Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information from FAA

 The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency expired as of May 11, 2023. This page will no longer be updated and will remain online for historical purposes only.

For an archive of news from the FAA regarding the Coronavirus, please visit the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update. For current COVID-19 guidance, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proactively taking steps to help address the widespread economic and health effects that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the aviation industry. The FAA continues to evaluate a large number of requests from across all aviation industry sectors to help address COVID-19-related effects.

To date, FAA has taken the following actions and provided the following guidance:

Vaccine Transport

The COVID-19 Vaccine Air Transport Team addresses potential aviation issues and outcomes within FAA's scope of responsibility in the following key areas:

  • Risk Management
  • Airworthiness
  • Flight Operations
  • Aeromedical
  • Air Traffic Control/Airspace Management
  • Airport Operations
  • Carriage of Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials
  • Communication/Collaboration
  • Global Leadership

Regulatory Updates

  • Extension of Minimum Slot Usage Requirements
  • FAA Amends Cargo Exemptions
  • Extended Air Carrier Training Exemptions
  • Clarifying information for Airmen Using Medical Certificate Duration Relief
  • Second Amendment to Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 118
  • Amendment of Air Carrier Training Exemptions
  • FAA Extends Flight Attendant Exemption
  • FAA Amends Exemption for Certain Air Ambulance Personnel
  • New Cargo Exemption, Amendment to Existing Cargo Exemption
  • Amendment to Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 118
  • Updated CARES Act FAQs
  • Exemption for Transporting Cargo on Airplane Seats
  • Exemption for Certain Air Ambulance Personnel
  • Relief for Certain Persons and Operations during the COVID-19 Outbreak
  • Temporary Control Tower Hour Adjustments
  • FAA extends AIP Application Deadlines
  • Drone Use for Response Efforts
  • Flight Attendant Exemption
  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Airport Program
  • Additional Pilot Medical Certificate Exemptions
  • Air Carrier Training Exemptions
  • Pilot Medical Certificates
  • Airport Slot-Use Waivers
  • Temporary Parking of Overflow Aircraft
  • Airport Certification Safety Inspections

Guidance and Resources

  • Use of COVID-19 Vaccines by Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers
  • Transporting Dry Ice
  • Enforcement Discretion for Random Drug and Alcohol Testing
  • Updated Health Guidance for Air Carriers and Crews
  • FAA Issues Guidance about Flexibly Managing Scheduled Maintenance Requirements Due to COVID-19
  • FAA Issues Guidance on Operations in Terminal Airspace
  • Runway to Recovery: Government publishes national strategy for air transportation system recovery
  • FAA issues guidance on operations in oceanic airspace
  • Updated Guidance for Airport Sponsors Considering COVID-19 Restrictions or Accommodations
  • Cargo Guidance for Safety Inspectors
  • Cargo Transportation Guidance
  • Flexible Air Traffic Control Schedule
  • Information for Airport Sponsors
  • Guidance to FAA Inspectors
  • FAA Construction Projects
  • Airport Construction Projects
  • Airport Improvement Program
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools
  • COVID-19 Information
  • Sharing Heath Safety Messages
  • Pilot Oxygen Mask Requirements
  • Expanded Drone Operations
  • Puerto Rico Flight Restriction Request
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing
  • Guidance for States, Localities, and Territories Considering Air Transportation Restrictions

2020 CARES Act

COVID Resources from Airlines

Other Government Resources

For a list of information and news from the FAA regarding the Coronavirus, please visit the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update.

Last updated: Wednesday, November 9, 2022