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Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on business aviation

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IMPORTANT: The impact of the global COVID-19 epidemic 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.


COVID-19 Restriction Trends

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.
  • Scroll to the end of this article for detailed country restrictions.

December 10, 2020

  • December’s Traffic Continues to be Strong – We’re still seeing growing demand for holiday travel, and December has been the strongest month for international GA traffic since the pandemic hit. The same beachy places I’ve been reporting are the most popular: Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, Maldives, and French Polynesia/Tahiti/Bora Bora. Parking and hotels continue to fill.
  • Caribbean via TIST – We have a new preferred ground handler at St. Thomas, Standard Aviation. They have an amazing facility with a 24k sq. ft. hangar, and they provide inter-island transfers via their own helicopter operation or fixed-wing charter. A PC-12 to St. Barth is ~35 min. This could be a good option if you are looking at different ways to access the Caribbean.
  • Restrictions Remain Stable 👍 – At a macro level, mostly everything continues to look pretty stable for getting in and out for holiday travel. You should be comfortable locking in plans, and you should DEFINITELY be putting in requests now if considering a trip…demand is strong.
  • Notable Movers this Week –
  • World Economic Forum moving to Singapore – For only the second time in its 50-year history, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting will be hosted outside of Davos for safety purposes, in Singapore on May 13-16, 2021. WEF is normally a super congested event, so we’re going to be working closely with our FBO in Singapore to provide updates as soon as details are known.
  • Insurance with COVID Waiver – On your insurance, in addition to having documented coverage for COVID-related illness, many countries want to see coverage specifically for their country. If you have destinations planned, get them added to your policy so that you can show proof.
  • COVID Vaccine Delivery Flights – In the coming year, we anticipate that many business aircraft operators will be donating use of their aircraft to help transport the vaccine where it’s needed most. If you’re considering such a mission, Universal is donating pre-trip feasibility and consulting services to help you plan your best path to mission success.

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December 3, 2020

  • Strong Traffic Demand for December – The last-minute BLITZ for holiday travel planning is ON, and it’s a race to secure your best options. All the places I’ve been reporting – Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Maldives – dominate in popularity. Parking and hotels in these areas continue to fill. French Polynesia/Tahiti has also been getting more interest since it’s open.
  • Notable Movers this Week – BVI and Oman have opened for leisure. Kauai (Hawaii) is mandating a quarantine at a residence or resort, despite the state’s pretesting exemption program. Various countries in Europe with lockdowns in effect have let those expire, allowing some businesses to reopen and easier movement within those countries.
  • CDC’s Reduced Quarantine Time ≠ Regulatory Change (Yet) – While the CDC is now issuing new guidance for a reduced quarantine time of less than 14-days, it’s too soon to know if or when this will manifest in the U.S. Presidential Proclamations. For now, no change.
  • Watch the Local Curfews – While many places are open without a full-blown quarantine requirement, be mindful of local curfews. Night and weekend curfews are common.
  • Insurance with COVID Waiver – Before you travel, make sure your insurance specifically covers COVID-related illness. More and more int’l destinations want to see it, so its easier to get this in writing from your health insurance provider sooner than later if you plan travel.

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November 19, 2020

Trends

  • Holiday Travel Planning Just Accelerated – We saw a BIG spike this week in trip feasibility requests and bookings for both Nov. and Dec. leisure travel. Most operators are looking for easy destinations in and out, with low risk of locking down like we saw with the first wave. Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, Dubai and Maldives continue to dominate the list.
  • Get Your BOE Now – U.S. operators traveling south for the holidays should be taking advantage of the CBP’s BOE program to avoid having to make an extra stop when returning home. Average processing time with CBP is about 2 weeks now, but turnaround time is expected to slow starting next week (holiday PTO). A BOE is good for 2 years, and it greatly increases your operational flexibility. We recommend getting your applications in now to avoid issues…we are adept at expediting. (Note: Non-U.S. operators can also leverage this program for ops into the U.S.)
  • Schedule Your COVID Tests ASAP – We’re hearing accounts of operators having to cancel travel plans because their passengers can’t get a COVID test in time. Schedule your lab appointments now. It’s way easier to cancel last minute than to find a last-minute testing slot. For Hawaii, remember that you must use one of the designated testing providers.
  • Parking is Filling Up Everywhere – I mentioned last week that VRMM/Maldives was full. Universal Aviation Maldives can still get you overnight options at VRMG and VRMV. Now we’re seeing that the Caribbean is filling up fast. Costa Rica and Mexico are also tracking high. Work with us ASAP to secure your best options.
  • Sold Out Hotels 🤬 – Same as above. Preferred hotels/resorts are filling up – especially ones with the most roaming space and on-property amenities. Get your reservations in now. Remember that we have a Hotel Services Team that you can lean on for help. We have contracts with a lot of hotels and chains – sometimes giving us access to rooms others can’t get, as well as extra benefits specifically for crew.
  • Option: Brazil? – COVID cases spiked during the Brazilian “winter” in August and have trended downward since. While overall COVID cases remain high, we are seeing some growing interest in holiday trips for the Brazilian summer, which starts in December. Brazil is wide open. Operationally speaking, it can be a good holiday option, and there are some beautiful beach destinations where you can remain socially distant. We have offices all across Brazil that can support you on the ground.
  • Holiday Travel Promotion – Remember that we are running this promotion to simplify your holiday ops, help you avoid any issues, and save you some $$. Take advantage if you can.
  • Traffic Interest & Demand – Besides the holiday travel hotspots, we continue to see growing interest in Asia; however, accessibility into much of the region remains limited. More details are in the Asia-Pacific section below. Demand for flights into Europe is decreasing which is to be expected with the increasing lockdowns combined with the shift away from business travel to leisure for this time of year.
  • Lightening in Warm Areas; Tightening in Cold Ones – More lockdowns have been announced for Europe. On the other hand, more countries are easing restrictions in South America and Africa. Notably, Paraguay is now accessible without quarantine, and Chile opens Nov. 23.
  • Plan Tech Stops Carefully – If you transport non-U.S. nationals, remember that U.S. Proclamations count tech steps as part of your travel history. If you need to tech stop in Europe, you can keep your travel history clean by using Croatia (which is a non-Schengen/non-suspended country) or another non-suspended country.
  • Risk Mitigation: The U.S. STEP Program – STEP 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 is now offering an optional, turnkey STEP Registration Service for your trips with us. Let me know if you’d be interested in us doing this for you, and I’ll connect you with our regulatory experts to discuss.
  • Next COVID Webinar Meetup x VBACE – We’ll be hosting our next COVID webinar after Thanksgiving in our virtual booth at the NBAA VBACE Convention (Dec. 2-3). 

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November 12, 2020

Trends & Insights 

  • 2nd-Wave Restrictions: So Far, So Good – Despite seeing new restrictions being implemented in response to the 2nd COVID wave, most continue to be in the form of increased specificity and/or local lockdowns, not major entry restrictions. China is the notable exception, as it just tightened entry requirements for business purpose flights.
  • Traffic Demand – It’s the same trend I’ve been reporting…Business purpose flights into Europe and holiday travel to beach getaways is where much of the interest in international travel is focused right now. More operators are also expressing interest in Asia as the region steadily continues to loosen.
  • End-of-year Holiday Travel – Hawaii, Puerto Rico, UVSI, the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, Maldives, and Dubai are the dominant hot spots since restrictions are light. Plan your trips sooner than later for best options. Take advantage of this promotion if you can.
  • Filling up: Maldives – As one of the best options for holiday travel in Asia this year, demand is very high. Universal Aviation Maldives is reporting that overnight parking at VRMM is already completely booked Dec 24 – Jan 6. However, you can still drop-n-go and overnight at VRMG or VRMV. Let me know if you’re considering a trip here.
  • COVID Aircraft Disinfection – More countries are requiring proof of this on arrival. We’re also hearing reports from operators that they’ve been asked to provide documentation showing when the aircraft was last sanitized, although it’s not specifically stated in the restrictions. Bangladesh, Egypt, Mali, Nicaragua, Thailand, Ukraine, and Tanzania are confirmed locations with the requirement that we are aware of. Please share if you’ve encountered others.

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November 5, 2020

Trends & Insights 

  • EU lockdowns are not flight restrictions. – Sure, no pubs or theaters…But if you need to get in for business purposes, restrictions haven’t changed, and hotels are generally available for non-leisure. You may be racking up more points than usual on room service charges for meals.
  • Permission to walkabout – Certain cities in Greece have been requiring that you get permission (via SMS) before leaving your residence. Now France requires that you get permission and carry around this certificate.
  • COVID Aircraft Sanitization – This question came up on the meetup yesterday. So far, only Egypt and Nicaragua have this requirement that we are aware of. I can provide a sample sanitization certificate if you need it.
  • Holiday Travel – We continue to see week over week increases in inquiries and bookings for Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Restrictions are also light in Dubai and Maldives, and we’re seeing solid interest there for the holidays.
  • Hawaii Crew Testing Exemption – We’ve heard from some crew that they’ve been able to get an exemption on arrival to bypass Hawaii’s pre-testing requirement (i.e., no quarantine without a test). After speaking with local handlers, we’re recommending you get the COVID test if you can, but if you can’t, it looks like you can get around quarantine for a short-term stay or until you can get a test.
  • Brexit Cometh – Ok…not COVID-related, but it’s a hot topic. Our team in the UK has put together a good summary on how Brexit may impact our industry. Think CIQ, charter permits, aircraft importation, pet passports, etc. It’s worth a quick read.

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October 29, 2020

  • Canada removed from EC Safe List – Late last week, the EC updated its recommended “Safe List” for the first time in months, removing Canada, Georgia and Tunisia and adding Singapore.This remains merely the EC’s recommendation, not law. Any flight carrying Canadian passengers to an EU country will need to be more closely vetted, as each country will enact its own unique requirements.
  • More Asia-Pacific Easing – India has resumed issuing most types of visas (not tourism) and is accessible for business travel. Philippines will be accessible Nov. 1 for leisure.
  • More Caribbean Easing – Bahamas drops the mandatory quarantine Nov 1. Cayman’s 14-day quarantine can be reduced to just length of stay (at a beautiful villa). St. Kitts & Nevis open Oct 31 if you are OK staying at the resort hotel for the first 7 days of your visit.
  • Holiday Travel Hotspots – The Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Maldives continue to be popular destinations for the upcoming holiday season due to their accessibility. We’re also starting to see more interest in UAE/Dubai among European travelers.
  • Hawaii x Canada – Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program names specific providers they’ll allow you to use. While there are some major lab networks on this list, accessibility has been limited for Japanese and Canadians. Hawaii just approved a list of Japanese labs, but Canada is still waiting. Making a stop in mainland U.S. to get the test before proceeding to Hawaii has been the workaround.
  • U.S. Visa Delays – Non-U.S. nationals needing to enter the U.S. should start their visa applications/renewals sooner than later. We’ve heard multiple accounts of U.S. Embassies in various countries being slow to process these.
  • Crew Rest Option: Sri Lanka – The country remains closed, but it’s accessible for crew rest. Just quarantine overnight at the hotel. If you’re looking for something in the region, this is a good option.

Reminder – Remember that these regulations are constantly changing, highly-nuanced, and specific to each flight scenario – often requiring a lot of pressure testing.

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October 22, 2020

Popular Topic: Sick Pax Onboard – On the international missions we are supporting, a growing number of flight departments have asked us for help with WHAT IF scenario analyses on what do if a passenger begins showing COVID symptoms for the particular trip leg being flown.

Many countries, especially those in Europe, have procedures specified in their regulations for this, but others do not. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend always contacting us, your handler, or local authorities at your destination if this happens. And of course, take preventative steps by following your own screening processes prior to allowing passengers onboard your aircraft.

Trends & Insights 

  • Europe Still Accessible – Despite rising COVID cases across Europe, accessibility into Europe has not significantly changed. There are still a good number of flights getting in and out carrying non-EU foreign nationals. The access corridors shuffle around occasionally, but they can often be successful navigated if you are flexible. At some destinations, local restaurants/bars/shops have (once again) reduced capacity or have shut down.
  • Demand Hotspots – Same as last week. Europe, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America continue to be really popular. Within our own operation, we are supporting a lot of missions into these regions, as well as performing a lot of trip feasibility assessments for operators wanting to access these destinations.
  • Prediction 🔮: Pre-Departure Testing – In addition to pre-/on-arrival COVID testing, some countries are starting to also implement pre-departure testing. Our experts predict that we will probably see more of this.

Help us help YOU: Holiday Travel – Based on what we are hearing from operators, there is going to be a big short-notice rush for holiday travel over the November/December timeframe. Everyone is just waiting to see what the restrictions look like before they lock in a plan.

If you have destinations you are considering, please let me know. We are going to be working closely with ground handlers at popular destinations to make sure that we have the latest restriction info in hand for when the requests start coming in AND that the handlers themselves are ready for the influx.

Advice: Please continue checking with us prior to travel – There was a recent situation where an operator attempted to do a trip into Europe without performing full due diligence. The operator had a business invitation letter but missed other requirements. The result: denial of entry and last-minute calls to us for help.

Reminder: These regulations are constantly changing, highly-nuanced, and specific to each flight scenario (who’s onboard, where have they been, documentation in hand, etc.). Websites alone are not dependable sources, and if you call two ground handlers on the field, you may get two different answers.

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October 15, 2020

#1 Question This Week: A Holiday Free of Restrictions –

It’s not normal that operators come to us for trip support questions without a destination in mind, but that’s exactly what’s happening now that stores are packed with Halloween stuff and holiday vacation planning is near the top everyone’s mind. We’re seeing a lot of demand for Nov./Dec. getaways, and people are itching to go wherever.

“Where can I go for the holidays with minimal restrictions? Anywhere.” And it’s being asked a lot.

Hawaii, USVI, parts of the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, Maldives, French Polynesia, and Turkey are all great leisure options. Possibly London as well (see below).

Rumor Mill: NYC-London Corridor –

We’re also getting a lot of questions about the reciprocal, quarantine-free corridor between the UK and U.S. that’s rumored to happen before Christmas. Right now, we don’t have much information. It’s our guess that we won’t know anything for sure until after the U.S. Presidential Election.

Obviously, our teams on both sides of the Atlantic are watching this closely, and I’ll keep you informed on the latest rumblings.

Pro Tip 2020: Passport renewals
A thoughtful customer asked us to share this one, and we’ve heard the same from others. Passport renewals for some countries, especially the U.S., are taking FOR-EV-ER to process right now…even if you pay for rush.

Many countries require a 3-to-6-month passport validity to enter—making these renewal delays a real trip killer.

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October 9, 2020

Trends

  • Japan– Our team in Japan has confirmed with local authorities that the country will now accept foreign nationals coming to Japan for business purposes. There are a number of prerequisites (PCR test, invitation letter, visa, etc.) and, unfortunately, there is still a 14-quarantine at a hotel or residence.
  • The Corridor Shuffle – More countries in the EU are mimicking the UK model – watching the latest reported COVID infection numbers and rapidly adjusting which countries they are restricting. As a result, access corridors are continually evolving but are still very usable as long as you can be flexible.
  • That’s not what the website says. – This has been a common theme throughout the pandemic, so you cannot rely on what is on the web alone. Many countries struggle to keep their official websites current with the latest restrictions. It seemed to get better for a while, but with more countries issuing rapid changes to their regulations based on changing COVID infection rates, their websites are not keeping up.
  • Intra-APAC Easing – Australia, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea are slowly starting to loosen to travelers from APAC-area countries. Our offices in the region are cautiously optimistic that we will see more of this.Scroll to the end of this article for detailed country restrictions.

October 2, 2020

  • High Interest Regions – We’re seeing growing demand for flights into Latin America as it continues to loosen up…both in trip feasibility requests and actual missions flown. Business purpose flights into Europe and leisure flights into the Caribbean also remain of high interest to operators we’re supporting.
  • More Intra-Schengen Corridor Complexity – As mentioned last week, more European countries are deviating from the EC’s guidance and imposing restrictions on other EU countries, adding complexity to intra-Schengen corridor access. Despite added complexity, we continue to see success in navigating missions through these challenges.
  • Business Purpose Flight Specificity – Countries are putting more definition around what they classify as a “business purpose flight,” as well as what information they expect to see on your business purpose letter (e.g., size of economic interest, business purposes, etc.). Generally speaking, we don’t view these revised definitions as being more restrictive, but more clear on what it takes to get a YES to enter.

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September 18, 2020

  • U.S. CBP Preclearance Returns to Shannon – The U.S. CBP Preclearance program at Shannon, Ireland (EINN) will resume Sunday, September 20. More details and the current ops procedures are available on our blog.
  • Travel history tip – If a country has an X day clean travel history restriction – for instance, 14 days – your travel history has to be clean for the entire 14-day period. Plan on being subject to the restriction until the 15th day (X + 1). We’re seeing cases where passengers are trying to do trips on the 14th day, and they are getting denied or told to quarantine. The 14th day must be completed prior to departure or entry, based on whatever the country’s regulation specifically says.
  • More Reopenings – Belize, Cayman Island, Colombia, Japan, South Africa, and USVI (hotels back online) are some of the more notable destinations that have just partially reopened or have announced plans to do so by October. See each respective country below for details.
  • More Localized Restrictions – Some countries, most recently in Europe, are getting more specific on entry and quarantine restrictions by restricting specific states/provinces/cities versus whole countries. While better than a full country-level restriction, it adds more complexity to travel history vetting, trip feasibility assessment, and scenario analysis.
  • Increased Corridor Complexity – Some EU countries have added new restrictions on other Schengen countries/regions/cities which is impacting corridor access.
  • Missions Flown & Feasibility Requests – Within our own operation, we continue to see strong demand for business purpose flights into Europe and leisure flights into the Caribbean. With the loosening that’s been happening in Latin America, we’re seeing more interest in that region as well.

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September 11, 2020

U.S. ends airport funneling

By far, the biggest COVID-related news this week was the announcement that the U.S. CDC will remove requirements for funneling through the 15 named AOEs starting this coming Monday, as well as remove its requirements for enhanced entry health screening for passengers previously required to funnel, since symptom-based screening has been deemed ineffective in preventing the transmission of COVID-19.

This is positive news, and a nice step forward to a more pre-COVID operating environment.

It is important to remember that the funneling program is completely independent of the U.S. Presidential Proclamations declaring suspended regions. This is a change in HOW individuals can enter the country, but not a change in WHO can enter the country.

Our Global Regulatory Services team continues to work closely with U.S. CBP and DOS to stay on top of any possible policy and/or procedural changes impacting foreign nationals from suspended regions that may arise.

See full list of country updates below.

September 3, 2020

Trends

  • More countries are requiring visitors to install cell phone apps for the purpose of GPS tracking you while you are in the country. The Bahamas and Fiji are the latest to require this. If this trend continues, burner phones may start growing in popularity.
  • More countries in Latin America have partially opened or announced they will do so.
  • More countries are dropping quarantine requirements if proof of a recent negative PCR COVID test can be provided. (Reminder: Have your full legal name, driver’s license number, and passport number included on any tests you take.)
  • Business purpose flights and travel corridors (of which there are many) continue to be a popular mode of access – especially within Europe.
  • See full list of country updates below.

August 28, 2020

Rumors – There are rumblings once again that France may exercise reciprocity on the U.K. by requiring a quarantine for all travelers from the country.

Golden Visas – Countries like Portugal, Cyprus, Malta and others have programs that grant you – and your immediate family – citizenship or residency status if you make a real estate investment in the country. These programs were previously popular for tax purposes, but now they’ve taken on a whole new life.

A rapidly growing trend of aircraft owners and charter passengers pursuing this route for access into Europe.

Based on current regulations, most EU countries are open to citizens and residents of other EU countries – making this a very powerful travel instrument.

Trends – More countries continue to open up access for legitimate business purposes. For Europe, once you clear one Schengen country, the rest are pretty much accessible. These “business access corridors” are rapidly increasing in popularity among operators, and many are successfully using them to access Europe.

Important Reminder – For travel to the U.S., remember that U.S. Presidential Proclamations affecting entry are still in effect. U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in a suspended region over the last 14 days must (re)enter via one of the 15 approved airports for funneling. Entry by any non-U.S. foreign national who has been in a suspended region over the past 14 days is HIGHLY RESTRICTED and will be denied, with few exceptions.

August 21, 2020

Trends – More countries are reopening. Latin America and central Asia have had a wave of countries ease restrictions – predominately for business purposes, but that is often enough to find a way to get passengers in for whatever reason.

There is a growing number of access corridors within Europe that passengers can leverage. France did not execute reciprocity on the UK, so the UK-France access corridor is still alive and well for U.S citizens and other third-country nationals. Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden have been added to the accessible list.

August 14, 2020

More European access for U.S. and other third-country nationals:

Despite the tightening of the EC’s Safe List, more flights with third-country nationals are getting into more European countries – particularly from the U.S. The key is having a business purpose for entering a Schengen country. Once in a Schengen country, more options for intra-Europe travel are available.

Check with your Universal trip support team for specifics and options.

UK and France quarantine
The UK has just announced quarantine requirements on passengers arriving from Aruba, France, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, and Turks and Caicos starting August 15. This could lead to reciprocity from France. Check with your Universal trip support team for the latest.

August 7, 2020

GENERAL STATUS UPDATES:
A majority of the restrictions set to expire Aug 1 just extended to Sept 1 – no big surprise there.

In Europe, all the same access points are still available for U.S. operators – with Croatia, France, Ireland, Italy (with an invitation letter from a local business), Turkey and UK being the most popular.

Croatia continues to have the parking issues due to high demand. Traffic from the U.S. into France (via UK) also continues to increase.

Turkey and the UK remain popular and convenient jump points to a next destination with 48-hour test validity requirements. Universal Aviation has rapid PCR testing providers set up at both Universal Aviation and Universal Aviation Turkey.

This week, a number of African countries reopened.

TRENDS: More PCR testing requirements are being implemented both before arrival and/or upon arrival. There is also a growing trend of more countries requiring health screening and locator forms.

INSIGHTS: For all PCR testing, advise passengers and crew to have Passport Number, Driver’s License #/local ID #, and Full Name included on the test results. An increasing number of countries are requiring this. It is a general best practice to avoid potential issues. Testing providers should be able to accommodate this with no issues. Also, note that the validity window that countries issue is usually based on swab date/time, not results date/time.

July 31, 2020

A good number of countries have restrictions set to expire August 1. As a result, updates have been steadily coming in over the past couple days. So far, we’re mostly seeing extensions along with revisions in entry requirements—especially with new requirements for PCR testing and locator forms for entry.

BIGGEST CHANGE: Brazil is now WIDE OPEN. If you have a need to operate there, we have offices all over Brazil to help, and they are following our COVID-19 health and safety standards that we’ve implemented across all Universal Aviation FBO Ground Services locations.

TRENDS: We continue to see growing demand for travel into the Mediterranean region. In addition, we’re finding that Italy really isn’t that hard to get into if you have a documented business purpose (e.g., models have been allowed entry with just a letter from a local company), and a quarantine isn’t required.

Latvia and Portugal can also now be accessed. More details on all of these are in the Europe section below.

July 24, 2020

Overall, there really haven’t been many major changes this week versus last. Mid-month and end of month is typically when we see the most movement, so next week you can expect more updates (likely the weekend of August 1).

The same access points for Europe are still available for U.S. travelers—including Turkey, the UK, France (via UK), Croatia and others listed below.

 If you are struggling to meet the 48-hr. PCR test requirement (e.g., to enter Croatia), we can assist with testing through both Universal Aviation Turkey and our FBO at London-Stansted. At London, we can actually do the test inside the FBO which has been really convenient for travelers. Passengers just need to quarantine for length of stay in the UK before heading to their next destination.

July 17, 2020

In general, we’re seeing a mix of some countries slightly retightening, while others are continuing a phased reopening.

The European Commission dropped 2 countries from its Safe List, but these are just recommendations for countries to follow. France has actually become more accessible to the U.S. and other countries. I’ve included an explanation in the Europe section below.

In addition, some emerging macro trends we’re seeing:

  • One Test to rule them all – Many countries are requiring proof of a negative C19 test to enter, but not any test will do. The gold standard is the PCR test. More countries are turning away passengers who are taking the Rapid or antibody tests.
  • The 48hr testing hurdle – A lot of EU countries require that the PCR test be taken within 48 hours of arrival. This is challenging for overseas travelers (like from the U.S.) and/or travelers where it takes longer than 24-36 hours to get the results (also like the U.S.). The workaround…we’ve secured a C19 PCR testing provider through our FBO at London-Stansted. Land in the UK, get your test, go on to your next European destination (subject to what the restrictions will allow.)
  • Policing of quarantine violations – We’re hearing more reports from customers that authorities are checking on self-declared residences/hotels to make sure visitors are abiding by local quarantining requirements. Similarly, there are a lot of accounts of “social policing” of quarantine violations, like these reports from Ireland. Safest best…respect the local requirements and avoid becoming a headline.
  • Mexico Annual Permit Renewals – AFAC is working with reduced staff, and approvals for Mexico annual permits are taking longer than usual. If you make 3+ trips to Mexico a year, we recommend getting your applications in now. If our Global Regulatory Services team already manages this for you, then disregard…your renewal is already being handled.

Jan. 21, 2021


United States

  • U.S. – Major update.
    • On Jan. 12, 2021, the U.S. CDC issued a new 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 goes into effect Jan. 26, 2021 for ALL flights, including private flight and GA aircraft. Key points:
    • U.S. Presidential Proclamations are still restricting anyone who has been to a suspended region during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. This is in effect until at least Jan 26, 2021. We are guessing this will be extended, but until the Biden Administration issues a new proclamation, Jan 26 is the expiration date.
    • While the CDC is has issued guidance for a reduced quarantine time of less than 14-days, it has not yet resulted in a change to the U.S. Presidential Proclamations.
    • Non-U.S. nationals needing to enter the U.S. should start their visa applications/renewals sooner than later. We’ve heard multiple accounts of U.S. Embassies in various countries being slow to process these.
    • 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.
    • 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. Apply sooner to avoid processing delays for any upcoming operations. We can assist with your renewal or first-time application.
    • The U.S. remains excluded from the EC’s Safe List (updated Dec 17). However, many European countries are still accepting U.S. flights and/or passengers under substantiated business conditions.
    • 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 remain in place until Feb. 21, 2021. We are in close communication with U.S. CBP for updates since this date is coming up.
    • Hawaii – The pre-arrival testing program began Oct. 15, allowing visitors to bypass quarantine. Read more online. Hawaii has a specific list of approved C19 testing providers that you must use, and this supersedes the CDC pre-testing order. All travelers arriving in Hawaii are still required to have a temperature check and complete a Travel Declaration Form. U.S Presidential Proclamations restricting flights apply. People traveling interisland can find additional information and the interisland limited quarantine request by visiting county webpages. Note that each island has its own requirements and rules, so check beyond the state level. Kauai is requiring quarantining regardless of testing. They do identify some “bubble resorts” where you can roam about freely.
    • Puerto Rico – Open to foreign tourism. COVID-19 test required (within 72 hours of travel); otherwise, traveler will be tested on arrival. U.S Presidential Proclamations restricting flights apply. Complete a digital Travel SAFE Declaration Form and submit at www.travelsafe.pr.gov or www.viajaseguro.pr.gov.
    • USVI – International leisure hotel guests are allowed. U.S Presidential Proclamations restricting flights apply. Visit the USVI Travel Screening Portal and fill out the info requested in advance. Additional information and testing requirements available on https://usviupdate.com/. Note that these testing requirements DO apply to the crew as well per our handler. Our preferred ground handler at TIST, Standard Aviation, has parking availability and can provide air transfers to neighboring Caribbean islands.
    • Alaska – A negative COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours before will exempt visitors from quarantine. They are also asking that you take a second test 5-14 days after you arrive. No test is required if the aircraft is making a tech stop/quick turn or the crew/passengers will be in Alaska less than 24hrs. Details online. U.S. crew and passengers traveling from a previously restricted area may enter the U.S. through PANC and PAFA. Passengers and crew can get off the aircraft during the tech stop but cannot leave the airport.
    • Various U.S. states and cities have implemented varying degrees of quarantine and testing requirements. Enforcement is often not in effect. Please check with your Universal Trip Support team for any specific domestic restriction that may impact you, as these change rapidly.
    • See detailed restrictions for the U.S.

Canada

  • Officials in Canada extended a ban on entry for most nonresident foreign nationals until further notice as part of the measures to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
  • All airline passengers from abroad aged 5 years and over must present a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before departure to Canada. Persons with a negative PCR test result and who are authorized to enter Canada must still complete the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.
  • As of Nov. 21, travelers will be required to submit contact and quarantine information via ArriveCAN app. Fines of $1,000 CAD may be placed upon any traveler for not complying.
  • On Oct. 22, Canada was removed from the EC’s recommended Safe List (updated Dec 17). Remember, these are just recommendations. Portugal also has Canada on its non-approved list.
  • Restrictions on non-essential travel for USA/Canada/Mexico remain in place until Feb. 21, 2021. CANPASS / CBSA (CANADA) is by far the most stringent enforcer of this policy in regards to air travel.
  • Flights from the U.S. are being allowed on a case-by-case basis. Some are getting through without issue; others are getting denied. Canada is very strict on vetting “essential” vs. “non-essential” travel between the U.S. and Canada. Best practice is to gather all relevant documentation (e.g., travel history, medical declarations, purpose of flight, etc.) and seek approval from CANPASS well in advance. Canada is still restricting entry to 4 ports. Consult with us for any planned mission.
  • Note that Canada has very strict quarantine requirements for anyone entering the country. Active crew are exempt but need to follow these contact collection guidelines.
  • See detailed restrictions for Canada.

Mexico

  • AFAC remains closed. Border restrictions extended.
  • 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 and is not processing private/charter multiple entry permits until further notice. All authorizations are being done at the ports. Note that when AFAC returns, they will be working under reduced staffing hours, so application processing will take longer than normal. If doing 3+ trips to Mexico per year, we recommend you apply for a multiple entry permit. 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 remain in place until Feb. 21, 2021. We are actively working to get an update since this date is coming up.
  • 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 our complete list of restrictions and feasibility insights for Mexico. >

Caribbean

  • *Note: COVID testing and health authorization form requirements – Nearly every country now requires proof a negative COVID PCR test (with varying validity periods) taken in advance of arrival. Therefore, we are no longer including complete pre-testing details in this summary. Please contact Universal Trip Support for pre-testing and other entry requirements for your specific destination of interest.

  • Most Caribbean islands have re-opened to international passengers with varying degrees of restrictions. Expect frequent changes as they continue to work out their processes.
  • Anguilla – Non-resident travelers may request entry to Anguilla, but approvals are very restricted. This form needs to be completed. Pre-arrival and on-arrival testing required. 10-14 day quarantine at your approved residence, and negative COVID test required to exit quarantine. Proof of insurance required. Gov’t set new date of Jan. 23 for when it will start loosening restrictions.
  • Antigua and Barbuda – Open to most travelers. Requires approval before operating. See official website for details on access to tourist zones and when quarantine comes into play.
  • Aruba – Aruba is accepting flights from all U.S. states. Aruba’s Digital Embarkation-Disembarkation Card (ED card) should be completed a minimum of 12 hours prior to arrival. Health Insurance is required.
  • Bahamas – All islands of the Bahamas are open to private international flights, charters, pleasure craft and yachts from all countries including the United States. No quarantine required. This electronic health visa must be completed, and children (including infants) must be registered on one of the parent’s Travel Health Visa. Complete a daily online health questionnaire for symptoms tracking purposes for the duration of the visit. Health insurance is required. There will be temperature screening upon arrival. The latest information can be found on the Office of the Prime Minister and Reopen Bahamas.
  • Barbados – Open to international passengers. Negative test must be uploaded at www.travelform.gov.bb in advance. Travelers from High-Risk countries like the U.S. require proof of a negative COVID-19 test and must remain (with restricted movement) at a designated holding hotel or approve villa for 7 days. Travelers are required to retest 4-5 days after the first accepted negative test. See details online.
  • Bermuda – Officials require all individuals entering Bermuda to seek government authorization by filling a Travel Authorization form 1-3 days prior to scheduled departure in the country. Additional testing on arrival and throughout stay needed to bypass quarantine. Wearable tracer device required.
  • Bonaire – Open. Must complete a Health Declaration Form at www.bonairepublichealth.org. 10-day quarantine is required.
  • British Virgin Islands (BVI) – Open for tourism. Testing pre-arrival, on-arrival, and on day 4 required. A negative test on day 4 allows you to leave your hotel/resort. Details online. Form must be submitted in advance of arrival on the BVI Gateway Traveller’s Authorization Portal. Contact tracer app required. PPR required 24 hours in advance until March 17.
  • Cayman Islands – The country is now allowing non-residents to visit for leisure. You must apply at TravelTime for pre-approval. 14-day quarantine at hotel/villa (plus 48 testing period) required prior to freely roaming island … OR … quarantine for just length of stay if shorter than 14 days by coordinating with the Minister of Health’s office. Local handler tells us it’s a straightforward process for approval. Health form required. Wearable health monitoring device and tracer app install also required. See website for more details.
  • Cuba – Certain parts of country are open for tourism. U.S. sanctions still apply. All travelers and crew must declare their health status and will be administered a PCR COVID-19 test upon arrival. No need to take COVID-19 test prior to travel to Cuba. Quarantine is not required with negative test, and no curfew is in place.
  • Curacao – Passengers from the U.S. can enter with special permission from the Department of Health. All visitors must complete digital immigration card and digital locator card. These travelers are permitted to enter Curacao without quarantine. NOTE: On October 1, Curacao began participating in CARICOM APIS.
  • Dominica – Open; however, entry requirements, disembarkation, and quarantine protocols vary depending on the country of origin risk level (CARICOM Travel Bubble, Low Risk, Medium Risk, High Risk). An online health questionnaire is required. Upon arrival, passenger will undergo a health screen and a rapid COVID test. If negative, no quarantine required.
  • Dominican Republic – Open to international passengers. COVID-19 test not required for crew and passengers. Night curfews in place. Universal Aviation DR is open and supporting missions.
  • Grenada – Open. Apply for approval online. Expect to quarantine for at least 4 days. A negative test result gets you out of quarantine after day 4. Medical insurance required. Night curfews in place. Android users have to install a tracer app, but iPhone users don’t b/c iPhone app isn’t availableMore information online.
  • Guadeloupe – Passengers from Schengen area are allowed. All other nationalities must apply to the Airport Authority via the local ground handler. 14-day quarantine required (same as France). See website.
  • Haiti – Open. No negative COVID-19 test or quarantine required.
  • Jamaica – Open. All foreign crew and passengers must obtain travel authorization online prior to arrival. You will be required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and remain quarantined until results are in, at which point you can roam the tourist zone (called “Stay in Resilient Corridor”) which includes safe transport to attractions. Night curfew in place.
  • Martinique – Passengers from Schengen area are allowed. All other nationalities must apply to the Airport Authority via the local ground handler.
  • St. Barts – Open. Entry requests can be made online. Quarantine not required with negative test.
  • St. Lucia – Open, with 14-day quarantine. Requires health screening staff may determine to administer a second COVID-19 test on arrival. Passengers arriving from the “Caribbean Bubble” are exempt from pre-testing requirements and may be exempt from quarantine. More info can be found online.
  • St. Kitts & Nevis – Authorities in St. Kitts and Nevis have opened their borders to international commercial flights with restrictions. All travelers must seek permission from the COVID-19 Task Committee at least 5 days prior to travel. 14-day quarantine is mandatory, complete pre-approved quarantine site application form. After arrival the Public Health team will monitor you for onset of any COVID-19 like symptoms. You will be discharged from quarantine on day 14 if your COVID-19 test is negative. 72hr negative COVID test result and tracing app install also required. See website for details. See website for details.
  • St. Maarten – Open to passengers from Canada, Europe and the U.S. Effective Jan 10, foreign travelers will be required to buy health insurance. Travelers must complete a health authorization application through an Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) prior to travel. Expect additional health screening on arrival. Passengers can move freely if test is negative. More details online.
  • St. Vincent & Grenadines – GA flights are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, regardless of passenger nationality. If allowed entry, negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival required. Travelers must then quarantine in a private villa or bubble resort until receiving the results of a second test required on arrival. View full requirements online.
  • Turks and Caicos – Open. Travel insurance required.
  • USVI and Puerto Rico – See U.S. section above.

Latin America

*Note: COVID testing and health authorization form requirements – Nearly every country now requires proof a negative COVID PCR test (with varying validity periods) taken in advance of arrival. Therefore, we are no longer including complete pre-testing details in this summary. Please contact Universal Trip Support for pre-testing and other entry requirements for your specific destination of interest.

  • Our FBOs and ground handling offices in ArgentinaBrazilChileCosta RicaMexico, and Venezuela are still operational and supporting missions.
  • Argentina – U.S. passengers can enter for business purposes with government approval (diplomatic channels), or they can enter if they have family members that are citizens. A special permit has to be obtained, which Universal Aviation Argentina is able to assist with. Crew and PAX must fill out health declaration and immigration forms and provide proof of health insurance. 10-day quarantine required. From Dec. 15, Buenos Aires has stated that persons arriving in the city via SAEZ will be subject to additional COVID-19 testing upon arrival. Aircraft disinfection is required.
  • Belize – Business and leisure travelers must stay at an approved Gold Standard Hotel or provide proof of owned property and must adhere to an approved itinerary. Quarantine not required with negative PCR test. Leisure travelers will be transported to an approved Gold Standard hotel using approved transport and will only be permitted to participate in approved Gold Standard tourism activities. Travelers must complete Belize Health App within 72 hours of flight to Belize. Read requirements online. It’s recommended that GA flights arrive outside of 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. to avoid congestion from the daily scheduled commercial flights.
  • Brazil – Now requiring COVID test and health entry form for both crew and passengers. Crew are not exempt. Health insurance no longer required. Universal Aviation Brazil is following our C19 Health and Safety standards to support you safely.
  • Bolivia – U.S. passengers allowed entry for business. Quarantine not required with proof of negative COVID-19 test. Bolivia is restricting flight from Europe through Feb. 8, 2021.
  • Chile – Borders are open. All nationalities and flights allowed only to SCEL/Santiago airport. Travel medical insurance required. 10-day quarantine required upon entry, or for length of stay if leaving sooner. Option to exit quarantine with negative test result on/after day 6 of stay. Universal Aviation Chile is ready to support you.
  • Colombia – International passengers are now allowed to arrive in Colombia. Social security coverage or health insurance is required. Any passengers or crew needing to arrive or depart must complete a CHECK MIG form on the Colombian Immigration website. SKBO, SKCG, SKRG, and SKCL are open to accept flights from the U.S., Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Bolivia, Curacao, and Panama.
  • Costa Rica – The country’s three international airports are open to foreigners regardless of country of origin, including the U.S. No quarantine is required. Passengers must purchase a travel-insurance plan that covers COVID-19. All passengers and crew must complete this health form in advance.
  • Ecuador – Has partially opened its borders and citizens of the United States and certain countries in Latin America and Asia Pacific region may enter with an official permit. No quarantine with negative PCR test taken within 10 days of flight. Health form required.
  • El Salvador – Open. No quarantine with negative test.
  • Falkland Islands – Business flights can enter with a special invitation letter from a local contact on the islands. Quarantine required for length of stay up to 14 day, no exemptions. Leisure flights possible if transiting direct to a private vessel. Contact locator form to be filled out for all travelers.
  • Guatemala – Open. No quarantine required with negative test result.
  • Guyana – Advanced screening on arrival. No quarantine with negative COVID test results.
  • Honduras – Open for business flights. Quarantine not required with proof of a negative test.
  • Nicaragua – Open. No quarantine requirement, but travelers are asked to self monitor. Scanned copies of passports and a local contact must be required to be submitted in advance of flight. Aircraft sanitization certificate completed 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Panama – Open. Quarantine not required with proof of a negative test. Must complete an online registration form.
  • Paraguay – Paraguay is open for flights. Proof of Medical insurance required. Health card required.
  • Peru – Direct business flights allowed with submission of formal letter request stating importance of flight and is subject to approval from Chancellery. However, if you tech stop in one of their approved departure points such as Panama and Colombia, then approval through the Chancellery isn’t required. Crew and passengers are required to complete an online declaration. As of Jan 4, 14-day quarantine required for all travelers.
  • Suriname – Both business and tourism flights require operator of host in Suriname to ask permission from the Ministry of Health and Minister of Transport. 7-day quarantine at government mandated facility or hotel is required for passengers.
  • Venezuela – Accessible with approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • See our complete list of country-by-country restrictions and feasibility insights for Central and South America. >

Europe

*Note: COVID testing and health authorization form requirements – Nearly every country now requires proof a negative COVID PCR test (with varying validity periods) taken in advance of arrival. Therefore, we are no longer including complete pre-testing details in this summary. Please contact Universal Trip Support for pre-testing and other entry requirements for your specific destination of interest.

  • Our FBOs and ground handling offices in IrelandUKFranceGreeceItalySpain and Turkey are all open and supporting missions.
  • HIGH LEVEL SUMMARY: Europe had been pretty much open to Europe, but recently more EU countries are restricting other EU countries/regions based on outbreak levels. Corridors previously open may no longer be viable. Please consult with us for the latest.
  • Golden Visa Countries – Portugal, Cyprus, Malta, Greece, Spain and Ireland have golden visa programs that grant real estate owners and their families citizenship or residency status. For instance, Portugal requires a 500K Euro investment to qualify for citizenship, and having citizenship means other EU countries become accessible. Many aircraft owners and charter passengers are leveraging these programs.
  • Distant Lover Exemptions – A number of European countries have added exemptions allowing unmarried partners to enter. Love Is Not Tourism is tracking these.
  • The current EC safe list (updated Dec. 17) for reopening Europe to third countries sits at 9 countries (with China being subject to reciprocity). Canada was removed on Oct. 22.
    • Keep in mind these are just recommendations, and each EU member state has considerable autonomy to manage its own travel restrictions as it chooses.
    • There are a number of European countries allowing citizens from countries not on the EC’s list – See below.
  • European countries that are accessible to passengers from the U.S. and other countries not on the EC’s list include:
    • Albania – Open, but normal visa restrictions apply. 14-day quarantine required only if COVID-19 test is positive. Daily night curfew in place, and restaurants, cafes, and bars remain closed, except for delivery services.
    • Austria – U.S. citizens with a business purpose are allowed entry directly. Or, U.S. citizens can enter via intra-Schengen without restrictions. Only business travelers are allowed to stay in hotels. No tourists. 24-hour curfew in effect until Jan 24.
    • Belarus – Accessible. Travelers from this list of countries will likely have to self-quarantine for 10 days.
    • Belgium – U.S. citizens can travel to Belgium directly in with an invitation letter from a Belgian company, or via a second stop entering from a Schengen country. Travelers can still arrive/depart EBBR but will be restricted moving around the city/country. Locator/Health Risk Assessment Form required…depending on your answers, you may have to quarantine. Travelers on essential business will be exempt from quarantine. Other visitors must take a COVID-19 test on day 7 of their 10 days quarantine.
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina – U.S. citizens are allowed entry with an invitation letter.
    • Croatia – Allowing entry based on economic interest or tourism. Submit notice of entry to Republic of Croatia at https://entercroatia.mup.hr. Our Universal Aviation offices in Italy are helping coordinate arrangements to enter Croatia for customers. Quarantine not required with proof of a negative COVID test.
    • Denmark – Has implemented travel restrictions for tourists from certain countries in Europe, adding some complexity to corridor access. U.S. citizens can travel to Denmark directly with an invitation letter from a Danish company. Entry requirements are based on passenger passport/residency, not the point of origin of the aircraft. Note this is a Schengen country. This is also a good tech stop location (even for crew swap) with COVID-19 testing facility at the FBO.
    • France – Entry options are below. Note that a curfew is in effect 6PM-6AM. An Exemption Certificate is required to be out during curfew. Restaurants, bars, and gyms are not permitted to open until Jan 20, 2021.
      1. Business purpose travel remains possible with preapproval.
      2. Corridor Access – France’s NOTAM is departure-based and not nationality-based. This significantly opens up access to third-country nationals (including U.S. citizens). As long as the aircraft first clears in another Schengen country proceeding to France, third country nationals can enter France. A public Health Passenger Locator Form and Int’l Travel Certificate is required. (IMPORTANT: The long-standing UK-France corridor is currently closed.)
      3. Direct Access – U.S. passengers traveling directly to France must present a permit issued by the French Embassy or General French Consulate to enter French territory. COVID testing 72 hours prior to arrival for everyone on board, including crew, required.
    • Germany – Lock-down of non-essential businesses (restaurants, bars, theaters, leisure hotel stays) extended until Feb 14, 2021. Business purpose travel remains possible with preapproval. There is also a corridor pathway into Germany via Ireland that we have successfully used with clients and can assist you with.
    • Ireland –
      • Open, with quarantine for length of stay, up to 14 days for all travelers, including Irish citizens. Effective 08 Nov 20, Ireland is using the EU’s “traffic light system” which will be based on green, orange and red. Passenger Locator Form is required. Our Universal Aviation offices in Dublin and Shannon can assist.
      • Effective Jan. 16, Ireland is requiring all arriving passengers to have a Negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before their arrival into the country. Exemptions in place active crew and transiting passengers that aren’t clearing customers. Relief crew are not exempt.
      • This pre-departure testing provider is available at EIDW for traveler headed to the U.S.
      • U.S. CBP Preclearance resumed at Shannon/EINN for GA on 20 Sept. Operating hours are 24/7. Bookings are by appointment only, preferably with 24 hours’ notice. Read our blog for details and ops procedures.
      • Shannon has an onsite COVID testing program providing quick turnaround. There are three types of tests offered including a test with same-day results. Appointments are required and can be booked online at https://rocdochealthcheck.ie. Cost is €199.00.
    • Italy – There are a few ways third-country nationals (including U.S. citizens) can enter. Complete details are online and there is this survey tool you can use:
      • Direct Access: Business purposes with prior approval, and Universal Aviation Italy reports that Italian authorities have been approving many requests. Max ground time is 120 hours, and quarantine IS NOT required if the flight is approved. You’ll need a letter from a local business stating your business purposes to enter. If you have offices or business interests in Italy, you have a good chance of getting in. (Note: If you have a business purpose letter be aware that this exemption does not also apply to passengers accompanying you (children, spouses, etc.). We can help you navigate this process.
      • Intra-Europe Corridors: Travelers who have stayed in the EU for 14 days or more can enter some regions of Italy (even driving across the border). Before travelling, please check the specifics of the region you will be visiting. As of Nov. 3, a national decree was approved for further corridor travel restrictions. Travel history will dictate if a passenger will need to quarantine or not. See website for details.
      • Intra-country travel restrictions: Italy is currently restricting all intra-country travel for non-essential reasons.
    • Latvia – Open with a 10-day quarantine or for length of stay for any arrival from a country in which the 14-day cumulative incidence of COVID-19 is greater than 16 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Business travelers must self-isolate outside of working hours. Exemption from the quarantine is possible with permission from the Ministry of Transport. This is an EU Schengen country. Electronic questionnaire must be completed no earlier than 48 hours before crossing the Latvian border.
    • Malta – U.S. passengers are not allowed in general. However, if passengers are traveling to a yacht for direct boarding, a special permit application can be granted. Travelers from some high-risk cities/regions within Europe will need to have a special permit from the Health Authorities in Malta and proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of arrival. 14-day quarantine, depending on country of origin.
    • Moldova – Foreign citizens from epidemiologically Green countries will be allowed to enter. Foreign citizens from Red countries are prohibited, unless you fit one of the thirteen exempted categories.
    • Netherlands – U.S. citizens can travel to the Netherlands directly with a business invitation letter from a Dutch company, or via a second stop entering from a Schengen country. However, The Netherlands is requiring travelers from a long list of cities within the European Economic Area Countries to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. Nationwide lockdown in effect until Feb. 9, 2021. IMPORTANT: Starting Jan 23, passengers transiting from the UK can no longer travel on to the Netherlands.
    • Poland – All international arrivals with special permit will be required to self-isolate for 10 days. The updated flight ban list can be found online.
    • Portugal – Accessible to third-country nationals (including U.S. citizens) coming from another Schengen country (except for Serbia) or the UK and holding appropriate visas (not required for U.S.). There are some nuances in making this work, and we can help you navigate through it. In addition, there is an alternate mechanism to get in directly for if you have a business purpose.
    • Serbia – U.S. citizens can enter for business or tourism. No quarantine with proof of a negative test result.
    • Slovakia – Testing on arrival if entering from non-safe country. Quarantine required. Negative test required to leave residence for essential business.
    • Slovenia – Open to U.S. passengers with quarantine up to 10 days or length of stay. Travelers from epidemiologically safe (green list) and orange list countries within the EU or Schengen Area can enter without restrictions. Travelers from all other orange list and red list countries must self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. Self-isolation can be waived with a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival. Tech stops with passengers onboard are not allowed.
    • Spain – U.S. citizens can travel to Spain directly with an invitation letter from a Spanish company, or via a second stop entering from a Schengen country. Effective Nov 23, travelers from “high-risk” countries as designated by ECDC must possess a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of travel.
    • Sweden – U.S. passengers allowed if arriving from Schengen country. Quarantine not required. U.S. passengers on direct flights from U.S. with special business invitation letter may be allowed entry.
    • Switzerland – U.S. passengers allowed for business if arriving from Schengen country. Business purpose letter required. 10-day quarantine required if have been to any of these countries (including U.S.) at any time within the last 14 days before entering Switzerland. Restrictions on foreign nationals entering Switzerland will be in place until at least Feb. 28, 2021.
    • Turkey – Effective until Jan 29, Turkish Authorities have suspended all flights arriving from UK, Denmark and South Africa. Other than the countries above, Turkey remains open on the Mediterranean to Private/Business flights (including leisure) regardless the country of registration and/or nationality of passenger. No quarantine as long as passengers are symptom-free. Our Universal Aviation office in Turkey can provide assistance. We have a reliable rapid PCR testing provider at Istanbul, Dalaman and Antalya for about $20 USD per test if you need to route to another country.
    • Ukraine – Passengers who have recently been in a RED ZONE country (like the U.S.) can enter with proof of negative COVID-19 test. An additional test is required after arrival to bypass quarantine. Crew and passengers should have medical insurance to cover potential costs of COVID-19 treatment. Requirements for entry also include installation of a tracer app on your phone (Ukrainian SIM card required.) Aircraft disinfection required. Read more online.
    • UK – Accessible, but National Lockdown in effect. See section below for more details.
    • Rest of Europe – Most EU countries are allowing essential business travel (for instance, your principal is considering investing in a European business), so if you can state your case, there may be a way in.
    • Note that most of these require either quarantine or proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter.
  • UK –
  • Reopen Europe is good resource to reference for country entry requirements.

See all restrictions for this region.


Middle East & Africa

*Note: COVID testing and health authorization form requirements – Nearly every country now requires proof a negative COVID PCR test (with varying validity periods) taken in advance of arrival. Therefore, we are no longer including complete pre-testing details in this summary. Please contact Universal Trip Support for pre-testing and other entry requirements for your specific destination of interest.

  • Algeria – U.S. passengers can enter for business. Health form required and quarantine for duration of stay up to 14 days. Possible quarantine exemption with negative COVID 19 test at DAAG.
  • Angola – Authorities in Angola have banned travel from Australia, Nigeria, South Africa, and the UK until further notice. Any person entering the country needs to complete a travel registration form and comply with a mandatory home quarantine period of at least seven days. Symptomatic persons may be required to quarantine at a government-run facility.
  • Bahrain – There are no restrictions for private jets or pax arriving into OBBI if you can get a landing permit through diplomatic channels. COVID PCR testing on arrival required for all arriving passengers. Contact tracing app required.
  • Botswana – No quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Burkina Faso – Location card and health declaration required.
  • Burundi – U.S. passengers can enter with government approval. Test on arrival and quarantine required.
  • Cape Verde – All int’l flights are allowed. Test on arrival required.
  • Central African Republic – Open with stringent health requirements. U.S. citizens may have to quarantine for 21 days.
  • Chad – Open. If you enter Chad and are planning to stay for 7 days or more, you will need to surrender your passport, quarantine at home for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test on the seventh day. Passports will be returned upon presentation of the COVID-19 test receipt. If you are staying in Chad for less than 7 days you will not be required to quarantine.
  • Comoro Is.– Open to U.S. passengers. Health survey, aircraft disinfection, and visa required. No quarantine with negative test. Aircraft disinfection required.
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo – Health forms required. Private flights authorized on a case-by-case basis.
  • Djibouti – U.S. passengers are allowed. Flights must get permission from MOFA and CAA. Mandatory COVID-19 testing on arrival. Those who test negative will be either deported or put into a government isolation center.
  • Egypt – All airports are open. Tourism is limited to resorts in Matrouh, Red Sea, and South Sinai coastal governorates. Visitors that have proof of a negative PCR COVID 19 test do not have to quarantine. Aircraft will need to be disinfected prior to arrival and show proof.
  • Equatorial Guinea – Some international and domestic air travel has resumed. Travelers entering on an essential travel waiver for business must have the meeting party or the local contact provide an invitation letter to accept the flight by the authority. Quarantine required.
  • Eritrea – U.S. citizens can enter with a valid visa.
  • Ethiopia – Open, with a 14-day quarantine. All arriving passengers entering Ethiopia with a negative PCR COVID 19 test issued 5 days before travel will not need to quarantine, unless they present high temperatures or any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Gabon – Allowing two international flights per week per operator, with permission received in advance.
  • Ghana – International air travel has resumed. Government authorization is needed for entry.
  • Guinea – U.S. passengers allowed for business. Health declaration form required.
  • Guinea-Bissau – U.S. passengers allowed. No quarantine with negative Covid-19 PCR test.
  • Iran – U.S. passengers allowed entry with an Iranian visa from the Iranian Embassy.
  • Israel – Entry by foreign nationals remains highly restricted. Israel’s current nationwide lockdown will remain in force through at least Jan 22. Our ground handling office in Tel Aviv is monitoring the latest.
  • Jordan – Accessible. Depending on the departure country, 14 days or 7 days of self-quarantine is required after a negative PCR test. Additional PCR testing required after arrival if test is more than 72 hours old. Proof of active health insurance for the duration of their stay. AMAN mobile app is required for contact tracing.
  • Kenya – Open to 147 nations/states, including U.S. No quarantine required with negative COVID test.
  • Lebanon – Private flights have resumed. Non-residents traveling to Lebanon are required to have a valid health insurance policy for the duration of their trip. Travelers from countries with high infection rates will undergo 24 to 48 hours of quarantine in designated hotels until they receive their test results. Check with us for details.
  • Liberia – Open. All arriving travelers are required to pay USD 75 in order to have test samples taken at the port of entry.
  • Madagascar – International flights resumed at FMNN/Fascene only. Required: A return ticket and use of a local SIM card for contact purposes. Testing on arrival and 14-day mandatory quarantine for all travelers; domestic travel possible with various requirements.
  • Malawi – Open. Proof of negative PCR test certificate taken within 10 days of arrival required followed by 14-day self-monitoring. Travel Surveillance Forms to be filled out upon arrival.
  • Mali – Open. Health form required. Quarantine not required with a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • Mauritania – Open for all flights. Quarantine still required with proof of a negative PCR test. Enhanced health screening on arrival. PPE required.
  • Mauritius Is. – Approval is on case-by-case basis by Prime Minister’s office.
  • Mozambique – Open. Business travel permitted (including for U.S. citizens) with letter addressed to Minister of Home Affairs citing reason for entry, written in local language, Portuguese. Lead time is not less than 7 working days. Quarantine not required unless infected. Aircraft disinfection required.
  • Namibia – Open. Negative COVID-19 test required (within 72 hours of flight). 7-day quarantine required upon arrival.
  • Niger – Open, with 7-day quarantine required at authorized hotel.
  • Oman – International travel has resumed. All flights require government approval. COVID health insurance is required for the full duration of stay. Tourists do not need to arrive with a PCR Test. Tourist will receive a test upon arrival.
  • Qatar – U.S. passengers are allowed with permission in advance. Smartphone app required. Consult with us on your best options in.
  • Republic of Congo – Authorities resumed international air travel as of Aug. 24.
  • Rwanda – Charter tourism and business flights allowed. Arriving travelers are required to quarantine at a designated hotel for a minimum of 24 hours in order to complete a second COVID-19 test. A similar test certificate is required upon departure from Rwanda. Aircraft disinfection by ground handling agent on arrival and departure required. Aircraft disinfection is required.
  • Sao Tome & Principe – Open to domestic and international travel.
  • Saudi Arabia – Foreign nationals with valid visas and a landing permit are allowed entry. Arrivals will be subject to 2-day quarantine and then are free to move about the country. To avoid quarantine, you need a business sponsor. Installation of two separate apps also required. Non-Saudis arriving from the UK, South Africa, India, Brazil, Argentina, and other countries where a new variant of the virus has been detected must remain outside of these countries for 14 days before entering the Kingdom.
  • Senegal – Open. Passengers must complete a tracking form online and present it on arrival. Passenger locator form to be filled out and presented on arrival.
  • Sierra Leone – Open.
  • Seychelles – Visitors arriving via private aircraft must send an application for entry to Public Health Authority in advance. All visitors must have a proof of accommodation at an authorized resort, yacht, or residential facilities. Valid travel insurance with full medical coverage is required. See permitted countries for entry for details.
  • Somalia – Open.
  • South Africa – Allowing travel into/out of South Africa for business, leisure, and other travel. Travelers may be restricted to and from certain countries with high infection rates (list not available at this time). Travelers must use King Shaka, Tambo, and Cape Town International Airports. Travelers must be screened on arrival and must install the COVID Alert South Africa App (contact tracing app). No quarantine with valid COVID 19 Test.
  • South Sudan – Open.
  • Sudan – Open. Proof of negative PCR test certificate valid no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival, and no less than 72 hours prior to departure from Sudan. Quarantine required for length of stay up to 14 days.
  • Tanzania – Open. Pax will undergo advanced screening on arrival, but no quarantine or pre-arrival COVID test result required.
  • Togo – Open. COVID-19 test required upon arrival and departure (120hrs prior). 24-48 quarantine while awaiting results. Persons testing positive required to enter 14-21 day quarantine at the Eda-Oba hotel at own expense. Must install TOGO SAFE app upon arrival.
  • Tunisia – Open. Self-isolation at home or hotel for 14 days required. Travelers allowed to take second PCR test seven days after arrival and, if negative, can come out of quarantine.
  • Uganda – All international passenger flights allowed. Quarantine not required if clear of COVID-19 symptoms and with proof of negative PCR based COVID-19 test carried out within 120 hours before travel.
  • United Arab Emirates – Open, but entry requirements vary by emirate. Emirates Airlines has a great tool for checking this. Dubai is accessible without any quarantine. Health insurance and tracer app required. More on Dubai here.
  • Yemen – U.S. passengers are allowed entry for business.
  • Zambia – Open. 14-day self quarantine upon arrival recommended.
  • Zimbabwe – Open. 14-day quarantine required.

Asia-Pacific

*Note: COVID testing and health authorization form requirements – Nearly every country now requires proof a negative COVID PCR test (with varying validity periods), taken in advance of arrival. Therefore, we are no longer including complete pre-testing details in this summary. Please contact Universal Trip Support for pre-testing and other entry requirements for your specific destination of interest.

  • Our FBOs and ground handling offices in ChinaJapanMaldivesPhilippinesSingaporeSouth Korea, and Thailand all remain open and are supporting missions.
  • Armenia – All foreign nationals are allowed entry into Armenia if they meet the Visa requirements.
  • Australia – Still predominantly closed. Travelers who have been in New Zealand 14 days are allowed to travel to Australia with no quarantine if they meet certain restrictions. An entry ban for foreign nationals remains in effect. As of Jan. 22, negative test required to depart country.
  • Bangladesh – U.S. passengers can enter with approval through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs via diplomatic channels. The crew layover plan shall include disinfection and sanitization arrangement for the crew. Foreign nationals must obtain a medical certificate within 72 hours prior to departure. Passengers must self-isolate for 14 days after arrival. Visa-on-arrival services are suspended until further notice.
  • Cambodia – Allowing U.S. citizens and foreign nationals to enter. It requires a visa through an embassy or government avenue. It also requires medical insurance of $50,000USD (which can be purchased here) and a medical certificate within 72 hours prior to departure. COVID test required on arrival. Inbound passengers are required to quarantine for 14 days at government-mandated facility or hotel.
  • China – Remains highly restrictive. Had been loosening to business purpose flights, but on Nov. 10, it retightened. Business flights may be possible, but you need a very good reason for entry, with many approvals. 14-day quarantine required. Universal Aviation China is in close contact with local authorities and will be reporting on the latest.
  • Fiji – Accessible to U.S. citizens with special clearances obtained from Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Health and Medical Services, and Ministry of Civil Aviation. All arrivals are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine and download the government’s GPS tracking application onto their cellphones.
  • French Polynesia/Tahiti/Bora Bora – Open, including to U.S. citizens. Negative COVID test within 72 hours of departure required. Re-testing four days after arrival required. Inbound flights only allowed at NTAA/Papeete. See details online.
  • Georgia – Only citizens and residents of France, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, and Lithuania arriving on direct flights may enter Georgia as tourists without quarantine, with proof of (PCR) COVID-19 test. Citizens of other countries must quarantine and are permitted to enter Georgia for business purposes, for which they must obtain a special permit. Online travel form required for entry.
  • Guam – Entry ban for anyone who travelled to Mainland China within the previous 14 days. Quarantine for up to 14 days required depending on the location you are traveling from.
  • Hong Kong – The Hong Kong/Singapore Air Travel Bubble has been delayed UFN. Travelers who have stayed in Ireland or Brazil for more than 2 hours in the past 21 days are prohibited from entering Hong Kong.
  • India – Has resumed issuing most types of visas, making business travel now possible with valid reason to enter. Electronic visas (e-Visa), tourist visas, and medical visas are still restricted. Details online. Quarantine is not required if traveler submits proof of a negative COVID-19 test result online.
  • Indonesia – U.S. passengers are allowed only if they have a diplomatic visa, temporary (KITAS) permit, or permanent (KITAP) permit to stay.
  • Japan –
    • Business Purpose Travel – Business corridors open to Mainland China, S. Korea, Singapore, and Vietnam. Visa, PCR test, business invitation letter, and in-country itinerary required. No quarantine for these countries. For other countries including the U.S., Japan has begun allowing business purpose travel; however, 14-day quarantine upon arrival IS required. Visa, PCR test, and business invitation letter also apply. Our team in Japan can assist in helping you navigate the process.
    • Ferry Flights – Ferry flights with and overnight for crew rest is possible. Talk with us for details.
  • S. Korea – Pax from all countries can enter South Korea with a VISA. Nationals from the USA, UK, Ireland and Mexico do not require a VISA. Pax will have to arrive via Seoul (RKSI) and will be tested for COVID-19. 14-day quarantine required for all arrivals regardless of test results. Visas from Pakistan and Bangladesh halted. Singapore has “Fast Lane” / “Fast Track” programs allowing entry for essential business purposes for passengers from a handful of (mostly APAC) countries without quarantine, including Singapore, Japan and others. Check with us on specifics.
  • Laos – U.S. passengers currently are allowed only with special permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Macau – 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. Visitors who have been to Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan will undergo medical observation in accordance with requirements of the health authority for 14 days.
  • Maldives – Open for leisure and filling up for the end-of-year holiday travel season. For VRMM, no overnight parking Dec. 24 – Jan. 6. Crew can drop-and-go and overnight at VRMG or VRMV. Universal Aviation Maldives is ready to assist. Passengers must have accommodations at a declared resort for length of stay. Visa on arrival is available to tourists traveling to the Maldives. Online Traveler Health Declaration Form required.
  • Myanmar – U.S. passengers can currently enter with approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Entry ban for most foreigners and international flights extended through Jan. 31.
  • New Zealand – Travel between New Zealand and Australia is permitted without quarantine if travelers have stayed in either country for a full 14 days and have not been in designated hot spots.
  • North Mariana Islands – Open to U.S. passengers for business, tourism, and tech stops. Health form and quarantine required.
  • Pakistan – Open to passengers from all countries except Israel. All incoming travelers, including Pakistani nationals, must self-isolate for two weeks even if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Pass Track mobile app required.
  • Palau – International traffic has officially resumed but remains restricted.
  • Philippines – Effective Nov. 1, tourist visas are available. The Philippines Department of Tourism publishes a list of areas open for tourism. Testing is required on arrival (not prior), and you’ll stay at a government-approved hotel until negative test results are in, which can be in as little as 12 hours if you pay for the expedited test. Active crew exempt from COVID testing.
  • Samoa – U.S. passengers are allowed with special provisions.
  • 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 in January. Our team in Singapore can provide assistance.
  • Sri Lanka – Closed, but the country is one of the few crew rest options in the region. Ferry flights only. Crew must quarantine at the hotel.
  • Taiwan – Open to all foreigners with valid reason to enter (which may include business purpose). Depending on departure country, quarantine may be 5, 7, or 14 days. Leisure not allowed.
  • Thailand – Thailand remains closed unless you have demonstrative family, business, or political reasons to enter or if you’re willing to stay 90 days on a long-term visa. VTBU: All aircrafts shall undergo deep cleaning and disinfection on arrival. An Aircraft Cleaning and Disinfection certificate shall be issued by an accredited aircraft cleaning and disinfection provider. This certificate is to be presented to Health Authority.
  • Turkmenistan – Flights remain suspended until at least Jan 31. U.S. passengers are allowed for business, with prior approval through diplomatic channels. All persons departing the country must be in possession of a negative COVID-19 test certificate, signed within the previous 24 hours.
  • Uzbekistan – Arrivals from “Green Zone” countries will be permitted to enter Uzbekistan without restriction. Arrivals from any “Yellow Zone” or “Red Zone” countries (like U.S.) must provide evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours.
  • Vietnam – Officials have started to reissue electronic visas to foreign nationals from 80 countries, including the US. Flights require special approval from Vietnam National CDC.

Additional Resources

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


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