A General Summary From Our VP of Global Trip Support - Dec. 11, 2020
While the world-wide restrictions for flying are far from over, the past three months have seen a steady increase in the number of countries opening up their borders. Of the approximate 246 countries, islands, and commonwealths tracked by World Fuel Services, approximately 120 are now open with and without restrictions.
There are a few countries that are open and have no restrictions. In contrast, most of the 120 have requirements for negative COVID tests within an acceptable range of time before arrival at a given port of entry of that country. Some countries require it to be submitted in advance through an online form, and others by sending a picture of the negative test. In some countries, crew and/or passengers of business aircraft are exempt from COVID tests on arrival if approved for legitimate business in that country.
We see country lockdowns for a second time (England & Italy), but immediately open back up with new restrictions. We see additional European countries (Finland & Hungary) open up to business aircraft for the first time since the shutdown. Currently, Africa as a region has more countries open (with restrictions). Except for some countries (Guam, South Korea, Brunei), the Asia/Pacific region continues to lead the world's region for closed borders to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
How to Get More Information
World Fuel is tracking each country through our COVID-19 resource page. 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].
VP, Global Trip Support
+1 713 992 6344
Review the Latest Open Countries - Dec. 4, 2020
COVID-19 Updates: Review the Latest Open Countries
World Fuel Trip Support continues to proactively research and publish the latest country restrictions. Globally, most countries remain open, but have reinstated restrictions. Below is a list of all the latest countries that are open and have recently updated their restrictions.
While we always make every effort to provide you the latest information, we strongly recommend in contacting World Fuel Trip Support regarding your specific operation.
The Americas & Caribbean
Information on COVID-19 and recommendations about travel.
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.
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.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publishes news and updates relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, FAA Air Traffic reports, and more.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has COVID-19 news and updates.
Specific country information maintained by the U.S. State Department.
Asia-Pacific: +65 6215 6888
Canada: +1 403 717 4393
Europe, Middle East & Africa: +41 22 341 6210
South America: + 55 11 2924-2569
United States: +1 800 626 0577 | +1 281 280 2200
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In the boxes below, see links to resources for global use.
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.
For the latest information on COVID-19 from the World Health Organization (WHO).
The John Hopkins Dashboard of confirmed COVID-19 active cases and deaths globally.
EUROCONTROL maintains NOTAM restrictions by country that covers Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, and North African airspace.
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.
The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) site publishes current travel restrictions by country.
An overview of global impact on aviation, tourism, trade, and economy by Air Transport Bureau.
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