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Aircraft Disinsection Requirements

Overview

Disinsection is permitted under international law in order to protect public health, agriculture and the environment. The World Health Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization stipulate two approaches for aircraft disinsection– (1) spray the aircraft cabin with an aerosolized insecticide while passengers are on board or (2) or spray or treat the aircraft's interior surfaces with a residual insecticide (residual method) while passengers are not on board. US territories American Samoa and Guam have adopted a third method, in which aircraft are sprayed with an aerosolized insecticide while passengers are not on board.

Although the Report of the Informal Consultation on Aircraft Disinsection sponsored by the World Health Organization (November 6-10, 1995) concluded that aircraft disinsection, if performed appropriately, would not present a risk to human health, the report also noted that some individuals may experience transient discomfort following aircraft disinsection by aerosol application.

Under the Chicago Convention, which governs international civil aviation, a country could impose a disinsection requirement should they perceive a threat to their public health, agriculture or environment. Accordingly, travelers are advised to check with their travel agent or airline reservations agent when booking flights or if they have questions about their final destination’s policy. 

The following provides general information about disinsection requirements. Note:  Policies may be changing.  DOT continues to work to ensure that this list is accurate and up to date. 

Countries requiring the disinsection of all in-bound flights with an aerosolized spray while passengers are on board: 

  • Ecuador (only Galapagos and Interislands)
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Kiribati
  • Madagascar
  • Panama
  • Seychelles
  • Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uruguay
  • Zimbabwe
Countries requiring the disinsection of all in-bound flights but allowing, as an alternative to the above approach, either (a) the residual method or (b) the application of an aerosolized spray while passengers are not on board.

Country

Method

Australia

Residual

Barbados

Residual

ChileResidual

Cook Islands

Residual

Fiji

Residual

Jamaica

Residual

New Zealand

Residual

Countries that require disinsection of selected flights:

Country

Flight From/On

Czech Republic

Areas of contagious diseases

Egypt 

Zika-infected countries

France

Areas of malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever

Hong KongAll incoming aircraft from Zika-affected countries designated as WHO Category 1 or Category 2

Indonesia

Infected areas

Italy

All aircraft coming from areas affected by Zika virus transmission and areas where the Aedes aegypti carrier is present

Mauritius

Generally, flights coming from African continent, Asia and sub regions, the Middle East and islands of the Indian Ocean, and flights coming from any other country where mosquito borne diseases are prevalent.

Macau 

Flights from major infectious disease/Zika-infected countries 

Palau

Non-US carriers from Korea, Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand
Peru

Some in-country flights

        Republic of Korea

30 countries, not including the United States 

South Africa

Areas of malaria or yellow fever

Switzerland

Intertropical Africa

Taiwan

Incoming flights from areas with arbovirus vectors Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus

Thailand

Areas of yellow fever

United Kingdom

Malarial countries and countries with confirmed transmission of Zika (Voluntary)

Information on Carrying Mosquito Repellants

For travelers who wish to carry insect repellents with them, the Federal Aviation Administration’s website for airline passengers and crew on hazardous materials (http://www.faa.gov/Go/PackSafe) includes detailed information on the rules and exceptions for “Mosquito repellent, insect repellent.”

Updated: Friday, April 28, 2017
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