COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Covid-19

    COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

     

    In light of recent developments of the Covid-19, and its impact on people’s lives, IBC Aviation wishes to address concerns surrounding the situation. 

    We continue to monitor closely our national and international flights and collaborate solely with companies audited by our team in our network. At this time, our representatives ensure that cleaning and disinfection procedures are executed thoroughly and that all measures are respected to protect our passengers. 

    Facing the growing worry of travelers, we feel it is important to point out that business aviation allows passengers to avoid crowded situations prone to the spreading of the virus. 

    • Business Aviation passengers use a dedicated access within airports. 
    • Formalities and security procedures are quick and easy. 
    • Passengers can arrive 15 minutes before a flight and board immediately or wait in a private lounge. 
    • Passengers may organize one-day trips and avoid booking a hotel night. 
    • Our team are qualified to organize medical evacuation flights. 

     

    TRAVEL ADVISORY

    Certain countries have restricted access to their territories. We monitor closely the situation to relay daily updates via this article and via our twitter account. 

    BELGIUM - published 07.05.2020

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Belgium.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers arriving from an EEA Member States, Switzerland or the United Kingdom.
    • Nationals of EEA Member States and Switzerland, returning home.
    • British nationals returning home.
    • Nationals of Andorra, Monaco, Montenegro, North Macedonia (Rep.), San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City (Holy See) with proof of connection travel to their home country.
    • Passengers with a long term residence permit or a long term “D" visa issued by EEA Member States, Switzerland or the United Kingdom, returning home.
    • Family members of nationals of EEA Member States, Switzerland and of British nationals, returning home;
    • Diplomats;
    • Personnel of international and humanitarian organizations;
    • Humanitarian aid workers;
    • Military personnel.

    2. Passenger flights are only allowed to operate between 7:00 and 21:00.

    • This does not apply to humanitarian, repatriation and United Nations flights.

    3. Belgium temporarily reintroduced border controls.

    FRANCE - published 06.05.2020

    1. Passengers arriving from a non-Schengen Member State are not allowed to enter France.

    • This does not apply to nationals of France, and their spouses and children.
    • This does not apply to nationals of an EEA Member State or Switzerland on their way home, and their spouses and children. 
    • This does not apply to passengers with a residence permit issued by France, and their spouses and children.
    • This does not apply to passengers with a residence permit issued by an EEA Member State, Switzerland or the United Kingdom on their way home, and their spouses and children.
    • This does not apply to healthcare professionals and health researchers related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). 
    • This does not apply to personnel of diplomatic and consular missions and international organizations headquartered or having an office in France. 
    • This does not apply to cross-border workers.

    2. A completed International Travel Certificate must be presented prior to boarding and to Immigration upon arrival or when transiting France. The certificate must be obtained before departure via the French consular offices abroad or online.

    Additional information here.

    GREECE - published 29.04.2020

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Greece.

    This does not apply to:

    • nationals and family members of nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland;
    • passengers with a British passport and their family members;
    • nationals of North Macedonia returning via Thessaloniki (SKG) and continuing by road to North Macedonia. Their trip must be prearranged by the authorities, e.g., Ministry of Foreign affairs, embassy, etc.;
    • passengers with a residence permit issued by Greece. A certificate of application for renewal of a residence permit is not accepted;
    • passengers with a residence permit issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom;
    • passengers with a long term visa issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom;
    • healthcare professionals and health researchers designated to support the national health care system;
    • government members, diplomats, staff of international organizations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their duties;
    • passengers travelling for imperative family or business reasons with an authorization issued by the Greek embassy/consulate.

    2. Passengers arriving in Greece must be in quarantine for 14 days and must give their contact information to the authorities upon arrival.

    • This does not apply to state flights, sanitary flights, humanitarian flights and military flights.

    3. Flights from Turkey are suspended.

    This does not apply to:

    • flights approved by the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs for repatriation of Greek citizens, their family members and holders of residence permit in Greece.
    • state flights, sanitary flights, humanitarian flights, emergency flights, fire fighting flights, frontex flights and technical landings if passengers do not disembark.

    4. Flights from Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom are suspended.

    This does not apply to:

    • flights designated to support the Hellenic national healthcare system.
    • flights approved by the Hellenic ministry of Foreign Affairs for repatriation of Greek citizens, their family members and holders of residence permit in Greece.
    • state flights, sanitary flights, humanitarian flights, emergency flights, military flights, fire fighting flights, frontex flights and technical landings if passengers do not disembark.

    ITALY - published 10.04.2020

    1. Passengers traveling as tourists are not allowed to enter Italy. 

    • This does not apply to nationals or residents of Italy.
    • This does not apply to passengers traveling on business.
    • This does not apply to passengers traveling for health reasons.
    • This does not apply to passengers in traveling for emergency.

    2. Passengers and crew members transiting or entering Italy must inform their transit or arrival to the regional Department of Prevention; and

    • are subject to health surveillance and isolation for 14 days; 
    • must submit a declaration that they entered Italy for proven working requirements for a maximum of 72 hours or for a justified extension for specific needs for additional 48 hours.

    3. A completed self-declaration form must be handed to the airline before arriving in Italy.

    LUXEMBOURG - published 21.03.2020

    Passengers are not allowed to enter Luxembourg.

    • This does not apply to nationals of Luxembourg and their family members in order to return home.
    • This does not apply to nationals of the European Union, Schengen Member States and the Schengen Associated States, passengers from the United Kingdom, and their family members in order to return home. 
    • This does not apply to passengers who have a long-term resident status in accordance with the European Directive 2003/109/EC relating to long-term residents, as well as any other person who have a right of residence in accordance with European directives as well as national law in Grand Duchy of Luxembourg or one of the neighboring countries.
    • This does not apply to healthcare professionals, health researchers and healthcare professionals to the elderly.
    • This does not apply to cross-border workers.
    • This does not apply to members of the diplomatic corps, personnel of international organizations, the military, personnel of the development cooperation and humanitarian aid, during the exercise of their respective functions.
    • This does not apply to passenger travelling by land to their country of origin. They must have a proof of onward journey.
    • This does not apply to passengers traveling for urgent and duly justified family reasons.
    • This does not apply to passengers who want to apply for international protection or subsidiary protection in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg or for other humanitarian reasons.

    SWITZERLAND - published 14.04.2020

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Switzerland.

    • This does not apply to nationals or residents of Switzerland or Liechtenstein.
    • This does not apply to passenger with a cross-border commuter permit who are entering Switzerland for work, with a C-visa issued by Switzerland for the purpose of "business meetings" as specialists in the field of health or "official visit" of great importance, with a D-visa issued by Switzerland or who have an assurance of a residence permit.
    • This does not apply to passengers traveling directly through Switzerland to another country that they are permitted to enter.
    • This does not apply to passengers who are entitled to freedom of movement and have a professional reason for entering Switzerland and have a confirmation of registration.
    • This does not apply to passengers who are of great importance as specialists in the health sector.
    • This does not apply to passengers travelling by land to their country of origin or residency within the European Union or Schengen area. They must have a proof of onward journey.

    2. Passengers can only land at Basel (BSL), Geneva (GVA) or Zurich (ZRH).

    Additional information here.

     

    Sources and country by country information:

    https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm

    Our team remains at your disposal to answer your questions regarding future travels and can be reached by phone at +33 1 41 69 88 88 via email at or WhatsApp on our website.

    Photo Credit: Shutterstock

     

    IBC Aviation

    Founded by business aviation experts, IBC Aviation offers solutions for all VIPs’ travel needs. We charter the finest planes on all five continents and each flight is supervised by one of our representatives from start to finish.
    Our team accompanies you throughout the aircraft sale or acquisition process, and advises you on aircraft management operations.

    Contact us

    EMAIL

    Direct lines

    Paris : +33 1 41 69 88 88
    Geneva : +41 22 880 28 88