UPDATED 16 June
With the outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus), there are certain restrictions on travelling by air.
AlbaJet has seen a large surge in requests for charter flights - especially tied to airline cancellations. Availability of charter aircraft is at this time still very good.
Make sure to check out our currently available empty leg flights for last-minute deals.
Are private jets affected by coronavirus?
Disruption to private jet flights is currently moderate. Numerous measures are being taken by private jet operators to mitigate the risk of contagion including disinfecting the passenger cabins and cockpits between flights.
Individual countries may however be subject to restrictions, please see below:
Countries with Flight Restrictions affecting Private Jets
Austrian, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members may enter Austria. All passengers must either present a negative PCR test not older than 4 days on arrival, or must self-quarantine for 14 days.
Nonessential travel to Belgium is prohibited. Only Belgian nationals or residents will be granted entry, unless travel is absolutely essential for work.
Foreign nationals without Chinese residency may not enter China. An exception may be granted with a local government C.D.C sponsor letter.
All flights to and from Czechia must be performed to/from Prague Airport (PRG). Currently only nationals or residents may enter Czechia. This does not apply to nationals of Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia traveling directly from Austria, Germany, Hungary or Slovakia.
Only nationals of Cyprus and residents may enter Cyprus. Passengers entering Cyprus will need to submit a medical certificate of Coronavirus examination from their country of origin. Those entering will need to undergo a compulsory 14 day quarantine in an allocated facility.This does not apply to flights from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Malta, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia or Switzerland.
Only Danish citizens and residents are allowed entry into Denmark. Exceptions may be granted based on reasons for travel (e.g. work).
All international flights have been banned to and from Egypt. Evacuation flights from Egypt are possible
Entry to German is allowed from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
German nationals and residents may enter Germany from any country.
EU nationals (including the United Kingdom) may enter Greece. At the moment only the airport of Athens and the airport of Thessaloniki are open to international flights.
Restrictions in Italy are beginning to ease: tourism flights are now allowed from within the Schengen area, or from the United Kingdom: these do not have to undergo mandatory quarantine on arrival.
All flights to and from Jordan are suspended, with the exception of repatriation flights. Repatriation flights to Jordan require an official permit.
Flights to Latvia are limited to citizens and residents of Latvia and of Schengen/EU countries.
All flights to and from Lebanon are banned until July 5th 2020. Diplomatic and UN flights may be exempted.
All flights from Malta are prohibited except for repatriation purposes. Any passenger arriving in Malta must undergo self-quarantine for 14 days.
Morocco has banned all passengers flights until at least the 31st of May 2020. Special authorisation may be authorised through diplomatic channels.
The Netherlands have banned all non-essential flights. This does not include repatriation flights for either Dutch nationals or nationals of other EEA States and Switzerland.
Only residents of Norway or of other EEA States may enter the country.
All international flights are banned to and from Poland. Exemptions may be granted for Polish nationals and residents. Arrival passengers must undergo a 14 day quarantine.
All flights to and from Portugal are banned, except for repatriation flights. Numerous smaller airports are closed.
This does not apply to flights arriving from Angola, Austria, Belgium, Brazil (Sao Paulo (GRU) and Rio De Janeiro (RIO)), Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mozambique, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sao Tome and Principe, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, United Kingdom or Venezuela (source: IATA).
No flights between Romania and China, Iran, Korea and Italy. Nationals from Schengen countries may enter Romania.
Only Slovakian nationals and residents may enter Slovakia with prior registration. Furthermore, all three international airports have been closed since March 13. Secondary regional airports can still be used by private jets, arriving passengers must however remain in quarantine for 14 days.
Only Spanish nationals and permanent residents are currently allowed to fly to Spain. Flights from Spain are also restricted, especially from the Balearic and Canary Islands, repatriation flights are still possible. All passengers are required to self quarantine on arrival.
From the 21st of June Spain will allow the entry of EU passengers without undergoing a 14-day quarantine.
Switzerland is accepting passengers arriving from Schengen Member States. Swiss nationals and residents may enter at any time. The only airports open for flights are currently Basel, Geneva and Zurich.
Turkey has lifted all COVID-19 regulations - passengers are however subject to medical screening.
A travel ban has been put in place by the United States for passengers travelling from the EU. This does not apply to US nationals and permanent residents.
What are the benefits of travelling by private jet?
Choosing a private jet charter instead of flying by commercial flight has numerous advantages:
- Use of a private jet terminal rather than the main terminal.
- Aircraft are disinfected between flights.
- Not sharing a cabin with other members of the public.
- Avoid airline flight cancellations and possible bankruptcies.
You can get an estimate price, and request a personalised quote, by using our private jet cost calculator.