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COVID-19 Trip Support Updates

 

We recommend reviewing each country on the trip route before starting the setup of the flight, as well as before the actual departure. The World Fuel Trip Support Team is available 24/7 to check the latest restrictions to support your trip requirements. Request a free trip cost estimate.

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European Union Council Recommends Removing the United States from the Safe List - September 1, 2021

Effective August 30, 2021, the EU council has recommended to EU countries that the US should be removed from the “Safe List.” If adopted by EU member countries, this would restrict US travelers with requirements such as COVID testing, quarantine on arrival, or a stop to all non-essential travel. 

EU member countries are given the option to decide to adopt the recommendation, stay with their current protocols, or tighten up current protocols. Requirements will be different for vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers. 

Nationals of Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, and North Macedonia are also recommended to be removed from the safe list and subject to the same changes.

Countries on the Safe List

The EU is now recommending the EU Members States to lift the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel for the following countries:

•    Albania
•    Armenia
•    Australia
•    Azerbaijan
•    Bosnia & Herzegovina
•    Brunei Darussalam
•    Canada

•    China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity)
•    Japan
•    Jordan
•    New Zealand
•    Qatar
•    Moldova
•    Saudi Arabia

•    Serbia
•    Singapore
•    South Korea
•    Ukraine
•    Administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao

Being added to the “Safe List” allows them fewer restrictions and protocols than those not on the list.
Additional information resources are available:

•    EU recommendations
•    EU council recommendation
•    Travel Info EU countries                                                

Our global trip support team is proactively working to keep the information on our resource page current. If you have any questions about a country, please do not hesitate to contact World Fuel Trip Support at [email protected] 

Please do not hesitate to contact World Fuel Trip Support for the latest information for any country that you are planning travel, EU or otherwise. We can provide you with any known updates and a full written country briefing like this one linked here.

World Fuel is tracking each country through our COVID-19 resource page. Navigate to the region where you need the country updates. Within those regions will be updated for specific countries. Those open will be marked as such on the country line; whether the country is open or closed, use the "+" symbol to view the most recent status of that country.

Sincerely,

Noora Sjöholm-Maurent
Trip Support Specialist III, Global Trip Support


 

Regional Update: Asia-Pacific - August 18, 2021

The Asia-Pacific region has remained tightly restricted due to the surge in the Delta variant. These restrictions can include outright bans of citizens who live in or have visited a restricted country and mandated 14-to-21-day quarantines for those allowed to travel. And although vaccine rollouts are happening rapidly in places such as Singapore, there is still uncertainty as to when restrictions will ease.

Get the Full Update

Our global trip support team is proactively working to keep the information on our resource page current. If you have any questions about a country, please do not hesitate to contact World Fuel Trip Support at [email protected].

As the Delta variant surges, countries continue to adjust restrictions. World Fuel is tracking each country through our COVID-19 resource page. Navigate to the region where you need the country updates. Within those regions will be updated for specific countries. Those open will be marked as such on the country line; whether the country is open or closed, use the "+" symbol to view the most recent status of that country.
Sincerely,

Peter Bennett
Manager, Global Trip Support, Singapore


 

European Union Lifts Restrictions on Non-Essential Travel for 14 Countries - June 18, 2021

European Union has updated the ‘Safe country list’ today following the agreement obtained earlier this week. EU is now recommending the Member States to lift the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel for the following 14 countries:

  • Albania
  • Australia
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Lebanon
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • Rwanda
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • United States of America
  • China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity

Based on the recommendation, the different EU countries will be deciding individually on the measures taken and whether the restrictions will be lifted for all or just for some countries.

France has already moved forward by placing the US into the ‘Green’ category meaning that the US travelers are no longer restricted in their travel reasons.

Travelers are required to present a vaccination certificate or proof of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours. No quarantine applies. More countries are expected to follow the recommendation. 

We will continue to monitor this situation and publish any new information as it becomes available.

Read the full update. 

Vaccination Certificates are Becoming a Requirement in European Countries - June 16, 2021

Since the EU recommended reopening for vaccinated visitors, more countries are starting to require a vaccination certificate.

Certain countries have moved forward and allowed vaccinated travelers to enter for all travel reasons, including tourism. Countries that currently welcome vaccinated US travelers include, e.g., Iceland, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, France, Spain, and Slovenia. 

More countries are expected to follow the example towards the upcoming holiday months of July and August. Portugal, Ireland, Belgium, and Switzerland are expected to open the travel for the vaccinated tourists within the next 14 days. 

Countries like Germany and Austria have also started to accept the vaccination certificate as a substitute for the PCR test. However, while the passenger may avoid the quarantine with a vaccination certificate, the entry remains restricted for US travelers and the entry is allowed for essential travel reasons only.

Vaccination Certificate

The vaccination certificate must contain certain information and will vary from country to country.

Here is an example for Spain:

This certificate or supporting document (vaccination, diagnostic test, recovery) must be the original; it must be written in Spanish, English, French or German and may be submitted in paper or electronic format. Any such document shall contain at least the following information:

  • traveler's name and surname
  • personal identification number used to obtain SpTH QR
  • date of complete vaccination
  • vaccine administered
  • country where vaccinated

If it is not possible to obtain it in these languages, it must be accompanied by a translation into Spanish carried out by an official body.

Passengers that qualify for exemptions may enter with a vaccination certificate.

As countries reopen, it is expected they will require vaccine certificates. For now, find below the countries that are currently open and closed. The countries in blue are linked to include the full country update. 

List of Open/Closed Countries

Open With Restrictions

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece 
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • Northern Macedonia
  • Portugal
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland    
  • Turkey

Closed

  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • United Kingdom

Our global trip support team is proactively working to keep the information on our resource page current. If you have any questions about a country, please do not hesitate to contact World Fuel Trip Support at [email protected]

Sincerely,

Noora Sjöholm-Maurent

Trip Support Specialist III, Global Trip Support

EU Plans to Reopen for Vaccinated Visitors - May 21, 2021

EU Commission has taken the first step this week to agree on opening Europe to vaccinated travelers. The EU proposal suggests easing the current restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU and reopens its borders to fully vaccinated visitors. Travel for tourism purposes would also be available for those coming from ‘safe’ countries where the COVID infection rate is below 75 per 100.000 people in the previous 14 days. The proposal is expected to become an official recommendation next week.

Read the press release.

Basing on the upcoming recommendation, each EU member state will implement changes on an individual basis. Countries depending on tourism revenues are expected to ease the restrictions rapidly given the upcoming summer season, while others may implement changes more slowly and conservatively. Currently, Croatia and Cyprus have already moved forward, allowing entry for vaccinated travelers from certain countries incl. USA, and more countries, e.g., Greece, Spain, and Italy, are expected to follow.

Visitors having completed their vaccination and immunization at least two weeks before the arrival would be accepted for non-essential travel purposes. European Medicines Agency must approve vaccines used or WHO such as Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson.

New rules are expected to come gradually into effect during June. Each EU state will have the final decision on the imposed measures. Therefore, certain countries may still additionally require negative PCR tests or quarantine for certain visitors.

For now, find below on the countries that are currently open and closed.

List of Open/Closed Countries

Open

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Montenegro
  • Northern Macedonia
  • Portugal
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey


Closed

  • Belgium
  • Bulgari
  • Canary Islands
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Guernsey (UK)
  • Isle o Man (UK)
  • Jersey (UK)
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Svalbard & Jan Mayen
  • United Kingdom

How to Get More Information
World Fuel is tracking each country through our COVID-19 resource page. Navigate to the region where you need the country updates. Within those regions will be updates for specific countries. Those open will be marked as such on the country line; whether the country is open or closed, use the "+" symbol to view the most recent status of that country.

Our global trip support team is proactively working to keep the information on our resource page current. If you have any questions about a country, please do not hesitate to contact World Fuel Trip Support at [email protected]
Sincerely,

Jeff Briand
VP, Global Trip Support
+1 713 992 6344

 

U.S. Resources

In the boxes below, see links to resources relevant to the United States.

Center for Disease Control

Information on COVID-19 and recommendations about travel.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal, state, and local agencies to support the whole-of-government.

COVID-19 Risk Mitigation for Business Aircraft Operations

National Business Aviation Association created this article to outline risk mitigation beginning with the pre-flight risk analysis, crew & passenger safety, while concluding with post-flight safety. 

Federal Aviation Administration

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publishes news and updates relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, FAA Air Traffic reports, and more.

Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has COVID-19 news and updates.

U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs

Specific country information maintained by the U.S. State Department.

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Global Resources

In the boxes below, see links to resources for global use. 

International Civil Aviation Authority

Aviation specific guidelines published by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) in response to the COVID 19 Pandemic. Click here to see the worldwide airport status based on the current pandemic. 

World Heath Organization

For the latest information on COVID-19 from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Live COVID-19 Global Data Map

The John Hopkins Dashboard of confirmed COVID-19 active cases and deaths globally.

European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation

EUROCONTROL maintains NOTAM restrictions by country that covers Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, and North African airspace.

European Union Aviation Safety Agency

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is maintaining a list of airports located in COVID 19 affected areas and represent a high risk of transmission of the infection.

International Air Transport Association

The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) site publishes current travel restrictions by country.

Economic Impact Analysis

An overview of global impact on aviation, tourism, trade, and economy by Air Transport Bureau. 

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