The new guidelines for air travel with the coronavirus

COVID-19 has changed the way of traveling and not only in terms of stays, accommodation or visits to tourist centers, but also in the means of transport . And one of them is the plane. For now, flying as before is not going to be possible and, if you have to catch a flight, you must follow a series of specific guidelines , which are included in the guide that has been produced by the European Aviation Safety Agency and the European Center. for Disease Prevention and Control. Here we summarize the main indications to follow before leaving home, at the airport, during the trip and when arriving at the destination.

Previous steps

Before getting on the plane, a series of guidelines are already established. The first of these is that anyone who has symptoms of the coronavirus or has been close to a patient with COVID-19 should not travel .

The airlines and airport operators have to send messages to passengers to remember the symptoms of this disease, as well as an electronic document that must be signed 24 hours before the flight that indicates the symptoms and the risks of traveling together with someone who is ill.

In the event that the person has contracted the disease or has symptoms, the guide recommends that the tickets be changed for free . A change that can be made up to six hours before the plane takes off. Of course, the suspicions of believing that one is ill have to be founded and contrasted from a medical point of view.



The established measures also state that when arriving at the airport you have to enter with the mask already on. Only surgical and FPP2 are accepted . In addition, only the people who are going to travel can be in the airport facilities, so the companions have to stay in the parking lot, subway entrance or at the terminal door….

The guide indicates that temperature controls can be done. If they are established, they must be carried out at the door and before checking in the luggage, a process in which it is committed to automatic processes and to limit the number of suitcases in the cabin to avoid contacts and expedite all boarding.

And, in the case of having a temperature higher than 38 degrees , you should not fly. However, it is possible that other controls will be carried out , which should never be invasive and will be repeated if the person tests positive.

At security controls, a physical distance of 1.5 meters must always be guaranteed between passengers, and staff must be equipped with a mask, disposable gloves, protective screens and gowns in those cases in which no change is made. in daily uniform.

Boarding and travel

When boarding, the minimum distance between people must also be respected and the dispensing of hydroalcoholic gel is recommended at the door of the plane. It is also possible to proceed to do a staggered boarding depending on the seat to be occupied. If the journey to the aircraft is by bus , distances must be respected, having fewer people to transport each way.

Inside the plane , travelers cannot remove their mask and must wash their hands with hydroalcoholic gels , apart from using disposable tissues if they need them. At the same time, the minimum distance must be respected and avoid touching the surfaces.


And, once you have reached your destination, you have to get off the plane. Here it is recommended to avoid crowds and avoid standing up before the doors open. And, of course, we must not forget to provide the contact information to be located if necessary because a coronavirus outbreak has been detected.