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MAINLAND CHINA CHARTERS: SITUATION UPDATE

We have been receiving an increasing number of requests for charters relating to the Coronavirus outbreak in China and can give the following updates:

Current Situation

  • The majority of airlines are no longer flying into mainland China, with very few exceptions.

  • Many countries are denying entry to travellers travelling from mainland China, as well as those who have transited through China or visited within the last few weeks.

  • For regional and airline updates, please see below.

Aircraft availability and Charter operations

  • We still have charter operators quoting for charter flights to and from mainland China, however many operators are now refusing to fly. [updated on 30/01/2020]
  • Chinese operators have limited capacity due to the extension of the Chinese new year holiday.
  • Permits for international carriers will be required, which can take up to 7 days, although we have recently seen a Chinese permit granted within 24 hours.
  • Charters to and from Wuhan will almost certainly need diplomatic assistance to be granted permits.
  • ACS’s local offices are gathering updates from the Chinese Civil Aviation Authority which indicates the situation is fluid.

ACS Operations

  • ACS operations in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong are still able to process charter requests.
  • Our 24hr operations team are monitoring the situation and are in touch with relevant airlines.

We advise any customers looking to charter passenger or cargo aircraft to or from the region to contact us sooner rather than later as the situation is changing rapidly and we cannot predict whether permits will continue to be granted, or what travel and quarantine restrictions will be put in place.

Regional updates

  • AUSTRALIA: To deny entry to anyone arriving from mainland China, except for Australian citizens, residents or their family members, and air crew.
  • CAMBODIA: Hubei province passports are not accepted for entry.
  • GERMANY: Germany will require all travellers originating from China to submit A health declaration form.
  • HONG KONG: The Department of Health have implemented a health declaration form system whereby all travelers arriving into Hong Kong by flights from China are required to complete and submit a form before entering. This form is being collected at the aircraft door before disembarkation.
  • INDONESIA: Temporarily banning flights to and from mainland China. Will not allow those who have been there in recent weeks to enter or transit. The government has suspended free visa and visa-on-arrival services for Chinese citizens living in the mainland.
  • INDIA: Chinese passport holders and those who reside in China who have electronic visas to India won’t be able to enter.
  • ISRAEL: Refusing entry to foreign nationals coming from China.
  • ITALY: Suspended all flights from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan until April 28, 2020.
  • JAPAN: Temporarily banned travellers who have visited or stayed in Hubei within 14 days of entering, or have a passport issued in the Hubei province.
  • LAOS: Hubei province passports are not accepted for entry.
  • MALAYSIA: Temporarily banned travellers who have visited or stayed in Hubei within 14 days of entering, or have a passport issued in the Hubei province.
  • MONGOLIA: Has closed its border with China until March 2, 2020.
  • MYANMAR: Is suspending the issuance of visas-on-arrival for all visitors from China.
  • NEW ZEALAND: Will deny entry to foreigners traveling from mainland China. This includes anyone who is traveling from or has transited through China.
  • NORTH KOREA: Has shut its borders to visitors from China.
  • OMAN: Suspended all flights between the sultanate and China.
  • PAKISTAN: Has stopped flights to Wuhan and Hubei, but will reopen other routes in mainland China. Has delayed opening its northern border with China. Karachi Port Trust, operator of nation’s largest port, had asked immigration authorities not to allow crew on foreign vessels to disembark.
  • PHILIPPINES: The Philippines widened a travel ban previously imposed on visitors from Hubei province to all of China, including Hong Kong and Macau, while prohibiting Filipinos from traveling to those areas.
  • RUSSIA: Russia suspended visa-free tourist travel to China and temporarily blocked Chinese citizens from reaching Russia over the Mongolian border. It will also stop processing documents for Chinese nationals to enter Russia for jobs, along with permits to hire workers from China.
  • SINGAPORE: All visitors with recent (last 14 days) Hubei travel or those with PRC passports issued in Hubei will not be allowed to enter Singapore, or transit through. Any short-term, multiple-visit visas, as well as visa-free transit facilities have also been suspended for holders of PRC passports issued in Hubei. The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority has suspended issuance of all forms of new visas to those with PRC passports with immediate effect. No flights will be authorized into the Hubei Province except by the authority of the government, and flights into or out of any other parts of China will be authorized on a case by case basis depending on situation.
  • SOUTH KOREA: Temporarily banned foreigners who have visited or stayed in Hubei within 14 days of entering. Seoul will also suspend its no-visa favor for Chinese tourists to Jeju Island for now.
  • TAIWAN: Has imposed an entry ban to residents of Hubei as well as those from the southern Guangdong province. It won’t rule out extending the ban to more Chinese provinces if necessary.
  • UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Only flights from China departing Beijing and Hong Kong are allowed into UAE airports.
  • U.S.: Temporarily barring entry to foreign nationals who have visited China in the previous 14 days, unless they are immediate relatives of U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Flights from China will be funnelled through seven U.S. airports.
  • VIETNAM: Has ordered companies to stop accepting Chinese workers returning to the country after the Lunar New Year holidays. The suspension also applies to foreign workers traveling through Chinese regions affected by the outbreak. The aviation authority cancelled all flight permits and suspended new flight licenses for airlines operating between the country and China.

[Updated on 10/02/2020]

Scheduled airlines updates

We have received the below updates regarding scheduled airline services. As the situation continues to change rapidly, we still advise that you check with your airline as to the latest information.

  • AIR CANADA: suspending all direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai effective January 30, 2020 until February 29, 2020.
  • AIR INDIA: Suspending all flights to Shanghai until Mid-February.
  • AIR SEOUL: Suspending all flights to mainland China.
  • AMERICAN AIRLINES: LA to mainland China flights suspended.
  • AUSTRIAN AIRLINES: Suspending services to mainland China from February.
  • BRITISH AIRWAYS: Suspending flights to mainland China until the end of February.
  • JET STAR ASIA: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • LION AIR: Suspending flights to mainland China.
  • LUFTHANSA: Suspending all flights to mainland China until the end of February.
  • SWISS AIR: Suspending all flights to mainland China until the end of February.

[Updated on 31/01/2020]

  • AIR FRANCE: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • AIR NEW ZEALAND: Cut Shanghai service from daily to four times a week from February 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020
  • AIR TANZANIA: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • CATHAY PACIFIC: Cut the capacity of its flights to China by 50% through March.
  • DELTA AIR LINES INC. & AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • EGYPTAIR: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • EL AL: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • FINNAIR: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • IBERIA AIRWAYS: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • KENYA AIRWAYS: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • KLM: Suspended direct flights to some Chinese cities and reduced the number of weekly flights to Shanghai.
  • KOREAN AIR: Stopping flights to Wuhan until February 22, 2020 and will reduce services on other mainland China routes.
  • MANDARIN AIRLINES: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • PT GARUDA INDONESIA, PT CITILINK INDONESIA, PT LION MENTARI AIRLINES, PT SRIWIJAYA AIR & PT BATIK AIR INDONESIA: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • QANTAS AIRWARDS LTD: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • QATAR: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • ROYAL AIR MAROC: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • RWANDAIR: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • SINGAPORE AIRLINES & SILKAIR: Reducing their frequency of service to mainland China in February due to the entry restrictions issued by the local authorities.
  • TURKISH AIRLINES: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • UNITED AIRLINES: Suspending flights to mainland China.
  • VIRGIN ATLANTIC: Suspended flights to mainland China.

[Updated on 03/02/2020]

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