FAQ n.136185

Are aircraft registered in Russia or operated by Russian operators allowed to fly into the European Union?


No, except in case of some limited exceptions. In accordance with Regulation (EU) No 833/2014, it is prohibited for any aircraft operated by Russian air carriers, including as a marketing carrier in code-sharing or blocked-space arrangements, or for any Russian-registered aircraft, or for any non-Russian-registered aircraft that is owned or chartered(2) or otherwise controlled(1) by any Russian natural or legal person, entity or body, to land in, take off from or overfly the territory of the European Union, except in case of an emergency landing or emergency overflight.

Note 1: The concept of ‘control’ is understood in the ‘economic’ or ‘financial’ sense and not in the ‘technical’ or ‘operational’ sense (cf. para 48 of Judgement of the General Court Case T-233/22).

Note 2: The EU aviation law does not define ‘aircraft charter’. Member States authorities should apply the definition of ‘charter’ in accordance with their national legislation and relevant international agreements.

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