STILL FLYING: 1ST EVER CARGO FLIGHT OUT OF NANCHANG, CHINA ONBOARD A PRIVATE JET

While news headlines focus on the decline of international travel, it’s important to remember that many essential and critical missions are still being conducted by the general and business aviation communities. Many of these missions save lives or reunite people with their loved ones. During a crisis like COVID-19, our industry shines. “This flight is not going to happen.”…Those disheartening words were the first our Universal Aviation China agent was told upon arriving in Nanchang, China, in support of an essential humanitarian COVID-19 cargo flight. Undeterred, our response, “We’ll find a way!” The mission – facilitate Nanchang’s first-ever cargo flight […] The post STILL FLYING: 1ST EVER CARGO FLIGHT OUT OF NANCHANG, CHINA ONBOARD A PRIVATE JET appeared first on Universal® Operational Insight Blog.

STILL FLYING: 1ST EVER CARGO FLIGHT OUT OF NANCHANG, CHINA ONBOARD A PRIVATE JET

While news headlines focus on the decline of international travel, it’s important to remember that many essential and critical missions are still being conducted by the general and business aviation communities. Many of these missions save lives or reunite people with their loved ones. During a crisis like COVID-19, our industry shines.

“This flight is not going to happen.”…Those disheartening words were the first our Universal Aviation China agent was told upon arriving in Nanchang, China, in support of an essential humanitarian COVID-19 cargo flight.

Undeterred, our response, “We’ll find a way!”

The mission – facilitate Nanchang’s first-ever cargo flight on a private jet

A Universal client requested our assistance in coordinating a mission to pick up 300 boxes of protective COVID-19 clothing in Nanchang, China, and deliver the cargo to Jakarta, Indonesia, using a private jet.

If allowed, this would be a first for Nanchang Airport. Never before had a private jet been given permission at Nanchang to operate as a cargo flight. Not only that, but because of COVID-19, all international flights were suspended at Nanchang.

Our team immediately set to work discussing the flight logistics with the airport and customs authorities and acquire the required permissions.

The biggest challenge was the customs declaration. Usually, on a private flight, anything onboard the aircraft would have to go through the passenger security terminal. This was obviously not feasible for this flight.

Adapting and overcoming the odds on the ground

The morning before the flight was set to depart, our team arrived on site in Nanchang to coordinate the mission on the ground. Initially, the situation looked bleak. We were denied approval from the customs authority.

The flight was in jeopardy, but we refused to give up. Our team spent the next eight hours, working, in essence, as a customs broker, and pleading our client’s case. Ultimately, the persistence paid off, and we were able to find an acceptable solution.

Six more hours on the ramp the next day, coordinating the loading of the cargo and the flight was able to successfully depart and deliver the vital equipment to the people of Indonesia.

Saying YES to critical missions during COVID-19

In the ever-changing regulatory landscape caused by COVID-19, authorities around the world struggle to keep up with, interpret, and implement the rules they’ve been given. Often it’s easier for them to say “no” then “yes,” and many missions are getting denied that, according to the regulations, should still be a go.

With determination and the ability to expertly educate authorities on how a mission is in line with the regulations, sometimes a “no” can become a “yes.”  We were delighted that this was the case for this critical mission.

We are proud to have such generous customers, willing to utilize their private aircraft for these humanitarian efforts, and we’re excited to be a part of Nanchang’s first-ever flight of this type!

Considering a humanitarian cargo flight? We can help.

If you are considering a humanitarian mission during the COVID-19 crisis, we are here to help. Universal is waiving all fees for trip feasibility assessments, research, and consultation services—even if we have to burn hours researching to get you the answer. Now is the time to come together as an industry, and as a community, to do whatever it takes to make these critical missions happen.

 

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COVID-19 business aviation flight restrictions in Europe. The post Business Aviation in Europe: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact appeared first on Universal® Operational Insight Blog.

Business Aviation in Europe: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact

Europe COVID 19 Flight Restrictions


Albania

May 6, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 30, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities in Cambodia are banning interprovincial and interdistrict travel nationwide through April 16, to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Officials are closing district and provincial borders to transport, though exceptions are in place for air transportation.

Passenger Restrictions: Authorities are quarantining all arrivals into the country at government facilities for 14 days; officials have established facilities at points of entry nationwide. Cambodia continues to bar foreign nationals traveling from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the US through April 17 and foreign citizens arriving from Iran through April 18. Issuance of tourist visas and e-visas, visa-on-arrival services, and visa exemption remain suspended through at least April 30.  Foreign nationals intending to visit Cambodia will need to obtain a visa from their nearest Cambodian diplomatic mission. The foreign citizens are to provide documentation of medical insurance worth at least USD 50,000 along with a medical certificate from local health authorities stating they have not tested positive for COVID-19. The affected travelers are to obtain the health document within 72 hours before the date of the trip. The medical certificate and insurance requirements do not affect diplomatic and official visa holders, including employees of international non-government organizations. Cambodia has also closed all border checkpoints with Vietnam and banned cross-border travel for Cambodian and Vietnamese citizens.

Tech Stop Details: Restrictions do not apply to air operator’s crew
Special Considerations: Air Operators are not allowed to carry any passenger with confirmed positive COVID-19 test. If they do, the operator is fully responsible for repatriating the passenger back to their original destination.


Austria

May 4, 2020

Restriction expiration: July 9, 2020

General Restrictions: Third-country nationals who do not have a residence permit in Austria are prohibited from entering Austria by air from outside the Schengen area. This rule does not apply to diplomatic staff, employees of international organizations, their family members living in the same household and humanitarian workers. Also excluded are nursing and health personnel, transit passengers and people who work in freight transport.

Travelers from neighboring countries must produce a medical certificate attesting that they have tested negative for COVID-19. The certificate must have been issued within four days prior to their entry into Austria.

Passenger Restrictions: Medical certificates and public health passenger locator card are required for third-country nationals.


Belgium

April 23, 2020

Restriction expiration: Until further notice.

General Restrictions: On 27 March Belgian authorities announced the extension of current restrictions for a further two weeks, to April 19, to help stem the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Belgium’s land boarders with other Schengen Area nations will remain open, though nonessential travel to or out of the country is prohibited.

All travellers to Belgium will be expected to produce either a Belgian ID (residence) card or a letter from their employer to prove that their travel is essential. Those who are transiting through Belgium should carry valid ID/proof of residence for the destination country and evidence of onward travel.

Passenger Restrictions:

  • Arriving pax should hold the Belgian nationality and/or Belgian residence
  • Departing pax should travel to their homeland
  • Returns from a trip abroad
    • You must scrupulously observe the social distancing measures that apply to the Belgian territory
    • You must respect a 14 days home quarantine
    • You must respect a prohibition to work for 14 days (exception is made if working from home)
    • If a close relative is driving you home from the airport, the above measures also apply to that person

Crew Restrictions: Crew rest is available at hotels near the airport or the FBO has resting facilities. Crew are exempt from current restrictions.

Tech Stop Details: Allowed with Pax onboard, but not recommended to leave the Acft unless a Belgian National, Belgian Resident, or a Foreigner entering with a letter from their employer stating their presence in Belgium is essential. All services available, 24 hour advance notice is recommended.

ICAO Specific Information:

  • At EBBR/Brussels, passenger flights will only be allowed to operate between 08-16z from Apr 13 to May 14, but this rule does not apply to GA/BA flights (as well as cargo, tech-stops, humanitarian, evac/repat flights).

Czech Republic

April 3, 2020

General restrictions: All Int’l flights with passengers from China are banned from operating into Czech Republic.


Croatia

April 19, 2020

General Restrictions: Entry into Croatia is temporarily banned. Exempt persons are Croatian Citizens, Residents, and necessary workers to include Healthcare Professionals, Healthcare Researchers and Collaborators, experts in care for the elderly,and persons requiring urgent medical treatment.  Goods carriers, transport personnel, diplomats, police officers, Civil Defence Services.

Passenger Restrictions: All passengers arriving from a country that is indicated by WHO as a “Community Transmission” or “Local Transmission” will be subject to compulsory 14-day self-imposed isolation.

Crew: Crew can take crew rest onboard the aircraft. All crew if allowed in Croatia will be subject to 14 day quarantine.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops are allowed with no disembarkation. All services are available. Crew can take crew rest onboard the aircraft.

ICAO Specific Information:
LDZA: Zagreb’s Franjo Tudjman Airport (ZAG) is the only airport that remains open in the country, albeit operating with a severely reduced schedule of flights.


Denmark

May 4, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 11, 2020

General restrictions: Only Danish citizens and residents are allowed entry.

Passenger restrictions: Passengers will only be allowed entry if they are included in the following:

  1. Danish Citizens, who can provide a Danish passport or other valid travelling documents.
  2. EU-Citizens with valid travelling documents living in Denmark and who can provide/present a Danish social security card. 3. Third-country nationals with valid travelling documents and with the Danish residence permit
  3. Foreigners who have a valid purpose in Denmark, (e.g.)
  4. A. Visiting a critically or terminal ill family member, b. Participating in a funeral ,c. Called for a court case ,d. Exercising visitation rights with a minor ,e. Being a legal guardian for a minor , f. Already in an ongoing health treatment ,g. Have employment in Denmark – documentation needed.

Exceptions: Cargo and pax out flights.

Crew:

  • No restrictions on the crew on arrival.
  • No requirement for quarantine
  • No Health Certificate
  • Crew Swaps are OK
  • They are permitted to leave the Airport and return for duty.
  • 14 Day Quarantine – There is no mandatory requirement.

Tech stops: No restrictions on fuel stops.  Crew members may also change, enter the border.  No pax may exit aircraft.


Finland

May 5, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 13, 2020

General Restrictions: Due to Covid-19 virus the Finnish government has restricted all movements at HEL from local time 00:00, 19th March 2020. Returning flights of Finnish nationals (incl. families) are allowed to operate. Foreign nationals are allowed to fly out of Finland. All necessary technical stops and maintenance flights are allowed. Medical Flights are allowed.

Suspended all flights arriving from and departing to destinations outside Finland’s borders in Finnish Airspace in the Helsinki FIR from 2100 UTC 13 Apr 2020 until 2059 UTC on 13 May 2020 except for the flowing flights allowed at Helsinki, Turku and Mariehamn Airports:
1. Cargo Flights
2. Repatriation Flights for Finnish Citizens and Persons residing in Finland or in another EU Member State
3. Necessary Business Travel and Other Necessary Transportation.
Only Cargo Flights and Necessary Transportation for which the Finnish Border Guard has issued a Border Crossing Permit are allowed at ENONTEKIO, IVALO, JOENSUU, JYVASKYLA, KAJAANI, KEMI-TORNIO, KITTILA, KOKKOLA-PIETARSAARI, KUOPIO, KUUSAMO, LAPPEENRANTA, MIKKELI, OULU, PORI, ROVANIEMI, SAVONLINNA, SEINAJOKI, TAMPERE-PIRKKALA AND VAASA AIRPORTS.

Passenger Restrictions: All individuals arriving in Finland from abroad are now required to fill in a form assessing their situation already at the border control stage. Passengers must complete the form before proceeding to the border check counter, where the form will be inspected by the border guard. Based on the information provided in the form, the person will either be instructed on making their way home or directed to a health checkpoint or a service point for making transport arrangements.
People at the health checkpoint who are experiencing symptoms will be directed to sampling and brought to hotel accommodation to wait for the results. If the sample is negative, they will continue their normal quarantine either at the designated accommodation or at home. If the result is positive, they will be transferred to healthcare. A quarantine order will be issued for travellers who do not consent to self-quarantine. People who do not have a place to spend their quarantine in Finland will be provided with accommodation for 14 days. Quarantine accommodation will be provide primarily at the passenger’s own expense.
People arriving at the airport will not be able to leave using public transport, but they can leave using their own car. If a returning traveller does not have their own vehicle and is unable to arrange transport home, a charter bus or taxi may be provided. Transport via charter bus began this afternoon.

Crew: Due to Covid-19, crews are only allowed to stay in quarantine like conditions in hotel nearby airport only 1-2 days. Crew is allowed to rest in the aircraft.  Border Control Acceptance required prior to arriving in Finland.  Business Flight Center was able to get approval for a US crew to tech stop/crew rest RON enroute to another country. All crew members must keep their valid crew certificate/crew ID and passport with them at all time!

Tech Stop Details: Allowed with Pax onboard, but not recommended for Crew/Pax to leave the aircraft.  All services are available, but with limited staff, so all services cannot be guaranteed.


France

May 4, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 10, 2020

Passenger Restrictions: For 3rd Country Nationals:

  • Pax primarily living in France or in the EU or Assimilated Countries, Holders of a Residence Permit or a French or a valid, European Long Stay Visa, accompanies by their partner and children
  • Pax in transit to reach their country of origin, holders of a Travel Document to their Country of Origin and remaining in the International area with no intention to enter the National Territory. Pax traveling to their Country of Residence are also eligible.
  • Healthcare workers supporting the fight against COVID-19
  • Goods carriers, including Seamen
  • Flight and Cargo Crews, or travelling as a passenger to their departure base
  • Diplomatic Mission Staff or international; Organizations Staff working in HQ or Offices located in France, Holders of Special Residence Permit, Type D Visa or an ID issues by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    For Nationals of the EU and Assimilated Countries (nationals of the UK, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Andorra, Monaco, Switzerland, Vatican and San Marino)
  • Pax primarily living in France, accompanied by their partner and children
  • Pax transiting through France to reach their residence, accompanied by their partner and children
  • Healthcare workers supporting the fight against COVID-19
  • Goods carriers, including Seamen
  • Flight and Cargo Crews, or travelling as a passenger to their departure base
  • Diplomatic Mission Staff or international; Organizations Staff working in HQ or Offices located in France, Holders of Special Residence Permit, Type D Visa or an ID issues by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    French Nationals and their Partner and Children are not subject to any restrictions

Prior to their departure to Metro France, all the travelling people shall complete a Form entitled: ‘ATTESTATION DE DEPLACEMENT INTERNATIONAL DEROGATOIRE VERS LA FRANCE METROPOLITAINE’ in order to verify on what grounds they wish to enter the French Territory.

The Form can be found on the Internet. It shall be printed or copied by hand and presented by the passenger to the air carrier before departure and to the authorities in charge of border control on arrival. (Form available from your Universal Trip Support Team, form will no longer be supplied on arrival.)

Air Carriers inform their pax as soon as possible before the flight about this requirement. Air Carriers deny boarding to Pax who do not meet with admission requirements.

Crew: Crew are exempt from restrictions. Crew travelling as a passenger to their departure base also allowed.

Exceptions:

  1. Ferry Flights
  2. Transit Flights (no disembarkation)
  3. Flights bringing French citizens back
  4. Cargo Flights
  5. Tech Stops

Georgia

April 2, 2020

General restrictions: All international flights to Georgia are restricted.

Exceptions:

  1. Ferry Flights
  2. Pax OUT flights
  3. Cargo Flights
  4. Govt Flights
  5. Ambulance Flights
  6. Emergency Flights
  7. Tech/Fuel Stops
  8. Aerial Works + Search and Rescue

Passenger restrictions: Foreign nationals are not allowed to enter Georgia with the following exceptions:

  • Representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited to Georgia and their family members.
  • Mixed families where one of the spouses or their underage child is a citizen of Georgia.
  • Persons arriving in Georgia as part of humanitarian mission if trip of such mission (doctors, volunteers) to Georgia becomes necessity.
  • Individuals granted the status of stateless person by respective authorities of Georgia.
  • Individuals holding status neutral travel documents. F. Individuals having refugee status in Georgia.
  • Aircraft crew members.
  • The issue of official delegations will be decided case by case.

 Quarantine: All persons arriving in Georgia will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. The restrictions do not impact freight transport.


Germany

April 9, 2020

Restriction expiration: Until further notice.

General Restrictions:

  1. All aircraft arriving in the Federal Republic of Germany, crews must provide information leaflets of the German Federal Ministry of Health about SARS COV-2 to all passengers during the flight. The information leaflet is available at: WWW.RKI.DE/COVID-19-BMG-MERKBLATT.
  2. The crew of an enroute aircraft must inform upon identifying a suspected case of communicable disease or other public health risk onboard the aircraft promptly the destination airport according to ICAO SPANS ATM DOC 4444.
  3. The pilot responsible for an aircraft arriving from the Arab Republic of Egypt, the French Republic, the Italian Republic, the Kingdom of Spain, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Korea, the Swiss Confederation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the United States of America, including after a Technical stop, must submit the health part of the Aircraft General Declaration upon landing at the first airport in the Territory of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  4. Air carriers must keep the data available to them for flights from the Arab Republic of Egypt, the French Republic, the Italian Republic, the Kingdom of Spain, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Korea, the Swiss Confederation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the United States of America, to the Federal Republic of Germany for up to 30 days.

Greece

April 14, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 15, 2020

General Restrictions: All operations in/out of Greece require a newly established permit. Domestic flights are prohibited except Sanitary, Police, SAR, State, Military, Frontex, Tech Inspection Flights, and flights related to the function of the state through the 26APR2020. Any flights to/from the Netherlands or Germany are suspended (exceptions apply).

Passenger Restrictions: All passengers regardless of nationality, are required to remain in isolation under quarantine for 14 day upon arrival, with notification of contact information to the appropriate authorities. Exempt from quarantine are passengers in transit, all aircraft crew and persons on board the following flights: State, Sanitary, Humanitarian, Military, Frontext, Cargo, Ferry.

Exceptions:

1. Flights for repatriation of Greek citizens and holders of

  • Residence permit in Greece.
  • Cargo flights.
  • Ferry flights.
  • Humanitarian flights, sanitary flights and emergency flights.
  • Frontex flights.
  • Overflights.

Crew: Crew are exempt from quarantine/isolation requirements.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops are allowed with NO passenger disembarkation.

ICAO Specific Information:
LGAV: PPR required for extended stay (more than 72hrs) due to number of aircraft on ground.


Greenland

May 4, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 1, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities in Greenland have announced that a number of the restrictions that the territory has implemented as part of its effort to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will remain in effect through at least 1 June.

Passenger Restrictions: International passenger flights are suspended until at least June 1. Ban on all non-Danish nationals entering the territory. Ban on individuals entering or leaving Nuuk.

Hungary

May 4, 2020

General Restrictions: A government decree entering into force on Tuesday 17 March prohibits foreign citizens from entering Hungary. Border control has been reinstated at Budapest Airport from today, whereby the travel documents of all arriving passengers are checked. Following this inspection, only Hungarian citizens and European Economic Area Citizens with Permanent Residence Permit in accordance with the Hungarian Government Decree 81/2020 are permitted to enter Hungary. Exemptions require prior permission and can only be granted to citizens of neighbor states and for citizens on Humanitarian Transit.

Any persons entering from areas with high COVID-19 activity are required to enter quarantine for 14 days.


Iceland

April 27, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 15, 2020

General Restrictions: All Passengers are prohibited to enter Iceland except EU/EEA, EFTA, or UK Nationals. The following are exempted:

  1. Foreign Nationals with Immigration Status in Schengen States, or those who have family members in the same countries.
  2. Passengers in Transit.
  3. Health and care workers on professional travel
  4. Transportation Crews (Airlines and Freighters)
  5. Individuals requiring International Protection
  6. Individuals travelling because of acute family incidents and diplomats, international organizations staff, members of Armed Forces travelling to Iceland for duty, or Humanitarian Aid Workers

Foreign Nationals covered by the travel restriction, who need to travel to a Schengen Member State through Iceland in any of the above-mentioned purposes, are advised to contact the Member State they are traveling to for a written confirmation of their permission to enter the respective state’s territory. Without such a confirmation, such Foreign Nationals cannot be authorized to enter the Schengen Area in Iceland.
If Iceland is the main destination, it is recommended that Foreign Nationals covered by the travel restriction contact Iceland’s nearest embassy or the Foreign Ministry’s Consular Services (Tel. +354 545 0112 or help@mfa.is) for information on how to be given an exemption from the travel restrictions.

Crew: Crew are partly exempt. Crew rest allowed and available at a local hotel or on aircraft.

Tech Stop Details: Allowed with Pax Onboard. Crew and Pax may leave the aircraft. Services are limited and must be pre-coordinated.

Special Considerations: Please note that if you intend to travel to Iceland with a stopover in another state, it is very important to carefully examine whether any travel restrictions have been introduced in the respective state that might affect your travel to Iceland.

ICAO Specific Information:

  • BIRK – Due to COVID-19, BIRK ATC Operational Hours amended as follows: DAILY – 07:00 – 20:00, WEEKENDS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS – 08:00-20:00.
  • BIHU – Due to COVID-19, BIHU ATC Operational Hours amended as follows: MON 0700 1000, TUE CLOSED, WED 1300 1600, THU 0800 1100, FRI 1500 1800, SAT CLOSED, SUN 1400 1700.
  • BIIS – Due to COVID-19, BIIS AFIS Operational Hours amended as follows: MON.-FRI. 0700-1700, SAT 0900-1500, SUN 0900-1700.
  • BITN –Due to COVID-19 BITN Operational Hours amended as follows: MON: 0800 – 1200, TUE: NO SERVICE, WED: 0800 – 1200, THU: NO SERVICE, FRI: 0800 – 1200, SAT/SUN: NO SERVICE.

Ireland

May 5, 2020

Restriction expiration: Until further notice.

General Restrictions: Ireland is open to international passenger flights with passengers subject to 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Universal Pre-departure and Arrival forms are available from your Universal Teams.
The most current information is that there are actually No Restrictions on travel in and out of Ireland – only guidelines. Please see the following sites for guidelines from the Irish Government and the D.A.A. (Dublin Airport Authority) related to the COVID-19 situation.

  • https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/e885b2-covid-19-coronavirus-travel-advice/
  • https://www.dublinairport.com/latest-news/2020/02/27/covid-19-update

Passenger Restrictions: All arriving passengers are subject to 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Pax must fill out a Public Health Form issued by the DOT in advance of arrival.

Crew: After consulting with the H.S.E. (Health Service Executive) and Immigration Officers here in Dublin Airport, they have advised us that Crew that are on a GEN DEC do not have to quarantine if they are not showing any symptoms of COVID-19. However, they have to practice Social Distancing and follow the Irish Governments guidelines – i.e. restrict their movements to staying with-in their hotel and NOT going outside (except for travel to/from airport and hotel). The crew will be able to complete all the necessary checks outside the aircraft.

ICAO Specific Information:

  • EINN Specific Information
    • Operating Hours: 0500-2100 UTC
    • Shannon Pre-Clearance into the US is temporarily suspended.
    • Shannon is permitting GA traffic with incoming passengers subject to above quarantine.
    • Tech Stop Details: Tech stops are available. Crew and Passengers can disembark to tarmac but no facilities are available (shops etc). All services are available but catering is limited. Crew may take crew rest at one of the available hotels.
    • EINN specific hotel options:
      • The Park Inn Airport hotel – room only and no food offering available
      • The Shannon Springs Hotel – Bed and Food available on site (located 10 mins from airport)
      • The South Court Hotel, Limerick – 30 min drive from airport. Bed and Food available.

Italy

May 6, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 17, 2020

General Restrictions: Italian authorities announced that they would extend the nation’s current lockdown until at least May 17 in an attempt to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Additionally, extensive air travel disruptions, including airport closures and the suspension of international flights, are ongoing as a result of reduced demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, flights to and from China are still forbidden in Italy.

Passenger Restrictions: The National decree applies for all travelers, including business, most of the airports are closed to the traffic and all passengers allowed to enter but staying in Italy more than 72hrs will be subjected to quarantine and all passengers are requested to fill the self declaration form.

Crew: Actually crew on duty are not subjected to quarantine but they have to fill as well the self declaration form on arrival and departure, and not in all airports temperature check is performed.

 ICAO Specific Information:

NOW OPEN TO GA WITH PRIOR APPROVAL:

LIPY, LIBD, LIPE, LIEE, LIMJ, LICA, LICD, LIMC, LIRA, LIRQ, LIME, LIRN, LIBP, LIRP, LIRF, LIMF, LIPZ, LIRS, LIRA, LIRQ, LIME

For all others, we are waiting to the date of related notams. Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics.


Lithuania

April 14, 2020

General Restrictions: Crew / Passenger Information to prevent the entry of foreigners into the Republic of Lithuania, except for foreigners who are family members (parents (adoptive parents), children (adopted children, souses, guardians)) of the Citizens of the Republic of Lithuania, the Crew Members who are employed in Lithuanian Companies engaged in International Commercial Transportations, or who carry out International Commercial Transportations of all kinds of goods by all the means of transport, also persons entitled to reside in the Republic of Lithuania, persons enjoying immunities and privileges under the Vienna Convention on Diploma – TIC Relations (1961) and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (1963) and persons serving in NATO and NATO Military Units and the personnel serving them and their family members, as well as the exceptions referred to in paragraph 3.1.3 resolution 207, and foreigners who, in exceptional cases, will be allowed entry to the Republic of Lithuania on the basis of an Individual Permission by a Minister holding the jurisdiction in the respective realm, and whose entry has been approved by the Government. Crew members, carrying out International Commercial Transportation using all the means of transport, cross the territory of the Republic of Lithuania without the necessary stops.

Passenger Restrictions: Passengers are not allowed to enter Lithuania.

Exceptions:

  • This does not apply to residents of Lithuania
  • Diplomats accredited to Lithuania
  • NATO personnel and personnel working for them and their family members
  • Passengers with permission by issued by the respective minister and by the government.
    •  Passengers allowed to enter must arrive at Vilnius (VNO), Kaunas (KUN), Palanga (PLQ) or Siauliai (SQQ)
    • Only flights with a permission issued by the Lithuanian Transport Safety Administration under the order of the Minister of Transport and Communications can operate to Lithuania.
    • Transit through Lithuania is possible only for passengers traveling in groups on their way back to their country of residence. They must be escorted to the international border crossing points.
    • Returning nationals and residents of Lithuania are subject to 14 days isolation.

Crew Requirements: The Crew of all flights arriving into Lithuanian airport have to ask passengers to fill the Passenger Locator Card (PLC) forms (See ICAO Annex 9, Appendix 13). Completed forms shall be submitted by passengers to the Public Health Authorities after landing at the Arrival Hall. Failure to comply may result in Arrival Delay.


Malta

April 14, 2020

Restriction expiration: Until further notice

General Restrictions: All inbound passenger flights are suspended as of March 20.  Authorities may grant special exemption for some cases.

Passenger Restrictions: Any passenger entering Malta must undergo mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days or their entire stay in Malta, which ever is shorter. Quarantine restrictions are in place until June 30.


Moldova

April 14, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 15, 2020

General restrictions: Emergency, Humanitarian / Medical / Relief, Tech Stops, Cargo Flights and Safety Related Ops are permitted.

Passenger Restrictions: No passengers are allowed to enter Moldova except Moldovan Citizens, foreign persons with residency in Moldova, Crew Members, members of Diplomatic missions, members of International Missions and their family members. Flights with permissible persons shall be authorized by Extraordinary Public Health Commission.

Crew: Crew members are exempt from restrictions.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops are allowed with NO passenger disembarkation. All services available.

ICAO Specific Information:
LUKK: Open but 12 hours prior notification is required (if possible).


Montenegro

April 14, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 16, 2020

General Restrictions: As of 24 March, authorities banned all international passenger traffic, excluding Montenegrin nationals returning home, and banned all intercity passenger transportation, excluding travel for essential activities and individuals traveling home. Freight transport is no included in the restriction. All persons arriving in Montenegro will be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.


Netherlands

April 14, 2020

Restriction expiration: Until further notice.

General Restrictions: Inbound flights from the following countries are restricted: China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, and Austria. Passenger flights are restricted to Schengen Nationals only. Allowed flights will required a completed Health Passenger Locator Form and completed and signed ICAO General Declaration form.

Passenger Restrictions: Non-Schengen Nationals are restricted from entering.

Exceptions: Cargo and ferry flights.


Norway

April 27, 2020

Restriction expiration: Until further notice

General Restrictions: All Norwegian airports will be closed to foreigners without residence permit in Norway, from Monday 16.03.20 08:00AM local time (07:00utc). Upon arrival, all foreign passengers arriving from abroad will be met by the police, and sent back to wherever they came from. The only exception is crew on duty. We strongly advise you to not bring these passengers to Norway, so we can avoid this situation. We also advise you to try to avoid night stops, to reduce the risk of infection.

Passenger Restrictions: Foreign passengers are not allowed to enter Norway.

Exception:

  1. This does not apply to nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and passengers with a British passport if they are residing or working in Norway. If they cannot prove their residency in Norway, they must be able to prove their nationality in one of the countries listed above.
  2. This does not apply to nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and passengers with a British passport if they are transiting via Norway to return to their country of residence.
  3. This does not apply to passengers with a visa issued by Norway after 15 March 2020.
  4. This does not apply to airline crew.
  5. This does not apply to passengers in transit.
  6. This does not apply to passengers who have a particular responsibility to care for residents of Norway or who have strong welfare reasons.
  7. This does not apply to the following passengers: passengers with a diplomatic or service passport when they are accredited to Norway; passengers with an ID card as diplomat or a Schengen residence card issued to diplomatic staff; transit workers to oil platforms and similar; NATO staff with travel order; passengers with a valid flight certificate on duty; seamen in transit to or from ships; professional transporters of goods; media staff on duty; cruise passengers on cruises that started before 16 March 0800 CET transiting Norway to return home.

Crew: May rest on aircraft or at designated nearby airport hotel (book Day Room) or at GA Partner crew area (needs to be clarified on each occasion by immigration office). Clarion Bergen apt. hotl.

Tech Stop Details: Allowed with Pax onboard. Crew / Pax cannot leave aircraft. Catering menu is limited to light meals.

Special Considerations: All stations open or traffic, hours of operation vary as they are adjusted to the Domestic Scheduled Flights operating in/out of each location.

Quarantine: The following passengers must undergo a 14-day home quarantine:

  • Nationals and residents of Norway
  • Nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and passengers with a British passport if they are residing or working in Norway;
  • Passengers who have a particular responsibility to care for residents of Norway or who have strong welfare reasons.
  • All crew and passengers must fill out the public health information form and hand it over to the local airport authority upon arrival.

Poland

April 27, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 9, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities in Poland announced the extension of restrictions introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease COVID-19. Which include Ban on most foreigners entering Poland and those that are allowed will have a mandatory 14-day quarantine. This is expected to continue through at least 09 May 2020. Aircraft who perform transit flights through EPWW FIR should not plan alternate airports within Poland.

Passenger Restrictions: All passenger air traffic is banned except:

  • Citizens of Poland
  • Foreigners who are spouses or children of Citizens of Poland or who are under Permanent Custody of a Citizen.
  • Foreigners having a Pole’s Card
  • Heads of Diplomatic Missions and Members of the Diplomatic and Consular pesonnel of a mission (i.e. Persons with a Diplomatic Rank and members of their families)
  • Foreigners with a permanent or temporary residence permit in Poland
  • Foreigners with the right to be employed in Poland
  • Foreigners who gained a permit of the Commander of a Border Guard Unit to enter Poland

Special Considerations: Cargo flights.


Portugal

May 4, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 17, 2020

General Restrictions: Flights to/from Non European Union member states are prohibited to land at/depart from Portuguese airports. No flights from Italy or Spain (except Head of State, Cargo, Mail, Hosp, Hum, MEDEVAC, United Nations, and Technical Stopovers for Non-Commercial Purposes) has been extended until 14 May 2020. The restrictions are not the same for every airport.

Exempted Countries: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, Canada, South Africa, UK, USA, Venezuela, and Sao Paulo and Rio De Janero in Brazil.

Crew: Crew Members may disembark and shall undergo strict mandatory quarantine under supervision of the State during rotation/ Rest Period.
ICAO Specific Information:
LPAZ: Tech stops only no overnights permitted.
LPFCrew:
Crew Members may disembark and shall undergo strict mandatory quarantine under supervision of the State during rotation/ Rest Period.

Russia

May 6, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 11, 2020

General Restrictions: Foreign Nationals and Stateless persons are temporarily not allowed to enter Russia. Passenger flights are limited to bringing citizens of Russia and the CIS. Aircraft with up to 20 seats must submit an application for arrival at least 3 days in advance of arrival. All flights are to be approved by an interagency working group. Moscow is accepting only 500 passengers per day for all flights. Other areas are only accepting 200 passengers per day. exempt. Regular and charter flights between Russian and foreign airports have been indefinitely suspended since March 25.
A_Group reports its FBOs at Moscow Sheremetyevo and St. Petersburg Pulkovo International Airports are still fully operational.Passenger Restrictions: Only Russian citizens and citizens of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Passenger Restrictions: Passengers are required to undergo health checks upon arrival.
Tech Stop Details: Tech stops are allowed on a case by case basis. Crew and Passengers must remain on board. All services are available. Crew rest is on a case by case basis.
ICAO Specific Information:
UHPP: Can be used as a tech stop. No crew rest available and crew rest onboard the aircraft not allowed.


Serbia

April 14, 2020

General Restrictions: Officials have indefinitely suspended all international commercial flights at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG); the airport remains open for domestic, humanitarian, and cargo flights. Nonresident foreign nationals, except foreign freight truck drivers, remain indefinitely barred from entry to the country.


Slovakia

May 4, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 31, 2020

General Restrictions: Any person entering Slovak Replublic after April 6 must submit to COVID-19 testing at a government isolation facility and remain there until a negative test result. Once negative result is received, they must submit to a 14 day self-quaantine at their home. Persons testing positive for COVID-19 will be required to remain in the center until they have recovered. Pregnant women, persons with pre-existing medical conditions, persons with limited movement capabilities, persons over the age of 75 and diplomats will not be required to quarantine at the government facility but in their own homes.

Restriction expiration: May 31, 2020.

Crew: Crew members are exempt from quarantine in government facility. Crew members must follow the anti-epidemic measures set forth by the Ministry of Transport and Construction.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops are allowed for refueling purposes. No disembarkation is allowed.


Spain

April 27, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 9, 2020

General Restrictions: Third country nationals are not allowed to enter Spain except for EU Nationals returning home. Spain is effectively on lock down with restrictions on leaving home. Ferry flights to retrieve passengers are allowed. No private or charter flights to Ibiza unless they are Spanish Citizens who reside in Ibiza.

Passenger Restrictions: Approved passengers will be required to quarantine.

Crew: Crew are not exempt from restrictions or quarantine. Crew rest is available onboard the aircraft but not overnight.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops are allowed but crew and passengers cannot disembark. No hotels are available. Catering is available with 24 hrs notice.


Sweden

May 4, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 15, 2020

General Restrictions: Only Swedish citizens and residents are allowed entry. It is also allowed to enter Sweden from a country that is part of the EEA and Switzerland. It is thus permissible to travel to Sweden from the following countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Austria

Passenger Restrictions: Passengers arriving from outside Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.),  Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and United Kingdom are not allowed to enter Sweden.  This does not apply to Nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.),  Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and United Kingdom and their family members.

Crew:

  • NO restrictions on the crew on arrival.
  • NO requirement for quarantine
  • NO Health Certificate
  • Crew changes and Swaps are OK (including night stop)
  • They are permitted to leave the Airport and return for duty.
  • Crew can change via commercial airlines
  • 14 Day Quarantine – There is no mandatory requirement.

Tech Stop Details: No restrictions on pax/crew during fuel stop.  Crew members may also change, enter the border.  No pax may exit aircraft.
Special Considerations: Arrival GENDEC is MANDATORY


Switzerland

April 23, 2020

Restriction expiration: June 13, 2020

General Restrictions: Passenger flights are available at Zurich (LSZH), Geneva (LSGG), and Basel (LFSB). Cargo, Maintenance, Aerial Work and Ambulance Flights are not subject to restrictions. No current quarantine restrictions in place for crew or pax.

Tech Stops: Possible, but no pax disemarcation. Crew can rest near the airport, but cannot stay overnight (per handler).

Passenger Restrictions: Entry into Switzerland is refused to All Foreign Nationals except: (A) Nationals or residents of switzerland or liechtenstein (B) persons who hold a swiss residence permit, a cross-border commuter permit who are entering switzerland for work with a c-visa issued by switzerland for the purpose of business meetings as specialists in the field of health or official visit of great importance, or who have an assurance of a residence permit. (C) Persons who are entitled to freedom of movement and have a professional reason for entering switzerland and have a confirmation of registration. (D) Persons traveling directly through Switzerland to another country that they are permitted to enter. (E) Persons who are of great importance as specialists in the health sector. (F) All crew and minimum support staff that are required to carry out cargo and passenger flights.

ICAO specific information:

  • LSZH General Aviation Service Center (GASC) temporary hours: 0530-0915 / 1015-1430 UTC (Effective: 22APR-20JUL). Airport is available as an alternate, but expect up to 1 hr handling delays, especially early morning and evening (Effective: 07APR-06JUN). Flights with more than 100 pax will arrive at Dock B. Non-Schengen flights with more than 100 pax will be deplaned by State Police to ensure compliance with social distancing regulations. Do not start deplaning until advised by police (Effective: 24MAR-24JUN).

Turkey

May 4, 2020

Restriction expiration: May 31, 2020

General Restrictions: All flights, regardless of seat configuration from/to any aerodromes of all countries with the purpose to operate at any Turkish aerodromes are prohibited. Flight prohibitions also cover the flights of business jets and exceptional authorisations will be needed for carrying Turkish Citizens from restricted countries in case of repatriation.

Passenger Restrictions: All inbound Turkish citizens on flights will be quarantined for 14 days.

Repatriation Exceptions:
1) Restricted countries operators flights to Turkey will only be ferry flights for carrying their citizens from Turkey unless they are exceptionally authorised to carry Turkish citizens and residents of Turkey on their flights to Turkey.

2) Turkish operators will be able to carry non-Turkish citizens to restricted countries from Turkey if allowed by those states, but they have to return back as ferry flights or may be granted permission for carrying Turkish citizens from restricted countries in case of repatriation.

Special Considerations: Cargo Flights, Government Flights, Emergency Medical, Diversions, Repatriation Flights

ICAO Specific Information: Please refer to your Universal Team for additional specifics

The prohibition does not cover the following flights from/to the restricted countries:

  1. Cargo flights
  2. Governmental
  3. Emergency medical
  4. Emergency landing for technical reasons

Covid-19: passenger restrictions

All passengers travelled to above restricted countries during last 14 days are prohibited to be accepted to all flights to turkey. Otherwise, all passengers on the flights will be quarantined for 14 days.


Ukraine

April 9, 2020

General Restrictions: Authorities previously suspended international passenger flight from March 28. Freight transport operations remain unaffected.

Passenger Restrictions: Crossing of the border into Ukraine for foreigners and stateless persons is temporarily prohibited; except for permanent or temporary residents, spouses and children of citizens of Ukraine, Employees of Foreign Diplomatic missions and Consular Institutions accredited in Ukraine, representations of official international missions, organizations accredited in Ukraine and their families and Crew Members. Others may apply for entry with the Ukraine Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Crew: Crew Members are exempt from restrictions. Crew overnight stays will be approved on a case by case basis.

Special Considerations: To depart and arrive UKBB, prepare 3 official letters in free form on company letterhead, with the following information: purpose of flights, indicated flight number, aircraft registration, date of operation, route, signature and stamp.


United Kingdom

April 14, 2020

General Restrictions: Some U.K. airports are implementing airport specific requirements.  Each flight is being approved on a case by case basis.

Restriction expiration: Until further notice

ICAO Specific Information:

  • EGSS: EGSS/Stansted is currently accepting crew and passengers from US. They can stay overnight in EGSS. Only AirBNB and one hotel is open for crew rest.
    Health Declaration Form Required (sent by UA) before accepting a flight which is to make sure crew or passengers do not have symptoms or indeed have the virus or been in contact with anyone who has.
  • Farnborough Airport has issued a list of locations it will not accept flights from, which now includes the United States. Please contact your TSS team for the most current restrictions at EGLF as thy are changing rapidly.
  • EGLC London City and EGWU Northolt have closed temporarily.

Tech Stop Details: Allowed in the UK. Pax and Crew may leave the aircraft.

Special considerations: Some London-area handlers have implemented their own “pre-booking questionnaires” that they are requiring be completed before at least 24-hours before arrival, indicating previous travel to countries with outbreaks.

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