Africa Airport Stops Update


Africa Airport Stops Update

Arsias Adodoh | - 07/29/2020
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Africa Airport Stops Update: Which airports in Africa are open for operations? Anyone planning technical or night stops on the continent will benefit from this country-by-country guide to operations at African airports.


  • Tech stops allowed for crew at FNLU, FNGI, FNMO, FNME, FNCA
  • Night stops for crew allowed at FNLU at certain hotels only
  • Passenger flights for business are still not allowed
  • The gradual resumption of international scheduled flights begins from September 21


Airport: DBBB

  • Tech stop and night stop permitted
  • No quarantine for crew



  • Technical stops only
  • No night stops allowed

Burkina Faso

Airport: DFFD, DFOO

Ouagadougou Airport (DFFD) is closed to all inbound international flights due to COVID-19 infection prevention with the following exemptions:

  • Aircraft in states of emergency
  • Cargo flights
  • Technical landings
  • Humanitarian flights/medevac/ repatriation flights

Crew shall not be permitted to disembark without authorization.

Crew members shall undergo strict mandatory quarantine under the supervision during their rotation/rest period.

Except for aircraft in states of emergency, the exempted flights must seek pre-authorization from ANAC/ Agence Nationale de l’Aviation Civile.


Airport: HBBA

  • No tech or night stops allowed
  • Crew not allowed to leave the airport
  • Cargo, medevac and humanitarian flights allowed with special approval

Cabo Verde

Airports: GVAC, GVNP

  • Technical stops, cargo, medevac, and humanitarian flights are permitted
  • Night stops through normal channels


Closed to inbound flights with the exceptions of:

  • Tech stops
  • Medevac flights
  • Cargo flights
  • Aircraft in states of emergency
  • Repatriation and special government-authorized flights

Permits are available through normal channels.

Exempted flights must take off or land between 06:00 and 22:00 UTC from Monday – Friday.

Night stops are possible only at FKYS.

Central African Republic (CAR)

Scheduled flights are allowed to operate once a week per airline but special landing permits are required.
Crew rest overnight at a hotel is allowed but crew are not allowed to leave until their return to the airport.
Crew and passengers must carry  a negative COVID certificate on arrival, must wear their protective masks, and respect social distancing rules.


Open for international flights.

  • All passengers must present PCR test on arrival or be quarantined for 14 days
  • Face masks are mandatory
  • Curfew from 2200-0500 UTC
  • Permits to be obtained through normal channels except for diplomatic flights
  • Overflight is allowed
  • Crew do not require PCR tests but must remain in their hotel for the duration of their stay


Confirmation of disinfection of the aircraft against COVID-19 must be presented at the arrival of each international commercial flight.

All international passengers must complete a health report which will be made available to them by the health authority.

Any passenger boarding flights to Comoros must carry proof of a negative PCR test result no more than dating three days (72 hours) before the date of flight.

The disembarking of passengers who do not meet these conditions will result in the airline being held responsible and subjected to administrative sanctions as well as the obligation to transport the passenger to their country of origin at its expense.

DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo)


  • Night stops are allowed
  • Cargo, medevac, tech stops, emergency landings, evacuations are permitted
  • Repatriations with special government approval only (lead time 3-7 working days)
  • Airports open to domestic and international flights from August 15
  • Crew overnight stops are now allowed if permission is obtained from the immigration services

Republic of Congo

Airports: FCBB, FCPP, FCOO

  • Cargo flights, medevac, humanitarian flights, and repatriations are allowed with government approval
  • No night stops
  • The handler should be contacted in advance
  • Expected to resume international flights from August 20

Cote d’Ivoire

Airport: DIAP

  • International flights resumed from July 1


Airport: HDAM

  • Opened for international commercial flights from July 18
  • Night stops allowed only for crew of commercial scheduled flights
  • For private flights, fuel stops are allowed (no embarkation or disembarkation) but night stops are not
  • COVID testing is $30 per person

Equatorial Guinea

International flights are authorized at the rate of one weekly flight per airline.

Airlines must request special authorization for any additional flights.

Passengers and crews arriving in Malabo must present a negative

PCR test certificate valid for 48 hours.

Those who do not will undergo a compulsory test on arrival at the airport at their own expense.

National airlines are authorized to run two flight per day.


Airports: HHAS, HHSB, HHMS

  • Only cargo, medevac, and humanitarian flights are allowed
  • It’s important to make early requests for permits

Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)

Closed for all international, regional, and domestic flights.

All other essential flights are allowed subject to special approval.


Airports: HAAB, HADR

  • Tech stops are permitted with 1-hour ground time
  • Night stops are permitted for cargo, medevac, and humanitarian flights only with special government approval
  • All diplomats and passengers on diplomatic flights will also be subject to quarantine at government-designated hotels


Airport: FOOL

  • The Gabon sky is now open to commercial flights
  • Every inbound or outbound passenger must show a negative COVID19 test issued no more than 5 days before by a WHO-recognized medical institution
  • Overnights for crew are allowed under the same conditions as passengers
  • This will stand until September 30


Airport: GBYD

  • Medical, cargo, tech stops and special flights only and they require landing permits before arrival
  • Ample notice is required when the application is being made


Kotoka international airport is open to all flights subject to new travel procedures.

Aircraft operators must inform passengers about the new health measures, click here for the details.

Guinea Conackry

Airport: GUCY

  • No passengers holding Schengen passports will be allowed entry
  • Permit requests for private flights should be sent to CAA as before
  • All arrivals should carry a valid negative test certificate and expect to be tested again on arrival
  • A crew transit visa is possible on arrival but passengers should carry their visa
  • The airport’s current operating hours are from 0400z – 2300z


Osvaldo Vieira International Airport (GGOV) reopened to ECOWAS country flights on July 26 and will reopen to all flights from August 1.


  • Reopen for International flights from August 1
  • To see the list of quarantine exempt states, click here


  • All international, regional, and domestic flights are prohibited, only essential cargo flights are allowed


Airport: GLRB

  • Open to all categories of flight since July 16 but health measures and protocols must be followed


International and regional flights remain suspended.

Technical stops for refueling and cargo flights are allowed without disembarkation of crew or passengers.


Airports: FWKI, FWCL

  • Only essential flights like cargo, repatriations, and medevacs are permitted
  • Tech stops are allowed
  • Night stops for crew are permitted, however they must have a valid certificate proving they are not COVID-19 positive, all PPE must be worn, and medical screening will take place on arrival and departure


Airports: GABS, GAGO

  • Mali airport is open
  • Any passengers or crew arriving must undergo a COVID-19 test or on arrival will be quarantined for the COVID-19 test (the costs will be borne by the company or the passenger themselves)


Airports: GQNO, GQPP

  • Permit requests must be sent on time as the CAA also needs to obtain final approval from the Transport Ministry
  • Tech stops are allowed
  • Night stops must be requested via diplomatic channels and there won’t be any quarantine as long as the night stop is approved according to the requested dates


Airlines may use Mauritius as alternate aerodrome. However, if aircraft land the following conditions apply:

  • The pilot-in-command will have to provide a negative COVID-19 certifcate valid for 5 days for all passengers and crew and everyone will remain on board until re-departure
  • If the aircraft is not able to depart the airline shall undertake to make necessary arrangements to shift all passengers and crew to a hotel at its own cost and also bear all other expenses associated with their stay
  • During their stay, the airlines together with the passengers and crew shall abide to prevailing sanitary protocols


Airport: FMCZ

  • All types of flights can operate now as Mayotte is opened since July



  • Tech and night stops are allowed


Airports: FYOA, FYWH

  • Permits must be applied for through the Ministry of Health for clearance first
  • Crew members may disembark but shall undergo strict mandatory quarantine for 14 days
  • Tech stops are allowed at FYWH and FYOA
  • Crew are only allowed for night stops in FYWH when performing essential flights
  • The next review date is September 30


  • Diori Hamani International Airport (DRRN) and Mano Dayak International Airport (DRZA) are open for international flights



  • All permits are subject to Ministerial approvals except scheduled cargo
  • Tech stops, medevac, and essential flights are allowed
  • In-bound medevac operations are not advised due to a complicated permit process
  • Closure is extended until October

Réunion Island

Airports:  FMEE, FMEP

  • Passengers arriving from EU member states and Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, UK, Vatican, Australia, Canada, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay may enter
  • Passengers from other countries will be authorized entry only for specific reasons available on the Ministry of the Interior website
  • Arriving visitors aged 11 or older must present a negative biological examination of virological screening carried out less than 72 hours prior to their flight.


Airport:  HRYR

  • Open for general aviation, aircraft in states of emergency, cargo flights, technical landings, humanitarian, medevac, repatriation flights, charter and private flights
  • Open for international flights from August 1
  • Passenger locator form must be filled out online, click here

Sao Tome and Principe

Airport: FPST

  • All international flights are allowed
  • Crew can night stop
  • A COVID-19 test can be done on arrival, but it is advisable for crew to have a test certificate before flying


Airports: GOBD, GOOY

  • Now open to international flights


Airport: FSIA

  • Crew can night stop if they pass basic screening
  • Only passengers from Seychelles and returning permanent residents can enter
  • Reopen for international flights since August 1

Sierra Leone

Airport: GFLL

  • Lungi International Airport is open for all scheduled commercial flights from July 22
  • All passengers have to wear masks during their time at the airport and onboard
  • All passengers shall produce a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
  • A COVID-19 test result issued no longer than 72 hours before departure at point of origin is necessary
  • At the check-in desk at the airport of embarkation, passengers are required to display travelers’ authorization to Sierra Leone, received through the Government of Sierra Leone travel portal

The travel authorization consists of:

  • A negative PCR COVID-19 test result issued no longer than 72 hours before departure
  • Pre-departure public health passenger locator form
  • Proof of payment for COVID-19 testing on arrival, paid through the online platform

All passengers shall be subjected to a mandatory COVID-19 test upon arrival:

  • Passengers will simultaneously have a PCR test swab and an RDT test on arrival
  • If the RDT screening is negative, passengers are allowed to depart from the airport and observe public protocols (mandatory proper mask wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing) while awaiting their PCR test result
  • If the RDT screening is positive, the passenger will be isolated at a hotel in Lungi – this cost will be borne by the passenger
  • All children under 2 years old shall be exempted from pre-departure and arrival pcr test requirements
  • Airline crew are exempted from the pre-departure and arrival PCR test requirements


Airport: HCMM

  • Tech stops are allowed only where no embarkation or disembarkation takes place
  • Approval is required in at least 72 hours prior to operations


Airport:  HCMH

  • Tech stops are allowed only where no embarkation or disembarkation takes place
  • Government approval is required at least 72 hours prior to operations

South Africa

  • Special approvals are required for medevacs, cargo, and repatriation flights only
  • Crew will be confined to approved hotels
  • Charter flights may enter with crew but passengers are not allowed
  • All international and regional flights for business and leisure remain cancelled until further notice
  • Returning South Africans must pay for their return flight and isolate for 21 days on arrival

St. Helena / Ascencion

Airport: FHSH

  • No flights allowed
  • Only nationals, residents and those with special approval may enter
  • Those who enter must undergo 14-day quarantine



  • The restrictions for commercial passenger flights has been lifted


  • Lome Gnassingbe Eyadema International Airport is open to all flights subject to new travel procedures
  • Aircraft operators must inform passengers (arriving and departing) about the health measures (click here)


Uganda resumed international flights to Entebbe International Airport (HUEN) on October 1.

Both arriving passengers and crew are required to follow a range of directives to ensure the containment of COVID-19.



  • All flights are allowed, this will be reviewed on September 26


Airports: FVFA, FVRG, FVJN

  • Night stops and tech stops are not allowed
  • The next review date will be on August 31

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