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 below.
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.
For all country updates, visit the COVID-19 resource page.