Coronavirus Ops : live
The latest alerts published by OPSGROUP – changes specifically affecting international flight operations.
April 3 - South Africa (FAZZ)South Africa banned passenger flights on Mar 26, but a Notam issued by FAJA/Johannesburg FIR on Apr 1 gives some more clarification on what is now allowed - cargo, tech-stops for fuelling, medevac, emergency diverts, overflights, humanitarian, and repatriation flights. For these, get in touch with the Dept of Transport at email@example.com for approval. Crew doing cargo flights may disembark and go to the hotel for up to 24hours, as long as they remain isolated in their rooms.
April 3 - Japan (RJZZ)Japan has now published the new restriction that applies from Apr 3, banning entry to foreign nationals if they have been in a huge list of countries within the past 14 days - including the US, Canada, the UK, and most of Europe. Exceptions are restricted to those who left Japan on or before Apr 2 with re-entry permission and who are either holders of residency permits or direct relatives of Japanese nationals. Local agent Aeroworks have told us that tech-stops and transit flights with crew/pax onboard from these affected countries are still allowed to operate, as long as everyone stays airside. In addition, all slots applications for Tokyo Olympics 2020 have now been cancelled by the authorities. The event will be held in 2021, and if you want to go, you’ll need to apply for slots again!
April 3 - Europe (EZZZ)A reminder that if you want to know what the COVID-related flight restrictions are for countries in Europe, check out Eurocontrol’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/eurocontrol. They are posting an updated doc each day, including a summary of how each of the main airlines are affected. Attached is the doc for today, Apr 3.
April 3 - Portugal (LPZZ)Portugal banned most non-EU flights on Mar 19, but the government will now be closing all airports to commercial flights and banning domestic travel during the Easter weekend, Apr 9-13, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. During this period, only cargo flights or those repatriating citizens will be allowed to operate.
April 2 - Worldwide (ZZZZ)The good folks at ICAO have made a neat little app which shows all the Notam’d COVID-related flight restrictions for countries around the world. It also shows the number of flights departing from each country within the past 7 days, and the percentage by which this has reduced week on week. Give it a try!
April 2 - Indonesia (WIZZ)The Indonesian government has announced that all foreign nationals will be barred from entering and transiting through Indonesia from Apr 2 onwards. There are some exemptions, but the rules for these have been pretty badly written, so we asked regional agent Asia Flight Services to help explain them - essentially, the only foreign pax who can now enter the country are those with some kind of residence permit, diplomatic visas, or aid support workers; foreign crew can still enter via gendec, for seven days, and do not need to self-quarantine if no symptoms are found on arrival. Transit flights with foreign pax onboard are not allowed.
April 2 - St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles (TNCM)The ban on pax flights imposed on Mar 18 has been extended to Apr 10. There are a whole bunch of exemptions, as published by Notam, the main ones being: cargo, repatriation, medical, and tech-stops without pax disembarkation. No overnight stays are permitted for crew. Authorities discourage extended ground times and self-quarantine is not sanctioned. No restrictions on overflights. You cannot use TNCM as a FPL alternate.
April 2 - Guyana (SYZZ)Guyana published Notam A0031/20 on Apr 1 advising that airports are now closed to inbound flights except for cargo, medevac, tech-stops for fuel only, and flights authorised by the CAA. For approval, contact the CAA email addresses in AIC 14/20, which is in the link. Overflights are not affected by any of this, they can continue as before.
April 2 - Fiji (NFZZ)Fiji banned international passenger flights on Mar 26. Since then, only cargo, repatriation, medevac and tech-stop flights have been allowed, by contacting the government at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours in advance. From Apr 3, the national curfew will get extended to include the hours from 8pm to 5am, and the capital city of Suva will enter lockdown - no-one will be able to leave or enter the city for 14 days, except to access medical care.
April 2 - Seychelles (FSZZ)As per the Travel Advisory issued by Seychelles on Mar 25, no foreign nationals may enter the country until further notice. FSIA Notam A0027/20 issued on Apr 1 says that the airport is now closed except for repatriation flights, emergency diverts, medevac and cargo. Crew of these flights can enter the country for minimum rest and will be placed on strict quarantine. To get approval for these flights, email: email@example.com. Overflights are still allowed, and you’re permitted to file FPL with FSIA as an alternate.
April 2 - Oman (OOZZ)Some more clarity on the rules in Oman, thanks to local agent OTTS. “Only tech-stops for refuelling are possible at OOMS and OOSA, subject to PACA approval. Crew are not allowed to disembark. We may also be able to arrange handling for non-scheduled, diplomatic, cargo and medevac flights subject to PACA approval. In addition, please also note that below nationalities of crew or passengers are not allowed even for tech-stops: China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Egypt (although flights coming from these countries may be allowed).” For more info, contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 2 - Shannon, Ireland (EINN)One to watch for those of us still doing North Atlantic flights - due to the overall reduction in flights at the moment, the airport opening hours at Shannon will be reduced to 0500-2100z daily from Apr 6-12, although this will likely get extended. Until Apr 6, the airport hours are 24/7 with reduced staff and services, and all requests for ground handling will require a minimum 24 hours notice.
April 1 - Japan (RJZZ)Japan's Prime Minister has said today that starting from Apr 1, entry will be denied to foreign nationals who have visited 73 countries within the past 14 days, including the US, Canada, China, South Korea, the UK, and most of Europe. Exceptions are likely to be limited to direct relatives of Japanese nationals.
April 1 - Cuba (MUZZ)The entry ban on foreign nationals issued on Mar 23 remains in place until further notice - only Cuban nationals and foreign residents of Cuba are allowed to enter. But a raft of Notams issued by Cuba (under the MUFH/Havana FIR code) on Apr 1 clarify some exemptions for foreign crew, who are permitted to operate medevac, cargo, humanitarian aid, and transit flights. For those first three categories, crew will permitted entry - they will not be quarantined, but will “remain isolated” for the “limited minimum period so that they can complete their flight duties and not affect the operation of the airline”. That sounds ok. What sounds less fun - all returning Cuban nationals will be put in government-managed isolation accommodation for 14 days. It looks like commercial flights out of Cuba may cease in the next few days, and the US is urging all US citizens in Cuba to return home immediately, or be prepared to have to stay there indefinitely.
March 31 - United Kingdom (EGGX)Most of the North Atlantic FIRs have published Notams today relaxing the datalink mandate rules for the next three months - ostensibly due to the fact that there’s now significantly less traffic because of all the COVID restrictions. EGGX/Shanwick, BIRD/Reykjavik, CZQX/Gander and LPPO/Santa Maria have all published Notams which say that non-datalink mandate compliant aircraft may flight plan and operate between FL290-410 from April 1 until June 30. Nothing yet from KZNY/New York Oceanic, but we’re keeping an eye on the Notams…
March 31 - Thailand (VTZZ)Thailand will no longer allow transit flights with pax onboard from Apr 1 onwards. After that date, it looks like they will allow transit flights with nil pax onboard to continue (check VTBB Notam A0806/20 issued on Mar 31). Other flights which will continue to be allowed: cargo flights, diplomatic flights, flights carrying Thai nationals returning home, and flights with some kind of government-issued exemption. Thailand remains in lockdown until Apr 30 at the earliest, check the UK FCO page for details.
March 31 - Malaysia (WMZZ)The restriction banning all foreign nationals from entering Malaysia has been extended to April 14. Exceptions: those with diplomatic passports, permanent residence, or who are an “expatriate in an essential service”. Foreign nationals can still enter in transit, but cannot switch terminals; they are also prohibited from traveling between East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak) and West Malaysia except to transit directly onto an international flight. This guidance comes from the UK FCO; Malaysia has not yet published any Notams regarding these or any other COVID-related restrictions.
March 31 - Ukraine (UKZZ)As per UKBV Notams issued on Mar 30, the ban on foreign nationals from entering the country has been extended to Apr 25. Exceptions: flights bringing in Ukrainian citizens or evacuating foreign nationals out of Ukraine. For these, you must use UKBB/Kiev Boryspil airport, or UKLL/Lviv if Boryspil cannot accommodate you for any reason.
March 31 - Ecuador (SEZZ)Ecuador has a ban in place until at least April 5 prohibiting foreign nationals from entering the country. SEFG Notam published on Mar 31 says that all airports in Ecuador are closed to inbound flights, except EMERG/SAR/HUM AID/MEDEVAC/STATE/CARGO/UNITED NATIONS/MIL. Tech stops are allowed, but crew and pax must remain onboard. You can apply for PPR to do repatriation flights, but you must arrive with nil pax, and crew must remain onboard.
March 31 - Indonesia (WIZZ)Indonesia is about to ban all foreign arrivals into the country, closing borders to non-residents and non-citizens. No regulations published just yet, but the foreign minister said today that it's going to happen rather soon. Most likely within a few days, we think, if not even more immediate.
March 31 - Bangkok, Thailand (VTBD)From March 31 until further notice, local authorities say airport slot requests for Don Muang (that's the alternative to Suvarnabhumi) will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may take as long as 8 days to be approved. Critically, there is also an update to the annual Birds of Bangkok Notam, effective March 31. New birds on the scene in Bangkok include the Red-wattled lapwing, the Indian Roller, the Chinese pond heron, and a Centropus sinensis, which sounds ominous, but translates to a little old Crow Pheasant. See VTBD A0723/20 for the full joy.
March 31 - Phuket, Thailand (VTSP)From Mar 31 to Apr 9 at 17:00Z: No overnight parking allowed for GA/BA flights. Quick turnaround with maximum 4 hours ground time only is allowed. From Apr 9 at 17:01 UTC the airport will close entirely until the end of April. No flights whatsoever will be allowed from that point.
March 31 - Cambodia (VDZZ)Cambodia update, valid from 30 Mar: Visa on Arrival, Visa Exemption Policy, Tourist visa and eVisa facilities are suspended - but air crew can now get visa on arrival again. Any foreigner intending to travel to Cambodia must: obtain a visa from Cambodian missions, provide a medical certificate stating negative test results to COVID-19, issued within 72 hours prior to departure, and provide proof of travel insurance that covers medical expenses of at least 50,000 USD in Cambodia. Expect health screening and possible mandatory quarantine or self-isolation. None of this applies to air crew.
March 30 - Egypt (HEZZ)The US FAA has extended its warning for the airspace over the Sinai Peninsula until 30th March 2021, at the earliest. As with other western countries, they advise against operating to airports in this region, as well as overflights below FL260 - if planning to do so, provide 3 days notice to the FAA.
March 30 - Afghanistan (OAZZ)The US has extended its airspace warning for Afghanistan for another year. The guidance remains unchanged: stick to airways and maintain FL330 or higher; if you have to land at airports in the country then minimise ground time - aircraft on the ground have been damaged or destroyed by indirect rocket or mortar fire from militant attacks.
March 30 - Tunisia (DTZZ)There's a nice Notam from Tunisia, valid until Apr 5, which tells you exactly what you need to know. All passenger flights to/from Tunisia have been suspended. Permitted flights are: cargo (crew must stay onboard), emergency diverts, tech landings (pax must stay onboard), and humanitarian/medical/relief flights. You can also use Tunisian airports as alternates in your FPL, including for ETOPS etc. For all these exemptions, you must get approval from the CAA - if you're looking for an email address, try: email@example.com
March 30 - Worldwide (ZZZZ)The European Cockpit Association has published a leaflet with guidance to crews on some of the main safety aspects associated with flight ops right now, in the midst of the COVID pandemic. It includes guidance collected from a number of official sources on issues including: use of gloves and masks, aircraft disinfection, crew health, how to handle a suspected case onboard, layover and dispatch considerations, and self-isolation measures post-flight. A nice easy 4-page doc.
March 30 - Madagascar (FMZZ)All passenger flights to/from Madagascar have been suspended - ferry and cargo flights are still permitted, but crew must remain onboard the aircraft. You can’t use FMMI/Antananarivo as a FPL alternate; the Notams do not specifically mention other international airports in Madagascar such as FMMT/Toamasina, but we’re guessing the same rule applies here too.
March 30 - British Virgin Islands (TUZZ)The British Virgin Islands have imposed a complete lockdown which runs through to Thursday April 2 at the earliest. All flights at TUPJ have been suspended until then, except for cargo and medevac flights (crew of cargo flights cannot leave the aircraft), and the airport opening hours are now only between 15-19z (11-15 local time) daily.
March 30 - Morocco (GMZZ)All international flights to or from Morocco are suspended until further notice, as notified in the GMMM Notams today, Mar 30. Overflights are still permitted, as are cargo flights as long as crew remain onboard the aircraft. Some private flights may be allowed to operate if confirmed through diplomatic channels.
March 30 - USA (KZZZ)The FAA has announced relief for US pilots medicals, not with a time-specific extension, but with a promise not to take legal action if you fly when your medical is past-due. That might work on the federal side, but take care - your insurance company may have a different view, as might any other party in the event of something going wrong. It's not clear yet how useful this relief clause is, treat with caution! We understand that this 'relief' is intended for domestic ops only - with something to follow for international ops later this week.
March 30 - Worldwide (ZZZZ)In the last few weeks, Notams about the Covid-19 situation pertaining to new restrictions for countries and airports have been wildly varying, often with incomplete scenario information or blanket statements that do not cover all situations. ICAO has requested some standardization from states on this front, so that crews and operators can get a more useful picture, specifically in the areas of contingency arrangements when airspace closes, specific types of flights - emergency, cargo, humanitarian, and alternate availability especially for ETOPS, EDTO planning, any overflight restrictions, and the rules for tech stops. Let us know if you're still seeing not-so-useful Notams, and we'll pass the word on to help get better information out from states involved.
March 30 - USA (KZZZ)Houston (ZHU) went to 'ATC Zero' on Sunday, to allow the center to be cleaned after a Covid-19 outbreak - and remains non-operational. NY Oceanic also has some staffing related route restrictions that will be ongoing for some time, including not allowing direct routings west of 72W, see KZNY A0159/20. NY Tracon was also briefly closed Saturday night for cleaning, with all ops in the N90 (greater New York) area suspended. The latest FAA operational plan is at: https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_spt.jsp, monitor for any changes.
March 30 - Myanmar (VYZZ)Myanmar, with effect Monday March 30, is now both revoking all previously issued landing permits and cancelling authorization for any international flights to operate. Relief, Cargo, and Medevac are exempted, but require special approval from Myanmar CAA. A further note says that crew members may be subject to quarantine until next departure scheduled.
March 30 - Egypt (HEZZ)Egypt has now suspended all international flights, but is allowing tech stops, as well as cargo and repatriation flights. No specific mention of overflights, it appears these can continue. However, all international ops now require a permit from Egyptian authorities. HECC A0122/20.
March 30 - Saudi Arabia (OEZZ)Saudi Arabia have clarified their situation: both domestic and international ops are suspended, overflights are OK, and tech stops and cargo ops are permitted. You can carry a Saudi alternate if needed. Evac flights are also OK, but approval needed from GACA beforehand. If you are operating to Saudi Arabia, a circular on their website https://gaca.gov.sa/ has a list of protocols that must be followed - most importantly, foreign crew must remain on board, obtain clearance to disembark before opening doors.
March 27 - USA (KZZZ)In the US, the states that now have a mandatory 14 day quarantine for passengers arriving from other states are Hawaii, Alaska, Texas, and Florida. The quarantine in principle is simple: self-isolate for 14 days, or less if you are leaving the state before that. Each state has slightly different requirements - some are only for pax from NY, NJ, CT, and New Orleans - others are for all locations. Aircrew continue to be exempt, though as with other countries rules, there is a grey area if deadheading/positioning to or from operating a flight - this isn't always clear. It seems likely that a vast expansion of this quarantine rule can be expected in the coming week in other states. Internationally, US rules remain that foreign nationals from Europe (Schengen, UK, Ireland), Iran, and China cannot enter unless resident or family of a citizen, in which case one of 13 airports must be used: BOS, ORD, DFW, DTW, HNL, ATL, JFK, LAX, MIA, EWR, SFO, SEA and IAD.
March 27 - China (ZSZZ)China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry into China by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits, effective from midnight March 28. Entry by foreign nationals with APEC Business Travel Cards will be suspended as well. Policies including port visas, 24/72/144-hour visa-free transit policy, Hainan 30-day visa-free policy, 15-day visa-free policy specified for foreign cruise-group-tour through Shanghai Port, Guangdong 144-hour visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups from Hong Kong or Macao SAR, and Guangxi 15-day visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups of ASEAN countries will also be temporarily suspended. Entry with diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas will not be affected. Foreign nationals coming to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates. Entry by foreign nationals with visas issued after this announcement will not be affected.
March 27 - United Arab Emirates (OMZZ)Updated requirements for the UAE: All international flights to/from airports in the UAE are suspended, except for these: 1. Cargo flights, 2. Medevac for UAE Nationals, or for foreigners with prior flight approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 3. Tech stops. For more, see Notam OMAE 0729/30 and Safety Decision 2020-01 at gcaa.gov.ae.
March 27 - Turkey (LTZZ)Rather than a full prohibition of international flying, an updated Notam from Turkey now has a long list of countries from which flights are not permitted, though there are exemptions for Repatriation, Medevac, Cargo and other special flights. Check LTAA A1695/20 for the details.
March 26 - Worldwide (ZZZZ)The FAA has issued the first of a series of relief rules for aircrew, dispatchers, and ground staff - adding two months to the grace period for training requirements under commercial ops, making a 3 month total. So, this helps out the 135 and 121 folks, and we're expecting to hear news on Part 91, and Medical exemptions by the end of the week. Elsewhere, other countries have done and are doing similar things. Our exemptions page is being updated with this info, please add what you know!
March 26 - Russia (UUZZ)Russia will halt all international flights from 0000 local time on Mar 27. After this time, the only flights allowed will be evacuate Russian citizens from abroad. Domestic flights within Russia are still permitted. For more info, read the Moscow Times news story which has a link to the official decree.
March 26 - Thailand (VTZZ)From Mar 26, Thailand has banned entry for all non-resident foreigners, and declared a nationwide state of emergency which will be in place until April 30. So now, Thailand is basically closed unless you’re operating a cargo flight, a diplomatic flight, or some kind of other flight approved by the government. Transit flights will continue to be allowed until midnight on Mar 31, as long as the time on the ground is less than 24 hours. Thailand has also suspended visas on arrival until Sept 30, according to the Thai Embassy.
March 26 - Puerto Rico (TJZZ)New rule in Puerto Rico from Mar 25 - airlines can only fly to TJSJ/San Juan airport; GA/BA and charter flights can only go to either TJSJ/San Juan, TJBQ/Aguadilla, or TJIG/Isla Grande. Cargo flights can go wherever they like. As part of the directive, every traveler who enters Puerto Rico will be placed on a 24/7 lockdown for 14 days.
March 26 - Fiji (NFZZ)With effect from midnight, the March 26th, all inbound and outbound international flights will be prohibited into the Republic of Fiji until further notice. Repatriation, medical evacuation and cargo flights may be permitted into the Republic of Fiji on a case by case basis, subject to the approval of the Minister responsible for civil aviation. For guidance, contact Shavil Maharaj from the Department of Civil Aviation on firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 26 - Worldwide (ZZZZ)If you're a ground handler, FBO, or airport agent you might be looking for guidance on aircraft handling as regards specific procedures around Covid-19. A new document has been published by IATA covering these areas: Handling Cargo from high risk Covid-19 affected countries, Ramp Handling, Aircraft cleaning, Catering, and storing GSE.
March 26 - Worldwide (ZZZZ)A new useful document has been published today by IATA, with guidance on Humanitarian/Repatriation flights from Central and South America - covering Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Venezuela. There is an ongoing focus on 'getting people home' - not just to the US, but for many nations. In principle, normal permit processes and contacts are the starting point, with approval required from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or Health Ministries.
March 25 - Europe (EZZZ)Each day, Eurocontrol are posting on their Facebook page a list of the current border and flight restrictions in countries around Europe, as well as a summary of what each of the airlines are doing. A nice simple two-page doc. They’re not posting it on the NOP, so keep an eye on the fb page for daily updates: www.facebook.com/eurocontrol. Attached is the doc for yesterday, Mar 24.
March 25 - USA (KZZZ)New quarantine rules in Florida for travellers from the New York Tri-State area (CT, NJ, NY). All passengers are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Unlike other states, this one has stiff penalties for violation - up to 60 days in jail, $500 fine, or both. The NBAA have been in touch with the Florida DOT who have said that Florida officials are putting a plan in place to monitor this for passengers arriving at commercial terminals; commercial crews (both 121 and 135) are exempt; and at this time, officials do not have a plan for monitoring passengers nor crews at FBOs and GA airports. Check the link attached for the Executive Order and Press Release for more info.
March 25 - United Arab Emirates (OMZZ)As of Mar 25, all flights in or out of the UAE are suspended - except for cargo and emergency evacuation flights. Overflights are still allowed. The doc on the government website says that this restriction will last until Apr 8, but that could change. Emirates has now suspended all passenger flights globally.
March 25 - Nigeria (DNZZ)Nigeria has now banned all international flights. There’s a Notam issued under the DNKK/Kano FIR, valid until Apr 21. Overflights are still allowed, and exceptions may be made for transit flights where passengers don’t get off the plane - but you have to email the government for approval (check the Notam for details).
March 25 - Las Vegas, USA (KLAS)The airport tower is expected to reopen at 1000 local time today, having been closed for the past week after after a controller tested positive for COVID-19. Recent days have seen reduced arrival rates of around 12 per hour, whilst flight ops have been handled by the backup tower, but this should increase to around 20 per hour today.
March 24 - Kazakhstan (UAZZ)If you're looking for a fuel stop between Asia and Europe, Kazakhstan might still be the good option it has always been. Although there are restrictions on entry, authorities have said transit flights are still being largely approved, perhaps with a request to keep doors closed. Start with a look at UAAA/Almaty.
March 24 - China (ZSZZ)If you're headed to Shanghai, word on the Notam street is that you should re-plan for ZSPD/Pudong instead of ZSSS/Hongqiao. It seems that all international arrivals planned for ZSSS are now being rerouted to ZSPD, where health inspections can take place. Check Notam F1133/20, which has a 3 month validity.
March 24 - United Kingdom (EGGX)You might be looking for the web page showing current NAT Tracks - it's moved to here: https://www.notams.faa.gov/common/nat.html. With the change in the US Notam setup, Pilotweb was discontinued, and 'Notam Search' has replaced it. As such, this is the new page for NAT Tracks. And if you're thinking it might not be working correctly - it is, there are just two westbound NAT Tracks today - Track Alpha and Bravo. No guesses as to why are needed.
March 23 - Hawaii (PHZZ)Hawaii has updated its rules around self-quarantine - all pax arriving into the State, regardless of point of departure, must self-quarantine for 14 days (or less, if departing again sooner), that means airport direct to hotel or residence. Flight Crew are exempt, but temperature will be checked on arrival before getting the green light to go to hotel. Many hotels and accomodations are closing. Tech stops look to still be OK, no impact.
March 23 - India (VIZZ)In addition to the international flights ban effective since March 22, India has announced a further ban effectively grounding all flights from 2359 IST on Wednesday night, March 25. Exemptions for Medevac, Cargo, and specifically approved flights by DGCA India. Details in linked document.
March 22 - USA (KZZZ)As shown by events over the weekend, provision of ATC in the US is at risk from the Covid spread. NY Center (N90) shut for a large part of Sunday, and service in the NY Oceanic FIR remains suspended until at least 1030Z Monday (advisory service only). Elsewhere ZID (Indy Center) remains offline above FL230, LAS, MDW, FRG are all ATC Zero/CTAF. All of these ATC stops have happened where an FAA employee has tested positive for the virus, and the facility is closed for cleaning, or for a longer period because of staff unavailability. This is likely just an indication of what may happen in the weeks to come at these and other ATC facilities in the US - widespread shutdowns of ATC are entirely possible. Read up on the CTAF procedures (linked), and expect the unexpected. For good info on these events as they happen, monitor the FAA OIS (https://www.fly.faa.gov/ois/), and the NBAA ATS (mostly by email, some on Twitter @NBAA_ATS). A map of outages is available at https://bit.ly/2JbDt00.
March 19 - United Arab Emirates (OMZZ)The UAE will temporarily ban entry for passengers of all nationalities, except for UAE and GCC citizens, into the UAE with effect from 08:00 GMT 19th March 2020 (Thursday, 19th March 12:00 UAE local time) until further notice. Ban includes the entry of UAE residence visa holders, visit/tourist visa holders and visa on arrival for all nationalities. Transit passengers exempt.
March 19 - India (VIZZ)India will ban all 'scheduled international commercial passenger aircraft' from March 22nd. As such, they say, no incoming scheduled international commercial passenger aircraft will be allowed to disembark its passengers on Indian soil after this time - whether foreigners or Indians. Details in the linked document. As things stand, this is effective until March 29, but that's likely to extend.
March 19 - Indonesia (WIZZ)Indonesia has suspended its visa exemption policy for short-stay visit, visa-on-arrival and diplomatic/service visa-free facilities for all countries, for a period of 1 month starting on 18 March. All passengers and crew members who wish to visit Indonesia must obtain a visa from Indonesian missions in accordance with the purpose of their visit. A Health Certificate is also required.
March 19 - Mexico (MMZZ)Mexico appears to be still be largely 'ops normal', with no restrictions on entry or aircraft ops. However, CIQ (Customs Immigration and Quarantine) facilities within FBO's will not be operable until further notice. A questionnaire will be presented on arrival, that's about it.
March 18 - Salt Lake City, USA (KSLC)There was a 5.7-magnitude earthquake near Salt Lake City earlier today. No immediate reports of injuries or major damage, but flights at the airport are currently suspended as the Tower had to evacuate and may not be able to return until later today. Several flights are diverting elsewhere - expect disruption to continue throughout the day.
March 18 - Europe (EZZZ)Foreign nationals from outside Europe are being turned away from airports and borders, after the EU imposed a 30-day ban on Mar 17 to halt the spread of coronavirus. The entry ban will not affect Europeans going home or cross-border workers. The ban specifically covers all EU states as well as countries within the Schengen border-free zone, including Iceland, Switzerland, Norway and Liechtenstein.
March 18 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong (VHHH)Big change to the rules coming at midnight on Mar 19 - all travellers entering Hong Kong will be required to go into compulsory quarantine for 14 days. For Hong Kong residents, this can take place at home. For everyone else, quarantine must be at a government quarantine centre - you can’t serve your 14 day quarantine period in a hotel. Transit flights not affected, unless you fail the health screening.
March 18 - Malaysia (WMZZ)Malaysia is entering a two-week lockdown starting today, Mar 18. Until Apr 1 at the earliest, all foreign nationals have been banned from entering the country, and all Malaysians will not be allowed to travel overseas. All returning Malaysians will have to self quarantine for 14 days. Foreign nationals are permitted to depart the country, however flight options are increasingly limited.
March 17 - Chicago, USA (KMDW)There's a staff shortage in ATC Midway, and as a result, KMDW will operate as an uncontrolled airport tomorrow (18 Mar), and they will be in a low rate GDP for the foreseeable future. Ops into other Chicago airports are likely to be impacted also, as a knock-on effect.
March 17 - Europe (EZZZ)The EU is planning a 30-day ban on all non-essential travel throughout all 26 of Europe’s Schengen countries from today, Mar 17, to try to limit the spread of coronavirus. Although this technically does not apply to the UK, today the UK itself has advised its citizens against non-essential travel anywhere in the world for the next 30 days. European countries have already implemented drastic measures with Italy, France, Spain, Austria, Republic of Ireland and Denmark all on varying degrees of lockdown. Some, such as Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Ukraine, Estonia, Cyprus and Slovakia, have already shut their borders.
March 17 - Canada (CZZZ)From Mar 18, Canada will ban foreign nationals from all countries except the US from entering the country. This measure does not apply to flight crews or transit passengers. International flights can now only use four airports: CYYZ/Toronto Pearson, CYUL/Montreal, CYYC/Calgary and CYVR/Vancouver, to allow for enhanced screening. Flights from the US, Mexico and the Caribbean, and Canadian domestic flights will not be affected by this change. All travellers arriving in Canada are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution.
March 16 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong (VHHH)Starting from Mar 17, Hong Kong will expand its mandatory quarantine restrictions to include all Schengen countries, all of South Korea, and Hokkaido in Japan. And then from Mar 19, this will be extended to include four more countries: the UK, Ireland, the US, and Egypt.
March 16 - Europe (EZZZ)Several European countries have announced they will be closing their borders to all international travel, including Poland, Georgia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Ukraine, and Estonia. Germany has imposed temporary controls on its southern borders. Cyprus has banned all tourists. France and Spain have gone into lockdown, similar to Italy. Eurocontrol now have a dedicated page with all the latest flight restrictions in Europe, which will get updated daily, and is extremely useful. They are saying to expect delays in several sectors throughout Europe in the coming weeks due to these measures - particularly France and Spain.
March 16 - India (VIZZ)New rules issued on Mar 16 - from Mar 18, passenger flights from countries in Europe (including the UK) will be prohibited. Passengers arriving from UAE, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait will be quarantined for 14 days. Both these restrictions will be in force until Mar 31 at the earliest.
March 16 - Qatar (OTZZ)From the evening of Mar 18 for a period of at least 14 days, no international passengers – including those with a residence permit - will be allowed to enter Qatar. Transit passengers going on to another destination will still be able to transfer through Qatar. Qatari citizens will continue to be allowed into the country after they quarantine for two weeks.
March 16 - Turkey (LTZZ)As of March 15, Turkey has suspended all flights to and from Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and South Korea. Foreign nationals who have visited these countries within the past 14 days are also barred from entering the country.
March 15 - Qatar (OTZZ)From Mar 14, entry into Qatar was suspended for nationals of Italy, France, Germany and Spain, as well as people travelling from these countries. Individuals with a Qatar residence permit may still travel from these countries but must go into 14 days’ quarantine at a quarantine facility on arrival. This is in addition to a previously issued ban on travel from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria and Thailand.
March 15 - Pakistan (OPZZ)Pakistan published a Notam on Mar 13, saying that all international flights in and out of the country are suspended except to three airports: OPLA/Lahore, OPIS/Islamabad, and OPKC/Karachi. If you have a flight scheduled to any other airport in Pakistan, they will let you re-route it to one of these three airports within certain timeframes each day. This rule is due to last until Mar 31, although that may change.
March 15 - Saudi Arabia (OEZZ)The Saudi government has decided to suspend all international flights for two weeks, starting from Mar 15, as part of its efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Special arrangements being made for Saudi citizens and some other flights, but other than that, consider Saudi Arabia completely closed until Mar 29 at the earliest.
Consolidated live feed of Foreign Office advice, US warnings, Travel alerts etc.
TurkeyUpdate Turkish Airlines suspends all domestic flights until 20 April amid COVID-19 pandemic [source]
PakistanLatest update: Addition of information on commercial flights to the UK announced by the Pakistan Government ('Summary', 'Coronavirus' and 'Return to the UK' pages) [source]
Costa RicaLatest update: There is a German repatriation flight on Monday 6 April. To reserve a seat you should contact us urgently at Consular.CostaRica@fco.gov.uk See 'Coronavirus' and 'Return to the UK' pages for more details. [source]
Germany, IranIran Air suspends all flights between countries amid COVID-19 restrictions [source]
IndiaUpdate Air India halts flight bookings until 30 April as it awaits government decision on lockdown that ends on 14 April [source]
PakistanLatest update: Addition of information on commercial flights to the UK announced by the Pakistan Government ('Summary', 'Coronavirus' and 'Return to the UK' pages) [source]
HaitiUpdated advice following on cessation of international flights from Haiti. Additional measures on wearing face masks in public wef 6 April. ('Return to the UK' page). [source]
MalaysiaGovernment introduces further travel restrictions for foreign nationals amid COVID-19 outbreak /update 10 [source]
BangladeshBiman Airlines announced the temporary suspension of its flights from Dhaka to the UK from 30 March. (Further information in 'Coronavirus' and 'Return to the UK' pages) [source]
BarbadosUpdate to information about travel restrictions ('Coronavirus' page) [source]
VanuatuTropical Cyclone Harold intensifies to Category 3 storm April 4 /update 1 [source]
Manila (Philippines)The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) updates their Facebook page (https [source]
PhilippinesInformation on the UK operated special flights from Manila, Cebu, Bohol, Puerto Princesa and Siargao for British tourists, short term visitors and their direct dependants to return to the UK on 7 April 2020, and how to make a booking. ('Return to the UK' page) [source]
RomaniaLatest update: updated advice in the 'Return to the UK' pages. [source]
MalaysiaFrom 3 April 2020, anyone (including British Nationals) entering the country under the new Movement Control Order immigration rules will be obliged to enter quarantine for 14 days in centres designated by the Government. ('Coronavirus' page) [source]
GrenadaTravel restrictions introduced April 3 /update 1 [source]
CubaUpdate following latest announcement by Cuban government of further measures to counter the spread of coronavirus in Cuba. ('Summary, Coronavirus' and Return to the UK' pages) [source]
KenyaLatest update: Update on how to register information with the British High Commission Nairobi ('Summary' and 'Return to UK' pages) [source]
U.K.Northern Rail to reduce train services across region on 5 April because of COVID-19 [source]
BelizeLatest update: Updated advice in the 'Return to the UK' pages. [source]
IndiaSecurity forces kill three militants in Jammu and Kashmir April 4 [source]
DominicaUpdated guidance on what to do following closure of airports and borders. ('Return to the UK' page) [source]
SlovakiaLatest update: on commercial options to return to the UK from Slovakia (see 'Summary' and 'Return to UK' pages). [source]
ItalySome airport workers to stage 24-hour strike on 11 May [source]
St Vincent and the GrenadinesUpdate to information about travel restrictions in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19). ('Return to the UK' pages) [source]
Trinidad and TobagoTravel restrictions continue amid COVID-19 pandemic April 3 /update 2 [source]
HungaryUpdate to information about local measures introduced in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) and flight options to return to the UK ('Coronavirus' and 'Return to the UK' pages) [source]
GermanyLatest update: Update to flight information (see 'Coronavirus' and 'Return to the UK' pages). [source]
AustriaAustrian Airlines extends flight suspensions on April 3 /update 9 [source]
United Arab EmiratesLatest update: Updated information and advice following the ceasing of inbound and outbound flights at 23:59 on 24 March and local measures restricting movements ('Coronavirus' and 'Return to the UK' pages) [source]
CanadaAdverse weather conditions forecast in British Columbia April 3 [source]
BelgiumUpdate Non-essential travel ban reinstated because of COVID-19 [source]
IraqVehicle hit by roadside bomb in Dibis district (Kirkuk province) on April 3 [source]
IndiaCross-border fire in Jammu and Kashmir wounds six soldiers April 3 [source]
TurkeyLatest update: Update to flight information ('Coronavirus' and 'Return to the UK' pages). [source]
Bosnia and HerzegovinaUpdated information on travel restrictions and local measures taken to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) ('Summary' and 'Coronavirus' pages). Updated ‘Return to UK’ page. [source]
PolandUpdated information on last planned flights from Poland to the UK on Sunday 5 April and limited alternative travel options. Individuals wishing to depart on these flights are advised to register as soon as possible. ('Coronavirus' and 'Return to the UK' pages) [source]
VanuatuSummary: Tropical cyclone Harold is in the Vanuatu area and increasing in intensity ("Natural Disasters" section). The government of Vanuatu declared a State of Emergency on 26 March. There are no international flights operating in or out of Vanuatu. [source]
Guinea-BissauNationwide state of emergency in effect as of April 3 due to COVID-19 /update 1 [source]
BrazilLatest update: Direct commercial flights ceased on 3rd April and are likely to remain shut for at least the first 3 weeks of April. See (Return to UK pages). [source]
PanamaTaxi restrictions in place (‘Coronavirus’) and information on returning to the UK ('Return to UK' page) [source]
AustriaUpdate Austrian Airlines extends flight suspension until 3 May because of COVID-19 [source]
BelarusUpdated information on returning to the UK ('Coronavirus' and ‘Return to the UK’ pages) [source]
ParaguayUpdate on Return to the UK. [source]
MongoliaLatest update: Update to flight changes: No further charter flights from Mongolia ('Return to the UK' page) [source]
BarbadosUpdate Country will begin 24-hour curfew beginning 3 April [source]
U.K.Grand Central announces temporary suspension of train services during COVID-19 restrictions from 3 April [source]
LuxembourgSecurity Message U.S. Embassy reports international travel options still available from Luxembourg to France, Germany, Netherlands [source]
ThailandAll incoming flights suspended April 4-6 due to COVID-19 /update 21 [source]
ColombiaExplosion at mine in San Cayetano (Norte de Santander department) leaves six dead April 3 [source]
On this tab, we’ll add the most useful resources for Crews, Dispatchers, and ATC. If you have something to suggest, please let us know. A work in progress for the moment.
Aircrew and Dispatch Resources
Operational – General Guidance
If you want to know what the restrictions are for specific countries, we recommend the following:
1. Check out the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office website. The UK has eyes on the ground pretty much everywhere. Each country has a dedicated page, with a specific section on the coronavirus and the latest restrictions on inbound travel, which gets updated regularly.
2. The same goes for the US. If the US has an embassy somewhere, the chances are they will be issuing alerts when there are changes to the travel restrictions there. Click on a country from the list, and then click on the ‘News & Events’ tab for that country, on the top-right side of the page.
3. If the UK and the US both come up empty-handed, Australia might be able to sort you out. They have their own government travel advisory website, which lists inbound travel restrictions. Particularly useful for some of the more out-of-the-way places in the Pacific Islands.
4. Check out IATA’s dedicated webpage. Updated daily.
5. Check out the New York Times list of travel restrictions. Updated daily.