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Italy: New Omnibus Law Provides for Improved Digital Network Systems, Anti-Mafia Measures, Aid to Airlines, and Other Administrative Regulations

(Aug. 13, 2020) On July 17, 2020, Decree Law No. 76 of July 16, 2020 entered into force in Italy, providing for improved digital network systems, anti-Mafia measures, aid to airlines, and administrative regulations aimed at eliminating and simplifying requirements for economic activities. Improvement of Digital Network Systems and User Access The new law provides […]

China: Government Requires All Passengers to Present Negative COVID-19 Test to Board Flights to China

(July 24, 2020) On July 20, 2020, three Chinese authorities—the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the General Administration of Customs, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs—jointly issued an announcement requiring both foreign citizens and returning Chinese citizens to present negative COVID-19 test results before boarding flights to China. The required nucleic acid tests must […]

Israel: Law for Compensation and Assistance to Passengers for Cancellation or Flight Changes Due to Covid-19 Adopted

(July 20, 2020) On July 13, 2020, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) adopted a temporary amendment that affects the consumer rights of air travelers whose flights were cancelled or changed during the period of March 1, 2020, to August 31, 2020, in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. (Aviation Services (Compensation and Assistance for Cancellation or Changing […]

China: Citizens Must Obtain Green Health Code to Board Flights Returning to China

(July 9, 2020) On April 7, 2020, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and the General Administration of Customs jointly issued an announcement requiring Chinese citizens returning home from 26 countries to obtain a green health code before boarding flights. The rule aims to reduce the cross-border spread of COVID-19, according to the announcement. […]

Morocco: Government Decides to Ease Restrictions Aimed at Curbing Spread of COVID-19

(June 24, 2020) On June 9, 2020, the prime minister of Morocco, Saadeddine El Otmani, announced that the country would start easing restrictions that had been put in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The prime minister stated that he would lift all restrictions completely by July 10, 2020. Morocco has been […]

Qatar: Installing COVID-19 Tracing App on Mobile Phones and Wearing Face Masks among Recent Mandatory Anti-pandemic Measures Instituted by Authorities

(June 11, 2020) Between May 13 and May 18, 2020, the government of Qatar announced the imposition of a number of mandatory measures aimed at reducing the country’s “stubbornly high” COVID-19 infection rate that, as of June 9, 2020, had left 71,879 people out of a population of roughly 2.8 million infected, with 62 deaths. […]

Jordan: Government Takes Steps Aimed at Curbing COVID-19 Outbreak

(Apr. 28, 2020) On April 22, 2020, the Jordanian government announced that it was easing lockdown restrictions previously put in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the southern provinces of Karak, Maan, and Tafilah. As a result, car repair, electricity, furniture, book, stationery, and printing shops in those provinces are allowed to resume work. […]

Arab Gulf Countries: Preventive Measures Aimed at COVID-19 Pandemic Adopted

(Apr. 14, 2020) During the month of March 2020, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, comprising Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain, adopted a number of precautionary measures aimed at preventing coronavirus infections and curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Establishing a Coronavirus Center and Suspending Flights After […]

International: International Civil Aviation Organization Adopts COVID-19 Declaration

(Mar. 10, 2020) On March 9, 2020, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted the COVID-19 Declaration, which affirms the urgent need to reduce the risks of the spread of COVID-19 by air transport and to protect the health of air travelers and aviation personnel. As of February 2020, the ICAO estimated an overall reduction […]

Sweden: Swedish Transport Agency Revokes IranAir’s Right to Operate in Sweden over Coronavirus Threat

(Mar. 3, 2020) On March 2, 2020, the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) requested that the Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) revoke the IranAir airline’s right to operate (trafiktillstånd) in Sweden. The request comes as a measure to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Covid-19, from spreading in Sweden. The Transport Agency responded by temporarily […]