IATA, AASA and BARSA call on South Africa’s Government for financial relief to Aviation

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) and the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (BARSA)  are calling on the South African government to provide specific financial relief to the aviation sector to address the severe impact of the COVID-19 crisis. IATA estimates that revenues generated by airlines […]

IATA proposes a risk-based layered approach to restarting aviation

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released a new analysis showing that the damage to air travel from COVID-19 extends into the medium-term, with long-haul and international travel being the most severely impacted. In light of this analysis, the Association has outlined a long recovery process for the aviation sector. Avoid quarantine measures In response […]

Avianca Group Holdings files for bankruptcy

IATA has issued the following communication regarding Avianca Group Holdings filing for bankruptcy Avianca Group Holdings has initiated a voluntary reorganization process in the United States of America, known as Chapter 11. This filing includes Avianca Airlines (AV-134) and several of its subsidiaries (see the list below). IATA has started discussions with Avianca senior management […]

SAICA clarifies requirements and formulae for UIF TERS

With the payment of the first COVID-19 Temporary Employee / Employer Relief Scheme (TERS) benefits, various misunderstandings have arisen that have subsequently been resolved. Since the release of the SAICA media statement and member communication on 24 April 2020, SAICA met with the UIF Commissioner to clarify the requirements and formulae to be used for […]

Thailand extends incoming flight ban to 18 April

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has extended a ban on all commercial flights to Thailand until April 18 to support the country’s campaign to contain the coronavirus. Thailand had banned passenger flights from Saturday, 4 April to Monday 6 April. Hours before the order expired, the aviation regulator issued another announcement extending the ban […]

TAT update: CAAT intensifies COVID-19 control measures for travellers


The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update that the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has upgraded its notification on the practical guidelines for airlines operating international flights to Thailand in its intensified effort to support Thailand’s nationwide surveillance measures to combat the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 […]

Government of Namibia declares State of Emergency


On 17 March, the Government of Namibia declared a State of Emergency, also imposing a number travel bans and restrictions. Please click here for the full communication issued by the Government of Namibia.

International SOS advises against non-essential international travel

International SOS

International SOS is currently advising businesses to defer all non-essential international travel due to the impacts of COVID-19. This is the first time in its 35-year history that International SOS has recommended this action. Mick Sharp, Chief Operating Officer, Security Services at International SOS comments, “This unprecedented global advice to defer non-essential travel follows the […]

International SOS: COVID-19 Situation Update

International SOS

In its latest virtual situation update on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak, International SOS experts Dr Mark Parrish and Giles Hall, provide insight into our recent change in travel advice as well as our recommendations for organisations in handling the pandemic. Due to the rapidly changing environment and scale of the pandemic, International SOS has issued […]