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 

Restarting aviation following COVID-19

Read more about the medical evidence for various strategies (pdf) - 6 August 2020

New guidance

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

Other Communicable Diseases


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.


The prolonged Ebola virus disease outbreak (the 10th outbreak) in Kivu province, Eastern DRC, was declared over in mid-June, after achieving 42 days without a case; the last new case (in a resurgence) was on 27 April. The 10th outbreak affected over 3300 people with over 2200 deaths. Intensive surveillance continues in Kivu as the potential remains for a re-emergence of the disease, as there are many animal reservoirs for the virus. Meanwhile the new (11th ) outbreak of EVD in Équateur Province, which began in early June, continues to evolve, with new confirmed cases and deaths and unfortunately some suspected cases who are “at large” in the community. As of 25 July 2020, there are a total of 67 cases (63 confirmed and four probable) including 31 deaths (case fatality ratio 46.3%). The case fatality ratio among confirmed cases is 42.9% (27 deaths/63 confirmed cases). Three health workers are among the confirmed cases, making up 4.5% of all cases.

Emergency response

New from WHO (18 March) 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.