COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Private Jet Travel News and Updates from our Field Notes June 11 2021

Updated Friday, June 11, 2021, 5:21 AM EST

 

Spain & France are OPEN 

Biggest news this week is that both Spain and France have opened up to leisure travel from non-EU countries. Details on entry requirements are below. This was me on a team Zoom call when the news first broke:

We successfully managed the first direct leisure flight into Paris from the U.S. that the city has had in over a year! Our Universal Aviation FBO in Paris was excited to welcome that flight, and everything was reported as smooth sailing.

Major News, Trends, Insights & Other Stuff –

  • France Opens – Vaccinated travelers from non-EU-countries, including the U.S. can now enter for leisure. Proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test are required to avoid quarantine. There’s been a HUGE amount of pent-up demand for France, so if you are planning a trip, get your arrangements in NOW.
  • Spain Opens – Travelers from “at-risk” zones, including the U.S. can now enter for any reason. Travelers must provide either proof of vaccination, a negative COVID test, or proof of recovery. 
  • Coming Soon: Portugal – A Portuguese official has announced that the country plans on allowing fully-vaccinated U.S. tourists to enter as early as next week. Offical details pending.
  • “I’ll Take the EU Sampler Platter” – We’re now seeing a big increase in multi-destination EU trips being planned and booked. Passengers are asking what’s open and picking a smorgasbord of destinations to visit – like they’re ordering off the tapas menu on an empty stomach. Revenge Travel 2021 is in full effect!
  • Shortages: Mediterranean Parking, Hotels & Ground Transportation – Preferred options are very competitive across the Med. Make arrangements ASAP for best options and be flexible.
    • Parking – Get all your Med parking requests in with us ASAP. For Greece, remember that authorities won’t accept any request until 2 weeks prior to arrival. By getting in your request now, Universal Aviation Greece will secure the best option that they can for you as soon as your booking window opens. Just keep in mind that the best available option may not be your preferred.
    • Great Hotels vs. Rewards Programs – Your hotel options will be dictated by where you can secure overnight parking and what hotel rooms are available. In the Med, this often means your best option may not be tied your preferred rewards program. Our Hotels Team has agreements with the big chains and many independents to help you secure a great option with nice perks, no matter where you overnight. However…we strongly recommend staying flexible and not limiting yourself to one chain.
    • Ground Transportation – Limited availability is happening all across the islands. Book through your Universal Trip Support team to keep the ground transportation arrangement connected to your Universal-managed trip.
  • EU Green Passport – The eagerly anticipated EU Green Passport is now live in some EU countries for citizens of select EU countries. Details are still being worked out on how it will be extended to citizens of non-EU countries.
  • The U.S.-UK Travel Corridor – Airlines have been advocting this for this. Now U.S. President Biden and UK British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have agreed on a new Atlantic Charter to expedite opening up travel between the two countries.
  • Canada to Ease Restrictions on Returning Residents – It looks like Canadians get to enjoy vacation abroad, too. It was announced on Wednesday that fully vaccinated citizens and residents returning to Canada will be exempt from quarantine in early July. The official regulatory update is still pending.
  • Charter Demand Exceed Pre-Pandemic Levels – Charter booking numbers into international destinations are exceeding what they were pre-pandemic. Demand for charter flights into Europe is surging. Similarly, ForwardKeys is reporting that U.S. passengers are willing to pay more for premium seats with more space on commercial flights to Europe. 

United States

  • On Jan. 12, 2021, the U.S. CDC issued an order requiring proof of a negative viral COVID-19 test (NAAT/PCR or antigen), or medical proof of recovery, for anyone arriving from a foreign country to the U.S. The order went into effect Jan. 26, 2021 for ALL flights, including private flight and GA aircraft. Key points:
    • Only ACTIVE crew members are EXEMPT. 
    • Passengers must show aircraft operator proof of negative result, taken with 3 days of boarding, or of recovery prior to boarding.
    • U.S. CDC Approves Home Test for Int’l Arrivals – On May 7, the CDC updated its Order to allow self-administered COVID tests (aka home tests) to qualify for int’l arrivals to the U.S. Note that the CDC has guidance on what home tests will be allowed.
    • Operators of private flights and general aviation must maintain passenger Attestations (i.e., declaration forms) for 2 years. Note: While the operator needs to see the test result, only the Attestations (which can be captured digitally) must be kept on file. We are providing free pre-populated Attestation forms on Universal-managed trips in-bound to the U.S. Ask us for details.
    • The CDC’s website has more information on the order, including the official announcement and FAQs.
  • On March 8, the CDC issued its first set of guidelines on how fully vaccinated people can visit safely with others. The CDC continues to advise against all non-essential travel, but there is no meaningful impact on int’l travel with the release of these guidelines.
  • U.S. Presidential Proclamations: On April 30, the U.S. travel restrictions were extended to include India. All non-U.S. travelers who have recently been in Brazil, India, South Africa, and most EU countries, including the UK and Ireland, are restricted.
    • CBP has published a bulletin announcing a variety of U.S. visa holders have been granted blanket national interest exceptions to the current entry restrictions on travelers from suspended regions. Note: B1 and B2 visas are not exempt; HOWEVER, read next bullet.
    • The U.S. State Department quietly released a buried update allowing National Interest Waivers (NIWs) to be issued to foreign crew seeking entry to the U.S. for the purposes of training or aircraft pickup, delivery, or maintenance – despite their travel history. Crew must have a B-1/B-2, B-1, or M-1 visa, or Visa Waiver Program authorization to qualify. This is a big one many in the business aviation community have been asking for. We have extensive expertise with NIWs and can assist.
    • All stops in suspended regions, overnight or just tech stops, are treated the same.
    • Entry by any non-U.S. foreign national (that includes Canadian and Mexican citizens) who has been in a suspended region over the past 14 days is HIGHLY RESTRICTED and will be denied, with few exceptions.
    • CDC guidelines RECOMMEND quarantine; they don’t mandate it. CDC spokespeople have confirmed the same.
  • Expired U.S. Passports for Return Travel – CBP issued this bulletin announcing that U.S. citizens holding a U.S. passport that expired on or after January 1, 2020 may still be able to use their expired U.S. passport for direct return travel to the United States until December 31, 2021.
  • New U.S CBP Documentation Provided for Arrivals – Effective April 26, Part 91 arrivals into the U.S will begin receiving this new document [PDF] with their landing rights packages at select ports. It basically covers roles and responsibilities for both operator and CBP for int’l arrivals. NO ACTION is needed when you get this. It’s just good-to-know info to have in your back pocket.
  • U.S. APIS Update: All GA travelers are now required to provide additional details, including primary phone number and email address, for contact tracing purposes when coming from Guinea or the DROC in response to Ebola. Scheduled airlines have already been doing this. Airport funneling from these destinations is also in effect. While these destinations aren’t the most popular for GA travel, it’s not unlikely that we could see the APIS data collection portion of this requirement expanded to cover arrivals from more countries (e.g., for contact tracing other diseases). Note that Private and Charter flights will have different processes for complying with this based on how APIS information is currently transmitted for each of these two flight types. Read more about this on our blog.
  • Applications for signatory carrier status under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are still being processed. All U.S.-based operators (including some international companies with U.S. subsidiaries) and non-U.S. commercial operators are eligible to apply. If you are not a signatory carrier and qualify, we recommend you apply to increase your operating flexibility. We can help.
  • The National Interest Waiver (NIW) is another avenue foreign nationals can seek for entry into the U.S. and can be an effective means of entry. Allowed purposes of visit include Business, Education, Training, and Medical. Application for entry is available for the following U.S. AOEs: KLAX, KEWR, KDFW, KJFK, and KIAH, as well as through the U.S. Embassy in France and the UK. Our Global Regulatory Services team has worked out the repeatable process to apply at each of these and can provide support.
  • The U.S. STEP Program is an important risk mitigation program that U.S. nationals should be using on every international trip, especially now with COVID. When the first wave hit and we saw the massive wave of lockdowns, this program helped get people on the U.S. Embassy’s evacuation list to return home. It has a whole host of other benefits like if you lose your passport or have medical issues, if there is a terrorist incident or civil unrest, etc. Our Global Regulatory Services team offers an optional, turnkey STEP Registration Service for your trips with us.
  • Any operator entering the U.S. from the south should be taking advantage of the CBP’s Border Overflight Exemption (BOE) program to avoid having to make an extra stop at the first designated AOE when returning home. A BOE is good for 2 years, and it greatly increases your operational flexibility. We can take care of this for you.
  • Non-U.S. charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators flying to/from the U.S. with less than 12 flights per year MUST have a DOT Part 375 Ops Permit and/or Special Authorization. We can assist.
  • Advise passengers and crew to continue maintaining a 14-day travel history log of the countries, states, and cities they visit. This is critical for both travel into the U.S., within it, and abroad.
  • Restrictions on non-essential travel for USA/Canada/Mexico land borders remain in place until June 21, 2021.
  • Hawaii – The pre-arrival testing program began Oct. 15, allowing visitors to bypass quarantine. Read more online. Hawaii has a specific list of approved C19 testing providers and tests that you must use, and this supersedes the CDC pre-testing order. All travelers arriving in Hawaii are still required to have a temperature check and complete a Travel Declaration Form. U.S Presidential Proclamations restricting flights apply. People traveling interisland can find additional information and the interisland limited quarantine request by visiting county webpages. Note that each island has its own requirements and rules, so check beyond the state level. From May 10, individuals who have received all doses of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine will not be required to be tested for COVID-19 or to self-quarantine when they travel from one Hawaii county to another, as long as the trip is made at least 15 days after their last dose. Note: Travel requirements from the mainland remain unchanged.
  • Puerto Rico – Open to foreign tourism. Both U.S. and international pax need a COVID-19 test (within 72 hours of travel); otherwise, traveler will be tested on arrival. Complete a digital Travel SAFE Declaration Form and submit at www.travelsafe.pr.gov or www.viajaseguro.pr.gov. Proof of negative COVID test required to avoid quarantine. Crew are exempt.
  • USVI – International leisure hotel guests are allowed. U.S Presidential Proclamations restricting flights apply. Since this is a U.S. territory, CDC testing requirements for int’l arrivals do not apply for U.S. citizens. Visit the USVI Travel Screening Portal and fill out the info requested in advance. Additional information and testing requirements available on https://usviupdate.com/. Note that testing requirements DO apply to the crew, unless crew is on the ground less than 24 hours. Our preferred ground handler at TIST, Standard Aviation, has parking availability and can provide air transfers to neighboring Caribbean islands.
  • Alaska – Alaska’s travel mandates and orders are now just travel advisories. Full entry details online.

Canada

  • Canada has this online tool to help you assess if you can enter the country.
  • Airport Funneling in Effect – All international passenger flights, including those from the U.S., are required to enter Canada through one of the following four funneling airports: CYYZ/Toronto, CYVR/Vancouver, CYUL/Montreal, and CYYC/Calgary. Medevac, ferry and crew repatriation flights, cargo-only flights, and tech stops where no passengers disembark are exempt. For now, you may continue on to your final destination in Canada with no delay, as long as your passengers quarantine per federal or provincial rules upon arrival at your final destination.
  • Mandatory 3-Day Quarantine in Gov’t Sanctioned Hotel – Coming soon, all air travelers arriving in Canada, with very limited exceptions, must reserve a room in a Government of Canada-approved hotel for three nights at their own cost, and take a COVD-19 molecular test on arrival at their own cost. (CYYZ has already implemented this requirement.) Exact implementation date TBD.
  • Authorities in Canada have suspended direct passenger and private flights from India and Pakistan until May 22
  • Canada’s airlines have canceled services to/from Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean until April 30.
  • Officials in Canada extended a ban on entry for most nonresident foreign nationals until further notice as part of the measures to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
  • All airline passengers from abroad aged 5 years and over must present a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before departure to Canada. Persons with a negative PCR test result and who are authorized to enter Canada must still complete the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.
  • As of Nov. 21, travelers will be required to submit contact and quarantine information via ArriveCAN app. Fines of $1,000 CAD may be placed upon any traveler for not complying.
  • On Oct. 22, Canada was removed from the EC’s recommended Safe List. Remember, these are just recommendations. Portugal also has Canada on its non-approved list.
  • Restrictions on non-essential travel for USA/Canada/Mexico remain in place until June 21, 2021. CANPASS / CBSA (CANADA) is by far the most stringent enforcer of this policy in regards to air travel.
  • Flights from the U.S. are being allowed on a case-by-case basis. Some are getting through without issue; others are getting denied. Canada is very strict on vetting “essential” vs. “non-essential” travel between the U.S. and Canada. Best practice is to gather all relevant documentation (e.g., travel history, medical declarations, purpose of flight, etc.) and seek approval from CANPASS well in advance. Canada is still restricting entry to 4 ports. Consult with us for any planned mission.
  • Note that Canada has very strict quarantine requirements for anyone entering the country. Active crew are exempt but need to follow these contact collection guidelines.

 

Mexico

  • Mexico is open and accessible. Popular tourist destinations like Los Cabos, Cozumel, PV, and Cancun are active with flights.
  • Our ground handing teams in Mexico (Mexico City/TolucaLos CabosCancunCozumelPVMonterrey, etc.) are available to support your missions.
  • AFAC remains closed but is processing AOC renewals and modifications, one time permits, blanket permit modifications, and blanket permit verifications remotely/online. Note that AFAC is working under reduced staffing hours, so application processing will take longer than normal. For assistance with your Mexico permits, we can help.
  • There is a no-touch Covid-19 health assessment form, which is required on arrival/departure. After completing the form, print or screen cap the QR code that is generated for easy access. You’ll need to present this to the health inspectors upon arrival into Mexico. Here is the link: https://afac.hostingerapp.com – Note that you need to actually copy/paste it into your browser; just clicking it will throw an error. A 14-day quarantine at residence may be necessary; however, popular tourist zones in the typical vacation cities (e.g., Cancun, Los Cabos, PV, Cozumel) are excluded.
  • Restrictions on non-essential travel for USA/Canada/Mexico remain in place until June 21, 2021. CANPASS / CBSA (CANADA) is by far the most stringent enforcer of this policy in regards to air travel.
  • The Mexican government has established an epidemiological traffic light monitoring system based on the number of cases and risk of contagion to manage the relaxing of restrictions. The status of it varies from state to state.

Caribbean

Travelers from variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited a variant virus hotspot, including the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

  • Anguilla – Open after several weeks of lockdown. With proof of vaccine, there is no need for medical insurance, but there is still a 7 day quarantine. Starting July 1, travelers who have been fully vaccinated, with the last dose administered at least 21 days before arrival, will no longer be required to quarantine nor be tested upon arrival.
  • Antigua and Barbuda – Open to most travelers, except hotspot countries (like India). Requires approval before operating. See official website for details on access to tourist zones and when quarantine comes into play.
  • Aruba – Aruba is accepting flights from all U.S. states. Aruba’s Digital Embarkation-Disembarkation Card (ED card) and health insurance are required.
  • Bahamas – Open. No quarantine required. This electronic health visa must be completed. Health insurance is required. More info at the Office of the Prime Minister and Reopen Bahamas. Effective May 1, travelers who have completed their vaccine plus two weeks immunity will not be required to take COVID-19 test prior to arrival.
  • Barbados – Open. Negative test must be uploaded at www.travelform.gov.bb in advance. Upon arrival take Rapid Antigen test and wear a tracer bracelet during quarantine. After 5 days take PCR test to exit quarantine. Effective May 8, immunized travelers will be administered a PCR or Rapid test on arrival. These travelers would have restricted movement until the result of the arrival test is known. See details online.
  • Bermuda – Travel Authorization form required. Additional testing on arrival and throughout stay needed to bypass quarantine. Effective May 2 – June 5, all non-vaccinated passengers will need to quarantine for four days while they wait for a test result. Then from June 6 this will be extended to a full 14 days if you haven’t had the vaccine. Wearable tracer device required. Vaccinated travelers will be tested on arrival and must quarantine until results are known (about 24 hours). Then they will be released from quarantine and free to move around.
  • Bonaire – Open, but many countries restricted. Check with us for latest. Must complete a Health Declaration Form at www.bonairepublichealth.org. Quarantine is required unless traveling from “low-risk countries.”.
  • British Virgin Islands (BVI) – VACCINE PASSPORT ACTIVE: Open for tourism. Testing pre-arrival, on-arrival, and on day 4 required. Details online. Form must be submitted in advance of arrival on the BVI Gateway Traveller’s Authorization Portal. Contact tracer app required. Immunized travelers will be tested on arrival. Once arrival test result is known, immunized traveler will be exempt from 7-day quarantine. Health insurance is required.
  • Cayman Islands – Leisure travel allowed. You must apply at TravelTime for pre-approval. 14-day quarantine at hotel/villa (plus 48-hr testing period) required prior to freely roaming island. Can be reduced to 10 days with proof of a vaccine. Health form required. Wearable health monitoring device and tracer app install also required. See website for more details.
  • Cuba – Certain parts of country are open for tourism. U.S. sanctions still apply. COVID-19 test upon arrival. Quarantine is required.
  • Curacao – Passengers from the U.S. can enter with special permission from the Department of Health. Must complete digital immigration card and digital locator card. These travelers are permitted to enter Curacao without quarantine.
  • Dominica – Open; however, entry requirements, disembarkation, and quarantine protocols vary depending on the country-of-origin’s risk level (CARICOM Travel Bubble, Low Risk, Medium Risk, High Risk). An online health questionnaire is required. Upon arrival, passenger will undergo a health screen and a rapid COVID test. If negative, no quarantine required unless traveler is from high-risk country.
  • Dominican Republic – Open to international passengers. COVID-19 test not required for crew and passengers, except for passengers coming from UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Universal Aviation DR is open and supporting missions.
  • Grenada – Open. Apply for approval online. Expect to quarantine. Tracer app required. More information online. Persons providing proof of full vaccination will only be required to quarantine for up to 48 hours, pending a negative result from a PCR test administered upon entry.
  • Guadeloupe – French territory – Closed for tourism. See website (note: may not reflect the latest).
  • Haiti – Open. No quarantine required.
  • Jamaica – Open. All foreign crew and passengers must obtain travel authorization online prior to arrival. Travelers from India, Trinidad, and six South American countries are prohibited. Quarantine required for length of stay or 14 days, in either a residence or tourist zone (“Resilient Corridor”). See full details online.
  • Martinique – French territory – Closed for tourism. Scheduled to reopen in June.
  • St. Barts – French territory – Open for vaccinated travelers, with special approval arrangements through their accommodations (hotel or villa).
  • St. Lucia – Open, with quarantine. More info online.
  • St. Kitts & Nevis – Open. All travelers must seek permission prior to travel. Quarantine is mandatory. Negative COVID test and tracing app install required. See website for details.
  • Sint Maarten (Dutch side) – The island is split between France and the Netherlands. However, TNCM falls on the Netherlands side. The Netherlands side is enacting stricter restrictions for passengers from “high-risk” countries. Travelers from the U.S. and Canada can enter. Check with us for details based on your specific flight scenario.
  • St. Martin (French side) – The island is split between France and the Netherlands. French side is closed for tourism.
  • St. Vincent & Grenadines – TVSA is fully operational after La Soufriere volcano eruption and cleanup citywide. Consider TVSC if transferring to TVSM. Travelers from high-risk countries (including Canada and U.S.) will self-quarantine for 14 days at government-approved hotel or facility. Immunized travelers must quarantine for seven days at an approved government facility or accommodation. Testing upon arrival required for all pax and crew. Aircraft disinfection required.
  • Trinidad and Tobago – Closed UFN.
  • Turks and Caicos – Open. Travel insurance required.
  • USVI and Puerto Rico – See U.S. section above.

Latin America

Travelers from variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited a variant virus hotspot, including the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

  • Our FBOs and ground handling offices in ArgentinaBrazilChileCosta RicaMexico, and Venezuela are still operational and supporting missions.
  • Argentina – Closed UFN. Universal Aviation Argentina is staying on top of the latest.
  • Belize – VACCINE PASSPORT ACTIVE. Travelers with proof of COVID-19 immunization are no longer required to present a negative COVID-19 test result for entry.
  • Brazil – COVID test and health entry form for both crew and passengers. Crew are not exempt. Universal Aviation Brazil is following our C19 Health and Safety standards to support you safely.
  • Bolivia – U.S. passengers allowed entry for business. Travel health insurance and quarantine required.
  • Chile – Until at least June 21, entry is restricted to medical, humanitarian, cargo and foreigners who have been specially authorized to enter by the Chilean diplomatic mission in their country. Travel medical insurance required, quarantine and aircraft disinfection required. Universal Aviation Chile is staying on top of the latest.
  • Colombia – International passengers are allowed to arrive in Colombia. Social security coverage or health insurance is required. CHECK MIG form required on the Colombian Immigration website. SKBO, SKCG, SKRG, and SKCL are open to accept flights from the U.S., Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Curacao, and Panama.
  • Costa Rica – Open. No quarantine is required. All passengers and crew must have travel insurance and complete this health form in advance.
  • Ecuador – Is permitting persons to enter, but if you are coming from Brazil you will need to quarantine. Health form required. For mainland airports, no test required with proof of both vaccine doses. Galapagos airports SEGS and SEST still require a test.
  • El Salvador – Open. No quarantine.
  • Falkland Islands – Business flights require special invitation letter. Quarantine and periodic COVID testing required, no exemptions. Leisure flights possible if transiting direct to a private vessel. Contact locator form required.
  • Guatemala – VACCINE PASSPORT ACTIVE for entry, but local lockdown in effect. Open. No quarantine. Health screening on arrival.
  • Guyana – Advanced screening on arrival. No quarantine.
  • Honduras – Open for business flights. Quarantine not required with proof of a negative test. COVID test on departure required.
  • Nicaragua – Open. No quarantine. Local contact, aircraft sanitization certificate, and traveler declaration form required.
  • Panama – Open. Testing on arrival and quarantine are required. Quarantine not required for most who meet entry requirements. Must complete an online registration form.
  • Paraguay – Paraguay is open for flights. Proof of Medical insurance required. Health card required.
  • Peru – Reopened for international flights with the exception of those who have been on Brazil, South Africa, or India in the past 14 days.
  • Suriname – Flights require government approval. Health insurance and quarantine required. Nationwide lockdown in effect through June 18.
  • Uruguay – Effective June 1, foreign non-residents can enter with special authorization issued by the government and a valid reason to travel. Vaccinated passengers will be exempt from quarantine.
  • Venezuela – Accessible with approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Quarantine at government facility required.

Europe

Travelers from variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited a variant virus hotspot, including the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

    • Our FBOs and ground handling offices in IrelandUKFranceGreeceItalySpain and Turkey are all open and supporting missions.
    • Golden Visa Countries – Portugal, Cyprus, Malta, Greece, Spain and Ireland have golden visa programs that grant real estate owners and their families citizenship or residency status. For instance, Portugal requires a 500K Euro investment to qualify for citizenship, and having citizenship means other EU countries become accessible. Many aircraft owners and charter passengers are leveraging these programs.
  • European countries that are accessible to passengers from the U.S. and other countries not on the EC’s list include:
    • Albania – Open. Health screening upon arrival.
    • Austria – U.S. citizens with a business purpose are allowed entry directly. Or, U.S. citizens can enter via intra-Schengen without restrictions. As of May 19, hotels, restaurants, leisure and culture facilities reopened with strict protective measures in place. Flights from the UK are prohibited June 1-20. Flights from Brazil, India and South Africa are prohibited UFN. See entry details online.
    • Belarus – Accessible. Travelers from this list of countries will likely have to self-quarantine.
    • Belgium – Authorized travel is only possible upon presentation of a certificate issued by the employer and a certificate issued by the Belgian diplomatic or consular post, if it’s demonstrated that the trip is essential.
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina – U.S. citizens are allowed entry with an invitation letter.
    • Croatia – VACCINE PASSPORT ACTIVE: Allowing entry based on economic interest or tourism. Submit notice at https://entercroatia.mup.hr. Our Universal Aviation offices in Italy are helping coordinate arrangements to enter Croatia for customers. Quarantine is not required for vaccinated persons.
    • Cyprus – VACCINE PASSPORT ACTIVE: Vaccinated travelers from the UK, U.S., EU, and others are exempt from pre-arrival testing and quarantine. They are still subject to random testing upon arrival.
    • Denmark – Immunized citizens of orange and yellow EU and Schengen countries will be allowed to travel to Denmark without restrictions.
    • France –
      1. Opening to fully vaccinated non-EU citizens for tourism starting June 9. Travelers from the UK will need to quarantine.
      2. Closed: European Area Corridor Access – The French government has issued this notice that travelers from the Ireland and other European Area (EA) countries who have been in a non-EA country within the previous 14 days must follow procedures applicable to arrivals from non EA countries. While this is not reflected in the NOTAM for France, it shuts the door on doing the overnight in Ireland or another EA country to access France.
      3. Direct Access – U.S. passengers traveling directly to France must present a permit issued by the French Embassy or General French Consulate to enter French territory.
    • Germany – VACCINE PASSPORT ACTIVE. U.S. travelers are allowed in with proof of vaccine or proof that the passenger had COVID and has recovered. Testing upon arrival required. HOWEVER, note that the country is still under strict lockdown, and hotels are not available for tourists…only for those visiting on essential business.
    • Greece – Open to U.S. travelers that are vaccinated OR those who have a negative PCR test result taken 72 hours before arrival. PLF form needs to be filled out at least 24 hours prior to arrival. Our FBO ground support offices in Greece are ready to support you. Be sure to submit your parking requests ASAP for best options during Mediterranean summer peak season. Our Greek Islands destination guide has more details. Travel back and forth from the mainland to islands or vice versa requires PCR test or proof of vaccination.
    • Hungary – U.S. persons can travel to Hungary for essential business. An invitation letter from the receiving party should be submitted in advance for approval. All U.S. passengers approved in for essential business don’t require COVID testing or quarantine.
    • Ireland – Our Universal Aviation offices in Dublin and Shannon can assist.
      • Fully-vaccinated travelers can avoid the mandatory quarantine requirement (see below) starting July 19, 2021. Quarantine at home or a hotel of choice still required. Full details online.
      • Anyone entering the country from the U.S, or has recently visited or transited either, is required to complete a 14-day quarantine. Quarantining for just length of stay (e.g., 2 nights) is not an option, but you can end the quarantine if you get a negative PCR test obtained no less than 5 days after arrival. Crew are exempt from this new requirement.
      • This pre-departure testing provider is available at EIDW for travelers headed to the U.S.
      • U.S. CBP Preclearance is open at Shannon/EINN for GA; however, hours have changed again. Read our blog for details and ops procedures.
      • Shannon has an onsite COVID testing program providing quick turnaround. Appointments are required and can be booked online at https://rocdochealthcheck.ie.
    • Italy – Now open to U.S. tourists via select Covid-tested Commercial flights, Delta, AA, and United.. Details are expected soon for GA leisure flights. In the meantime, the Prime Minister is urging foreign visitors to start booking their summer plans now. In addition, there are a few ways third-country nationals (including U.S. citizens) can enter now. Complete details are online and there is this survey tool you can use:
      • Direct Access: Business purposes with prior approval, and Universal Aviation Italy reports that Italian authorities have been approving many requests.
      • Intra-Europe Corridors: Travelers who have stayed in the EU for 14 days or more can enter some regions of Italy. Travel history will dictate if a passenger will need to quarantine or not. See website for details.
    • Latvia – Open. Passengers who have been in the EU, EEA, Switzerland or UK for the past 14 days and have proof of vaccine approved by European Medicines Agency or WHO are exempt from quarantine.
    • Macedonia – Open. Travelers arriving from India will have to quarantine for 14 days.
    • Malta – U.S. passengers are not allowed in general, unless “corridoring” in with a clean 14-day travel history. Health form required. Travelers from some high-risk cities/regions within Europe will need to have a special permit. Quarantine required, depending on country of origin and travel history. Beginning June 1, proof of full vaccination will be accepted in place of a COVID test result for those allowed to enter.
    • Moldova – Foreign citizens from most Red countries are prohibited, with some exceptions.
    • Montenegro – VACCINE PASSPORT ACTIVE. Open to U.S. citizens. Aircraft disinfection required.
    • Netherlands – U.S. citizens can enter for essential business if they are able to get a “Note Verbale” from the Dutch Embassy. Non-EU/Schengen passengers transiting from the Dominican Republic, India, Panama, South Africa and all of South America are prohibited UFN.
    • Poland – VACCINE PASSPORT ACTIVE for countries on the allowed list only, which doesn’t include U.S. Passengers, including U.S. citizens, can apply for essential business travel waiver from the Polish Embassy. All international arrivals with special permit will be required to self-isolate. Travelers with a vaccine are exempt from quarantine. The updated flight ban list can be found online.
    • Portugal – Accessible via direct travel for essential business only. It is also accessible to foreign nationals via domestic travel through an EU corridor. Ask us for details.
    • Serbia – U.S. citizens can enter for business or tourism. No quarantine required. Fully vaccinated travelers from some EU countries are exempt from providing negative COVID-19 test results for entry.
    • Slovak Republic – PCR test and quarantine required for entry. Burgundy District has a 20-hour curfew in effect UFN. Travelers from the EU and Schengen region are not required to test or quarantine with proof of vaccine.
    • Slovenia – VACCINE PASSPORT ACTIVE, but only for travelers from countries not on the red list. While the U.S. currently sits on the red list, U.S. travelers may be still able to enter if can prove essential business reason.
    • Spain – Open to vaccinated travelers from the UK. Opening to vaccinated, non-EU tourists June 7. Until then, U.S. citizens can travel to Spain directly with an invitation letter from a Spanish company, or via a second stop entering from a Schengen country. Work with us if consider entry this way.
    • Sweden – U.S. passengers allowed if arriving from Schengen country. Quarantine not required. U.S. passengers on direct flights from U.S. with special business invitation letter may be allowed entry.
    • Switzerland – U.S. passengers allowed for business if arriving from Schengen country, or passengers can get in direct from the U.S. if they obtain approval via the Swiss Embassy. Business purpose letter required. Quarantine required if have been to any of these countries (note that U.S is NOT on this list) at any time within the last 14 days before entering Switzerland.
    • Turkey – Travelers from Brazil, India, and South Africa must quarantine. Other than the countries above, Turkey remains open on the Mediterranean to Private/Business flights (including leisure) regardless the country of registration and/or nationality of passenger. Foreign tourists are exempt from the country’s local curfew measures, and they are not required the quarantine. Our Universal Aviation office in Turkey can provide assistance.
    • Ukraine – Open. An additional test is required after arrival to bypass quarantine. Medical insurance and tracer app required. Aircraft disinfection required. Read more online.
    • UK – Accessible. See section below for more details.
    • Rest of Europe – Most EU countries are allowing essential business travel (for instance, your principal is considering investing in a European business), so if you can state your case, there may be a way in.
  • UK –
    • Jail time – The UK is imposing jail time of up to 10 years for travelers who lie about their travel history.
    • UK entry requirements – Travelers must follow the UK’s Red, Amber, and Green list rules for entering the UK.
      • Travelers from Green List countries don’t require quarantine. The U.S., Canada, and most EU countries currently sit on the Amber List, which mean a 10-day quarantine for travelers arriving from these countries, unless you pay to test out early on day 5.
      • Arrivals from Amber List countries must take COVID-19 tests on the second and eighth days of their quarantine period, as do permitted arrivals from Red List countries.
      • Crew on international arrivals will need to take (and retake) LFD tests for stays of more than 2 days to avoid quarantine, if it applies based on departure country. Read details online.
    • Luton’s Night Slot Ban (June 1 – Sept. 30)– London’s Luton Airport announced a new Night Slot Ban is taking effect June 1 through Sept. 30, between the hours of 2200Z to 0600Z. London-Stansted Airport will be the preferred alternative. Read full details on our blog.
    • RAF Northolt Airport in London has extended its M-F operating hours by three hours to 0800-2000L. This is a big deal because as the closest GA-accessible to central London, as well as the closest airport to Heathrow, these longer hours make it a much better option for international operators. Universal Aviation Northolt worked hard to make this happen.
    • Don’t miss your UK-APD payments! – Passenger flights out of the UK are subject to Air Passenger Duty (UK-APD) payments, and many operators forget to pay these within the 7-day deadline. Since we have a local office, we can monitor and manage any payments owed on your behalf. Just send a request to our Global Regulatory Team to get started. It’s a fast and easy setup process.
    • A new emissions reporting scheme now applies as a result of Brexit – UK-ETS. If you need help with your UK-ETS monitoring and reporting, we can make this easy for you. Contact our Global Regulatory team directly.
    • See published COVID-19 guidance on safer travel and working principles for airports and aviation operators.
  • Reopen Europe is good resource to reference for country entry requirements.

Updated Monday, April 20, 6:12 PM EST

Mexico - Cabo San Lucas International OPEN for USA travel
There are no USA travel restrictions to Cabo San Lucas.  Passengers can go directly from their aircraft to transportation.  Carside immigration and customs services are used to minimize standing in lines etc.)
 
Hong Kong
From ALL countries entry is permitted with on-site saliva testing.  Passengers must submit to a test and wait until results prior to leaving the Health Inspection designated area.

Updated Monday, March 25, 2020, 4:34 PM EST

Nigeria - Entry Restriction
All airports are closed to international flights with the exception of an aircraft in a state of emergency. Approval may be given to overflights, humanitarian aid, cargo flights, and other safety-related operations.
 
Mali - Entry Restriction
All commercial traffic from countries affected by COVID-19 is suspended except for cargo flights.
 
Ethiopia - Entry Restriction
ECAA has reinstated technical landing permits for fuel stop only. The crew are to remain airside of the terminal, as they will be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine if they leave the terminal. For non-scheduled aircraft arriving ferry to pick up passengers who have arrived on an Ethiopian Airlines inbound flight - landing permit will be issued at the discretion of the ATS Director, therefore no guarantee. 
 
Palau - Entry Restriction
Travel restrictions extended until 31 March 2020 - temporary ban of direct flights and cruise ships originating from or transiting through mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau into Palau, as well as the temporary ban of entry of foreign travelers from these areas in the past 14 days.
 
Madagascar - Entry Restriction
All flights that intend to land at Madagascar airports that are from Europe, La Reunion Island, and Mayotte Island are suspended.
China - Airport Restrictions
ZBAA, ZBTJ, and ZSSS all have various restrictions. Visit our resource page and navigate to the China section to view all airport restrictions.
 
Kiribati - Airport Restrictions
Aerodromes have available night operations upon request. Must have 72-hour prior notice to the airport services office for non-scheduled night operations.
 
Singapore - Landing Restriction
WSSS or WSSL must submit through its ground handling agent, health declaration of each crew member and passengers on board the flight, as required by the director of medical services under the Infectious Diseases Act, but no earlier than three hours before its estimated time of departure. If any of the passengers or crew have any of the conditions defined as positive in the health declaration, the aircraft must be operated as a medevac flight.
 
Singapore - Landing Restriction
Effective 23 March 2020, all foreign visitors traveling to Singapore will have to submit the electronic arrival cards prior to arrival. SG Arrival Card is the electronic version of the paper disembarkation/embarkation (DE) card (or commonly known as the white cards) that foreign visitors are currently required to submit on arrival. This can be done within 14 days prior to the date of arrival in Singapore, to avoid unnecessary delays during immigration clearance.
 
Japan - Quarantine
People arriving from the whole area of the United States of America must wait 14 days at the location designated by the quarantine station chief and refrain from using public transportation in Japan. This measure will be applicable to aircraft or vessels departing for Japan from the U.S. starting 26 March 2020 and will be implemented by the end of April 2020.

Updated Monday, March 24, 2020, 8:51 PM EST

US: Florida  Governor Ron DeSantis announced that anyone flying from NY, NJ, and Connecticut to Florida will be placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Developing: 190 flights from NY/NJ still operating as scheduled the exact implementation of this mandate is still pending clarification from the local airport and FBO's.

Updated Monday, March 23, 2020, 7:56 PM EST

US:  FAA reports that 11 ATC (air traffic control centers) have been closed after staff tested positive.  

Here is the current list: Chicago Midway, Las Vegas McCarran, Las vegas Tracon (departure/approach),  New York (JFK), Indianapolis ARTCC (en route, departure, arrival), Wilmington Airport (Delaware), LaGuardia Aiport (LGA),  New York ARTCC (en route, departure, arrival), Farmingdale Republic Airport (NY), Leesburg Executive Airport (DC), Peoria International Airport (IL).   

These closures are currently responsible for delays in the LAS area only.  Given large cancelation of commercial flights traffic is mostly on-time or with minor delays. 

EU:   TapJets is working with officials to secure permits to move several US and Canadian families out of the EU area.  We were asked not to specify location so that local officials are not flooded with requests.  We will provide an update on these efforts.

Updated Monday, March 23, 2020, 6:18 PM EST
 

Australia - Entry Restriction

All non-Australian citizens and non-residents will not be allowed to enter Australia effective 20 March 2020. Some exemptions apply.

Thailand - Entry Restriction

Passengers from the United Arab Emirates are not allowed to enter Thailand.

Vietnam - Entry Restriction

All passengers are not allowed to enter Vietnam. This does not apply to nationals of Vietnam.

Myanmar - Entry Restriction

Passengers who have been in the Hubei Province of China and Daegu and Gyeongbuk Regions of Korea in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter Myanmar. This does not apply to nationals of Myanmar. They are subject to 14-day quarantine measures.

Nigeria - Entry Restriction

The Federal Government of Nigeria is restricting entry into the country for travelers from the following (13) countries: China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Jamaica - Entry Restriction

Travelers who have visited these countries in the last 14 days will not be granted landing privileges: China, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, South Korea, Republic of Korea, Iran, the United Kingdom, and Singapore.

Papua New Guinea - Airport Restriction

All international non-scheduled flights, intending to operate into any Papua New Guinea airport, other than Port Moresby, must flight plan to indicate Port Moresby (AYPY) as their first point of entry for mandatory cross-border checks, including Coronavirus (2019/nCOV) tests. 

Indonesia -  Airport Restriction

All flight operations to/from the People’s Republic of China are suspended until further notice. All airport lounges and VIP Terminals are closed until further notice. All passengers and aircrew must use commercial passenger terminal.

Laos - Notice

As of 20 March 2020, the following visa facilities are suspended for all nationalities (passenger and crew), until further notice: visa on arrival, tourist visa issued at Lao Diplomatic mission, eVisa, visa exemption scheme (not applicable to the holder of Diplomatic and Official Passport). 

Bangladesh - Notice

Visa on arrival suspended for all nationalities.

Macau - Notice

When someone onboard an inbound flight to Macau International Airport is detected with symptoms compatible with severe respiratory disease associated with COVID-19, the pilot-in-command needs to notify Macau on the first contact.

Updated Monday, March 17, 2020, 6:35 PM EST

Chicago -  Midway (MDW) - Airport Tower Closed, several employees tested positive for CV we are expecting delays, operating from the backup facility.

EU - developing story:   European Union will close its borders for 30 days for all travel. EU citizens within the EU can continue to move on an as-needed basis.  Aviation impact soon to follow.

Updated Monday, March 17, 2020, 6:07 PM EST

The Cayman Islands

Please be advised of airport closure on Sunday 22nd, 2020 until April 12th, 2020, for the Cayman Islands as follows:

1. To close the Owen Roberts International Airport and the Charles Kirk Connell International Airport for international passenger flights for a temporary period of three weeks, beginning Sunday, 22 March 2020 at 11:59 pm until Sunday, 12 April 2020 at 11:59 pm

2. For all destinations except for the United Kingdom, inbound flights from Thursday, 19 March 2020 will operate for returning residents only.

3. Outbound flights will operate as usual through Sunday, 22 March 2020.

4. With immediate effect, any person arriving in the Cayman Islands will be required to be isolated for 14 days.

5. Inter-Island flights will continue, however, flights from Grand Cayman into Cayman Brac and Little Cayman will be restricted to residents and essential persons, for example, medical staff, etc. This because, as we all know, Cayman Brac has a significant elderly population and we want to ensure that they are protected.

Sint Maarten

Effective Tuesday, 17th March 2020, all international flights and cruises originating from the United States of America, Europe and the United Kingdom to St. Maarten are canceled for a period of two weeks. These travel restrictions do not apply for regional air and sea travel at this time. Travel within the Dutch Caribbean – Saba, St. Eustatius, Bonaire, Aruba, and Curacao remains in place until further notice. This travel restriction also applies to other seafaring vessels.

Only incoming visitors from the USA, Canada, Europe, UK, and Ireland are restricted to enter the country of St. Maarten.

All residents and nationals traveling back to St. Maarten from the United States, Europe, and the United Kingdom during this period, are recommended to monitor their health for 14-days for consistent cough, fever or respiratory problems (consistent with COVID-19) and maintain a social distance for the safety and security of the community.

The current travel restrictions apply for two weeks starting on Tuesday, 17th March 2020. Commercial and private/chartered airlines will be allowed to land and take-off after the 16th March deadline date to facilitate the following:

  • Visitors who are currently on the island, or neighboring islands, who are scheduled to travel out via PJIA in the coming weeks to return to their home country.
     
  • Returning residents of St. Maarten and the surrounding islands, who usually transit through PJIA, invited specialists and other technical assistants, to enter the country with valid travel documents.

Updated Monday, March 16, 2020, 10:20 PM EST

Latest changes in COVID-19 restrictions on Private Jet Travel around the globe.

  • U.S. - The travel restrictions for Europe have officially been extended to the United Kingdom and Ireland. Here's the official proclamation.

Note: Operations that appear feasible due to a potential exemption, can only be confirmed through filling APIS and requesting Landing Rights. CBP could ask for detailed travel history for ANY individual, U.S. Citizen or Foreign National, seeking customs clearance into the U.S.

  • Europe - The president of the European Commission today announced a 30-day restriction of all "non-essential" travel into the E.U. (excluding Schengen Area countries and the U.K.), pending approval by E.U. leadership. We are working on getting more information on this.

Also, the list of countries restricting non-residents or banning international flights altogether is snowballing, including Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Norway, Poland, and Slovakia.

  • U.S. CBP Clearance at Shannon, Ireland - Suspended starting Tuesday, March 17th at 0400Z.
  • Canada - We've received intel that the Prime Minister will likely be making a statement today with additional restrictions.
  • Mexico - Authorities are in the process of implementing a new phase of restrictions. We're expecting the official announcement soon.
  • Latin America - The list of countries in Latin America with restrictions is growing by the hour. Argentina, Aruba, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, and Peru are restricting entry of all non-citizens. Guatemala has restricted entry of anyone who has been in the U.S. or Canada in the last 14 days.
  • The Caribbean - Restrictions are being implemented rapidly across most countries. Most have now imposed travel bans on travelers from Europe and Asia, and some, such as Saint Maarten, have added the United States to the restricted list.
  • Asia-Pacific - In the last 24 hours, enhanced restrictions have been announced in Australia, Macao, and Singapore. China has also released new guidelines for major airports.

*This article contains information from public sources and some of the information provided to operators by Universal Weather

June 11, 2021