Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on business aviation
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.
COVID-19 Restriction Trends
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.
Scroll to the end of this article for detailed country restrictions.
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
- 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.
September 11, 2020
- The U.S. is 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.
- All stops in suspended regions, overnight or just tech stops, are treated the same.
- On September 14, the U.S. CDC removed requirements for directing all flights carrying airline passengers arriving from, or recently had a presence in, certain countries to land at one of 15 designated airports and ended its enhanced entry health screening for these passengers.
- Entry by any non-U.S. foreign national (that includes Canadian and Mexican citizens) who has been in a suspended region over the past 14 days is HIGHLY RESTRICTED and will be denied, with few exceptions.
- On August 6, the US State Department lifted its advisory warning US citizens against traveling abroad, which it had originally issued in March. The State Department is now issuing individual country warnings.
- The U.S. remains excluded from the EC’s Safe List. 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.
- For all PCR testing, advise passengers and crew to have Passport Number, Driver’s License Number, and Full Name included on the test results. A number of countries are requiring this.
- Restrictions on non-essential travel for USA/Canada/Mexico land borders are in place until Sept. 21, 2020. We are in close communication with U.S. CBP for updates since this date is coming up.
- Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and parts of Mexico (Los Cabos, Cancun, Cozumel, etc.) are all good options for travelers from the U.S., with some restrictions and/or quarantining at a vacation home/rental. USVI comes back online for leisure Sept 19.
- Hawaii – Pre-arrival testing program to begin Oct 1. All travelers arriving in Hawaii are still required to have a temperature check, complete a Travel Declaration Form, and self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Puerto Rico – Open to foreign tourism. Flights from a U.S. suspended region are not allowed. U.S. CBP may approve direct ferry flights from suspended regions with advanced request. National Guard will review negative COVID-19 test results and Travel Safe Form, interview each passenger, and determine if quarantine is required.
- USVI – International leisure hotel guests will be permitted to check in starting September 19. Covid-19 test required. Visit the USVI Travel Screening Portal and fill out the info requested in advance. Additional information available on https://usviupdate.com/.
- 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 7-14 days after you arrive. Details online. U.S. crew and passengers traveling from a previously restricted area may now enter the U.S. through PANC and PAFA.
- Massachusetts – Requires a Negative PCR test from everyone 72 hours prior to entering the state, unless entering from CO, CT, DE, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OR, PA, VT, WA, WV, and WY or transitioning through the state. We are unclear on how this will be enforced, but fines for violating the order is $500 per day.
- New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut – Require travelers from 30+ states to undergo mandatory quarantine. It doesn’t apply to crew or “any individual passing through designated states for a limited duration (i.e., less than 24 hours) through the course of travel.” The onus to comply is on the individual, and it is not being actively policed as far as we can tell. We have not heard from any operator that the restrictions have caused issues with travel. Read the official travel advisory for New York online.
- Other U.S. states/districts/cities with various forms of quarantine and/or testing requirements for people entering include: Arizona, D.C., the city of Chicago, the state of Illinois, Indianapolis, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia. Again, we have not heard of any enforcement of these measures.
- The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and associated travelers utilizing ESTA are unaffected by the April 23 Presidential Proclamation which suspended processing new immigration applications from aliens for 60 days. New applications for signatory carrier status under 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. Note: Requires U.S. Embassy approval. We can provide consultation.
- See detailed restrictions for the U.S.
- 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).
- Canada is currently included on the EC’s recommended 15-country safe list.
- Restrictions on non-essential travel for USA/Canada/Mexico is in place until Sept. 21, 2020. Read the official announcement. 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.
- Prepare for long wait times…It takes 30 min+ to get in touch with someone at CANPASS to explain your purpose of flight before getting permission. When you make your 1st initial call to present the details of the flight, it must be no earlier than 48 hours prior and no later than 2 hours prior to departure. CANPASS will determine if your travel is essential or not and will either approve or deny operations into Canada.
- 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.
- AFAC is open as of Sept 1.
- There is a new no-touch Covid-19 health assessment form, which is required on arrival/departure. Present the QR code the form provides once completed. 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. 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.
- Restrictions on non-essential travel for USA/Canada/Mexico land borders remain in place until Sept. 21, 2020.
- Non-essential flights are being allowed on an airport-by-airport, case-by-case basis. Most of the usual tourist hotspots are allowing leisure flights (such as Cancun, PV, Los Cabos, Cozumel).
- Cancun, Los Cabos, PV, Cozumel are all operating at about 30% capacity now. A good number of restaurants and hotels in the tourist zones have been open since July. Bars are starting to open in August.
- Our ground handing teams in Mexico (Mexico City/Toluca, Los Cabos, Cancun, Cozumel, PV, Monterrey, etc.) are available to support your missions.
- See our complete list of restrictions and feasibility insights for Mexico. >
- 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. Prearrival and on-arrival testing required. 10-day quaratine at your approved residence, and negative COVID test required to exit quaratine. Proof of insurance required. Gov’t announced Nov 1 as the date it will start loosening restrictions.
- Antigua and Barbuda – Open. Requires approval before operating, Proof of a negative COVID test taken within seven days required. Quarantine not required with negative test.
- Aruba – Aruba is accepting flights from the U.S. Stricter requirements are being enforced for travelers from U.S. states with a high incidence of COVID-19 cases. Travelers from these states have to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours prior to traveling to Aruba via the digital Embarkation-Disembarkation Card (ED card); they will not be able to use testing facilities at the airport upon arrival. Quarantine not required with negative test. Flights from Central and South America, Mexico, Haiti, and D.R. are not permitted.
- Bahamas – All islands of the Bahamas, with exception of Grand Bahamas, are open to private international flights, charters, pleasure craft and yachts from all countries including the United States. All travelers will have to quarantine for 14 days, and quarantining on a yacht counts. This electronic health visa must be completed. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test less than 5 days old is required, along with install of a GPS tracking app on your cellphone. 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. Requires negative test taken within 72 hours prior to departure. Quarantine not required with negative COVID test.
- Bermuda – As of Aug. 4, officials require all individuals entering Bermuda to seek government authorization by filling a Travel Authorization Health form not less than 48 hours prior to scheduled arrival in the country. Negative COVID-19 test required within 72 hours prior to departure. Quarantine not required with negative test.
- Bonaire – Flights from Dutch Caribbean Territory, Netherlands, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium are allowed with appropriate permission. Negative COVID-19 test required.
- Cayman Islands – International travel restrictions are expected to be lifted 01 Oct 2020.
- Cuba – Certain parts of country are open for tourism. U.S. sanctions still apply.
- Curacao – Passengers from the U.S. can enter with special permission from the Department of Health. All visitors must complete digital immigration card, digital locator card, and show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken at an accredited laboratory within 72 hours of departure. Quarantine required.
- Dominica – Open. Negative PCR test within 24-72 hours of arrival required. Upon arrival, pax will undergo a health screen and a rapid COVID test. If negative, no quarantine required.
- Dominican Republic – Open to international passengers. COVID-19 test is no longer required for crew and passengers. Universal Aviation DR is open and supporting missions.
- Grenada – Foreign travelers (except U.S. and Brazil nationals) are allowed to enter the country.
- Guadeloupe – Passengers from Schengen area are allowed. U.S. is banned. Proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior is required. No quarantine required. See website.
- Haiti – Open.
- Jamaica – Open. All foreign crew and passengers must obtain travel authorization prior to arrival and provide a COVID-19 PCR test no older than 10 days prior to entry. You will be required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and remain quarantined for 14 days.
- Martinique – U.S. and Canadian flights are not allowed, nor are flights from other Caribbean locations with the exceptions of Guadeloupe/TFFR. Only flights from Europe/Schengen area are allowed. Passengers must have a proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter and will have to respect 7 days quarantine at home. If they have no test, they will have a 14 day quarantine.
- St. Barts – Open. Must provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of your departure. Quarantine required.
- St. Lucia – Open, with 14-day quarantine. Requires a negative COVID-19 test in the last 7 days. Pax arriving from low-risk countries are exempt from pre-testing requirements and may be exempt from quaratine.
- St. Maarten – Open to pax from Canada, Europe and the U.S. Requires negative COVID test taken within 72 hours. Pax can move freely if test is negative. Passengers can now enter/exit via TNCM.
- St. Vincent & Grenadines – Open, with restrictions. Passengers must arrive with proof of a negative COVID test taken with 5 days. All passengers will be tested on arrival and placed under a mandatory self-quarantine in a government-approved location (hotel) for at least 24 hours. If test results are negative, no need to further quarantine. However… All passengers arriving from the US and other “high-risk” countries, including Guyana, Mexico, and Trinidad and Tobago, will be required to quarantine at an approved hotel for at least 5 days, regardless.
- Trinidad and Tobago – Allowing passengers from some Latin American countries. A 14-day quarantine is required.
- Turks and Caicos – Open. Proof of a negative Nasopharyngeal or Oropharyngeal COVID-19 test taken 5 days prior to arrival and travel insurance required.
- USVI and Puerto Rico – See U.S. section above.
- See all restrictions for this region.
- Our FBOs and ground handling offices in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Venezuela are still operational and supporting missions.
- Argentina – U.S. passengers can enter for business purposes, without doing the mandatory 14-day quarantine in a government-approved hotel. Proof of a negative PCR test within 48 hours is required, and a special permit has to be obtained, which Universal Aviation Argentina is able to assist with.
- Belize – Entry for non-scheduled flights is very restricted; however, you may be able to get in if you have a strong local business contact. Expected reopening date for GA flights is Oct 1.
- Brazil – Wide open. Health insurance required. Universal Aviation Brazil is following our C19 Health and Safety standards to support you safely.
- Bolivia – U.S. passengers allowed entry for business. Negative COVID-19 test taken within 7 days of arrival is required. Quarantine not required with proof of negative COVID-19 test.
- Chile – U.S. passengers can apply for entry via special permit request through the Chilean embassy or consulate. Universal Aviation Chile is available for support.
- Colombia – International passengers are now allowed to arrive in Colombia. Require a negative PCR test within 96 hours of ETA. Any passengers or crew needing to arrive or depart must complete a CHECK MIG form on the Colombian Immigration website. Starting Sept 21, SKBO, SHCG, SKRG, and SKCL will be open to accept flights from the U.S., Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Brazil and Bolivia.
- Costa Rica – The country’s three international airports are open to citizens of these countries and U.S. states. More states are being added to the OK list on Sept 15 and Oct 1. Proof of a negative COVID test within 48 hours is required, along with travel insurance and driver’s license. U.S. citizens from states not on the OK list may still be able to get in, but they will be subject to quarantine. Proof of a negative COVID test within 48 hours is required for all passengers, along with travel insurance and driver’s license. 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. Negative PCR test required taken within 10 days of flight.
- 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.
- Guatemala – Accessible with approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Honduras – Open for business flights. Requires proof of negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hrs. of arrival; Quarantine not required.
- Nicaragua – Open, but passengers and crew must provide proof of negative COVID test (SARS-COV-2 RNA, QL Real Time RT PCR) 72 hours before arrival. Bring hard copies. All arrivals must undergo 15-day quarantine. Scanned copies of passports and a local contact must be required to be submitted in advance of flight.
- Peru – Business flights allowed with submission of formal letter request stating importance of flight and is subject to approval from Chancellery. 14-day quarantine is required, no exemptions for passenger.
- Suriname – Both business and tourism flights require operator of host in Suriname to ask permission from the Ministry of Health and Minister of Transport. COVID-19 testing upon arrival is required. 14-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. >
- Our FBOs and ground handling offices in Ireland, UK, France, Greece, Italy, Spain 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. There are a number of access corridor options within Europe once you are allowed into the Schengen area, but they take some navigating. Details below.
- 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.
- The latest EC safe list for reopening Europe to third countries currently sits at 11 countries (with China being subject to reciprocity).
- 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.
- Armenia – U.S. passengers are allowed entry. Options include self-isolations for 14 days or take a PCR test. In case of a negative PCR result, no quarantine required.
- Austria – U.S. citizens with a business purpose are allowed entry with proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior. Or, U.S. citizens can enter via intra-Schengen without restrictions.
- Belarus – Proof of a negative PCR test required within 48 hours of departure date.
- 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 arriving from a RED zone country will take COVID-19 test on arrival and self-isolate for 14 days.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – U.S. citizens are allowed entry with an invitation letter and proof of negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of arrival.
- Croatia – Allowing entry based on economic interest or tourism. Our Universal Aviation offices in Italy are helping coordinate arrangements to enter Croatia for customers. COVID PCR test required for pax 48 hours prior to ETA, or you will be quarantined for 14 days.
- Denmark – U.S. citizens can travel to Denmark directly with an invitation letter from a Danish company. Note this is a Schengen country.
- Germany – Will accept most intra-Schengen flights. U.S. passengers can clear in another Schengen country (e.g., Denmark) to get in. In addition, travelers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, the UK, and Uruguay can enter. Some “high risk” provinces in the Schengen region are being restricted. See the latest list of high risk regions (dated 9/16/20).
- France –
- 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 or the UK before proceeding to France, third country nationals can enter France. We’ve managed a good number of flight through the UK-France corridor – coordinating between our Universal Aviation FBO in Stansted and Universal Aviation FBO in Paris to make these flights happen. Despite the UK quarantine restrictions on France, this corridor is still open! A public Health Passenger Locator Form and Int’l Travel Certificate is required. PCR testing also applies.
- 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.
- Ireland –
Middle East & Africa
- Algeria – U.S. passengers can enter for business. Negative COVID test, health form, and quarantine for duration of stay up to 14 days. Possible quarantine exemption with negative COVID 19 test at DAAG.
- Bahrain – There are no restrictions for private jets or pax arriving into OBBI if you can get a landing permit through diplomatic channels.
- Burkina Faso – Proof of a negative PCR test no later than 5 days old. Location card and health declaration required.
- Central African Republic – Open with stringent health requirements and a 14-day quarantine.
- Democratic Republic of the Congo – Negative COVID-19 test and 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. Negative COVID-19 test and health certificate required.
- Egypt – All airports are open. Tourism is limited to resorts in Matrouh, Red Sea, and South Sinai coastal governorates. Negative PCR test received within 72 hours before arrival required. Visitors that have proof of a negative PCR COVID 19 test do not have to quarantine.
- 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. Proof of negative COVID-19 test and health declaration form required.
- Iran – U.S. passengers allowed entry with an Iranian visa from the Iranian Embassy.
- Israel – Still heavily restricted. Our ground handling office in Tel Aviv is still open and supporting missions as allowed by the restrictions. .S. passengers must obtain an approval from the Israeli embassy prior to arrival. Israel extended their existing entry ban for nonresident foreign nationals through at least Oct. 1.
- Kenya – Open to 147 nations/states, including U.S. No quarantine required with negative COVID test.
- Lebanon – Private flights have resumed. Testing may be required depending on arrival or departure country. Check with us for details.
- Liberia – Open. Passengers without proof of a negative COVID test will be tested on arrival.
- Mali – Open. Proof of negative COVID test taken within 72 hrs. is required; otherwise, may be subject to 14-day quarantine.
- Mauritania – Open for all flights. Negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours required. Self-quarantine if you test positive.
- 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. 14-day quarantine required.
- Niger – Open and no quarantine required when arriving at DRRN with proof of negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72hrs before arrival.
- Qatar – U.S. passengers are allowed with permission in advance.
- Republic of Congo – Authorities resumed international air travel as of Aug. 24. Negative COVID-19 test required (within 72 hours of flight).
- Rwanda – Charter tourism and business flights allowed. Proof of negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hrs. prior to arrival. Screening and testing performed on arrival to confirm negative results of previous test.
- Sao Tome & Principe – Open to domestic and international travel. Pax and crew must present proof of a negative COVID 19 test result, taken no more than 72 hrs prior to flight.
- Senegal – Open. Passengers must complete a tracking form online and present it on arrival. Proof of a negative test COVID-19 within last 7 days must be presented on arrival.
- Sierra Leone – Open. Pax and crew must present a negative COVID 19 test result taken no more than 72 hrs prior to flight.
- 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. Proof a negative COVID-19 test in advance is required. Only travelers from low and medium-risk countries will allowed to enter, as determined by the Ministry of Tourism.
- Somalia – Open. International flights resumed on Aug 3. Mandatory to have a negative COVID 19 test result, taken no more than 72hrs prior to flight.
- South Africa – Allowing travel into/out of South Africa for business, leisure, and other travel starting 1 Oct 2020. 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 present negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours from time of departure, must be screened on arrival, and must install the COVID Alert South Africa App (contract tracing app).
- South Sudan – Open.
- Sudan – Open. Proof of negative PCR test certificate valid no longer than 72 hrs. Quarantine required for length of stay up to 14 days.
- Tanzania – Open. Pax will undergo advanced screening on arrival, but no quarantine required. Chemical disinfection of the aircraft required.
- Togo – Open. 14-day mandatory quarantine. COVID-19 test required upon arrival and departure (72hrs prior). Must install TOGO SAFE app upon arrival.
- Tunisia – Open. Allowed countries are split in zones. Quarantine required 0-14 days depending on zone. Negative COVID-19 PCR test required for orange and red zone countries.
- United Arab Emirates – Allowing pax who don’t require visas, including the U.S., to enter. Must apply for landing permit. Negative PCR COVID test, 14-day quarantine and proof of health insurance required.
- Yemen – U.S. passengers are allowed entry for business.
- Zambia – Open. 14-day quarantine upon arrival, and PCR test still required.
- See our complete list of country-by-country restrictions and feasibility insights for the Africa and Middle East regions. >
- Our FBOs and ground handling offices in China, Japan, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand all remain open and are supporting missions.
- American Samoa – Open. Quarantine on arrival required. All flights required to present negative PCR tests on arrival.
- Australia – Still predominantly closed.
- Bangladesh – U.S. passengers can enter with approval through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs via diplomatic channels.
- 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 and a medical certificate within 72 hours prior to departure. COVID test required on arrival.
- China – The country is still only open to cargo/humanitarian and repatriation flights.
- 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 – Open, including to U.S. citizens. Negative COVID test within 72 hours of departure required. Re-testing four days after arrival required.
- 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.
- India – Most international passenger travel remains effectively banned through at least Sept 30. Note recent changes to its visa process (visas have to be refreshed). Read the full details.
- Indonesia – U.S. passengers are allowed only if they have a diplomatic visa, temporary (KITAS) permit, or permanent (KITAP) permit to stay. People on the ground report changes may come in mid-September.
- Japan – Has opened its first business purpose corridor with Singapore. Next countries we’re expecting Japan to open to will be Australia, China, S. Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, NZ, and Vietnam. Universal Aviation Japan is staying on top of the phased reopening as it evolves.
- Kazakhstan – U.S. passengers are allowed entry for business.
- 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.
- Laos – U.S. passengers are allowed only with special permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Maldives – Open. Universal Aviation Maldives is ready to assist. Passengers must have accommodations at a declared resort for length of stay. As of Sept 10, visa on arrival is now available to tourists traveling to the Maldives. Proof of a PCR COVID-19 test results (72hr) is required and must be attached to the online Traveler Health Declaration Form.
- 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 Hong Kong, Taiwan will undergo medical observation in accordance with requirements of the health authority for 14 days.
- Myanmar – U.S. passengers can enter with approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- North Mariana Islands – Open to U.S. passengers for business, tourism, and tech stops. Negative PCR test taken within 3 days, health form, and quarantine required.
- Pakistan – Open to passengers from all countries except Israel.
- Philippines – Foreign nationals with a valid visa will are allowed entry. No new visa applications will be accepted.
- Singapore – U.S. passengers can operate if they have Singaporean Long Term Pass Holder (with valid approval letter). All eligible travelers (residents and visitors) must submit this electronic Health Declaration Card before entering Singapore.
- Sri Lanka – Authorities have indefinitely deferred plans to allow entry to foreigners until further notice.
- Taiwan – The ban on foreign national remains in place, with exceptions for residents, diplomats and business travelers. Swab test required if you show symptoms. Certain nationalities must quarantine 14 days.
- Thailand – Thailand remains closed unless you have demonstrative family, business, or political reasons to enter.
- Turkmenistan – U.S. passengers are allowed for business.
- Vietnam – Flights to Vietnam are not allowed to carry passengers, except that those who enter for diplomatic or official duty, foreigners who attend important foreign affair events, experts, business managers, highly-skilled workers and special cases with prior approval.
- See our complete list of country-by-country restrictions and feasibility insights for the Asia-Pacific region. >
Visit your country’s local health department. Other resources to check include:
- ASEAN is keeping a country by country update: https://www.aseanbriefing.com/news/2020/02/06/coronavirus-asia-asean-live-updates-by-country.html
- World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/
- Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/
- Federal Aviation Administration: https://www.faa.gov/
- EuroControl: https://www.eurocontrol.int/
- EuroControl NOTAMs: https://www.universalweather.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID8a.pdf
- EuroControl Factsheet: https://www.universalweather.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Factsheet7.pdf
- UK Department of Health: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health
- Public Health Europe: https://ec.europa.eu/health/
- Pan American Health Organization: https://www.paho.org/hq/
- WHO Africa: https://www.afro.who.int/
- WHO Southeast Asia: https://www.who.int/southeastasia
- WHO Europe: http://www.euro.who.int/
- WHO Eastern Mediterranean: http://www.emro.who.int/
- WHO Western Pacific: https://www.who.int/westernpacific
- U.S. State Department: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/china-travel-advisory.html
- EASA Safety Bulletin: https://ad.easa.europa.eu/ad/2020-02
- EBAA advice: https://www.ebaa.org/news/statement-updated-advice-for-operators-on-the-coronavirus-2019-ncovoutbreak/
- ICAO COVID-19 resources: https://www.icao.int/Security/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx
- Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU): https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
- NBAA Aircraft Disinfection resources: https://nbaa.org/aircraft-operations/safety/coronavirus/aircraft-disinfection-coronavirus/
- IATA Americas Guidance on Repatriation Flights
- IATA Quick Reference for Ground Handling during COVID-19
- IATA Dangerous Good Guidance (including alcohol hand sanitizers)
- European Commission Cargo Guidelines during COVID-19