Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on business aviation

Special quarantine and health inspection procedures have been enforced in China and other locations in Asia and around the world in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Extra planning and precaution is required if you are planning a trip to China and Asia. The post Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on business aviation appeared first on Universal® Operational Insight Blog.

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.

We’ve overhauled our coronavirus (COVID-19) business aviation restrictions blog article to make it more user friendly and easier to navigate. Starting today, we will be posting high-level COVID-19 restrictions trends on this page, as well as recent country-level restrictions.

You can still drill down into all country restrictions by accessing the new regional restrictions pages below or using the sidebar navigation to go directly to a specific country of interest.


COVID-19 Restriction Trends

May 1, 2020

  • Many restrictions that were set to expire this week have been extended two weeks to mid-May. We view these 2-week extensions as a positive sign versus 4-week extensions. Mid-May is now the next major milestone we’ll be watching.
  • A number of countries have modified their restrictions to now allow for tech stops. A few of them have opened for crew rest.
  • This week our operations teams saw a marked increase in trip inquires for business and leisure flights for June—a positive sign that more flight departments are thinking about getting back to flying.

Recent Regional Restrictions

May 1, 2020


United States

  • Presidential Proclamation published on April 23, 2020
  • Effective April 24, the U.S. suspended processing new immigration applications from aliens for a minimum of 60 days unless they meet very specific criteria (e.g., National Security, assist in the fight against COVID-19, etc.).
  • NOT AFFECTED are 1) U.S. permanent residents and 2) persons currently holding valid U.S. Visas or other conditional authorization for travel (e.g. Transportation Letter or Advance Parole Document) issued prior to this proclamation.
  • UPDATED: We confirmed that the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and associated travelers utilizing ESTA are unaffected. In addition, new applications for signatory carrier status under VWP are still being processed.  All U.S.-based operators and non-U.S. commercial operators are eligible, we recommend you apply to increase your operational flexibility.  Universal can help.
  • Keep in mind, that travel history of crew/pax and itinerary will still largely determine whether the flight is restricted—approved, denied, approved with condition (like funneling).
  • Download the full proclamation here [PDF].

See detailed restrictions for the U.S.


Canada

    • Canada is now 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 well in advance. All flights are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Consult with UV for any planned mission.
    • Note that Canada has very strict quarantine requirements for anyone entering the country. Crew will need to quarantine for length of stay, up to 14 days.

See detailed restrictions for Canada.

Mexico

  • Non-essential flights are being allowed on an airport-by-airport, case-by-case basis. Most of the usual tourist hotspots are still allowing flights. Check with us before any mission.
  • Some airports have reduced hours.
  • All of our ground handling offices in Mexico remain open and are supporting missions. We were also really excited to learn that they just got voted #1 Mexican Handler in the 2020 ProPilot PRASE survey. Here’s a nice little Thank You video they put together.

Caribbean

  • Our ground handling office in the Dominican Republic is still open and supporting missions, as allowed by the restrictions.
  • Travel to the islands is still very restricted. Many airports are operating at reduced hours, and others are completely shut down. Tech stops are an option for some islands. Consult with us prior to any mission.


Central & South America

  • Nicaragua has JUST STARTED introducing restrictions…now restricting commercial flights as of April 29. Certain GA flights are allowed, and there are specific new requirements in place, including a fumigation certification and 72-hour lead time for a landing permit.
  • Our FBOs and ground handling offices in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Venezuela are still operational and supporting missions.


Europe

  • Our FBOs and ground handling offices in Ireland, UK, France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey all remain open and are supporting missions.
  • Our FBO in London-Stansted (EGSS) is still an overnight option; however, hotels/rentals are very scarce for transiting crew. In addition, you will need to complete a health declaration in advance stating you and your passengers don’t have symptoms and haven’t been in contact with anyone who has.
  • Our FBOs in Shannon (EINN) and Dublin (EIDW) are also overnight options; however, hotel options are limited.
  • Russia is open for tech stops and cargo, repatriation, or humanitarian flights.


Middle East & Africa

  • Israel – Our ground handling office in Tel Aviv is still open and supporting missions.
  • Sharjah, UAE is reporting it is open for tech stops and overnight stays. Other locations may be possible; consult with us for options.


Asia-Pacific

  • Our FBOs and ground handling offices in China, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand all remain open and are supporting missions.
  • Our offices in China have been extremely busy manage cargo humanitarian missions. If you are considering such a mission, consult with us.
  • Australia – no changes since last update.
  • Seoul (RKSI) – Now allowing overnight parking and crew rest. Visas and quarantine are not required for crew. Passengers are still subject to quarantine, with some exemptions.
  • Japan added 14 countries to their ban list.
  • We continue to receive a lot of requests about tech stops and crew rest stops in Asia, especially for cargo flights out of China. Consult with us on the latest options.


Additional Resources

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/
  • 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

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Caribbean Anguilla April 21, 2020 General Restrictions: Anguilla ports are closed to all passenger vessels. Ferry flights in to pick up foreign nationals to return to home country are allowed. Allowed flights are considered on a case by case basis. Passenger Restrictions: Passengers are NOT allowed to enter Anguilla. No exceptions. Charter flights have been allowed on a case by case basis for the departure of visitor from the territory. Crew: Extended ground time and overnight stays are not permitted for crew. Expect quick turnarounds. Tech Stop Details: Tech stops are allowed with no disembarkation. Antigua May 4, 2020 Passenger […] The post Caribbean: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on Business Aviation appeared first on Universal® Operational Insight Blog.

Caribbean: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on Business Aviation

Caribbean


Anguilla

April 21, 2020

General Restrictions: Anguilla ports are closed to all passenger vessels. Ferry flights in to pick up foreign nationals to return to home country are allowed. Allowed flights are considered on a case by case basis.

Passenger Restrictions: Passengers are NOT allowed to enter Anguilla. No exceptions. Charter flights have been allowed on a case by case basis for the departure of visitor from the territory.

Crew: Extended ground time and overnight stays are not permitted for crew. Expect quick turnarounds.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops are allowed with no disembarkation.


Antigua

May 4, 2020

Passenger Restrictions: Only Nationals of Antigua and Barbuda are allowed entry at this time. Hotels are available but most are closed.

Restriction expiration: May 14, 2020

Crew: No crew rest is available for Non-Nationals. Turn around time is 3 hours or less. For Nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, most hotels are closed. The Hodges Bay Club is currently open, as well as the Sugar Ridge.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stop is allowed with no disembarkation between the hours of 0600 lcl and 1800 lcl. All services are available, however Catering requires advanced notice. Turn around time is 3 hours or less. Passengers onboard require Travel History for last 28 days. No overnight stays are available.

Special Considerations: Cargo Flights, Repatriation Flights, Technical Stops; no overtime is allowed.

ICAO Specific Information: ST JOHN’S (ANTIGUA)/ TAPA-Closed to incoming passenger service.


Aruba

April 1, 2020

General restrictions: Effective March 29, 2020, Aruba will restrict entry to Aruba to all travelers, including legal residents of Aruba.

Crew are exempt.


Bahamas

April 28, 2020

General restrictions: The country is closed to all incoming passengers. No passenger shall be permitted to enter and disembark for any reason including transiting through the Bahamas. All aerodromes including private aerodromes and fixed-based operators shall be closed to incoming international flights carrying passengers except with prior written permission from the appropriate authority.

Restriction expiration: May 30, 2020.

Exceptions: 

  • Private aircraft, with no pax, will be allowed entry provided they are not inbound from countries on restricted list (UK, Ireland & Europe, China, Iran, Italy & South Korea). Pilot(s) are to remain with the aircraft at all times. All paperwork will be presented to the crew onboard/at the aircraft. Once all formalities are completed, passengers will be escorted to aircraft.
  • US Military, emergency medical flights, cargo and courier flights. Flight crews are prohibited from entering facilities. All paperwork will be presented to the crew onboard the aircraft.

ICAO specific information: Please contact your Universal trip support team for hours of operation at specific locations.


Barbados

May 4, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities in Barbados announced new restrictions, including a mandatory quarantine for any person entering the country through May 4, 2020. Passenger flights are not allowed between the hours of 2200z and 1000z.

Restriction expiration: May 17, 2020.

Passenger Restrictions: Until further notice, all persons arriving on the island from any nation by air or water will be placed in a government facility for 14 days as part of a mandatory quarantine. Suspension of commercial international flights, with negotiations for some airlines to provide limited services. Persons arriving from China, Iran, South Korea, Europe, and the US will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

Crew: Crew may spend ONE night but they will be quarantined at the hotel until departure. Crew may remain onboard the aircraft to rest.

Tech Stop Details: Crew / Pax must remain onboard; Quick turns only. All services are available. Crew cannot leave the aircraft and crew rest is unavailable.

Special Considerations: Fuel is available during the hours of 0600 and 1800 local. They must be given prior notice outside of these hours so that they can be available.

Note that as the country is on a lockdown 90% of the hotels , all restaurants are closed so there are no amenities available during the lockdown period.
Should catering be needed for an aircraft notice should be given at least 48 hours in advance to ensure delivery.

ICAO Specific Information: TBPB – Airport is open 24 hours daily.

Visit the U.S. Embassy for the Eastern Caribbean for more.


Belize

May 4, 2020

General Restrictions: There is a complete closure of all borders and ports of entry. Cenamer ACC/FIR will be Providing FIS for aircraft overflying through Belizean airspace below Fl200. Operatings conducting flights for exempt missions must request permission 48 hours in advance and must wait for special clearance from the Belize director of civil aviation.

Operators should request permission 48 hours in advance and must wait for special clearance from the Belize director of civil aviation.

Restrictions expiration: May 30, 2020.

Exceptions:

1. Cargo flights
2. Humanitarian flights
3. Medical and relief flights
4. Ambulance flights
5. Technical stops (no pax disembark)
6. Emergency/Diversion Flights
7. Ferry flights
8. Repatriation Flights

Tech Stop: Possible (no pax disemark possible).

Passenger Restrictions: The latest regulation prohibits the entry of ALL nationalities into the country; exceptions to the rule will only be made for medical emergencies.

ICAO Specific Information: MZBZ – Open 0800 to 1600 LCL


Bermuda

May 4, 2020

General Restrictions: **Most Bermuda PPRs are being issued 0300z on the zulu day of operations (9pm Bermuda local time). TXKF is open but limited to returning Bermuda citizens, medevac flights and cargo flights. All flights must receive a PPR from the Airport Authority via the https://bda.vortexcms.com/ppr link at least 48 hours in advance of the flight.

Cargo flights are restricted to three days per week.

Health Forms are required to be completed by all flight crew, medical crew (if applicable), patients and passengers. The health forms should be sent to althomas@gov.bm; ado@skyport.bm and fbo@cedaraviation.com.
Ferry flights in to pick up outbound passengers is allowed
Passenger Restrictions: Bermuda citizens only. Health forms are required to be completed by medical crew (if applicable), patients and passengers. You may take any passengers outbound. Passengers go through the normal process for departure.

Restriction expiration: Until further notice.

Crew: Health forms are required to be completed by all flight crew. Overnight/crew rest is not permitted at this time.

ICAO Specific Information: TXKF – Hours of Operation are 0900 to 1700 LCL. Catering is not available at this time.


British Virgin Islands

April 1, 2020

General restrictions: As of Sunday, 22 March, entry by sea or air for all passengers is prohibited for 14 days. The restriction does not apply to freight, cargo or courier craft or vessels.

Crew:  International crew members on incoming vessels will be required to remain within the port facility.


Cayman Islands

April 27, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities in the Cayman Islands have extended and expanded a previously imposed curfew order Until Further Notice, as part of the territory’s efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Passenger Restrictions: Officials had previously announced a ban for all foreign nationals arriving at the islands. As a result of this ban, at Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) and Charles Kirkconnell International Airport (CYB) closures have been extended until further notice. Pax need to quarantine for 14 days in a Government Facility.

Exceptions:

Cargo flights, couriers, and air ambulance services, continue to operate. Previously obtained blanket permits and verification letters may not operate unless approval has been given for the proposed flight. No service or flights on Saturday / Sunday. Slots and Date of Service vary by airport.Repatriation flights (i.e. charters, etc.) are being allowed to return foreign residents to their respective countries. The process for arranging such is as follows:

  • The request for the repatriation flights/air ambulances, which should include passenger information, along with the technical aviation details of the air operator to provide the service should be directed to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands, the central coordinating organisation. The CAACI will re-direct any special request or situations to the appropriate agency for approval and revert to the applicant with a decision and information.
  • The aircraft operator should apply to the CAACI for the requisite operating permit or verification if they are in possession of an existing CAACI authorisation. The application package can be found here: https://www.caacayman.com/wp-content/uploads/forms/Nonscheduled%20Operating%20Permits%20Application%20Package%20Revision%20June%202018.pdf and by using email address: civil.aviation@caacayman.com.

Cuba

March 22, 2020

General restrictions: Only Cuban citizens and foreigners residing in the country may enter Cuba. The entrance of tourists is closed and the exit of these will only be allowed in regular flights or in that charter specially authorized for the rescue or return of travelers to their countries of origin.


Dominican Republic

April 19, 2020

General Restrictions: All international general aviation and airport operators suspension of flight from and to airports in the Dominican Republic. Only air ambulance are allowed by the government with the proper documentation. All part 91 / part 135 are suspended. Ferry operations to repatriate aliens will be analyzed by the Dominican Civil Aviation for approval. Ferry flights must come with double crew as they are not allowed to disembark.  Cargo flights are operating normally. Some permits are approved based on passengers emergency or by any special needs.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops for refueling are approved on a case by case basis.


Grenada

April 8, 2020

General Restrictions: All airports closed to commercial passenger traffic until further notice.

Special Considerations: Aircraft carrying cargo and pre-approved medical personnel will be allowed to land. Officials could expand or amend the orders on short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.


Haiti

March 20, 2020

General restrictions: All Haiti airports are completely shut down.


Jamaica

April 22, 2020

General Restrictions: All airports and seaports closed to inbound international passenger traffic through May 31.

Exceptions: Pax Out, Humanitarian, Diplomatic, Domestic, Cargo, Courier, Emergency, Medevac, Tech Stops

Passenger Restrictions: Jamaicans returning to Jamaica after the 24th must be placed under quarantine for 14 days at the persons home or residence. Commencing on March 25 until April 21, International Passengers are NOT permitted.

Crew: Crew are advised to remain on board the aircraft and/or comply with self-quarantine measures. Crew in quarantine are instructed to stay in their rooms with no contact with other members of the public. Food from room service only. Leave the room only to return to the airport.


Martinique

May 4, 2020

General Restrictions: Martinique is closing its borders to foreign nationals who lack a permanent residence permit in one of the Schengen member and associated states, the EU or UK. General Curfew is from 2000 to 0500 LCL.

Restriction expiration: Until further notice.

Exceptions: 

1. Cargo
2. Pax OUT
3. MEDEVAC
4. State Acft

Crew: Crew and minimum support staff that are required to carry out cargo and passenger flights are exempt from the travel restrictions. Overnight stays should be avoided unless necessary. Only one hotel is open, Bakoua Hotel.


St. Barts

April 20, 2020

General restrictions: The border is closed to foreign nationals who lack a Residence permit in one of the Schengen member and associated states European Union or United Kingdom, unless they are arriving on a flight from those areas.

Flights for leisure and sport are prohibited.

Crew: All crew and minimum support staff that are required to carry out cargo and pax flights are exempt from the travel restrictions overnight stays should check.

The aircraft carrier is responsible for assessing prior to flt that all pax travel intents are with respect to one of the stated conditions. Air pax must provide a written commitment stating the precise reason why they travel. The aircraft carrier has to provide the regional health agency with an extensive list of pax details containing their name, phone numbers,travel reasons and postal addresses to the airport authorities.

Exceptions: Provisions will be made for repatriations, essential services, and for health and sanitation reasons. Cargo aircraft will continue to operate.


St. Kitts

April 27, 2020

General restrictions:

  • On 22 March, the Government of St. Kitts announced that international travelers traveling or transiting from China, Iran, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, the European Union (EU), Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Dutch and French territories in the Caribbean will be refused entry.
  • All non-national travelers arriving from any other international destination will go through advanced screening process at point of entry, subjected to a mandatory quarantine period of not less than 14 days at a government designated quarantine site, and may be refused entry.

Exceptions: Cargo and medical aircraft and vessels are not affected.

Visit the U.S. Embassy for the Eastern Caribbean for more.


Saint Lucia

April 28, 2020

General Restrictions: The Country is shut down and all hotels are closed as well. If any flights are to arrive in TLPL, there would be a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Passenger Restrictions: Saint Lucia’s has closed its airports to all incoming commercial and private passenger flights until further notice.

Exceptions:  Cargo flights and aircraft facilitating departing passengers repatriating from Saint Lucia will be permitted.


St. Maarten

May 4, 2020

General restrictions: The government of St Maarten is prohibiting transport of all passengers to TNCM. Exempted are cargo flights, flights for the repatriation of nationals back to their respective countries, essential flights from Saba and Sint Eustatius, the transport of medical staff in the interest of public health with clearance of government of Sint Maarten, charter flights approved by Sint Maarten Aviation Authority, duty airline crew, state aircraft with diplomatic clearance technical/fuel stops without pax disembarkation, medical emergency flights with clearance of the government of Sint Maarten, situations related to weather or aircraft safety, no restrictions for overflights. The exemption must be indicated in the flight plan in item 18.

If a flight is granted, usual services are available with request. Most airports in Sint Maarten are under the same, if not stricter restrictions than that mentioned. At this time, overnight crew rest is not possible. If operating for an approved purpose, it is recommenced to allow 48 hours to apply for the landing permit. Will only be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Restrictions expiration: May 17, 2020.

Exceptions:

1. Cargo flights
2. Repatriation flights
3. Essential flights from Saba and Sint Eustatius,
4. Medical staff transport in the interest of public health (Gov’t approval needed)
5. Charter flights approved by st maarten aviation authority
6. Airline crew on duty
7. State Acft with diplomatic clr
8. Technical/refuel stops without pax disembarkation
9. Medical emerg flt (Gov’t approval needed)
10. Emergency/weather deviations


Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

May 4, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have suspended all international passenger flights at Argyle international airport/TVSA as of 02 April, until further notice.

Restrictions expiration: Until further notice.

Passenger Restrictions: The government also maintains that all persons who have traveled in Canada, China, Iran, South Korea, UK, and US, as well as EU member states (including the French overseas territories of Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Martin, and French Guiana) in the last 14 days, will be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine period.

Crew: Sandy Lane is open for accommodation but can’t be booked ahead as the crew need to be screened by the health official. Each overnight request should include a Medical Fit Certificate and must be approved by the Health Official.

Special Considerations: Cargo flights

ICAO Specific Information: TVSA closed to all international flights. TVSC – Operational Hours are 1200 to 2000 UTC, with extensions available upon request.

Visit the U.S. Embassy for the Eastern Caribbean for more.


Trinidad and Tobago

April 28, 2020

General Restrictions: Officials have ordered the closure of all the nation’s airports to passenger aircraft though at least April 30.


Turks and Caicos Islands

April 23, 2020

General Restrictions: All airports in The Turks and Caicos Islands are closed to international commercial passengers and GA flights. Exemptions are Outbound Pax FLights, Cargo Flights, Courier flights, Emergency, Medevac flights, Tech stops for fuel, and special authorization flights.

Restriction expiration: May 20, 2020.

Passenger Restrictions: Returning legal residents and citizens are exempt from the measure but will be subject to heightened health screenings and quarantine protocols on arrival. Any outbound passengers will be driven directly to the aircraft for boarding, and will require to self-handle luggage per Ministry of Health regulations.

Crew: Required to complete a “Traveler Health Declaration”

Tech Stop Details: Allowed. Passenger are unable to disembark. Crew are not allowed to deplane except for a brief walkaround/aircraft preflight. Unfortunately there is no building/bathroom access at this time. Handlers are unable to conduct lav service or trash removal at time time. Outbound catering is possible, please coordinate with the handler.

Provo Air Center MBPV is open and plenty of fuel for tech stop Jet-A only Aircraft Catering is Available. Handlers will be following strict protocol from Ministry of Health to ensure safety. Payment arrangements will be made online to minimize interaction with staff.

  • Temporary opening hours are 9am to 4pm daily.
  • Email is the best way to contact them, both during and outside of those hours.
  • The night Concierge service is still in place for after hours inquiries.

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