Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 1 April 2020

The full list of countries where commercial passenger flights are grounded due to the coronavirus

With passenger flights grounded in and out of the UAE, here is a growing list of places where the Covid-19 pandemic has caused air travel shutdown

Both Sri Lanka, left, and Georgia, right, have grounded commercial flights. 
Both Sri Lanka, left, and Georgia, right, have grounded commercial flights. 

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread, almost all countries across the globe have implemented some sort of travel advisory in an effort to restrict the spread of the virus.

But several destinations, including the UAE, have taken this one step further and issued outright suspensions on passenger flights coming in and out of the country.

The UAE has temporarily halted all incoming, outgoing and transit passenger flights from Tuesday, March 24. Home to the world’s busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers, the move will see services cut across Dubai Airports, Abu Dhabi Airports and Sharjah International Airport.

In its decision, the UAE joins a list of more than 50 countries where taking a commercial passenger flight is no longer an option.

Countries where flights are grounded

Countries around the world are grounding flights in a bid to beat the spread of Covid-19 via air travel. Graphic by Roy Cooper
Countries around the world are grounding flights in a bid to beat the spread of Covid-19 via air travel. Graphic by Roy Cooper

Algeria

From March 19, all international passenger flights to and from Algeria have been suspended because of the outbreak of Covid-19. All land borders have been closed and ferry services have also been suspended.

Angola

All international passenger flights to and from Angola are suspended from March 20 until further notice. Cargo flights continue to operate as well as special services for humanitarian reasons.

Belize

The main international airport in Belize closed to all passenger flights on March 23, following the closure of the rest of the country exit and entry ports. Cargo flights can still fly to and from Belize.

Bolivia

There has been a complete ban on entry to all travellers from March 20. The country has also suspended passenger flights for an uncertain period from March 23.

Cayman Islands

International passenger flights in and out of the islands in the western Caribbean Sea are suspended for three weeks, from March 22.

Cameroon

All international flights to Cameroon are suspended from March 18 for a period of almost one month. Services look set to be cut until at least April 17.

Chile

All flights for passengers are suspended from March 18 in the South American country. Chile has also closed all land and sea borders to travellers.

Colombia

From March 23, as part of strict isolation measures in Colombia, all airports across the country will close to international traffic. This means no travellers can fly in or out of the country for the next 30 days. The measures may be extended further.

Cyprus

From March 21, there has been a total ban on passenger flights to and from Cyprus. This excludes cargo flights and will be in effect until at least April 4, 2020.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

All international passenger flights to and from the Democratic Republic of the Congo are suspended from March 20 until further notice. Land and maritime borders are closed and only open to cargo.

Dominica

Both airports on the tiny island of Dominica were closed on March 26 as the country shut its borders to all commercial traffic. Cargo and repatriation flights may still operate and the situation is subject to change at short notice.

Dominican Republic

Passenger flights to the Dominican Republic are suspended. There will be no flights in or out of the country until at least April 3, and this is subject to extension.

Ecuador

All passenger flights to Ecuador are suspended until April 5 and there will also be no outgoing flights for the same period. This excludes cargo flights

Egypt

The Egyptian government has announced that air traffic to and from the country is suspended from March 19 until March 31. This does not include domestic and cargo flights.

El Salvador

El Salvador International Airport has suspended all passenger flight operations in and out of the Central American country until at least March 31. During this time frame, only cargo and humanitarian flights will be allowed to travel to the country.

Fiji

The Fijian government has halted all passenger flights in and out of Nadi Airport from March 26 March. There's also measures in place to limit internal travel around Fiji. From March 29, there will be a complete suspension of travel to the outer islands.

Ghana

All flights to Ghana are suspended until at least April 5. In response to a rising number of coronavirus cases, the government announced the closure of the country’s borders from March 23 until April 5. No international passenger flights will go in or out of the country during this time.

Georgia

All scheduled passenger flights to or from Georgia have now been cancelled and the move is for an indefinite period. There is one exception being operated by Air Zena in co-ordination with the Georgian Government, but it is only for the purpose of repatriation and for a limited period.

Guinea-Bissau

There are no commercial routes out of Guinea Bissau until further notice. This includes all commercial air travel as well as all land and sea border crossings. Travellers that need to return home may be able to leave on specially arranged European repatriation flights.

Guyana

South America's Guyana cancelled all international passenger flights to and from the country's main airports. This began on March 17, but some repatriation flights have been allowed to leave since then. The closure is expected to last for the foreseeable future. Land exit or entry to Venezuela is also suspended.

India

Authorities in India have banned all scheduled international passengers flights landing in India, or set to depart from any of the countries airports from March 23 until March 30. Some expatriation flights continue to operate during this time. Domestic flights are also suspended from March 24.

Jordan

All international passenger flights in and out of Jordan have been grounded since March 17. The country is also under curfew.

Kenya

From March 25, all international flights in and out of Kenya will be suspended. Mandatory quarantine is in place for any travellers landing in Kenya before this date.

Kuwait

All commercial flights are grounded and have been since March 13. The country is also on a two-week public holiday with all workplaces, schools, and malls closed until March 29.

Latvia

In order to limit the spread of Covid-19 caused by the coronavirus, Latvian authorities have suspended international passenger flights from March 17, until further notice.

Lebanon

Lebanon’s borders, including Beirut's Rafic Hariri Airport, were closed on March 19. They will stay closed until at least March 29. Lebanese nationals should contact their nearest embassy if they need to return home.

Liberia

All passenger flights in and out of Liberia are suspended from March 23 for a period of 21 days, according to authorities. Cargo, charter and special flights are exempt from this measure.

Luxembourg

From March 23, all passenger flights to and from Luxembourg Airport are suspended.

Malta

Flights to Malta are suspended from March 20. Air Malta will operate a once daily flight to London for a limited time but it is only for passengers wishing to leave Malta to return to the UK.

Mongolia

All international passenger flights are suspended until at least April 30 according to Mongolian authorities. International rail services are also temporarily halted and travellers cannot cross by road into Russia.

Morocco

Passenger flights to and from Morocco are suspended, as are all commercial ferry links from Morocco to Spain and Gibraltar. The measures are in place until further notice following the country declaring a state of health emergency on March 20.

Nepal

All international flights to Nepal have been suspended from March 22. The suspension is set to run until at least March 31 as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Nigeria

All airports in Nigeria are closed to all international commercial flights until at least April 23. Hotels in the country cannot host gatherings of more than 25 people, meaning many of them have closed down event spaces and have limits on the number of guests that can dine in restaurants.

North Macedonia

The borders of North Macedonia are closed and the country has declared a state of emergency for a period of 30 days stating from March 22. Both Skopje International Airport and St Paul the Apostle Airport in Ohrid are closed to flights, other than for state, military, medical and emergency flights.

Oman

After restricting entry to residents and nationals only, the Omani Government will introduce a suspension on all international flights to and from the country from March 29. All tourists currently visiting the sultanate are advised to leave before this date.

Pakistan

All international flights to and from Pakistan are suspended until April 4. Authorities introduced the measures citing exception circumstances. Some airlines are reported to be trying to organise one-off flights departing the country on March 24 or March 25, according to the British Foreign Office.

Paraguay

The Paraguayan government announced on March 24 that all passenger flights in and out of the country are suspended until April 12. After this date, a decision will be made on whether to extend the ban.

Panama

Normal commercial flights are no longer flying in or out of Panama. These flight restrictions will be in place until at least April 22. The measures were introduced by authorities alongside strict quarantine rules for the entire country that took effect on March 25.

Peru

All borders are closed for an initial period of 15 days with effect from March 16. No flights can arrive or depart from then for a one-month period. Some specially arranged diplomatic flights are trying to repatriate travellers.

Rwanda

From March 20, all passenger flights are suspended for an initial period of 30 days. This could be extended further. Inside the country, there is also a ban on travelling between cities and districts.

Samoa

Samoa is extending its existing ban on flight connections with Australia and New Zealand to include all international flights to and from the island nation. From March 26, until further notice no planes, cruise ships or yachts can enter Samoa.

Saudi Arabia

Travellers can no longer get visas for entry into Saudi Arabia and no international passenger flights can fly in or out of the kingdom. From March 20, domestic flights are also suspended across Saudi Arabia.

Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands authorities have introduced a number of precautionary measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The last international flight departed Honiara on March 27 and the airport is now closed to all international passenger flights. Cargo and special services are permitted.

Serbia

Serbia has closed all its borders. The country has closed all airports to international passenger flights until further notice. All border crossings for road, rail and river transport are also closed, except for freight traffic.

Senegal

All commercial flights have been suspended in and out of the country from March 20. Some diplomatic flights are being sourced to help travellers currently in the country to return home.

Slovakia

The country closed its three international airports at Bratislava, Kosice and Poprad on March 13. International rail and bus services have also ceased. At the time of publishing, any travellers currently in Slovakia could still leave by road to Austria, but this could change.

Slovenia

Authorities announced the cancellation of air traffic, including all passenger flights from March 16. The ban is in place until at least March 30.

South Africa

South African airspace has closed to all commercial airlines from midnight on March 26, until at least April 16. Internal flights will also be grounded for the same period, and public transport across the country will shutdown.

Sri Lanka

In response to the pandemic, Sri Lankan authorities shut down all airports from March 19 until March 25. This has now been extended until further notice. No passenger flights can go in or out of the island nation during this period.

Sudan

Travellers are not allowed to transit or enter Sudan and all international commercial passenger flights are suspended in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Tonga

The Kingdom of Tonga issued a national lockdown to begin on March 29 until April 5. As part of this, commercial passenger flights in and out of the country are suspended.

Turkey

After limiting flights for weeks, Turkish authorities closed the country's borders on March 29. All international commercial flights, both direct and transit, are now suspended until further notice.

Trinidad and Tobago

The Trinidad and Tobago government announced the closure of its borders to all international flights effective March 22. This closure is for an indefinite period.

Tajikstan

Anyone hoping to travel to or from Tajikistan will have to wait as the country's civil aviation authority has suspended all flights to and from the central Asian destination. This started on March 20 and is ongoing until further notice.

Tunisia

International passenger flights are suspended and sea borders are closed until further notice. The country is also under curfew, from 6pm to 6am daily with restrictions on all non-essential movements

UAE

All flights are set to be grounded in and out of the country for a two-week period from March 24. No transit passengers will be allowed to enter the country during this time and the grounding of flights will be reassessed at the end of the initial two week period.

Uganda

All international flights in and out of Uganda are suspended from March 22 until further notice in a bid to limit the spread of Covid-19. Entebbe international Airport is closed to passenger planes and land borders are closed.

Ukraine

Ukrainian authorities closed the country to international passenger flights until April 24. This follows the closure of the country's land borders which happened on March 17. Train and bus services to and from Ukraine are also suspended.

Vanuatu

The government of Vanuatu declared a State of Emergency on March 26. As part of this, there are no longer international passenger flights operating in or out of the island nation.

Updated: March 30, 2020 04:37 PM

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