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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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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

 

General Summary - April 9, 2021

The new coronavirus variants have resulted in tighter restrictions across the globe. In some cases, countries have their borders closed to international arrivals. In other cases, the demand for travel has resulted in semi-open borders with restrictions. It varies completely from country to country and changes frequently.

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

Travel to the United Kingdom Remains Restricted - March 26, 2021

The new coronavirus variants have resulted in tighter restrictions across the United Kingdom. This article will provide a closer look at this area and the newest restrictions in place.

Read the full update.

Currently, travel from certain countries to the United Kingdom is banned, and a mandatory hotel quarantine is required for returning residents. International passengers arriving to the United Kingdom are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours upon entry and self-isolate for 10 days. It is also mandatory to perform two follow-up COVID-19 tests during the isolation period.

Test to Release Scheme is available for travelers from non-banned countries to England. Passengers can shorten the 10-day self-isolation period by paying for a private follow-up test taken five days after arrival at the earliest.

General Update for the African Region - March 10, 2021


COVID-19 continues to be ever-present across the African continent. However, out of necessity, many countries have opened their borders to allow travel to start again. In this regional review, you will find there still are restrictions, but they vary throughout the continent and the common requirement is a negative PCR test.

Most countries in Africa have required prior permission (landing/overflight permit approval) long before this pandemic. And as the countries start to open their borders after strict lockdowns, these permissions remain in place, with more stringent application processes.

The common requirement is a negative PCR test that is no older than 72hrs. The cost of the COVID-19 test remains extremely high throughout Africa, ranging in cost from USD 50 a test to over USD 100 per test.


Restrictions Overview
Every country has put into place its own rules and regulations, although similar, with some variations. Listed below are at-a-glance summaries for your review:

  • Curfew hours for some countries result in reduced hours at the airport. 
    • South Africa, Lesotho, DRC
  • Reduced traffic for some countries only allow 1 to 2 or even 3 flights per airline per week. 
    • Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast 
  • The PCR test with a negative result may be the only restriction for some countries.
    • Benin, Comoros, Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Niger, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia 
  • A negative PCR test is required for some countries, with additional testing on arrival and possible quarantine.
    • Burundi, CAR, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Rwanda
  • Limited number of international airports may be open in some countries to accept flights. 
    • Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique
  • Quarantine may be required for several locations up for up to 14 days. Often, as long as a negative test is presented on arrival, there is no quarantine.
    • Eritrea
  • Restrictions on entry bans for South Africa can be found in some locations.
    • Mauritius, Seychelles, Angola, Mauritania, Morocco, Western Sahara, and Nigeria
  • Tight restrictions or closures remain in some countries and require diplomatic approval for any aircraft to land.
    • Algeria, Eritrea, Madagascar, Mayotte, Reunion, Cameroon 

 
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.
 
Sincerely,

Lydia Van Der Merwe
Operations Manager | Africa

Office: +27 [011] 609-0123
Flight Support 24/7 Tel: +27 [082] 940-5437
Flight Support 24/7 Email: [email protected]

General Update for Central America and the Caribbean - March 2, 2021

The Central America region is open to general aviation flights with a few considerations. In this update, you'll find that various permits, depending on the country, are now required to operate in all Central America. Requirements also include the COVID PCR test for passengers and crew, however, the timeliness of the test varies from country to country.

Review the full regional update including summaries for 22 countries by clicking here.

COVID PCR Test - General Overview
The COVID PCR test is a requirement for passengers that ranges from 48 hours in Panama to 96 hours in Guatemala. Typically, the standard for the test is 72 hours. In countries such as is Belize, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador also the crew needs the COVID PCR test.

In some cases, like Guatemala and Panama, they are not accepting passengers from the U.K. In Costa Rica, for example, they are also requesting medical insurance. For return flights to the country of origin, passengers and crew can take the COVID PCR test at the airport facilities or in the city center in some instances. 

No matter the possibility, you must prepare by appointment and of course with cost to the interested party. 

General Security Parameters
As for the Caribbean, this entire corridor is considered a tourist destination and has made general aviation provisions to stay open within the permissible security parameters. These security parameters range from reduced contact protocols to more complex procedures.

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.

Sincerely,

Mario Ulises Patino
Flight Operations
Global Trip Support | Toluca
+52 722 510 8977 

 

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.

Contact World Fuel Trip Support

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Europe, Middle East & Africa: +41 22 341 6210

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United States: +1 800 626 0577 | +1 281 280 2200

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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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