The spreading of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has important implications for airlines and their customers. On this page you will find resources for airlines and other travel professionals. 

IATA is closely monitoring developments related to the Coronavirus outbreak in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO) Secretariat, ICAO and the US Centers for Disease Control.

Operational guidelines from WHO 

Operational considerations for managing COVID-19 cases or outbreak in aviation (pdf) - 18 March 2020

Restarting aviation following COVID-19

New guidance

Aircraft cleaning and disinfection during and post pandemic (pdf) Ed.1, 19 June 2020

Other Communicable Diseases

Measles 

Measles is still common in many parts of the world including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa. Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting infected when traveling internationally.

For more information, please see the WHO advisory on Measles.

Ebola

While the prolonged Ebola virus disease was declared over mid-June 2020 in the Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC), a new outbreak was declared in Equateur Province in early June 2020. IATA monitors the situation closely with the WHO. For now, this situation doesn’t impact international air travel.

Emergency response

WHO guidelines: Operational considerations for managing COVID-19 cases or outbreak in aviation (pdf)

Based on the experience with different outbreaks, IATA has produced an Emergency Response Plan and Action Checklist (pdf), for use by air carriers in the event of a public health emergency.​​

An important part of this plan involves a series of guidelines and best practices for airline staff in the event of public health emergencies.