK website)
          • No quarantine
        • Unvaccinated travelers from Amber List countries, except UK residents, must quarantine and take COVID-19 tests on the second and eighth days of their quarantine period.
        • International visitors who have visited or transited through any Red list country in the previous 10 days will be refused entry into England. Only British and Irish citizens, or those with residence rights in the UK, will be allowed to enter, and they must stay in a government approved quarantine facility for 10 days, which has to be booked prior to travel.
      • The UK may soon begin to require COVID passes for entry to night clubs and indoor venues. Nothing official yet.
      • Luton’s Night Slot Ban (June 1 – Sept. 30) – London’s Luton Airport announced a new Night Slot Ban is taking effect June 1 through Sept. 30, between the hours of 2200Z to 0600Z. London-Stansted Airport will be the preferred alternative. Read full details on our blog.
      • 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.
      • See published COVID-19 guidance on safer travel and working principles for airports and aviation operators.
    • 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 variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited a variant virus hotspot, including the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

  • Afghanistan – Political unrest. Military flights only.
  • Angola – Testing upon arrival and departure required. Travel registration form and mandatory quarantine required. Flights to and from Australia, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom are suspended. Aircraft disinfection required.
  • Bahrain – Vaccinated foreign nationals who have not been in a red-listed country are allowed entry. Vaccinated travelers arriving direct from the USA, the UK, any EU member state, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, or Canada are exempt from quarantine, as long as they present a proof of a negative COVID test. Smartphone app required.
  • Benin – Open to U.S. passengers. Testing upon arrival and quarantine 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.
  • Djibouti – U.S. passengers are allowed. Flights must get permission. Mandatory COVID-19 testing on arrival.
  • 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. Quarantine required. Travelers from countries with variant strains of the disease may be prohibited from entering the country UFN.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gambia – Open. Travelers arriving from hotspot countries, including the U.S., will be required to undergo testing upon arrival. Mandatory self-isolation required.
  • Ghana – Government authorization is needed for entry. Test on arrival 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 – U.S. passengers allowed entry with an Iranian visa. Travelers from high-risk countries will be tested upon arrival. Quarantine may be required. Aircraft disinfection required.
  • Israel – MOFA approval required for GA. For those approved, testing on arrival required, and the fully-vaccinated will be exempted from quarantine if they test negative. Health insurance that covers treatment for COVID-19 is required. Our ground handling office in Tel Aviv is monitoring the latest.
  • Jordan – Fully-vaccinated travelers from the following countries do not require PCR test on arrival: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, China, EU, Japan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunis, Turkey, UAE, UK and USA. 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. No quarantine. Test required to exit.
  • Lebanon – Private flights have resumed. Vaccinated travelers are exempted from pre-arrival testing requirements and quarantine. Health insurance and test on arrival required. Quarantine required for passengers from high-risk countries.
  • Liberia – Open, with self-isolation required. Mandatory testing on arrival and departure. Liberia Travel App download and health screening arrival form required.
  • Mali – Open. Health form required. Quarantine not required.
  • Mauritania – Open. Proof of negative COVID test result required for entry. Additional test requried to depart.
  • Mauritius Is. – From July 15 to Sept 30, a phased reopening is in effect allowing vaccinated travelers to enjoy designated “safe resorts” and beaches. Effective Oct 1, all quarantine restrictions will be lifted. COVID pre- and post-arrival testing required. Aircraft disinfection required.
  • Morocco – Morocco has reopened to fully vaccinated travelers arriving via select commercial airline flights. Countries with high rates of COVID excluded. GA can only access for essential business purposes with preapproval.
  • Mozambique – Open. Business travel permitted (including for U.S. citizens). Aircraft disinfection required.
  • Namibia – Open.
  • Niger – Open. CAA might require MOFA approval. 7-day self-isolation required.
  • Nigeria – Open. 7-day quarantine required. Health form portal. COVID test required to exit country.
  • Oman – Effective Sep 1, 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 – U.S. passengers are allowed with permission in advance. Entry shall be restricted to the vaccinated and/or recovered individuals. Vaccinated travelers are exempted from quarantine. Testing on arrival is required. Smartphone app required. Crew needs to submit EEP form or else quarantine for 7 days.
  • Republic of Congo – Authorities resumed international air travel. 14 days self-isolation at residence or hotel. No quarantine requirements for crew. Must provide a negative test for departure.
  • Reunion Island – Open
  • Rwanda – Charter tourism and business flights allowed. Test on arrival, 24-hr quarantine, passenger locator form, and aircraft disinfection is required. 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 – Now allowing travelers from the U.S, UK, and other countries. Tourist Visa issued for fully vaccinated travelers. Pre-departure PCR test required. Immunized travelers do not require quarantine. Heath Insurance required. Smartphone app required.
  • Senegal – Open. Passengers must complete a tracking form online and present it on arrival.
  • Sierra Leone – Open. Traveler’s passports will be held by authorities until the results of the on-arrival PCR test have been received. Aircraft disinfection required.
  • Seychelles – See official website for details. Regardless of vaccine status, travelers must provide a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours prior to travel. Quarantine not required for all travelers.
  • 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.
  • South Sudan – Open. All travelers must self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days. 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 – Foreign travelers allowed, subject to approval by CAA. Quarantine not required for those that can provide proof of vaccination or who tested positive for COVID 6 weeks prior to traveling and can provide a medical certificate issued by health authorities.
  • Uganda – All international passenger flights allowed. Aircraft disinfection required. Immunized travelers must still present a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • United Arab Emirates – Open, but entry requirements vary by emirate. Emirates Airlines has a great tool for checking this. Effective Aug 30, 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.
  • 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 self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Vaccinated travelers with a negative test result are exempt from quarantine requirements.
  • Zimbabwe – Open. A 10-day quarantine is possible and dependent upon travelers arriving from countries with COVID variant hotspots.
  • 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 variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited a variant virus hotspot, including the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

  • Our FBOs and ground handling offices in ChinaJapanPhilippinesSingaporeSouth Korea, and Thailand all remain open and are supporting missions.
  • American Samoa – Open to U.S. pax with prior permission. Fully vaccinated travelers exempted from 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 travelers, with some exceptions for those from New Zealand. Accessible to travelers from the U.S. with a business exemption.
  • Azerbaijan – Open to vaccinated U.S., UK, and other travelers. No quarantine required if vaccinated. Negative COVID test required for departure.
  • Bangladesh – Testing on arrival required. Quarantine may be required based on travel history. Visa-on-arrival services are suspended until further notice. Aircraft disinfection required. Proof of hotel booking required for travelers arriving from high-risk countries.
  • Cambodia – Allowing U.S. citizens and foreign nationals to enter. Visa, insurance, test on arrival, and quarantine required.
  • 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 – International arrivals and departures are not permitted.
  • 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 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. Fully vaccinated passengers with proof of FDA-approved vaccine/negative pre-arrival PCR test are exempt from quarantine. COVID testing prior to arrival still required.
  • Hong Kong – Effective Aug 20, 15 countries including US have shifted to high-risk category. Travelers who have stayed in 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 most types of visas, making business travel now possible with valid reason to enter. Tourist visas, and medical visas are still restricted. Details online. Quarantine requirements vary by region. Testing on arrival and quarantine required depending on travel history.
  • 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 required. Proof of vaccination required.
  • Japan – Not open to U.S. travelers. See full list of banned countries. State of emergency extended to Sep 30.
  • Kyrgyzstan – Open to US. Multiple airports have opened. Forms and test are required. Vaccinated travelers are exempt from testing requirements.
  • S. Korea – As of Sept 1, temporary suspension of Visa Waiver Agreement and Visa-Free Entry (total of 62 countries). Exceptions: Diplomatic passport holders, Arrival Crew members, APEC card holders. Effective Sept 1, foreigners entering Korea without a VISA 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. The government will exempt fully vaccinated people from quarantine requirements, provided they received their doses in South Korea and test negative for COVID-19. As of July 01, fully vaccinated passengers can register for an “isolation exemption certificate” through the Korean embassy in the departure country.
  • Laos – U.S. passengers currently are allowed only with special permission. Insurance required. Pre-arrival testing no longer required with proof of vaccination. Test on arrival and quarantine required. Aircraft disinfection required. Passengers must obtain a negative test for COVID-19 within 72 hours before the departure from Laos.
  • Macau – Most foreign nationals not allowed. All foreign visitors and the residents of Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan who have been to other countries in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter Macau. Pre-arrival testing and quarantine required. Aircraft will need to be disinfected if coming from a high-risk area. COVID test required on all outbound flights.
  • 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. Aircraft disinfection and pre-arrival testing required.
  • Myanmar – Officials have closed airports nationwide and suspended all international commercial flights through Sep 30.
  • New Zealand – Still predominately closed.
  • North Mariana Islands – Open to U.S. passengers for business, tourism, and tech stops. Health form and quarantine required. Fully vaccinated travelers do not require test upon arrival but will still be tested on the fifth day after arrival.
  • Pakistan – Test on arrival and tracing app required. Quarantine and aircraft disinfection required. There are 20+ countries banned from entry.
  • Palau – International traffic has officially resumed but remains restricted. Officials only allowing fully-vaccinated travelers. Quarantine required.
  • Papua New Guinea – Still predominately closed. As of July 23, 2021, New Zealand will halt quarantine-free travel from Australia. The suspension will last until September 17, 2021.
  • Philippines – U.S. is on the Yellow List as of Sep 8. For U.S. travelers, regardless of vaccination status, a 14-day facility quarantine is required with option to end at 10 days if a PCR test is taken on seventh day of arrival and result is negative. Pre-booked accommodation required. Crew arriving on private jets will require pre arrival testing and need to quarantine if staying more than 24 hours.
  • Singapore – Is in the process of phased re-opening. Check here for eligible travelers and requirements (see “Border/Health Control Measure Summary Table” on the webpage). Pre-arrival and post-arrival testing required. Quarantine based on travel history. Residents and visitors must submit this electronic Health Declaration Card before entering Singapore. TraceTogether App or TokenGoWhere wearable tracer device required. Short-term travelers of (very) high economic interest may be eligible to qualify to enter under the Connect@Singapore program. Our team in Singapore can provide assistance. Health insurance required for certain countries. Aircraft disinfection required.
  • Sri Lanka – Open. Fully-vaccinated travelers, not coming from suspended regions, can enter Sri Lanka for tourism. Online registration and PCR testing 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.
  • Tajikistan – Accessible to U.S. passengers. Testing upon arrival and self-isolation required.
  • Thailand – Fully-vaccinated international travellers allowed to enter Phuket under “Sandbox Program” without on-arrival quarantine requirements as of July 1. Post arrival tests and tracking app also required. Non-Thais are no longer required to present a fit to fly Certificate to enter Thailand. Hotel booking, health insurance and pre-arrival testing required.
  • 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 and departure required. Aircraft disinfection required.
  • Vietnam – Flights require special approval from Vietnam National CDC. Pre-arrival testing and 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:


PREVIOUS UPDATES:

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.

Upcoming Major Int’l 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 int’l operators. We’ll continue to build out this calendar as more countries open to int’l travel. Most of the U.S. events have been excluded since int’l travel to the U.S. remains restricted for non U.S. nationals.


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.

June 24, 2021

  • This Week’s Biggest Movers:
  • Tokyo Olympics is on. Japan (briefly) accessible to VIPs. – Universal Aviation Japan is reporting that authorities will officially allow VIPs/sponsors to attend. If you already requested slots and parking as we previously advised, Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (CAB) will release them in July. If you haven’t put in your requests with us and plan on attending, do so ASAP.
  • Med Reopening Schedule – Everything is open. Send the Giga-Yacht to pick me up!
  • Supply Chain Struggles with the Surge – As predicted…after 18 months of operating with reduced traffic and staff, service providers across the entire supply chain are struggling to meet the growing travel surge. We’re seeing 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 the 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.
    • Reconfirm everything.
    • 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.
  • Trip Killer Avoidance: Passports & Visas – We keep seeing cases of trips canceling because of expired/soon-to-be expired passports and visas. While meeting COVID requirements is a first stage gate for entry, meeting passport and visa requirements is the next. Request one of our Feasibility Guides for full entry requirements.
  • U.S. Travelers and the EU’s Green Certificate – No updates this week. We’re still waiting on details on how this will be rolled out in July. Until then, each EU country has its own way of validating heath entry information.
  • U.S.-UK Travel Corridor – No updates this week.
  • Easing U.S. and Canada Restrictions – While there has been talk that restrictions may soon begin to ease for non-citizens, nothing official has come out. DHS put out its monthly tweet announcing the extension of land border restrictions to July 21, but it also included a note that it is part of the working group looking to ease restrictions between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
  • 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.

June 17, 2021

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • BIGGEST Movers:
  • Med Reopening Schedule – Most major destinations are open. Just waiting on Italy at this point:
  • Reminder: Secure Med Parking BEFORE Hotels – Don’t book Med-area hotels until you confirm your parking. Most hotels in the Med are non-refundable during peak season. Lock in your aircraft parking first. After that, our Hotels Team can help you secure your best hotel options. Like parking, hotel availability is very competitive.
  • Don’t Forget Passports & Visas Entry Requirements – Don’t get tunnel vision on COVID entry requirements and overlook passport and visa requirements. We’re seeing cases of this happening. They all factor into feasibility for entry. Our destination Feasibility Guides contain all this information for you, which you can request from us at any time.
  • Watch the Customs Procedures – U.S. CBP is still on reduced hours at many airports vs pre-pandemic, so don’t assume an airport that used to have 24-hour customs still does. Similarly, on the int’l front, clearing onboard the aircraft or in the GAT may longer be available. Check with us on the latest.
  • U.S. to be Added to EU’s Green Certificate – EU Members have agreed to lift travel restrictions on the U.S. and a few other named countries in July. Of course, many EU countries have already opened or have announced their opening independently of this. The more interesting piece of this will be to see how processes ease by rolling U.S. travelers into the EU’s digital Green Certificate program.
  • The New Atlantic Charter and U.S.-UK Travel Corridor – While there was some big press on the new Atlantic Charter between the U.S. and UK going into the G-7, not much more came out of it other than a “Task Force” (working group) at this stage. Can has been kicked.
  • Possible Easing U.S. Presidential Proclamations – Related to the above, this Biden Administration announced on June 8 it is forming expert working groups with Canada, the United Kingdom (UK), Mexico and the European Union (EU) to determine how to lift border restrictions. Hopefully we see something from this soon.
  • Rumor Mill: Canadian Quarantine Requirements Changing in July – Again…this all tied to these working groups mentioned above, but nothing official has come out. We’ll report on the latest as we get it.
  • 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.
  • Yesterday’s Ops Webinar Meetup – Watch the video recording here. Lots of good info was shared on the UK, Mediterranean, and US/CAN operating landscapes.

June 10, 2021

Spain & France are OPEN 

Biggest news this week is that both Spain and France have opened up to leisure travel from non-EU countries. Details on entry requirements are below. This was me on a team Zoom call when the news first broke:

In addition…yesterday, we successfully managed the first direct leisure flight into Paris from the U.S. that the city has had in over a year! Our Universal Aviation FBO in Paris was excited to welcome that flight, and everything was reported as smooth sailing.

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • France Opens. Book ASAP. – Vaccinated travelers from non-EU-countries, including the U.S. can now enter for leisure. Proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test are required to avoid quarantine. Details are on our blog. There’s been a HUGE amount of pent-up demand for France, so if you are planning a trip, get your arrangements in NOW.
  • Spain Opens – Travelers from “at-risk” zones, including the U.S. can now enter for any reason. Travelers must provide either proof of vaccination, a negative COVID test, or proof of recovery. Details are on our blog.
  • Coming Soon: Portugal – A Portuguese official has announced that the country plans on allowing fully-vaccinated U.S. tourists to enter as early as next week. Offical details pending.
  • “I’ll Take the EU Sampler Platter” – We’re now seeing a big increase in multi-destination EU trips being planned and booked. Passengers are asking what’s open and picking a smorgasbord of destinations to visit – like they’re ordering off the tapas menu on an empty stomach. Revenge Travel 2021 is in full effect!
  • Shortages: Mediterranean Parking, Hotels & Ground Transportation – Preferred options are very competitive across the Med. Make arrangements ASAP for best options and be flexible.
    • Parking – Get all your Med parking requests in with us ASAP. For Greece, remember that authorities won’t accept any request until 2 weeks prior to arrival. By getting in your request now, Universal Aviation Greece will secure the best option that they can for you as soon as your booking window opens. Just keep in mind that the best available option may not be your preferred.
    • Great Hotels vs. Rewards Programs – Your hotel options will be dictated by where you can secure overnight parking and what hotel rooms are available. In the Med, this often means your best option may not be tied your preferred rewards program. Our Hotels Team has agreements with the big chains and many independents to help you secure a great option with nice perks, no matter where you overnight. However…we strongly recommend staying flexible and not limiting yourself to one chain.
    • Ground Transportation – Limited availability is happening all across the islands. Sign up for a free Drivania account to check vehicle availability and pricing at any destination you’re looking at. Book through your Universal Trip Support team to keep the ground transportation arrangement connected to your Universal-managed trip.
  • EU Green Passport – The eagerly anticipated EU Green Passport is now live in some EU countries for citizens of select EU countries. Details are still being worked out on how it will be extended to citizens of non-EU countries. In the meantime, Reopen Europe has improved its online tool for helping you assess entry requirements into the EU based on your trip scenario.
  • Med Reopening Schedule – June 1 was the official start of the Mediterranean peak season. Here’s the reopening status for the most popular ones:
  • The U.S.-UK Travel Corridor – Airlines have been advocting this for this. Now U.S. President Biden and UK British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have agreed on a new Atlantic Charter to expedite opening up travel between the two countries.
  • Canada to Ease Restrictions on Returning Residents – It looks like Canadians get to enjoy vacation abroad, too. It was announced on Wednesday that fully vaccinated citizens and residents returning to Canada will be exempt from quarantine in early July. The official regulatory update is still pending.
  • Charter Demand Exceed Pre-Pandemic Levels – Charter booking numbers into international destinations are exceeding what they were pre-pandemic. Demand for charter flights into Europe is surging. Similarly, ForwardKeys is reporting that U.S. passengers are willing to pay more for premium seats with more space on commercial flights to Europe.
  • Revenge Travel 2021 KPIs – All of our in-house and market data continues to show pent up and growing demand for summer travel. Internally, we continue to see week-over-week increases all across the board:
    •  Trip Feasibility Guide requests and related-inquires, with top ICAO searches being beach destinations proximal to the U.S., open Med countries, and the UK.
    •  Int’l Trip Cost Estimate requests. – Heavy volume for Europe.
    •  Flight departments with 1st int’l trip planned since March 2020.
    •  Universal-managed int’l trips booked – We had another record-breaking day last week, as well as a record-breaking week. Charter demand is surging.
    •  Int’l trips booked <1 week out – Massive number of last-minute trips for U.S. Memorial Day Weekend.
    •  Int’l trips booked >4 weeks out – Growing confidence in stability of regulations (esp. Europe).
    •  Int’l trips booked >8 weeks out – Notable increase in bookings related to high-traffic events.
    •  Multi-destination int’l trips – Many trips planned for multiple stops across Europe.
    •  EU leisure trips – Now outpacing business purpose trips.
    •  Hotel reservations – Europe #1 this week.
    •  uvGO OFP int’l flight plans calculated by users. Big increase in U.S.-Europe and Europe-Europe calculations.
    •  Trip-related calls & emails logged.
  • 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.
  • Save the Date: Next Ops Webinar Meetup (June 16 @ noon Central) – The focus will be Mediterranean and UK ops. I’ll have the official invite to send you tomorrow.

June 3, 2021

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • The UK Green List Tightens – News just came out that no new countries were added to the UK Green List of safe countries, and the list got smaller with Portugal being removed. The UK is a high-interest destination that many travelers from the U.S, Canada, and EU have been waiting to visit. Unfortunately, quarantine and repeated COVID testing is still required when entering from a non-Green list country, including for UK citizens. Another review of the Green List is expected around June 18.
  • Luton Night Slot Ban (June 1 – Sept. 30) – In somewhat surprising news, London’s Luton Airport announced a new Night Slot Ban is taking effect June 1 through Sept. 30, between the hours of 2200Z to 0600Z. London-Stansted Airport will be the preferred alternative. Read full details on our blog.
  • EU Green Passport – The eagerly anticipated EU Green Passport is now live in some EU countries for citizens of select EU countries. Details are still being worked out on how it will be extended to citizens of non-EU countries.
  • Med Reopening Schedule – June 1 was the official start of the Mediterranean peak season. Here’s the reopening status for the most popular ones:
  • Med Parking & Hotels – Get your requests in ASAP as preferred options are increasingly becoming competitive.
  • EU Corridor Access – Cooridor access is available for travelers who don’t have a direct way in. We recommend consulting with us prior to any mission so that we can help you fully vet your options.
  • FAA Downgrades Mexico – The recent FAA downgrade of Mexico’s aviation safety rating to Cat2 status is creating new challenges for Mexican charter operators trying to operate into the U.S. Our Global Regulatory Services team is providing assistance.
  • Upcoming High-traffic Events – The calendar is populating rapidly with events that draw international traffic like the UEFA EURO Championships (London, June), Cannes Film Festival (French Riviera, July), Milan Furniture Festival (Milan, Sept.), Cannes Yachting Festival (French Riviera, Sept.), Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe (Paris, Oct.), F1’s, fashion weeks, business conferences, major music festivals, etc.
  • ACTION NEEDED: WEF Davos 2022 – While WEF Singapore (Aug) was canceled, the World Economic forum returns to Davos, Jan 17-22. This is an event where operators normally secure parking a whole year in advance. Get your requests in NOW. Don’t be last in line.
  • Revenge Travel 2021 KPIs – All of our in-house and market data continues to show pent up and growing demand for summer travel. Internally, we continue to see week-over-week increases all across the board:
    •  Trip Feasibility Guide requests and related-inquires, with top ICAO searches being beach destinations proximal to the U.S., open Med countries, and the UK.
    •  Int’l Trip Cost Estimate requests. – Heavy volume for Europe.
    •  Flight departments with 1st int’l trip planned since March 2020.
    •  Universal-managed int’l trips booked – Another record week since the pandemic, thanks to U.S. Memorial Day Weekend.
    •  Int’l trips booked <1 week out – Massive number of last-minute trips for U.S. Memorial Day Weekend.
    •  Int’l trips booked >4 weeks out – Growing confidence in stability of regulations (esp. Europe).
    •  Int’l trips booked >8 weeks out – Notable increase in bookings related to high-traffic events.
    •  Hotel reservations – Europe #1 this week.
    •  Requests for Regulatory Services – Lapsed and new blanket permits, BOEs, VWPs, NIWs, etc.
    •  uvGO OFP int’l flight plans calculated by users. Big increase in U.S.-Europe and Europe-Europe calculations.
    •  Trip-related calls & emails logged.
  • 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.

May 26, 2021

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • Med Peak Season Starts Next Week – June is the official start of peak season, and demand is high among both scheduled commercial and private travelers. See our Revenge Travel 2021 KPIs below.
  • Med Reopening Schedule – Most Mediterranean countries have come out publicly with their plans to reopen in time for tourist season, ahead of the EC’s guidance. Here’s a quick synopsis of the most popular ones:
  • Med Parking & Hotels – Get your requests in ASAP. Preferred options are getting competitive for short-notice trips, and trip bookings from June through Sept. are coming in fast. Long-notice charter bookings are also strong this year.
  • EU Corridor Access – More access corridors for certain countries in the EU have opened to travelers who don’t have a direct way in. We recommend consulting with us prior to any mission so that we can help you fully vet your options.
  • The UK’s Restrictions for Crew and Pax – Last week, the UK launched its new Red, Amber, and Green list rules for entering the UK. We’ve summarized the key things you need to know on our blog.
  • Record Season for Yacht Charters – As mentioned last week, the charter yacht market is forecasting this summer to be a record season. The Med (especially eastern), the Caribbean, and Costa Rica will be where the super yachts are positioning. If you’re rolling in Dogecoin and/or plywood, you may be able to afford chartering one of these beast boats that the Robb Report recently highlighted. (In my case… I’m limited to “chartering” some arm floaties at the community pool.)
  • Expired U.S. Passports for Return Travel – CBP issued this bulletin announcing that U.S. citizens holding a U.S. passport that expired on or after January 1, 2020 may still be able to use their expired U.S. passport for direct return travel to the United States until December 31, 2021.
  • ACTION NEEDED: WEF Davos 2022 – While WEF Singapore (Aug) was canceled, the World Economic forum returns to Davos, Jan 17-22. This is an event where operators normally secure parking a whole year in advance. Get your requests in NOW. Don’t be last in line.
  • Revenge Travel 2021 KPIs – All of our in-house and market data continues to show pent up and growing demand for summer travel. Internally, we continue to see week-over-week increases all across the board:
    •  Trip Feasibility Guide requests and related-inquires, with top ICAO searches being beach destinations proximal to the U.S., open Med countries, and the UK.
    •  Int’l Trip Cost Estimate requests. – Heavy volume for Europe.
    •  Flight departments with 1st int’l trip planned since March 2020.
    •  Universal-managed int’l trips booked – Another record week since the pandemic.
    •  Int’l trips booked <1 week out – Massive spike in short-notice trips to open Med countries, especially Greece, Croatia & Cyprus.
    •  Int’l trips booked >4 weeks out – Growing confidence in stability of regulations (esp. Europe).
    •  Int’l trips booked >8 weeks out – Notable increase in bookings related to high-traffic events.
    •  Hotel reservations – Europe #1 this week.
    •  Requests for Regulatory Services – Lapsed and new blanket permits, BOEs, VWPs, NIWs, etc.
    •  uvGO OFP int’l flight plans calculated by users. Big increase in U.S.-Europe and Europe-Europe calculations.
    •  Trip-related calls & emails logged.
  • 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.

May 20, 2021

The EU’s Reopening Gains Momentum

The biggest news this week is that we’re another step closer to the EU fully opening for leisure. Vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and other countries will be welcomed in under the EC’s recommended guidance. Final approval and the official announcement could come within the next week.

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • Mediterranean Reopening Schedule – Most Mediterranean countries have come out publicly with their plans to reopen in time for tourist season, ahead of the EC’s guidance. Here’s a quick synopsis of the most popular ones:
  • UK Reopening Schedule – This week, the UK launched its new Red, Amber, and Green list rules for entering the UK. The U.S., Canada, and most EU countries currently sit on the Amber List, which mean a 10-day quarantine for travelers arriving from these countries, including Brits returning from popular vacation destinations like Spain. With travel season on the horizon and the UEFA EURO 2020 Championship (yes, “2020” vs. “2021”) scheduled to start in June, the UK is under pressure to add more countries to the green (quarantine-free) list. The list is re-evaluated every three weeks, so we expect more news around May 28. Stay tuned.
  • Intra-EU corridors – While we anxiously await the EC’s guidance and how countries will enact it, there are potential travel corridors into Schengen countries that are currently restricting direct travel from third countries (non-Schengen). The process to corridor-in requires first routing through a Schengen country that is open to direct third-country travel, prior to routing to you final destination country. If you are looking for these options, please reach out to us to discuss further.
  • Increasing Demand for Northern EU – Beyond the UK and the Med, we’re seeing a pickup in travel inquires for northern EU countries. Germany just reopened to vaccinated travelers last week, and we’ve immediately seen a jump in summer bookings there.
  • Charter Yacht Market Preps for Record Season – The Robb Report published this insightful article how the charter yacht market is strategizing to take advantage of what is expected to be a record summer, despite the travel restrictions. Some yachts that normally would be heading across the Atlantic are staying back in the Caribbean to maximize booking there. Others are being repositioned to the Eastern Med where countries like Greece and Croatia have less uncertainty right now than France and Spain. And Costa Rica is predicted to be a new hot yacht destination.
  • The Mediterranean Hotel Blitz Continues – Same as last week, bookings through our Hotels Team for June/July trips remains high in anticipation of competition with commercial travel. FYI…We’re a great hotel resource to lean on, and you’ll often get better rates, more amenities, more flexible check-in/out and cancellation options, and access to more room availability than by going direct.
  • Med Parking Requests – Get yours in as soon as schedule is known. We’re seeing a lot of requests coming in for preferred options across the Mediterranean, and the charter folks have been especially active this year in grabbing spots running up through the end of July.
  • Revenge Travel 2021 – All of our in-house and market data continues to show pent up and growing demand for summer travel. Internally, we continue to see week-over-week increases all across the board:
    •  Trip Feasibility Guide requests and related-inquires.
    •  Int’l Trip Cost Estimate requests.
    •  Flight departments with 1st int’l trip planned since March 2020.
    •  Universal-managed int’l trips booked – We just had the busiest weekend day for bookings since the pandemic.
    •  Int’l trips booked >4 weeks out – Confidence in stability of regulations (esp. Europe).
    •  Int’l trips booked >8 weeks out – Same as above.
    •  Hotel reservations – Europe #1 this week.
    •  Requests for Regulatory Services – Lapsed and new blanket permits, VWPs, NIWs, etc.
    •  uvGO OFP int’l flight plans calculated by users.
    •  Trip-related calls & emails logged.
  • REMINDER: Your Tokyo Olympics Parking Preferences – While the IOC is still deciding on whether or not it will allow sponsors/VIPs to attend, Japan CAA wants to gauge aircraft parking demand for the Games. CAA is asking that you apply for parking now. If the IOC decides to allow VIPs, your application is in. If not, they’ll just cancel it. Get with us ASAP.
  • The Vaccine Passport Watch Party 💉🛂🥳 – Germany and New Caledonia joined the party this week. You can track the list of countries adopting some form of a vaccine passport/exemption policy on our blog.

May 13, 2021

We saw a massive jump in trip requests for the Med this week with operators starting to lock in preferred options for summer peak season.

Similarly, scheduled commercial ticket sales to Greece have spiked in response to the country’s reopening, as reported by ForwardKeys. Italy will announce its reopening any day now, and we’re expecting the same.

The BIG TAKEAWAY for this week…START PLANNING NOW to secure what you can (aircraft parking, slots, hotels, etc.). Or…in the case of Greece…get your requests in with us ASAP so we can secure your best options as soon as your 2-week pre-arrival booking window opens.

In yesterday’s webinar on European summer ops (which had >300 attendees), we heard similar advice from our European panel of experts. EBAA Chairman Juergen Wiese was part of that panel, and he had some really informative insights to share. Watch here.

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • Mediterranean Reopening Schedule – Most Mediterranean countries have come out publicly with their plans to reopen in time for tourist season. Here’s a quick synopsis of the most popular ones:
  • The Mediterranean Hotel Blitz – Booking requests through our Hotels Team jumped massively this week with operators securing rooms for trips 4-8 weeks out, versus the <2 week out window that has been the norm during the pandemic. This is in anticipation of competition with commercial travelers for the Med. Just a reminder…through our preferred agreements with many hotel chains and independents, we can often get you better rates, more amenities, more flexible check-in/out and cancellation options, and access to more room availability than by going direct. We’re an awesome hotel resource to lean on. Completely bizav focused.
  • Universal Aviation expands to Mykonos – Universal Aviation Mykonos began ground operations this week. You now have dedicated Universal Aviation staff directly supporting your missions to the island. We’re expecting a very busy summer in Mykonos, which is currently ranked the No. 1 destination seeing a rebound in traffic since the pandemic.
  • Med Parking Requests – OK…this is a copy/paste from last week, but it’s important. Get your Mediterranean parking requests into us as soon as your schedule is known for preferred options. Spain, Southern France, Italy, Croatia, and Turkey can all be booked now. For Greece, parking is booked no more than 2 weeks prior to arrival on a first come/served basis, so we need to be ready to grab you a spot the minute your booking window opens.
  • New UK entry requirements effective May 17 – The UK will have new entry regulations effective May 17. If you come from a country on the green list and haven’t been to a red or amber country in the preceeding 10-day period, then no quarantine is needed. Testing still required. The U.S. is currently on the amber list, which means a 10-day quarantine unless you pay to test out early after day 5.
  • U.S. CDC Approves Home Test for Int’l Arrivals – On May 7, the CDC updated its Order to allow self-administered COVID tests (aka home tests) to qualify for int’l arrivals to the U.S. Note that the CDC has guidance on what home tests will be allowed.
  • Revenge Travel 2021 – All of our in-house and market data continues to show pent up and growing demand for summer travel. Internally, we continue to see week-over-week increases all across the board:
    •  Trip Feasibility Guide requests and related-inquires
    •  Int’l Trip Cost Estimate requests
    •  Flight departments with 1st int’l trip planned since March 2020
    •  Universal-managed int’l trips booked – We saw another record day since the start of the pandemic.
    •  Int’l trips booked >4 weeks out – Confidence in stability of regulations (esp. Europe).
    •  Int’l trips booked >8 weeks out – Same as above.
    •  Requests for Regulatory Services – Lapsed and new blanket permits, VWPs, NIWs, etc.
    •  uvGO OFP int’l flight plans calculated by users
    •  Trip-related calls & emails logged
  • ACTION NEEDED: Your Tokyo Olympics Parking Preferences – While the IOC is still deciding on whether or not it will allow sponsors/VIPs to attend, Japan CAA wants to gauge aircraft parking demand for the Games. CAA is asking that you apply for parking now. If the IOC decides to allow VIPs, your application is in. If not, they’ll just cancel it. Get with us ASAP.
  • Yesterday’s Ops Webinar Meetup – If you missed yesterday’s webinar on European summer ops you can watch it here. EBAA Chairman Juergen Wiese and our experts from Spain, Greece, and Italy shared their insights with the over 300 people in attendance. There is some really good information in here. It’s worth the watch.
  • The Vaccine Passport Watch Party 💉🛂🥳 – The party is just warming up! BVI and Bahrain have arrived. You can track the list of countries adopting some form of a vaccine passport/exemption policy on our blog.

May 7, 2021

  • Extended Hours at London-Northolt – The airport will be extending its M-F operating hours by three hours to 0800-2000L, effective May 17. 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.
  • Mediterranean Reopening Schedule – Most Mediterranean countries have come out publicly with their plans to reopen in time for tourist season. Here’s a quick synopsis of the most popular ones:
  • Unofficial EU Travel Corridors – The opening of Greece and Croatia to leisure and business flights from the U.S and other non-EU countries has now created the possibility of corridor access into other parts of the EU. Consult with us if this is an option you want to explore.
  • Pro Tip: Med Parking Requests – Get your Mediterranean parking requests into us as soon as your schedule is known for preferred options. Spain, Southern France, Italy, Croatia, and Turkey can all be booked now. For Greece, parking is booked no more than 2 weeks prior to arrival on a first come/served basis, so we need to be ready to grab you a spot the minute your booking window opens. Shops and restaurants have started reopening in Greece, and after Greek Easter (May 2) is usually when we see the official summer kick off.
  • Reminder: Greece Charter Blanket Permits Now Available – After shutting down blanket permits for more than a year, Greece is once again accepting applications now that it’s open for tourism. You can read more and get started with yours online.
  • Revenge Travel 2021 – All of our in-house and market data continues to show pent up and growing demand for summer travel. Internally, we continue to see increases all across the board:
    •  Trip Feasibility Guide requests and related-inquires
    •  Int’l Trip Cost Estimate requests
    •  Flight departments with 1st int’l trip planned since March 2020
    •  Universal-managed int’l trips booked
    •  uvGO OFP int’l flight plans calculated by users
    •  Trip-related calls & emails logged
  • India Travel Bans – Many countries, including the U.S., are now enforcing restrictions on travelers from India.
  • ACTION NEEDED: Your Tokyo Olympics Parking Preferences – While the IOC is still deciding on whether or not it will allow sponsors/VIPs to attend, Japan CAA wants to gauge aircraft parking demand for the Games. CAA is asking that you apply for parking now. If the IOC decides to allow VIPs, your application is in. If not, they’ll just cancel it. Get with us ASAP.
  • The Vaccine Passport Watch Party 💉🛂🥳 – The list of countries making it easier for vaccinated travelers continues to grow weekly. This week’s additions include: Denmark (but not for U.S. travelers yet), Serbia, Slovenia (EU only). You can track the list of countries adopting some form of a vaccine passport/exemption policy on our blog.

April 29, 2021

  • Revenge Travel 2021 – All of our in-house and market data continues to show pent up and growing demand for summer travel. Internally, we continue to see increases all across the board:
    •  Trip Feasibility Guide requests
    •  Int’l Trip Cost Estimate requests
    •  Flight departments with 1st int’l trip planned since March 2020
    •  Universal-managed int’l trips booked
    •  uvGO OFP int’l flight plans calculated by users
    •  Trip-related calls & emails logged
  • New U.S CBP Documentation Provided for Arrivals – Part 91 arrivals into the U.S will begin receiving this new document [PDF] with their landing rights packages at select ports. It basically covers roles and responsibilities for both operator and CBP for int’l arrivals. NO ACTION is needed when you get this. It’s just good-to-know info to have in your back pocket.
  • EC Recommends Opening to U.S in June – The European Commission recently confirmed in an interview that it plans to open Europe to vaccinated U.S. travelers in June. The EC is a little late to the party with its recommendations, as many EU countries have already announced their plans.
  • Greece Charter Blanket Permits Now Available – After shutting down blanket permits for more than a year, Greece is once again accepting applications now that it’s open for tourism. You can read more and get started with yours online.
  • Pro Tip: Med Parking Requests – Get your Mediterranean parking requests into us as soon as your schedule is known for preferred options. Spain, Southern France, Italy, Croatia, and Turkey can all be booked now. For Greece, parking is booked no more than 2 weeks prior to arrival on a first come/served basis, so we need to be ready to grab you a spot the minute your booking window opens. Shops and restaurants have started reopening in Greece, and after Greek Easter (May 2) is usually when we see the official summer kick off.
  • ACTION NEEDED: Your Tokyo Olympics Parking Preferences – While the IOC is still deciding on whether or not it will allow sponsors/VIPs to attend, Japan CAA wants to gauge aircraft parking demand for the Games. CAA is asking that you apply for parking now. If the IOC decides to allow VIPs, your application is in. If not, they’ll just cancel it. Get with us ASAP.
  • Pro Tip: Validate/Update Your Ops Profile Info Now – If you haven’t been flying internationally and plan to, don’t wait to update your ops profile info with us. Now is the time to make sure we have all your current documentation, aircraft specs, crew info, comms preferences, etc. before summer peak season is in full swing. You’ll be ready to go when that trip comes in.
  • The Vaccine Passport Watch Party 💉🛂🥳 – The list of countries making it easier for vaccinated travelers continues to rise weekly. This week’s additions include: Barbados, Croatia, Grenada, and Spain. Cyprus expanded theirs by adding the U.S. Ireland eased its mandatory hotel quarantine for vaccinated travelers. You can track the list of countries adopting some form of a vaccine passport/exemption policy on our blog.

April 22, 2021

  • BIG NEWS: The Med Just Opened 🙌 – Greece officially opened to the U.S., EU, and UK this week with NO RESTRICTIONS for vaccinated travelers! Parking requests have already started streaming in. COMING SOON: France told CBS it will start reopening in May, and Spain announced similar plans to begin reopening.
  • Pro Tip: Med Parking Requests – Get your Mediterranean parking requests into us as soon as your schedule is known, as preferred options will be competitive. We’ve had a running 2-week spike now in requests for long term parking in Southern France, Italy, and Spain…which can all be booked now. For Greece, parking is booked no more than 2 weeks prior to arrival on a first come/served basis, so we need to be ready to grab you a spot the minute your booking window opens.
  • More French Islands Open – St. Barts is now open to vaccinated travelers, with preapproval made through your hotel or villa. French Polynesia (Tahiti/Bora Bora/Moorea) is still expected to open May 1. Other French islands remain closed.
  • Revenge Travel 2021 – The pent-up demand for int’l travel continues to trend higher. We’re seeing week-over-week increases in trip feasibility questions and bookings. We’re also seeing a spike in operators who are planning their first major intercontinental trip since the pandemic started. We expect to see these trends continue with Europe and the Mediterranean now starting to reopen to foreign travelers.
  • Pro Tip: Validate/Update Your Ops Profile Info Now – If you haven’t been flying internationally and plan to, don’t wait to update your ops profile info with us. Now is the time to make sure we have all your current documentation, aircraft specs, crew info, comms preferences, etc. before summer peak season is in full swing. You’ll be ready to go when that trip comes in.
  • The Vaccine Passport Watch Party 💉🛂🥳 – More countries such as Anguilla, Bermuda, Greece, the Maldives, St. Barts, and Sri Lanka have made it easier for vaccinated travelers to enter and move about. We’ve also confirmed on a trip we supported this week that Iceland will accept CDC vaccination cards, not just the EEA/EFTA vax cards as stated in the regs. You can track the list of countries adopting some form of a vaccine passport/exemption policy on our blog.
  • BIG NEWS: U.S. Laxes for Foreign Crew – Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department quietly released a buried update allowing National Interest Waivers (NIWs) to be issued to foreign crew seeking entry to the U.S. for the purposes of training or aircraft pickup, delivery, or maintenance – despite their travel history. Crew must have a B-1/B-2, B-1, or M-1 visa, or Visa Waiver Program authorization to qualify. This is a big one many in the business aviation community have been asking for. We have extensive expertise with NIWs and can assist.

April 15, 2021

  • Revenge Travel 2021 – I’m going to start a business selling #RevengeTravel2021 T-shirts because this is how the second half of this year is looking like based on the pent-up demand we continue to see. We’re fielding more trip feasibility requests than we’ve seen since the start of the pandemic, with Europe being the hot ticket this summer.
  • Pro Tip: Mediterranean Parking Requests – Get those requests into us as soon as your schedule is known, as preferred options will be competitive. We are seeing a spike in requests for long term parking in Southern France, followed by Italy and Spain. For Greece, parking is booked no more than 2 weeks prior to arrival on a first come/served basis, so we need to be ready to grab you a spot the minute your booking window opens.
  • EU Green Passport Program – There was more news this week that this continues to move forward with 13 countries now agreeing on the framework of the program. The EU is pushing to have this ready in May for tourist destinations (e.g., Mediterranean) and fully implemented by end of June.
  • The Vaccine Passport Watch Party 💉🛂🥳 – Several new countries such as Iceland and Ecuador have made it easier for vaccinated travelers to enter. Barbados will allow you to bypass quarantine after May 8. You can track the list of countries adopting some form of a vaccine passport/exemption policy on our blog.
  • U.S. Visa Update – U.S. CBP has published a bulletin announcing a variety of U.S. visa holders have been granted blanket national interest exceptions to the current entry restrictions on travelers from suspended regions. Note: B1 and B2 visas are not exempt.
  • 🦗 Crickets on the Big Events – The 2021 World Economic Forum and Tokyo Olympics are rapidly approaching, but authorities remain silent on requirements. Our teams in Singapore and Japan are on top of it, and we’ll let you know as soon as anything is announced.
  • Rumor Mill: Greece Reopening Soon – Greece officially said it would open mid-May, but Reuters is reporting that an unnamed gov’t official said it could open next week to U.S., UK, and EU travelers. Our FBO ground support offices in Greece will be reporting as soon as something official drops.
  • Ireland tightens for U.S./Canada – Ireland announced that anyone entering the country from the U.S. or Canada, or has recently visited or transited either, is required to quarantine for 10-14 days. Quarantining for just length of stay (e.g., 2 nights) is not an option. You’re stuck. Crew are exempt from this new requirement.
  • French Polynesia to Open; Others Close – Good news came this week from French Polynesia, which will be reopening its borders May 1. This puts popular destinations Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea back in the game. On the flip side, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Oman are once again prohibiting foreigners. I’ll take that trade off…This one’s still on my bucket list.
  • Israel loosens – Israel has been another notable mover this week, as it has been pretty much closed for the past year. The country will start allowing a limited number of foreign nationals in for tourism via commercial flights. GA still has to wait.
  • Yesterday’s Zoom Meetup – If you missed yesterday’s webinar, you can watch it on our blog.

April 8, 2021

Restrictions remain mostly stable, with some countries retightening or extending lockdowns in response to outbreaks – everything is basically the same while we wait for vaccination numbers to increase and a major int’l vax pass program to materialize.

We’re continuing to field lots of inquiries for trips to Europe – for both leisure and business flights. The number of planned EU and UK trips in the backlog continues to grow. If you’re considering one, I can help you navigate best options.

More detailed information is available through our Feasibility Guides.


April 1, 2021

  • New US APIS Requirements – All GA travelers are now required to provide additional details, including primary phone number and email address, for contact tracing purposes when coming from Guinea or the DROC in response to Ebola. Scheduled airlines have already been doing this. Airport funneling from these destinations is also in effect. While these destinations aren’t the most popular for GA travel, it’s not unlikely that we could see the APIS data collection portion of this requirement expanded to cover arrivals from more countries (e.g., for contact tracing other diseases). Note that Private and Charter flights will have different processes for complying with this based on how APIS information is currently transmitted for each of these two flight types. Read more about this on our blog.
  • The Vaccine Passport Watch Party 💉🛂🥳 – The list of countries adopting some form of a vaccine passport/exemption policy grew this week, with Cyprus and Thailand joining the club. You can track the running list of these on our blog.
  • Don’t Laminate Your Vaccination Card – While some businesses are offering free lamination services for COVID vaccination cards, we recommend not doing it so that you can add your boosters to your card when you get them. Instead, use a plastic badge sleeve. I think I have a box full of them somewhere from every NBAA tradeshow I attended prior to COVID.
  • Prepare for a Busy Summer Travel Season – The uptick in vaccinations, the influx of stimulus money, and pent-up demand are fueling what the airlines project to be a busy summer travel season for the typical beachy destinations. Plan for congestion and start making arrangements as soon as your schedule is known for best options.
  • 4th Wave vs. EU Travel Demand – Inquiries for travel to Europe remains strong, but it’s just the essential, can’t-wait business flights that are happening now. We’re tracking a growing backlog of planned trips to Europe once restrictions ease and things start to open back up.
  • Get Smart on Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Testing – We’re starting to see LFDs pop up in the regulations for various countries. Watch a 2-min video here on how to take the test. Notably…starting April 6 in the UK, crew on international arrivals will need to start taking (and retaking) these tests for stays of more than 2 days to avoid quarantine.
  • Peak Period Priority Lists – Let me know if you plan on flying into any destinations during these peak periods. Our local offices are maintaining priority lists to secure best options (parking, slots, etc.) as soon as details are available:
    • Mediterranean Summer Peak Season 2021 (late May-Sept 2021) – Spain, French Riviera (which is locked down for 30 days as of March 19), Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey
    • Japan Summer Olympics (July 23-Aug 8, 2021) – While this will be a “no fans” event, Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG) is considering allowing VIPs/sponsors attend.
    • World Economic Forum – Singapore (Aug 17-20, 2021)
    • Beijing Winter Olympics (Feb 4-20, 2022)

 

March 25, 2021

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • Do you fly for a Tokyo Olympics VIP? – While general spectators won’t be attending, the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG) is having ongoing conversations whether VIPs, including sponsors, will be allowed to attend. Universal Aviation Japan is in close discussion with Authorities to stay on top of the latest.
  • Int’l Traffic Demand – Based on trip feasibility inquires we’ve received and trips booked, the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica will continue to dominate the top international destinations for the next two weeks. Inquiries for EU travel remains strong, with many operators waiting to get in. We’re also seeing more feasibility requests coming in for Asia-Pacific – the most since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • ProPilot PRASE Survey – This is the last week to vote in ProPilot’s annual PRASE survey. If you think we’ve done a good job this year for International Trip Planning, or if you have had a good experience at any of our FBOs, please consider voting a 10 for us in the relevant categories. While we don’t put a lot of weight in these trade surveys, they do create nice recognition and celebratory moments for our operational teams when they rank. Fill out the PDF survey online.
  • The Vaccine Passport Watch Party 💉🛂🥳 – The list of countries adopting some form of a vaccine passport/exemption policy grew this week. You can track the running list of these on our blog.
  • Peak Period Priority Lists – Let me know if you plan on flying into any destinations during these peak periods. Our local offices are maintaining priority lists to secure best options (parking, slots, etc.) as soon as details are available:
    • Mediterranean Summer Peak Season 2021 (late May-Sept 2021) – Spain, French Riviera (which is locked down for 30 days as of March 19), Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey
    • Japan Summer Olympics (July 23-Aug 8, 2021)
    • World Economic Forum – Singapore (Aug 17-20, 2021)
    • Beijing Winter Olympics (Feb 4-20, 2022)

 

March 18, 2021

  • ProPilot PRASE Survey – ProPilot is running its annual PRASE survey. If you think we’ve done a good job this year for International Trip Planning, or if you have had a good experience at any of our FBOs, please consider voting a 10 for us in the relevant categories. While we don’t put a lot of weight in these trade surveys, they do create nice recognition and celebratory moments for our operational teams when then rank. Fill out the PDF survey online.
  • Spring Break Travel – This week and next, we’re seeing a lot of flights into the all the expected Spring Break hotspots in the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica.
  • EU Demand – There continues to be pent-up demand for essential travel to Europe. The recent COVID surge in Europe that forced Italy into lockdown hasn’t helped. We’re hopeful the EU will have a clear plan on its digital vaccine passport program soon so that operators can begin planning.
  • French Territories – St. Bart’s and French Polynesia remain closed, despite rumors that they may reopen. These are popular destinations, and many operators are waiting to get in. We’re continuing to monitor.
  • Vaccine Passports – The list of countries adopting some form of a vaccine passport/exemption policy didn’t change much this week. You can track the running list of these on our blog.
  • Peak Period Priority Lists – Let me know if you plan on flying into any destinations during these peak periods. Our local offices are maintaining priority lists to secure best options (parking, slots, etc.) as soon as details are available:
    • Mediterranean Summer Peak Season 2021 (late May-Sept 2021) – Spain, French Riviera, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey
    • Japan Summer Olympics (July 23-Aug 8, 2021)
    • World Economic Forum – Singapore (Aug 17-20, 2021)
    • Beijing Winter Olympics (Feb 4-20, 2022)
  • No Zoom Webinar Meetup Next Week – We’re skipping next week’s webinar due to the conflict with the NBAA Go Leadership Summit. If you have suggestions for topics you’d like to hear about other than restriction updates, please tell us here.

March 11, 2021

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • ProPilot PRASE Survey – ProPilot is running its annual PRASE survey. If you think we’ve done a good job this year for International Trip Planning, or if you have had a good experience at any of our FBOs, please consider voting a 10 for us in teh relevant categories. While we don’t put a lot of weight in these trade surveys, they do create nice recognition and celebratory moments for our operational teams when then rank. Fill out the PDF survey online.
  • Vaccine Passports – The list of countries adopting some form of a vaccine passport/exemption policy is growing. You can track the running list of these on our blog.
  • Recommendation: Test Even if Vaccinated – While some countries are rolling out vaccine passport-esque programs, you should still plan on pre-arrival testing to give you maximum flexibility in case something changes and/or you need to change destinations.
  • Int’l Trip Volume Continues to Rise –
    • Record Numbers – The encouraging trend of rising trip bookings and inquiries continued its upward climb this week. We’re seeing the highest numbers since the start of the pandemic.
    • Plan EU Travel Sooner than Later – It’s becoming clear that there is a glut of pent-up demand for EU travel for both leisure (Mediterranean Peak Season) and essential business (UK, France, Germany). If you have plans to travel to Europe this summer, start those arrangements as soon as you have a date picked. Keep in mind that you’ll also be competing with pent-up demand on the commercial side, which typically gets priority at any airport.
  • BizAv Outlook Survey Results – Thanks for participating in our BizAv Outlook Survey (PDF). Some things you told us:
    • There is some optimism for a return to ≥75% normal int’l flying in July (37%), but a majority of you reported being more bullish for the fall.
    • Only 1/3 of you said passenger health concerns was your #1 trip blocker. Most reported regulatory instability and country accessibility as the major blockers. So basically…you’re ready to fly when the vax pass programs come online.
    • Over 80% of you are planning 1 or more int’l flights between now and July, with Europe and Mexico/Caribbean/Central America being the top regions.
    • Expect some bumps. Everyone in the industry will be challenged by the bounce-back as ground service providers will have to rapidly rehire and retrain staff to accommodate traffic demands, as well as navigate new procedures. Have patience, double check everything, and set expectations with stakeholders.
  • Olympics Double Header – We’re looking at first time we’ve dealt with 2 Olympics back-to-back – the Japan Summer Olympics (July 23-Aug 8, 2021) and Beijing Winter Olympics (Feb 4-20, 2022). Our offices across Japan and in Beijing will be ready to support you. In a normal year, most operators begin planning for these a year in advance. If you plan on going, let me know so I can put you on our priority list to secure your best options for these events as soon as details are published, as well as keep you informed.
  • REMINDER: World Economic Forum – Singapore – The Singapore World Economic Forum takes place Aug 17-20. Parking will be EXTREMELY limited at both airports in Singapore. If you plan on flying in, let me know ASAP. Our Singapore FBO is maintaining a priority list to help you secure your best options for parking as soon as details are released.
  • Yesterday’s Zoom Meetup – If you missed yesterday’s COVID ops webinar meetup, you can watch it here. We had over 250 poeple on the call, and a lot of great insights were shared.

March 4, 2021

  • Vaccine Passports – Lots of news and intel on various vaccine passport initiatives in play:
    • There have been various reports on the progress of IATA’s Travel Pass Initiative, set to launch this month. However, as mentioned last week, GA was not considered when putting this program together. We’re all over this with IBAC, NBAA, and other GA advocates and will keep you posted.
    • EU officials estimate its “Digital Green Pass” will take three months to implement, just in time for the Mediterranean peak travel season.
    • EU Nations including Denmark, Greece, Italy and Portugal are not waiting for the EU and are forging ahead more quickly with plans for their own vaccine passport programs. Slovakia already has theirs active. Note several of these are Med hot spots for tourism.
    • Chinese officials have announced that they are considering a digital vaccine passport.
    • Some smaller countries like Seychelles and Belize already have theirs.
  • Singapore’s New Business Travel Option – The Connect@Singapore initiative finally went into effect this week for select travelers of business, official, and high economic value. Check out pics.
  • March/April Int’l Trip Volume ▲ – We continue to see a rise in travel bookings and inquires for March and April. We’re also seeing more bookings for dates longer out…a great sign for growing optimism among operators.
  • Our Feasibility Guides Now Include COVID Testing Providers – You can now find testing site information for over 470 ICAOs and 1,000 individual testing sites included in our Feasibility Guides. Let me know if you need one for a destination of interest.
  • BizAv Outlook Survey – Thanks if you were able to take last week’s BizAv Outlook Survey. We’re keeping it open a few more days if you want to contribe and haven’t yet. Take the 5-min survey here. We’re compiling the results and will share next week.
  • UPDATE: 2020 Tokyo Olympics – Universal Aviation Japan is reporting that the gov’t is considering having a NO FANS games. We’re staying on top of this and will report the latest as we have it.
  • REMINDER: World Economic Forum – Singapore – The Singapore World Economic Forum takes place Aug 17-20. Parking will be EXTREMELY limited at both airports in Singapore. If you plan on flying in, let me know ASAP. Our Singapore FBO is maintaining a priority list to help you secure your best options for parking as soon as details are released.

Feb. 25, 2021

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • Vaccine Passports – We’re also receiving a TON of inquiries on vaccine passports. While there isn’t widespread adoption of vaccine entry exemptions by countries yet, IATA is working on its Travel Pass initiative which is reported to launch next month. A BIG HOWEVER is that IATA’s program is NOT being written for GA. We’re all over this with IBAC, NBAA, and other GA advocates and will keep you posted.
  • Trip Volumes Picking Up. So is Booking Further Out. – Leisure travel to the beachy places that have been open remains strong, and now we’re seeing bookings and inquiries for business purpose flights pick back up. Also notable is more operators are booking flights further in advance vs. short notice – a good sign that there is increasing optimism for travel stability.
  • No Major Change in Int’l Restrictions. Domestic Enforcement Up. – On a macro level, int’l entry restrictions haven’t changed much in recent weeks. However, more countries are re enforcing their domestic measures, threatening fines and jail time for those who break quarantine and mask mandates.
  • No Crew Exemptions for “Dirty” Countries – Crew exiting “dirty” countries with mutated COVID strains should double check the requirements of the country they’re entering, as many countries have eliminated crew exemptions in these scenarios. We’re also seeing fewer total bans of entrants from dirty countries in favor of just more stringent testing and quarantine requirements.
  • Europe Back in Focus – With Mediterranean peak season coming up soon, there’s a renewed interest in European travel both for leisure and essential business in the May-June timeframe. As we have locations all across the Med, we’ll be ready to support you.
  • REMINDER: World Economic Forum – Singapore – The Singapore World Economic Forum takes place Aug 17-20. Parking will be EXTREMELY limited at both airports in Singapore. If you plan on flying in, let me know ASAP. Our Singapore FBO is maintaining a priority list to help you secure your best options for parking as soon as details are released.
  • REMINDER: Recurrent Training and PDP CAM Credits – We’re hosting an upcoming 2-day virtual scheduling and dispatch recurrent training course on March 9-10. This is the same course we’ve hosted at the NBAA SDC Convention, and it counts toward NBAA CAM credits. It’s super interactive, and everyone who takes it loves it. Learn more and enroll online.

Feb. 11, 2021

  • International Viral/PCR Testing – There’s been a lot of demand for a global database of COVID viral testing providers, so we decided to build it. We’ll soon have providers identified in over 350 top destinations. You’ll find this information in our Feasibility Guides which you can request from your Universal Trip Support team.
  • Possible U.S. Quarantine Rules – No news is good news. The fact that nothing has been released yet, while other requirements like mask mandates were quickly announced, could be a positive sign. We’re continuing to watch for anything new.
  • COVID Testing for Relief Crew on Airlines – This continues to be a hot question. Technically, relief crew are active crew and, thus, exempt. NBAA has suggested this template letter that active crew could present to the airlines to be exempted. However, it’s our opinion that doing the testing is a less risky, more straightforward option than trying to get exemption authorization from airlines – and reports from other operators on yesterday’s meetup confirmed the same.
  • FAA: “I got your back, CDC.” – Read the new FAA NOTAM reinforcing the CDC order.
  • Don’t **** with the UK – To crackdown on travelers trying to cheat the system, the UK is now imposing jail time of up to 10 years for travelers who lie about their travel history. Don’t MESS with the UK.
  • Closed: Ireland-France Corridor The French government has issued this notice that travelers from the Ireland and other European Area (EA) countries who have been in a non-EA country within the previous 30 days must follow procedures applicable to arrivals from non EA countries. While this is not reflected in the NOTAM for France, it shuts the door on the popular Ireland-France corridor.
  • Travel to Beachy Destinations Remains Strong – We normally see a bit of lull in beach destination travel in February, but that hasn’t been the case this year. We’re seeing a healthy amount of traffic and interest for Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and Maldives.
  • ALERT: World Economic Forum – Singapore – The Singapore World Economic Forum takes place Aug 17-20. Parking will be EXTREMELY limited at both airports in Singapore. If you plan on flying in, let me know ASAP. Our Singapore FBO is maintaining a priority list to help you secure your best options for parking as soon as details are released.
  • Recurrent Training and PDP CAM Credits – We’re hosting an upcoming 2-day virtual scheduling and dispatch recurrent training course on March 9-10. This is the same course we’ve hosted at the NBAA SDC Convention, and it counts toward NBAA CAM credits. It’s super interactive, and everyone who takes it loves it. Learn more and enroll online.
  • Yesterday’s Ops Webinar Meetup – There were almost 300 people on yesterday’s Zoom call. If you missed it, you can watch it here.

Feb. 4, 2021

  • Canada’s New Entry Restrictions & Quarantine – Canada announced tighter entry restrictions including airport funneling and a mandatory 3-day quarantine at a gov’t sanctioned hotel. Funneling into YVR/YYC/YYC/YUL went into effect today (tech stops exempt). Implementation date for the 3-day quarantine mandate is still TBD. See more in the Canada section below.
  • New Pending/Probable U.S. Quarantine Rules – Like Tom Petty once said, waiting is the hardest part…but that’s where we’re at right now. HHS, TSA and FAA are due to provide the Biden administration their recommendations for implementing a mandatory quarantine on arrival today. We’re not sure if those recommendations will be made public, and there is no news as to when we might see a new Presidential Proclamation. We’re watching and waiting. 👀 ⌛
  • More Tightening en Français – France has shut down entry from any non-EU country. Additionally, its overseas territories including Miquelon, French Caribbean, French Guiana, and French Polynesia are implementing similar restrictions.
  • European Corridors – More corridors have recently closed due to tightening, but some remain open with the right pressure testing. For example, U.S. operators can still enter France via an overnight in Ireland, but via Germany is no longer an option.
  • Vaccine Passport Update – IATA is now pushing for exemptions for vaccinated travelers. Denmark has just announced its program. We really hope to see something similar in the whatever the U.S. quarantine requirements end up being.
  • ⚠️ ALERT: World Economic Forum – Singapore – News broke yesterday that the World Economic Forum is pushing from May to Aug 17-20. Regardless of the date, parking will be EXTREMELY limited at both airports in Singapore. If you plan on flying in, let me know ASAP. Our Singapore FBO is maintaining a priority list to help you secure your best options for parking as soon as details are released.

Jan. 28, 2021

HOTTEST TOPIC: New U.S. CDC Testing Requirements – Effective Jan 26

There have been A TON of questions regarding the new CDC testing requirements. We’ve done our best to answer all these FAQs on our blog and in yesterday’s COVID webinar meetup.

Here are the three main things we’re asked:

  1. Myth or Fact? The CDC’s new Quarantine Requirement – Myth…it doesn’t exist. CDC guidelines RECOMMEND quarantine; they don’t mandate it. CDC spokespeople have confirmed the same. While a new Presidential Proclamation concerning quarantine on arrival is likely, details and possible exemptions (e.g., vaccine passports) are still TBD.
  2. ACTIVE CREW and Exemption Scenarios – While Deadhead Crew can technically be exempted, if you are positioning crew via a commercial carrier, you should still plan on testing (for practical purposes) vs. trying to prove your exemption case to the gate agent. Also…don’t try to sneak passengers or spouses as crew when they aren’t….not good. You can find the full definition of ACTIVE CREW and some analysis on the various exemption scenarios that we’ve been asked about on our website.
  3. Getting Sick Abroad – In our interpretation, you cannot return on a normal flight. You would either have to stay there until you recover or come home on an air ambulance flight, with a lot of paperwork involved. The CDC has provided interim guidance for transporting individuals with COVID exposure into the U.S.

Other Trends, News, & Insights –

  • ⚠️ ALERT: World Economic Forum – Singapore – This event is coming up fast. While many details are still pending, parking is EXTREMELY limited at both airports in Singapore. Many aircraft will likely need to reposition to neighboring countries. If you plan on flying in, let me know ASAP. I’ll put you on a priority list that our Singapore FBO is maintaining to help you secure your best options as soon as details are known.
  • U.S. Entry Restrictions Continue and Expand – The Biden Administration has reinstated the U.S. travel restrictions on all non-U.S. travelers who have been in Brazil and most EU countries, including the UK and Ireland. South Africa gets added started Jan. 30.
  • Stricter Testing and More Quarantines, Globally – In response to the variant strains of COVID, some countries are starting to reduce their validity windows for pre-arrival testing. New mandatory quarantines on arrival have been announced for Barbados, St. Vincent & Grenadines and Tunisia.
  • Bans on Travelers from Mutant Strain Hotspots – Similar to above, many countries are implementing bans on travelers from where there are mutant strain outbreaks, including UK, Brazil, and South Africa – along with neighboring countries as well.
  • UK’s Mandatory Quarantine List – The UK is continuing to impose more restrictions as it battles the surge of infections from the mutant strain. The latest is a mandatory 10-day hotel curfew for international arrivals from 30 “red” countries.
  • Early Adopters: Vaccine Passports – Iceland has removed quarantine requirements for vaccinated travelers, and a few other countries have added “vaccine” language into their restrictions.
  • Easier CDC Attestation Forms – We’re now providing these automatically, pre-populated with your leg and passenger information, on Universal-managed trips where we’re handling your inbound U.S. Customs. Free.
  • Int’l Viral Testing Locations – We’re working aggressively across our Universal Aviation and third-party ground handlers at top destinations to have viral testing providers that you can rely on. A majority of our locations already do. Work with your Universal Trip Support team for details.
  • Easier Middle East Ops – Unrelated to COVID, but good news regardless. As of this month, flights can now operate directly between Qatar and UAE or Saudi Arabia. These routes haven’t been available for years.
  • Reminder: New Feasibility Guide – Starting tomorrow, you’ll receive one of these Feasibility Guides automatically with your Universal-managed trips to provide you better destination intelligence before you land. You can also request one for your self-managed/DIY trips for $10 per airport.

Jan. 21, 2021

  • What’s the CDC’s definition of ACTIVE CREW? – Short answer…we’re still trying to find out. We/Universal, NBAA, and NATA all are trying to get a clear answer from the CDC. The terminology ACTIVE CREW and FLIGHT CREW are not wholly defined in the Order, FAQ, or guidance on the CDC website to address common business aviation crew scenarios. This article on our blog has a running list of FAQs that we’re updating regularly, as well as links to what the CDC has published.
  • Can Universal provide Attestation forms? – Our plan is to start providing these to you automatically, pre-populated with leg and passenger information, on Universal-managed trips where we’re handling your inbound U.S. Customs. We’re still dotting i’s and crossing t’s with our Legal and Compliance teams, but we’re optimistic that we’ll be able to provide these to you starting Jan. 26.
  • U.S. Presidential Proclamation Whiplash – Monday night, the Trump Administration issued a surprise proclamation terminating entry restrictions on certain travelers from the Schengen area, UK/Ireland and Brazil, effective Jan. 26. Within an hour, Biden’s aides quickly went to press saying it wouldn’t last. While it’s highly probably the Biden Administration will officially reverse this, Trump’s last proclamation is still set to go into effect Jan 26. We’re watching this closely…it could change any minute.
  • Hawaii Rules vs. CDC Order – If you’re planning a mission to Hawaii, make sure to use one of Hawaii’s approved testing providers, as the state’s requirements are more stringent than the new CDC order.
  • No Más: UK Quarantine Exemptions – As the mutated virus rages on, all UK safe-travel corridors and quarantine exemptions have been rendered null and void. See the UK section below for details.
  • EU-ETS + Brexit = UK ETS – Yup. Another emissions reporting scheme now applies as a result of Brexit – UK-ETS. Our Global Regulatory experts held a web meetup yesterday covering what you need to know for this and all things emissions in 2021. You can watch the video playback here. If you need help with your emissions monitoring and reporting, we can make this easy for you. Let me know or contact our Global Regulatory team directly.
  • Our New Feasibility Guide is Your Friend – Starting Jan. 29, you’ll start getting one of these Feasibility Guides automatically with your Universal-managed trips. It’s got A TON of great info to help you navigate all these COVID restrictions in detail and a lot of additional destination intelligence for your missions. It’s actually pulling from the same database I use to put together these updates. You’ll also be able to request a Feasibility Guide for your self-managed/DIY trips for $10 per airport.

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Jan. 14, 2021

  • CDC – Here is the CDC’s webpage on this. Make sure you’ve read through the Order, the Passenger Attestation (gov’t speak for “Declaration Form”, which you need to retain for 2 years), and the FAQ.
  • Our Blog and FAQs – We’ve published this article on our blog with our summary on this regulation (looking at it through a GA lens), as well as a running list of the FAQs we’ve received. We’re going to keep building on this as new FAQs come in. For answers that are still unknown, our Global Regulatory Services team is reaching out to the CDC for answers.
  • Yesterday’s Webinar Meetup – There were over 400 people on the Zoom call, and this new CDC requirement was the major focus. We talked about how this will apply to GA, questions that operators have, and gaps in the regulation that need to be clarified. The chat and Q&A was super active. You can watch/share the recording here.
  • COVID Testing Providers Abroad – Many of our own Universal Aviation FBO locations already have solutions in place, and we’re working across our global network of preferred third-party handlers to get answers on how they can support your pre-departure testing needs.
  • Best Practice Poll: How will YOU implement this new reg? – I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you see yourself most efficiently implementing this new CDC requirement in your operation. I’ll share what I hear from others as well.

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Jan. 7, 2021

Trends, Insights & Other News 

  • U.S. CDC’s New Testing Requirements for Entry – The U.S. CDC recently issued guidance requiring ANYONE entering the U.S. from the UK via an AIRLINE to have proof of a negative COVID test. Our Global Regulatory Services team has confirmed that the requirement currently only applies to airline travel from the UK. Some industry sources are reporting that this will soon apply to GA for all international arrivals from the UK, but the regulation does not say that today. However, aligned with CDC recommendations, it’s always best practice to have proof of a recent negative test prior to any international travel. See the full CDC airline testing order for more details and what is considered a valid test. We will advise of any updates to this as official guidance is released. Note: Universal Aviation UK can help with arranging a pre-departure test in the UK.
  • Mutant COVID 🧟 = More Tightening – The mutated and more highly contagious strain of COVID first identified in the UK has triggered a global tightening of restrictions. The UK, formerly a great jumping off point for potential missions to Europe, is no longer a viable option as a significant number of countries in Europe and globally have instituted UK travel bans. We’re tracking a list of these countries on our blog. If you do travel to the UK (e.g., for business purposes), you’ll be under a hard lockdown until at least mid-February.
  • BREXIT – While the UK and the EU concluded a trade deal shortly before the Dec 31 deadline, there are still changes and unknowns impacting GA travel:
    • Aircraft Importation – We are still awaiting some clarity on the importation status of aircraft previously imported into the EU via the UK to gain free circulation. We recommend you speak with legal counsel should you have concerns about the importation status of your aircraft.
    • Charter Permits – The UK and individual EU member states are now negotiating traffic rights between the nationals carriers and UK carriers. This may result in different traffic rights from one country to another based on reciprocal arrangements. Details remain fluid.
    • Pet Travel – UK pet passports will no longer be replaced when they expire. We recommend anyone who uses a UK pet passport to consider getting an EU passport for their cat, dog, or ferret.
  • Are COVID immunity passports in our future? – There is increasing chatter regarding how COVID immunity passports may impact entry restrictions and quarantine requirements. In the U.S., everyone who has received a COVID vaccine has been issued a vaccination card showing proof they’ve been inoculated. Travelers to certain African countries are already familiar with the yellow fever cards required for entry. We’ll be watching to see if countries issue similar requirements for COVID. This article has some interesting info on the topic.
  • Now at London’s Most Central Airport – As of this week, Universal Aviation UK is now managing the VIP GAT at London’s RAF Northolt Airport. This is a great, secure option for accessing central London — both now during the pandemic, and in the future when restrictions loosen up and normal London-area congestion returns.
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