International travel restrictions/updates.
by Caribbean Sky Tours
So, you have had just about all the “lockdown” you can take? Has that dream of more time with your spouse and family become a nightmare? Are you ready to break out? Well, there is good news for you; many great vacation destinations are open for General Aviation aircraft arrivals. So, take social distancing with your family and friends to a whole new level and put a couple of thousand miles between you and them.
As a Citation Jet owner, you have many things going in your favor. First, by having your own private jet, you can control the cabin environment within which you will be traveling. No need to share a cabin with 100-plus strangers who may, or may not, be contagious. Second, by flying privately, you don’t need to spend hours in busy airport terminals and TSA security lines where you are once again at risk for exposure. You can go from the security of your private vehicle to that of your aircraft and then to your destination.
So, where can you go and how can you get there? The possible destinations and their respective requirements change almost daily. Fortunately, we are communicating constantly with government officials and our network of agents to stay on top of the details. Many countries have taken strict measures to eliminate COVID cases in their territories and have consequently implemented strict measures to prevent a resurgence of infections by screening incoming visitors. While this may appear inconvenient at first glance, these strict controls can also make them a safer destination, from a COVID risk, than many cities in the USA.
To help inform pilots, we have compiled a comprehensive list, by country, that includes the latest requirements as well as access to health forms, procedures, etc. We have grouped these countries by their respective regions: The Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. To access these regions, click on the following link and then click on the region you wish to explore. https://members.cstflightservices.com/COVID-19
For the CJP community, we have compiled a “shortlist” of fabulous destinations that are currently allowing General Aviation flights to visit their country. We provide a short summary for each country as well as a link to get much more detail, including required forms and instructions. Please note that many countries plan to update their restrictions on July 30, so double-check with the corresponding country’s health website, or our website, to obtain the very latest data.
Antigua & Barbuda
Health measures such as the use of face masks and temperature screening are in place. Visitors must submit a Health Declaration Form, present negative COVID-19 test results (taken within 7 days of the flight) and arriving passengers will be monitored for periods of up to 14 days. https://members.cstflightservices.com/Restrictions-Bahamas-Caribbean/#covid_antigua
Crew and passengers must complete a Pre-arrival form. All visitors must also present a negative COVID-19 test result taken 72 hours prior to travel to Barbados. The results must be submitted electronically and presented physically.
Passengers must complete an Online Travel Authorization before departure. Visitors must have health insurance and will be subject to medical screening upon arrival. A medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result issued 3 to 5 days before departure is required. Quarantine measures might apply if a medical certificate is not presented.
All incoming visitors will be subject to temperature screenings. In case someone presents a temperature over 38°C they will be taken to a special area for a quick test. If found positive, the person will be subject to quarantine measures.
Non-business travelers from the United States will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test from an accredited medical laboratory, issued no more than 10 days prior to the flight. A Travel Authorization must be obtained online. Social distancing measures are in place and wearing face masks is required. Visitors must stay within the “Resilient Corridor”, which is a special zone where touristic operators have been trained to adhere to COVID-19 protocols.
Mexico is one of the countries whose borders have remained open for International General Aviation. Services like lodging and transportation have resumed operations. Safety measures in place include filling out a Health Declaration Form and Sanitary Checkpoints upon arrival. The use of face masks is required.
Passengers arriving must present a COVID-19 test with a negative result (some exceptions apply). Pre-arrival registration form must be filled out. The use of face masks is required.
The Bahamas was one of the first destinations to reopen its borders to international travelers. Special procedures include the online submission of a Health Visa application and presenting a negative COVID-19 test result that was conducted within 10 days prior to arrival.
Turks & Caicos
The country is reopening its borders on July 22, 2020. COVID-19 test results taken within 5 days of the arrival must also be presented. Medical/Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage will be required.
Overall, many countries have implemented some form of health certificate requirement along with testing. By comparing requirements and lead times for the COVID testing, you can identify those requirements that you believe best suit your ability to comply.
If you have any questions or require additional information, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at +1 786 206 6147. Safe travels.