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CHINA SITUATION UPDATE

We have been receiving an increasing number of requests for charters relating to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak and can give the following updates:

Current Situation

  • The majority of airlines are no longer flying into mainland China, with very few exceptions. Some airlines have also suspended flights into Singapore, Korea and Italy.
  • 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 in China

  • Most charter operators are refusing to fly into mainland China.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • IRAQ, TURKEY, AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN & ARMENIA: Have closed their borders to the Islamic Republic.
  • SAUDI ARABIA, KUWAIT, JORDAN, UAE, OMAN, GEORGIA: Have imposed travel and immigration restrictions.
  • TURKMENISTAN & AZERBAIJAN: Have reportedly intensified border checks.

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: Suspended all direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai.
  • AIR FRANCE: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • AIR INDIA: Suspended all flights to Shanghai.
  • AIR NEW ZEALAND: Cut Shanghai service from daily to four times a week from February 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020.
  • AIR SEOUL: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • AIR TANZANIA: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • AMERICAN AIRLINES: LA to mainland China flights suspended.
  • AUSTRIAN AIRLINES: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • BRITISH AIRWAYS: Suspended flights to mainland China, Singapore, Seoul and have limited service to Italy.
  • CATHAY PACIFIC: Cancelled around 90 per cent of its flights to mainland China.
  • 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.
  • JET STAR ASIA: 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: Reduced services on mainland China routes.
  • LION AIR: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • LUFTHANSA: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • 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. Announced that it would quarantine passengers arriving from Iran and South Korea for 14 days.
  • 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.
  • SWISS AIR: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • TURKISH AIRLINES: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • UNITED AIRLINES: Suspended flights to mainland China.
  • VIRGIN ATLANTIC: Suspended flights to mainland China.

[Updated on 05/03/2020]

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