Further information on air transport can be found on the website of the Federal Aviation Office (in German)
Leaflet on “Important information and recommendations for action regarding the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 for persons returning from abroad” (in German)
Current information on air transport (as at 31 March 2020)
- On 31 March 2020, the Federal Minister of Health ordered that transport operations from the Islamic Republic of Iran be prohibited for companies that carry passengers to the Federal Republic of Germany via rail, bus/coach, maritime or air transport. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has published this order, among other things, in the Notices to Airmen, Notices to Mariners and in the Federal Ministry of Transport Gazette and has informed the air carriers via Notices to Airmen (NOTAM). The order of the Federal Ministry of Health can be found here (in German).
- Airlines were informed about obligation to comply with entry restrictions (for third country nationals and EU citizens - entry only if the reason for travelling is urgent) and obligations.
- Federal states and airports were asked to reassess the risk of flights from countries that were determined as high-risk countries by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on a regular basis and to take the necessary protective measures.
- Call to federal state public health offices to comprehensively inform passengers (particularly on 14 day quarantine), and to carry out strict checks.
- Distancing rules in aircraft cabin agreed upon with Lufthansa/Eurowings. Neighbouring seats are to remain unoccupied on flights within Germany and from Germany. Arrivals in and departures from Germany only from passenger boarding bridges, if possible, to avoid bus shuttles. If this is not possible, more buses are to be used. Further information can be found here (in German).
The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure does everything it can to ensure unrestricted air cargo services, to maintain supply chains and guarantee the provision of goods and services.
- In order to maintain air transport services, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, supported by the Federal Foreign Office, sent demarches to Asian countries to ensure that crews of air carriers are exempted from the quarantine regulations (inter alia, 14 days of quarantine at home). Equally, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is currently undertaking major efforts to make sure that crews of air carriers which stayed in designated risk areas will not be quarantined in Germany. Currently, there is no nationwide regulation.
- In the cargo-only sector, German air carriers do not issue non-availability declarations until further notice, since all air cargo capacities are required in order to maintain the transport of goods. The Federal Aviation Office has been asked to take pragmatic decisions on applications for charter services at the moment.
- The Federal Aviation Office can grant exemptions, at least until 31 December 2020, as regards aviation security training courses, thus ensuring the continued validity of existing training qualifications as well as certifications as screening staff.
- The continuation of the work as regulated agents, known consignors and carriers will also not be jeopardized if their approval period expires.
- Approvals for carriers, known consignors and regulated agents that will expire in the coming months will be initially extended for a limited period of 6 months after the date of their expiry without on-the-spot checks. This prolongation of the approval is subject to the condition of compliance with all other legal requirements. New approvals for carriers can be issued without on-the-spot checks for a period of six months. At the moment, however, it is not possible to newly approve known consignors or regulated agents if the mandatory on-the-spot check has not yet been carried out.
- In addition, the Federal Aviation Office is in close contact with the German airlines in order to support them by ensuring a feasible application of flight time and rest period rules and to allow for exemptions, if safety is not compromised.
- Together with the federal states, agreement on maximum flexibility for exemptions from the ban on night flights so that holiday airlines and cargo flights can continue to land.
- Further information for employees and companies from the logistics sector can be found here (in German).
Note: in accordance with the Act on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases in Humans, the competent health authorities decide on protective health measures in connection with flights from RKI high-risk countries (e.g. quarantine, health checks of passengers, entry or landing bans).