My intent, with this post, is to keep the community informed about the restrictions applicable to GA in our different countries.
In order to keep the information up-to-date, I will need your (NAA, pilots) support. If you have information or a hyperlink to share, please post a comment and I will update the information published in the main article.
As a general disclaimer, please always double check with your competent authority what are the latest current measures...
For Austria, Austro Control has issued a general NOTAM as a summary for the situation in Austria.
This NOTAM is daily updated an available by a click to the red canner on the Homebriefing system start page.
VFR flights in Belgian airspace are prohibited by NOTAM until at least 19th April. Flights of GA aircraft for maintenance purposes are possible but require authorisation.
From:03 APR 20 12:04 Till:19 APR 20 23:59
Text:COVID-19: BASED ON THE PROTECTIVE MEASURES IN THE BELGIAN AIRSPACE: VFR FLT PROHIBITED, EXC MEDICAL, POLICE, SAR, STATE, MIL, MAINTENANCE, TECHNICAL INSPECTION FLT AND FLT TO ASSURE FUNCTIONING OF THE STATE.
** NATIONAL RESTRICTIONS NOTAM C0009/20 **
DUE TO COVID-19 MEASURES ALL LOCAL FLIGHTS ARE SUSPENDED, EXCEPT:
II.MAINTENANCE FLIGHTS AFTER APPROVAL BY THE DCA CYPRUS-SRU
FROM: 20 MAR 2020 11:49 TO: 30 APR 2020 23:59 EST
** INTERNATIONAL RESTRICTIONS NOTAM A0539/20 **
NO FLIGHTS ARE ALLOWED BETWEEN THE AIRPORTS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS AND AIRPORTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION INCLUDING ICELAND, LICHTENSTEIN, NORWAY (EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA), SWITZERLAND AND BETWEEN THE AIRPORTS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS AND AIRPORTS OF THIRD COUNTRIES, EXCEPT:
2.FERRY FLIGHTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRANSPORTING INDIVIDUALS FROM THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS
3.HUMANITARIAN/AMBULANCE/REPATRIATION FLIGHTS OR OTHER INDIVIDUAL FLIGHTS FOR URGENT PURPOSES TO/FROM CYPRUS ONLY AFTER PERMISSION BY THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT COMMUNICATION AND WORKS)
FROM: 02 APR 2020 12:54 TO: 17 APR 2020 21:00
- Operations are performed:
- Without access of public to the airport area,
- Without persons which at the moment does not contribute to execution of air operations, airport infrastructure or airplanes.
- The number of persons during operations must be minimised as much as possible.
- There is performed the derailed evidence of all persons participating on air operations, serving the airport infrastructure or airplanes maintenance.
- Flight preparation and flight execution must be done by means limiting the exposure of the crew to other authorised persons on the airport.
- In case of gliding operations outside the airport information zone, the pilot must have secured in advance the return transport by to the airport
(in case of field landing) ideally by family member.
- In case of training operations, these are performed with maximum 2 persons on board. Each instructor must have allocated only one aircraft for
whole day. Crew must use (as everywhere in CZ on public places) breathing protection masks and latex gloves. After finishing the series of
flight with one pilot (student) the microphone / headset sleeves must be changed. All controls, avionics, handles etc. must be decontaminated
by virostatic agent (ideally at least 70% alcohol).
- Pre-flight preparation should be done ideally remotely from home conditions. If this is not possible, then in airport premises, there must
be maximum 2 persons in one room and be distant at least 2 meters.
- In case of landing at another airport, this must be coordinated in advance with such respective airport gestor. If it is not essential for safety,
the crew should not disembarked the aircraft on visited airports.
- These conditions does not apply for other preceding exemptions adopted in past. E.g. operation of own aircraft in single occupation as mean
of transport to get to you place of employment.
- In case the participant of air operations is later tested positively on Coronavirus, he is obliged to inform the persons who is responsible
for organising respective air operations.
- Must be respected all generally adopted measures against spread of Coronavirus.
Uusimaa region (which includes Helsinki) is isolated from the rest of Finland until the 19th of April, and only necessary traffic across county boarders is allowed. Flying within the region is allowed. Crossing the restricted Uusimaa region borders is permitted if you file a flight plan. Crossing and landing is not, unless the flight is a cross country flight of an approved training course.
Other permissible exceptions are:
* public official duty
* for work, business, study or to exercise positions of social trust
* to perform military service or other statutory duty
* for a compelling personal reason.
Strong recommendation to avoid unnecessary travel.
+ IN LIGHT OF THE SPREAD OF CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) THE GOVERNMENT OF ESTONIA HAS TEMPORARILY IMPOSED RESTRICTIONS ON CROSSING SCHENGEN BORDER AND REINTRODUCTION BORDER CONTROL.
ONLY ESTONIAN CITIZENS AND ESTONIAN RESIDENTS HOLDING RESIDENCY PERMIT, A RIGHT OF RESIDENCE OR REGISTERED IN ESTONIAN POPULATION REGISTER MAY CROSS THE NATIONAL BORDER TO ENTER ESTONIAN TERRITORY AS WELL AS EMPLOYEES OF FOREIGN DIPLOMATIC INSTITUTIONS OR CONSULATES IN ESTONIA OR THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS, THE NEEDING TO ENTER ESTONIA IN THE FRAMEWORK OF INTERNATIONAL MILITARY COOPERATION OR WHO ARE INVOLVED IN CARGO EXPORT OR VITAL HEALTHCARE OR OTHER
SERVICES REQUIRED IN THE EMERGENCY SITUATION MAY ENTER ESTONIAN TERRITORY PROVIDED THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE DISEASE.
ENTRY TO ESTONIA IS ALLOWED FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS WHO NEED TO TRAVEL THROUGH ESTONIA IN TRANSIT IN ORDER TO REACH THEIR COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE, PROVIDED THEY HAVE NO SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 VIRUS. ALL OTHER FOREIGNERS SHALL RECEIVE A SPECIAL PERMISSION FROM POLICE AND BORDER GUARD BOARD.
All recreational flights, including flight instruction, are banned.
LFFA-F0565/20A02 Q) LFXX/QAFXX/IV/NBO/ E/000/999/4412N00040E460 A) LFBB LFEE LFFF LFMM LFRR B) 2020 Apr 16 15:30 C) 2020 May 10 23:59 E) COVID-19 : PASSENGER RESTRICTIONS : I - IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FRENCH PRIME MINISTER'S INSTRUCTION DATED APRIL 15 ABOUT BORDER CONTROLS, FRANCE STRENGHTENS INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL BORDER CONTROLS. MOVEMENTS TO METROPOLITAN FRANCE ARE AUTHORIZED ONLY FOR THE REASONS SET OUT IN PARAGRAPHS II AND III. II - FOR THIRD-COUNTRY NATIONALS : - PASSENGERS PRIMARILY LIVING IN FRANCE OR IN THE EU OR ASSIMILATED COUNTRIES, HOLDERS OF A RESIDENCE PERMIT OR A FRENCH OR EUROPEAN VALID LONG-STAY VISA, ACCOMPANIED BY THEIR PARTNER AND CHILDREN, - PASSENGERS IN TRANSIT TO REACH THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN, HOLDERS OF A TRAVEL DOCUMENT TO THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN AND REMAINING IN THE INTERNATIONAL AREA WITH NO INTENTION TO ENTER THE NATIONAL TERRITORY, PASSENGERS TRAVELLING TO THEIR COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE, - HEALTHCARE WORKERS SUPPORTING THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19, - GOODS CARRIERS, INCLUDING SEAMEN, - FLIGHT AND CARGO CREWS, OR TRAVELLING AS A PASSENGER TO THEIR DEPARTURE BASE, - DIPLOMATIC MISSION STAFF, OR INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS STAFF WORKING IN HEADQUARTERS OR OFFICES LOCATED IN FRANCE, HOLDERS OR SPECIAL RESIDENCE PERMIT, A TYPE D VISA OR AN ID ISSUED BY THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS. III - FOR NATIONALS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND ASSIMILATED COUNTRIES (NATIONALS OF UNITED KINGDOM, ICELAND, LIECHTENSTEIN, NORWAY, ANDORRA, MONACO, SWITZERLAND, VATICAN AND SAN MARINO): - PASSENGERS PRIMARILY LIVING IN FRANCE, ACCOMPANIED BY THEIR PARTNER AND CHILDREN, - PASSENGERS TRANSITING THROUGH FRANCE TO REACH THEIR RESIDENCE, ACCOMPANIED BY THEIR PARTNER AND CHILDREN,
LFFA-F0565/20B02 Q) LFXX/QAFXX/IV/NBO/ E/000/999/4412N00040E460 A) LFBB LFEE LFFF LFMM LFRR B) 2020 Apr 16 15:30 C) 2020 May 10 23:59 E) - HEALTHCARE WORKERS SUPPORTING THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19, - GOODS CARRIERS, INCLUDING SEAMEN, - FLIGHT AND CARGO CREWS, OR TRAVELLING AS A PASSENGER TO THEIR DEPARTURE BASE, - DIPLOMATIC MISSION STAFF, OR INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS STAFF WORKING IN HEADQUARTERS OR OFFICES LOCATED IN FRANCE, HOLDERS OR SPECIAL RESIDENCE PERMIT, A TYPE D VISA OR AN ID ISSUED BY THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS. IV - FRENCH NATIONALS AND THEIR PARTNER AND CHILDREN ARE NOT SUBJECT TO ANY RESTRICTIONS. V - PRIOR TO THEIR DEPARTURE TO METROPOLITAN FRANCE, ALL THE TRAVELLING PEOPLE SHALL COMPLETE A FORM ENTITLED 'ATTESTATION DE DEPLACEMENT INTERNATIONAL DEROGATOIRE VERS LA FRANCE METROPOLITAINE', IN ORDER TO VERIFY ON WHAT GROUNDS THEY WISH TO ENTER THE FRENCH TERRITORY. VI - THE FORM CAN BE FOUND ON THE INTERNET. IT SHALL BE PRINTED OU COPIED BY HAND. IT SHALL BE PRESENTED BY THE PASSENGER TO THE AIR CARRIER BEFORE DEPARTURE, AND TO THE AUTHORITIES IN CHARGE OF BORDER CONTROL ON ARRIVAL. VII - AIR CARRIERS INFORM THEIR PASSAGERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BEFORE THE FLIGHT ABOUT THIS REQUIREMENT. AIR CARRIERS DENY BOARDING TO PASSENGERS WHO DO NOT MEET WITH ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS.
The situation is a bit more complicated as there are 16 Federal States / Länder in Germany, and no uniform set of rules. In General there are no specific restrictions for aviation in Germany. But there is the general requirement that you need to keep a distance of minimum 1,5 meters to people you are not living with in your household, which is most restrictive for flying in narrow GA cockpits. No tourism is allowed, you are not even allowed to move from one Federal State to the other. And many big airports as well as small aerodromes are either closed or restricted in usage.
Additionnaly in Germany for all flying clubs should follow the recommendations from "DAec" refer to this link (unfortunately only in German):
to sum up the situation: ALL GA flying is "suspended", no instruction, no work on airplanes, no club meetings, etc.
IAA have provided the following guidance for GA - basically don’t fly..
Important COVID 19 Reminder
NOTICE TO: General Aviation Aircraft Operators
Operators and Pilots are reminded that the Public Health Measures introduced by the Irish Government on the 25th of March 2020 are applicable to all individuals regardless of their mode of transport. These Government measures require that except for essential service providers, everyone else in Ireland has to stay at home, only going out for a few key reasons, such as shopping for food or for exercise within 2km of your place of residence.
In keeping with these measures, aircraft should not be operated unless the movement of the aircraft conforms with government advised exceptions. As a rule of thumb, recreational or private transport flights should not be undertaken in the State. Any such, unnecessary flights in the State are considered to be the same as unnecessary journeys by car and may therefore be subject to a law enforcement investigation. Additionally, it is possible that any unnecessary flights that experience an emergency situation may divert emergency services from other necessary tasks.
In the Netherlands most flying clubs are closed. The official position is that: UNTIL 28 APR. 2020 (EST); SFC+
Covid-19: flight restrictions. In accordance with physical distancing measures covid-19 by local authorities based on directives ministries of health and justice, general aviation flights including aerial work with POB, other than household members, distance less than 1,5M are prohibited. Police, HEMS and SAR flights are exempted.
Which implies Solo flights are possible.
COVID-19: FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS - VFR AND SCHOOL FLIGHTS IN NORWAY. ACCORDING TO THE TEMPORARY NATIONAL REGULATION PROMULGATED
14.03.2020 BY THE NORWEGIAN CAA, A RESTRICTED AREA HAS BEEN
ESTABLISHED IN ALL NORWEGIAN AIRSPACE (NORWAY FIR).
ALL FLIGHTS ACCORDING TO VISUAL FLIGHT RULES (VFR) IN NORWEGIAN AIRSPACE ARE PROHIBITED UNLESS PRE-APPROVED BY AVINOR ANS. ALL SCHOOL FLIGHTS IN NORWEGIAN AIRSPACE ARE PROHIBITED UNLESS PRE-APPROVED BY AVINOR ANS. REQUESTS FOR PRE-APPROVAL (PPR) OF FLIGHTS MUST BE FORWARDED TO
(MANNED 08-22 LOCAL TIME MON-FRI AND 10-17 LOCAL TIME SAT-SUN-PUBLIC HOLIDAYS) PREFERABLY 1 DAY PRIOR TO PLANNED DEPARTURE. FOR CRITICAL FLIGHTS OUTSIDE THESE HOURS, CONTACT LOCAL ATS UNITS DIRECTLY. THESE RESTRICTIONS DO NOT APPLY TO MILITARY, POLICE, AMBULANCE AND SAR FLIGHTS.
OBSERVATION FLIGHTS CONDUCTED UNDER THE TREATY ON OPEN SKIES ARE ALSO EXEMPTED.
No restrictions on IFR flights. All VFR flights require PPR (for individual flights or standing) due to limited ATC capacity. General national health restrictions preclude more than one person onboard unless they are included in own household.
25 May 2020: Good news from Italy, Flights are restarting! Thank you to Europe Air Sport for informing us!
The Notam is attached.
(A0678/20 NOTAMR A0666/20
A)LZBB B)2004171630 C)2004302359EST
E)COVID-19: FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS
CIVIL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE TERRITORY OF ANOTHER STATE AND LANDING IN THE TERRITORY OF THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC ARE PROHIBITED.
CARGO AND POSTAL FLIGHTS, FLIGHT ENGAGED IN A SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSION, FIRE-FIGHTING FLIGHTS, RESCUE OPERATIONS FLIGHTS IN EMERGENCIES, FLIGHTS OPERATING ON A HUMANITARIAN MISSION, MEDICAL FLIGHTS DECLARED BY MEDICAL AUTHORITIES, TECHNICAL AND POSITIONING FLIGHTS OF AIRCRAFT, TECHNICAL STOPS FOR NON-COMMERCIAL PURPOSE TO REFUEL THE AIRCRAFT AND TO RESPOND TO SOME ABNORMAL SITUATION OR EMERGENCY NEED TO LAND THE AIRCRAFT WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF EMBARKING OR DISEMBARKING OF PASSENGERS AND WITHOUT LOADING AND UNLOADING CARGO, FLIGHTS FOR SUPPORTING ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE STATE WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC,
FLIGHTS OF AIRCRAFT WITH PASSENGERS ON BOARD WHO HAVE TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT RESIDENCE IN THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC WITH REMARK REPATRIATION IN FPL.)
All major (international) airports are closed by separately issued NOTAMs, but landing permission can be obtained from airport operator office.
Local air traffic and GA is not affected by specific NOTAM but by Government travel and social distancing restrictions only. It means that we are flying normally within country borders, but no other person nor passenger on board is allowed (except family members). Flight training can be performed however under specific sanitary procedures and disinfecting aircraft.
Airport LZSL is closed for civil air traffic and related CTR/TMA are declared as LZR 225/A/B/C/D and civil traffic is excluded, except GA local traffic from airfields inside LZR areas based on special local procedures.
Social meetings, collective trainings and all activity requiring cumulation of personnel are prohibited.
Medical and pilot licenses prolongation are performed according Exemptions issued by CAA of Slovak republic according EASA recommendations.
In case of any questions, just let me know.
In Spain air space has not been closed but in accordance with article 7 of Royal Decree 463/2020 of 14 march, declaring alarm status in Spain, movement restrictions have been published and are applicable to all citizens.
Movement is only allowed for essential activities such as:
• Acquisition of food, pharmaceuticals and essential items.
• Assistance to health centers.
• Travel to the workplace.
• Return to the place of habitual residence.
• Assistance and care for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or especially vulnerable people.
• Displacement to financial and insurance entities.
• Due to force majeure or need.
• Any other activity of a similar nature
For this reason leisure activities are not allowed in Spain.
For time beeing in Sweden, there is no ban published for GA-operations.
Most AeroClub have stopped all intruction activity but also members flights.
It's still permitted to fly for leisure within Switzerland but overfly of France territory is not allowed following DGAC decision.
Airports are very quite but open with normal operating hours outside of the PPRs Airport where you need to check.
L’OFAC prolonge la validité des licences et certificats médicaux qui échoient durant la pandémie. Idem pour les examens, etc..
"En gros", tout est bon jusqu’au 19 novembre, avec des exceptions. Voir détails sous:
Government travel and social distancing restrictions preclude GA activity. Good support from the GA community. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-recreat…