Coronavirus Ops : live
The latest alerts published by OPSGROUP – changes specifically affecting international flight operations.
Consolidated live feed of Foreign Office advice, US warnings, Travel alerts etc.
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 the Notams! We never thought we’d say it, but we are seeing these starting to improve, with many countries issuing Notams with specific information about exactly what kind of flights are allowed. Make sure to check the FIR ICAO code of the country (check here if you’re unsure what code to use). Search the Notams using the updated FAA Notam Search site; or if you prefer the old-fashioned version, use this site instead.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Trip support provider Universal have a page with all the latest coronavirus-related restrictions, with a particular focus on the impact to business aviation. From the main page you can navigate to separate pages for different regions around the world (the US, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central & South America, Europe, Middle-East & Africa, and Asia-Pacific), and really drill down into the latest restrictions country-by-country. Most of this info comes from Universal’s vast network of local agents at airports around the world, so it’s a bit more pertinent to aviation than the more wide-ranging travel advice issued at government level (i.e. the UK FCO, the US embassies, etc).
5. Check out IATA’s dedicated webpage. Updated daily.
More on the topic:
- More: EU reopens to 14 countries but excludes the US
- More: FAA extensions to pilot regulatory relief
- More: The impact of Covid restrictions on Medevac ops
- More: Pilot Relief: FAA Covid rules in simple english
- More: Eurowings flight to nowhere highlights Notam problems