Government Response

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What has the government required of airlines in response to COVID-19?

Updated September 21, 2020

Governments around the world have put travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19. Focusing specifically on the United States & Canada, we know the following:

  • Argentina – Government has closed its borders to foreigners (non-citizens or permanent residents); Closing international flights until 1Sept
  • Australia – Everyone arriving will have to self-quarantine for 14 days & cruise ships will be banned for 30 days (until 15 April); will ban the arrival of non-residents effective 20Mar and advises its citizens to not travel overseas
  • Bali – will allow international tourists on 11Sep; Will remain closed to foreign tourists until 2021
  • Belgium – on lockdown until 5Apr
  • Bolivia – Suspended all international flights and closed the borders until 31Mar
  • Burundi – Suspends all flights into/out of airports
  • Canada – Starting 19Mar international arrivals will only be accepted at these airports: YYZ, YUL, YVR, & YYC; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today the country is closing its borders to anyone other than Canadian citizens, permanent residents and — at least for now — US citizens, but the borders will be closed for non-essential travel. Self-quarantine measures in place for 14 days; Will extend travel ban to US for 30 days; Extended travel ban through July; Extended travel ban through Aug 31st. Travel ban extended through 30Sept.  Travel ban extended through Oct now.
  • China
    • S. citizens returning from Hubei province in the prior 14 days from their arrival into the USA will be subject to up to 14 days of quarantine
    • S. citizens returning from anywhere else in mainland China in the prior 14 days from their arrival into the USA will undergo proactive health screening at select USA airports with up to 14 days of monitored self-quarantine
    • Suspension of entry of any non-U.S. citizen who has been in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) in the previous 14 days
    • Canadian citizens are being asked to self-monitor and quarantine themselves in their residences for 14 days after travel to a known affected area
    • Hong Kong – Will ban all tourists through 8Apr
    • Ban all foreign nationals, including those who hold work visas or residence permits
    • To fly to China requires a negative COVID19 test
  • Colombia – will not allow international visitors until 24Apr
  • Costa Rica – Border closed until 30Jun; will reopen to specific US states in Sept
  • Cyprus – will not allow non-Cypriots to enter until 30Mar
  • Czech Republic – will close its borders and airports from 16Mar on
  • Denmark – has closed its borders and won’t reopen until 13Apr
  • Dominican Republic – Reopens for flights 1July
  • Ecuador – has closed its borders and airports for 21 days until 5Apr
  • Egypt – Suspends all international air traffic through 31Mar
  • El Salvador – No international flights until further notice
  • France – has put its citizens on lockdown and requires them to fill out a form if they leave their home and justify the reason
  • Georgia – Ban on all travels for 2 weeks from 18Mar
  • Guatemala – Government closed land, air, & sea borders through 31Mar
  • Haiti – Closed airports until 21Apr to all flights
  • India – Suspension of tourist visas through 15Apr; banning European carriers from 18Mar-31Mar and if anyone transited in the middle east then they have a minimum 14-day quarantine on arrival; no international flights until 30Mar; Suspends all domestic flights & rail service from 25Mar on; 21 day lockdown through 14Apr; flight bans are extended through 14Apr; Lockdown is extended through 3May; extends lockdown until 17May and keeps airports closed; Suspends all Visas, bars travel by OCI cardholders (6May); will commence domestic flights on 25May; 14 day quarantine for international arrivals
  • Indonesia – bans air travel until 1June
  • Iran – Suspension of entry of any non-U.S. citizen who has been in Iran in the previous 14 days
  • Ireland – Nationwide shutdown of all schools and cultural institutions until 29Mar; delays easing of travel restrictions until 20Jul
  • Israel – Everyone arriving will have to self-quarantine for 14 days; Extends restrictions through early August
  • Italy – Lombardy and Veneto were banned for travel; Italy has now quarantined the entire country for 66m+ people; no tourist visas until 4Apr
  • Japan – will ask all arriving US passengers to self-quarantine for 14 days; banning anyone that has been to a list of 70 countries (includes the US) in the last 14 days indefinitely; State of Emergency for Tokyo and 6 prefectures through 6May.  $1 trillion stimulus package will be launched.
  • Jordan – Will close its airports and borders until 31Mar; resumed international flights 5Aug
  • Kuwait – Suspension of all flights to/from Kuwait indefinitely; they also are imposing a 2-week national holiday to close all workplaces to stop the spread of the virus (will end on 28Mar); Will resume commercial flights in August
  • Latvia – will go into national lockdown and closing airports and borders on 17Mar
  • Lithuania – will close its borders and go into lockdown from 16Mar-30Mar
  • Malaysia – will go into national lockdown and close airports from 18-31Mar; Will allow travel within country from 10Jun
  • Maldives – reopen tourism from 1Jul; will reopen 15July
  • Mexico –  after a slow response, MX is closing schools for 1 month, encouraging social distancing but is still much more lax than other countries
  • New Zealand – Everyone arriving will have to self-quarantine for 14 days & cruise ships will be banned until 30Jun; NZD$600m (USD$350m) aviation industry support package announced will ban the arrival of non-residents effective 20Mar and advises its citizens to not travel overseas; government will provide a standby loan up to $900m to Air New Zealand; 25Mar will start a month long nationwide lockdown;  going down from a Level 4 to a Level 3 so no longer in lockdown for 2 weeks and then will reassess (28Apr)
  • Nigeria – ban all international flights until 23Apr; resumes dom flts 9Jul
  • Norway – will close airports on 16Mar for 14 days; government will give a loan worth $530m – 50% to Norwegian, 25% to SAS & 25% to Wideroe & others but each carrier must meet a minimum 8% equity requirement; Norwegian has secured $27m in government aid
  • Oman – Closing borders and not letting Omanis leave the country
  • Qatar – will close airports for 14 days
  • Panama – No international flights until Apr 23; extends intl flight ban thru 31Aug
  • Paraguay – No international flights until 30Mar
  • Peru – Government has banned all domestic and international flights through 30Mar; After 4 months Peru reopens domestic Air Travel 16Jul
  • Philippines  – Extends lockdown of Manila until 15May; Suspends all flights from 3May
  • Poland – Banning foreigners from entering the country and any returning citizens will have to self-quarantine for 14 days. LOT Polish will suspend all flights for at least 10 days
  • Russia – will impose a lockdown and close airports through 5April; no international flights, including repatriation flights effective 3Apr; partially reopens borders as Moscow lifts lockdown 8Jun
  • Saudi Arabia – Suspending all international flights for 2 weeks until 29Mar; will suspend all flights, buses, trains, and taxis for 2 weeks until 4Apr; will allow international flights from 15Sep
  • Singapore – will ban short-term visitors from entering or transiting through the city state starting from 24Mar; Gradual reopening of tourism from 1Jul; will relax travel restrictions starting 1Sept
  • Serbia – Suspended all flights to/from the country with no end date
  • South Africa – Nationwide lockdown through 16Apr
  • South Korea – Daegu should still be avoided but country has got virus under control quickly; imposing 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving into the country from overseas
  • Spain – Imposing nationwide lockdown Monday for 14 days for 46m+ citizens; Imposing 14 day quarantine for international arrivals effective 15May; reopened borders to tourists from 20Jun
  • Taiwan – Suspend the transit of airline passengers through the island through 7Apr; nonresidents are banned from the island and any residents returning will have a 14-day quarantine
  • Thailand – all foreign nationals entering or transiting via Thailand need to present a health certificate certifying that they pose no risk of being infected by Covid-19 with laboratory test results issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure. All inbound travelers to Thailand are required to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine upon arrival; banned entry to non-residents through 30Apr; Lifts travel ban partially and offers rapid covid tests on arrival
  • Turkey – Banned all international flights indefinitely
  • UAE – Banning nationals from leaving the country and banning anyone that is not a national from returning (even visa holders); Suspends all passengers flights through 8Apr; Dubai to start welcoming tourists from 7 July
  • United Kingdom – Plans to introduce 14 day self-quarantine 10May
  • United States – Suspension of entry for 30 days of any foreign national who has been in the Schengen border-free travel area (Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Italy; Latvia; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malta; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden and Switzerland) in the previous 14 days. The US has also issued a Level 3 Health Advisory against international travel; Great Britain and Ireland added as well;  The US is now at a Level 4 Healthy Advisory – do not travel internationally; the US has now closed the Canadian and Mexican borders to nonessential travel; anyone arriving in Hawaii will have to self-quarantine for 14 days;  Hawaii will keep travel ban in effect until end of June; Hawaii extends 14 day quarantine until 31Jul; no travel to Canada through July; Hawaii will allow visitors if they can show a negative COVID test; extends Canada border closure through 21Aug; NY to require quarantine for 34/50 other US states and 2 territories.  US/Canada border closed through 21Sept;  Hawaii extends closure/quarantine through Sept.  Hawaii opening up flights without quarantine on 15Oct with negative COVID test
  • Venezuela – No international or domestic flights until 18Apr
  • Vietnam – Suspension of all international flights and suspension of visas;  Resuming International flights from 18Sep