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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--either spray the aircraft cabin, with an aerosolized insecticide, while passengers are on board or treat the aircraft's interior surfaces with a residual insecticide (residual method) while passengers are not on board. Panama and American Samoa 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. Listed below are representatives of airlines who are knowledgeable on disinsection requirements. 

Airline Contacts for Information on Disinsection

Airline Contacts for Information on Disinsection

Air Carrier

Contact

Telephone

Email

Alaska Airlines

Mr. Ben Reed206-3927866Ben.Reed@alaskaair.com

American Airlines

Mr. Ryan Correa

817-967-6006

Ryan.Correa@aa.com 

Delta Airlines

Mr. Steve Tochilin

404-715-3303

Steve.Tochilin@delta.com

Hawaiian Airlines
 
Mr. Bruce Schlieman808-835-3338Bruce.Schlieman@hawaiianair.com

JeBlue Airways

Mr. Adam Schless 202-715-2557Adam.Schless@jetblue.com
Spirit AirlinesMs. Kirsten Mitchell
 
954-364-0166Kirsten.Mitchell@spirit.com 

Southwest Airlines

Mr. Adam Walters

214-792-4615

Adam.Walters@wnco.com

 Mr. John Andrus214-792-6201John.Andrus@wnco.com

United Airlines

Mr. John Kloosterman

872-825-8556

John.kloosterman@united.com

The following provides general information about disinsection requirements. 

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

  • Cuba
  • Ecuador (only Galapagos and Interislands)
  • Grenada
  • India
  • Kiribati
  • Madagascar
  • Seychelles
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uruguay
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

Cook Islands

Residual

Fiji

Residual

                    Italy

                   Residual

Jamaica

Residual

New Zealand

Residual

Panama

Spraying

Countries that require disinsection of selected flights:

Country

Flight From

Czech Republic

Areas of contagious diseases

France

Areas of malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever

Indonesia

Infected areas

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.

        Republic of Korea

        Countires affected by Zika 

South Africa

Areas of malaria or yellow fever

Switzerland

Intertropical Africa

United Kingdom

Malarial countries and countries with confirmed transmission of Zika

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: Tuesday, June 7, 2016
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