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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 review date is August 9


Airport: DBBB

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



  • Technical stops only
  • No night stops allowed
  • Next review date is August 31

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.

Next update on a possible opening of the airport is August 1.


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


Airports: FKKD, FKYS

  • Tech stops are allowed
  • Permits through normal channels
  • Exempted flights must take off or land between 06:00 and 22:00 UTC from Monday – Friday
  • Night stops possible only at FKYS

Central African Republic (CAR)

Bangui M’Poko International Airport (FEFF) is gradually reopened to all international flights. However commercial passenger flights are authorized on the basis of one flight per week.

All passengers on departure and arrival are subject to the barrier measures issued by government

Operators are required to file flight plans 24 hours before arrival.


Airports: FTTJ, FTTC

  • Tech stops are allowed
  • No night stops
  • Only cargo, medevac, and essential flights with special approvals permitted at this time
  • Next review date is August 1


Airport: FMCH

  • No technical stops and no night stops
  • Only cargo flights are permitted to operate with special government approval until August 17

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 will be 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, this stands until July 31

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

Airport: FGSL, FGBT

  • International flights – one weekly flight allowed per company
  • Passengers and crews arriving in Malabo must present a negative PCR test certificate if not, a compulsory test must be undergone and paid for at the airport
  • The PCR test must be issued 3 days before arrival


Airports: HHAS, HHSB, HHMS

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

Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)

Operators are requested to report suspected corona virus cases by radio to ATC as early as possible before arrival and comply with all health screening of passengers as well as other measures put in place at all airports in Eswatini.

FDMS airport is closed for all international, regional, and domestic flights. All other essential flights are allowed subject to special approval.

Tech stops and night stops only allowed for essential flights (cargo, medevac and repatriation) upon approval of ministry. No other international flights allowed for tech/night stops.


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 Sept 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


Airport: DGAA

  • Kotoka International Airport is closed to all international flights with the following exemptions: Emergency/humanitarian flights, cargo flights, technical landing for refuel only, medical evacuation flights, repatriation flights for Ghanaian citizens
  • No disembarkation unless it is Ghanaians returning home on board repatriation flights. They will then be subject to mandatory quarantine and safety protocols
  • Crew members may disembark but shall undergo strict mandatory quarantine under the supervision during their rotation/rest period
  • Chartered emergency evacuation and repatriation flights that have been pre-approved by the Ghanaian authorities to operate at Kotoka International Airport are permitted only between 0800hrs and 1600hrs daily
  • All such flights that may operate outside this period shall attract a fee of 7,800 USD per hour for use of the terminal facility

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


  • All international, regional, and domestic flights are prohibited, only essential cargo flights are allowed until August 31


Airport: GLRB

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


Airport: FMMI

  • This is currently the only port of entry
  • All domestic stations are closed, and passenger flights suspended since March
  • FMMI operating hours are 0200 – 0900 UTC
  • Night stops are not allowed
  • Technical stops for refueling are the only flights allowed to operate in addition to essential flights however crew and passengers are not being granted entry


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
  • The next review is August 3


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)
  • All land borders to open from July 31 from 0000z


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


Airports: FIMP

  • Only cargo flights allowed
  • Tech stops are not allowed, no passengers are allowed
  • Crew may enter but they must be confined to their hotel rooms
  • No flights will be allowed to operate to Plaine Corail airport


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

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
  • Will open for international flights from August 1

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
  • Will open for International flights from 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
  • The next review date is July 31

St. Helena / Ascencion

Airport: FHSH

  • No flights allowed



  • 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


Airport: HUEN

  • Night stops are allowed for medevac, cargo, and humanitarian flights only
  • Permit approval is a lengthy process



  • 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 1

While the Information is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of the Information. The Information may change without notice and UAS is not in any way liable for the accuracy of any information printed and stored or in any way interpreted and used by a user.

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