Some important measures taken by public health authorities with impact on civil aviation

 

 

On 11 March 2020 the Government of the Slovak Republic declared emergency situation (in Slovak language “mimoriadna situácia”) for the territory of the Slovak Republic effective from 12 March 2020 06:00 local time in connection with the threat to public health II. stage due to communicable disease COVID-19 caused by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

The objective of the emergency situation was to create the conditions for taking the necessary measures to prevent and mitigate the consequences of the public health emergency due to communicable disease COVID-19 caused by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in the territory of the Slovak Republic.

 

Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic, Department of Chief Public Health Officer

According to point 4 of the Measure of the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in event of the public health threat No OLP/6850/2020 of 28. 08. 2020 as amended relevant persons active in civil aviation are obliged to fulfil another anti-epidemic measure ordered by the Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic.

 

Taking into account the measures of the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in event of the public health threat the Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic, Department of Chief Public Health Officer orders the following measures in the area of civil aviation.

 

Measure of the Department of Chief Public Health Officer in the area of Civil Aviation No 08410/2020/UVHR/70131  (.pdf, 739kB) of 10. 09. 2020 orders the measures in the area of civil aviation from 10. 09. 2020

 

1. Crew members and other aviation personnel whose activities are necessary for conduct of flight of aircraft taking-off in the territory of another state and landing in the territory of the Slovak Republic is obliged to:

a) monitor their health status, measure their body temperature before starting their duty and fill in a health declaration (ICAO CREW COVID – 19 STATUS CARD);

b) follow the EASA Guidance on the management of crew members in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic;

c) wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and keep enhanced hand hygiene;

d) minimize direct contact with all airport operator staff, groundhandling services provider staff or other personnel whose activities are necessary for ensuring airport operation or conduct of flight;

e) in the territory of the Slovak Republic particularly during series of flights, remain onboard the aircraft or in temporary isolation also outside the aircraft for a necessary period of time corresponding to the rest time in accordance with the legislation in force, under the condition that the aircraft operator or the air operator (AOC holder) or the air carrier ensures the appropriate place for their temporary isolation outside the aircraft as well as their transport from the airport to the place of their temporary isolation and back in a vehicle designated for such purposes;

f) disembark an aircraft only when wearing personal protective equipment;

g) follow the instructions of public health authorities in force.

 

2. Pilot-in-command or commander of the aircraft taking-off in the territory of another state and landing in the territory of the Slovak Republic in addition to the obligations set out in point 1 of this Section is obliged to

a) hand over completed medical part of the General Declaration after landing at the first airport in the territory of the Slovak Republic to the authorized person of the airport operator,

b) notify suspected COVID-19 cases onboard to the air traffic control unit prior to landing.

 

3. Provider of air traffic services in the territory of the Slovak Republic is obliged to inform the Department of Chief Public Health Officer of the Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic on the facts stated under point 2 (b) of this Section.

 

4. Aircraft operators or air operators (AOC holders) or air carriers in case of flights in relation to the airspace of the Slovak Republicare obliged to:

a) ensure monitoring of the health status of aviation staff in accordance EASA Guidance on the management of crew members in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, Annex I - ICAO CREW COVID – 19 STATUS CARD;

b) ensure appropriate quantities of personal protective equipment (face mask-covering of the upper respiratory tract, disposable rubber gloves) and hand disinfectant substances for the aviation staff, including training for the correct use of PPE;

c) follow the the EASA Guidance on the management of crew members in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to protect the health of aviation personnel and passengers as well as to prevent the spread of COVID-19disease;

d) ensure thorough disinfection of the aircraft in accordance with the valid safety directive and EASA Guidance on Aircraft Cleaning and Disinfection in relation to COVID-19 Pandemic;

e) enable only passengers with fulfilled electronic Public Health Passenger Locator Form (electronic PLF) published on the webpage https://www.mindop.sk/covid/ to enter the aircraft (boarding) in the case of flights into the airspace of the Slovak Republic and landing at the airport in the territory of the Slovak Republic;

f) keep contact and identification details of passengers and seating plans in the aircraft flying into the airspace of the Slovak Republic and landing at the airport in the territory of the Slovak Republic for at least 30 days from the date of the flight;

g) upon request of a public health authority provide passenger data necessary for contact-tracing purposes without any undue delay;

h) enable only passengers with covered upper respiratory tract (e.g. with a face mask, scarf, shawl) to enter and stay onboard the aircraft; the obligation does not apply to children under 3 years of age or persons with severe autism spectrum disorders;

i) ensure a hand disinfectant substances for passengers onboard the aircraft;

j) use audio-visual health safety promotion materials to inform the passengers onboard the aircraft of the obligation to comply with preventive measures;

k) prefer non-contact handling of passengers and baggage (online check-in, mobile boarding pass, non-contact boarding, etc.);

l) limit the number of pieces, size and weight of hand baggage in order to expedite the boarding and disembarking process;

m) reduce food and beverage service, prefer pre-packed and sealed food and drink products;

n) limit duty free or other non-essencial sale onboard the aircraft, prefer cashless payments;

o) minimize the movement of passengers onboard the aircraft;

p) modify the boarding and disembarking process in such a manner as to minimize accumulation of passengers (e.g. row by row, starting with the furthest row from the aircraft door used in boarding and closest row when disembarking).

 

5. Airport operators in the territory of the Slovak Republic are obliged to:

a) enable only persons with covered upper respiratory tract (e.g. with a face mask, scarf, shawl) to enter and stay in the area of the airport; the obligation does not apply to children under 3 years of age or persons with severe autism spectrum disorders;

b) ensure hand sanitizers at the entrance to terminal;

c) ensure minimal physical distance of 2 metres between individuals;

d) place a visible notification of the obligation to comply with the above-stated measures (face masks, distances) at all entries to the airport area;

e) ensure that there is no physical contact between arriving passengers and departing passengers at the airport;

f) use audio-visual health safety promotion materials to regularly inform passengers of the obligation to comply with preventive measures (minimal physical distance at least 2 metres, face mask, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette);

g) ensure that passengers have an option to buy face masks and hand sanitisers;

h) modify individual passenger handling processes before departure and after arrival as to prevent excessive accumulation of passengers at one place and at one time, if possible;

i) ensure that occupancy of vehicles used for carriage of passengers in the movement area is not exceeding 50 % of its maximum capacity;

j) ensure that there is no physical contact between passengers arriving from low-risk countries listed in Annex 1 to Measures of the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic No OLP/6850/2020 as amended with passengers arriving from risk countries; if physical separation of passengers cannot be ensured, organizational separation of passengers shall be ensured, for example by co-ordination of the flights;

h) ensure thermal screening of the body temperature of all arriving passengers.

 

6. Airport operators, groundhandling services providers and other persons whose activities are necessary for ensuring airport operation or conduct of flight are obliged to:

a) ensure sufficient quantities of personal protective equipment for stuff who directly interact with passengers (less than 2 metres) - covers of the upper respiratory tract, protective face shield or protective gloves, hand disinfection at the workplace or disposable rubber gloves;

b) perform regular cleaning and disinfection of the surfaces, particular care pay to frequently touched surfaces (e.g. door handles, banister rails, trolleys, plastic security-screening trays, etc.) using disinfectants with virucidal effect;

c) prepare a sanitation and disinfection programme.

 

Retailers and service providers operating at international airports are obliged to comply with the measures of the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in the event of a public health threats in force.

 

Passengers disembarking in the territory of the Slovak Republic are obliged to comply with the valid measures of the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in the event of public health threats.

 

In exceptional circumstances the Department of Chief Public Health Officer has the authority to order other measures in the area of civil aviation.

 

The flight of the aircraft taking-off and landing in the territory of the Slovak Republic must be conducted within the appropriate scope of measures stated above.

The measures ordered for the airport operators shall apply by analogy to the operator of the special airport.

 

 

 

Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic

 

The Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic orders the following measures in in event of the public health threat.

 

Measure of the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic in the endangerment to the public health No OLP/6850/2020 of 28. 08. 2020 as amended by the Measure No OLP/7093/2020 of 07. 09. 2020 (hereinafter refered to as "Measure No OLP/6850/2020  as amended")

 

To all persons entering the territory of the Slovak Republic from 1 September 2020 from 7.00 a.m., who during the previous 14 days visited

a) a country of the European Union not listed in Annex 1 to Measure No OLP/6850/2020 as amended and at the same time did not visit a country that is not a member of the European Union and is not listed in Annex 1 to Measure No OLP/6850/2020 as amended, is ordered home isolation until the negative result of the RT-PCR test for COVID-19 disease is received or, in the event of an asymptomatic course of home isolation, until the completion of its 10th day. This person is obliged to undergo the laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19 on the fifth day of home isolation at the earliest. During the period of home isolation according to the previous sentence, this isolation is also ordered to persons living in a common household with the isolated person. A child under 3 years of age is not required to undergo a laboratory diagnosis for COVID-19 unless specified otherwise by the relevant Regional Public Health Authority or healthcare provider providing health care in the specialized field of paediatrics and with whom the child has a health care agreement concluded. The obligation of home isolation for children under 3 years of age with no acute respiratory illness developed shall end after the obligation of home isolation for persons living with them in the common household terminates.

b) a country that is not a member of the European Union and is not listed in Annex 1 to Measure No OLP/6850/2020 as amended, is ordered home isolation until the negative result of the RT-PCR test for COVID-19 disease is received. This person is obliged to undergo the laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19 on the fifth day of home isolation at the earliest. During the period of home isolation according to the previous sentence, this isolation is also ordered to persons living in a common household with the isolated person. A child under 3 years of age is not required to undergo a laboratory diagnosis for COVID-19 unless specified otherwise by the relevant Regional Public Health Authority or healthcare provider providing health care in the specialized field of paediatrics and with whom the child has a health care agreement concluded. The obligation of home isolation for children under 3 years of age with no acute respiratory illness developed shall end after the obligation of home isolation for persons living with them in the common household terminates.

 

To all persons entering the territory of the Slovak Republic from 1 September 2020 from 7.00 a.m. through the state border between the Slovak Republic and the Republic of Ukraine is ordered to prove the completed registration on webpage http://korona.gov.sk/ehranica to the member of the Police Force of the Slovak Republic. Citizens of third countries (countries outside the European Union) are obliged to be able to prove the abovementioned registration to members of the Police Force of the Slovak Republic during their stay in the territory of the Slovak Republic.

 

To all persons entering the territory of the Slovak Republic from 10 September 2020 from 7.00 a.m. by international air transport who during the previous 14 days visited country not listed in Annex 1 to Measure No OLP/6850/2020 as amended  is ordered to prove upon arrival the completed registration on webpage http://korona.gov.sk/ehranica to the member of the Police Force of the Slovak Republic.

 

The “low-risk countries and territories ” from the epidemiological point of view in relation to COVID-19 listed in Annex 1 to Measure No OLP/6850/2020 as amended are:

  • Commonwealth of Australia,
  • People´s Republic of China,
  • the Republic of Cyprus,
  • the Czech Republic,
  • the Kingdom of Denmark,
  • the Republic of Estonia,
  • the Republic of Finland,
  • the Hellenic Republic,
  • the Republic of Ireland,
  • the Republic of Iceland,
  • Japan,
  • the Republic of Korea,
  • the Principality of Liechtenstein,
  • the Republic of Lithuania,
  • the Republic of Latvia, Hungary,
  • the Principality of Monaco,
  • New Zealand,
  • the Federal Republic of Germany,
  • the Kingdom of Norway,
  • the Republic of Poland,
  • the Republic of Austria,
  • The Republic of Slovenia,
  • the Swiss Confederation,
  • the Republic of Italy,
  • the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

 

The abovementioned measures of the Measure No OLP/6850/2020 as amended does not apply to:

  • freight drivers, pilots, air crew members or other aeronautical members, crew members on cargo ships, engine drivers, wagon engineers, train crews and rail freight operators; these persons crossing the territory of the Slovak Republic also by other means of transport in order to travel to the place where they will carry out their work or when returning home, shall present a confirmation of the employer in the state language of the Slovak Republic or confirmation for workers in international transport, the sample of which is included in Annex 3 of the European Commission Communication on the implementation of the Green Lanes,
  • drivers and crews of passenger, air or bus transport who provide the transport of repatriated persons to the territory of the Slovak Republic.

 

Freight drivers, air crew members or other members of the aeronautical staff, crew members on cargo ships, engine drivers, wagon engineers, train crews and rail freight operators entering or leaving the territory of the Slovak Republic for the purpose of transporting, loading and unloading of goods are ordered to use personal protective equipment when loading and unloading the goods, to minimize the direct contact with staff abroad and to have rubber gloves in their vehicles for use as required and disinfectants for regular hand cleaning. For rail transportation workers, the employer shall draw up a certificate clearly demonstrating that the forced crossing of the national border arises from the nature of their work, by which they ensure freight transport. For these persons, during their necessary stay in the territory of the Slovak Republic, outside of the performance of their duties, home isolation is ordered, if possible away from the persons living in a common household with them. Relevant persons working in civil aviation are ordered to comply with the antiepidemic measures specified by the Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic.

 

 

 

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Update 10 September 2020, 18:35