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Health information for pilots
Please note information on these pages will be continually updated as the situation progresses.
The COVID-19 pandemic means that we all need to think about what we are doing, how we do it, and how we can keep ourselves and others safe and stop the spread.
Here is some information that addresses some of the key questions we’re being asked.
Flying between states and territories
The advice from government is clear—Australians must avoid all non-essential domestic travel.
States and territories have also applied their own restrictions, including closing their state borders or requiring people to quarantine when moving between areas.
Find out more about restrictions in your state or territory:
- Department of Health advice on travel
- Australian Capital Territory: ACT Government Health
- New South Wales: NSW Government Health
- Northern Territory: Northern Territory Government
- Queensland: Queensland Government Health and Wellbeing
- South Australia: Government of South Australia SA Health
- Tasmania: Tasmanian Government Department of Health
- Victoria: Victorian State Government Health and Human Services
- Western Australia: Government of Western Australia Department of Health
CASA has not placed limitations on airspace and/or valid permissions other than those associated with the current civil aviation regulations.
You may also want to contact any aerodromes you are flying into to see what restrictions they may have in place. These details are in ERSA, available through Airservices Australia.
Our role is to provide regulatory services and surveillance and manage aviation safety risks.
Private, recreational and flight training activities
We request pilots and flight training operators considering private, recreational or flight training activities, review and follow Australian Government advice and restrictions on social distancing and travel.
The Department of Health has a number of useful resources and is the authority in this matter. This includes:
- how to apply social distancing at schools, in the workplace, at home and in public
- comprehensive information for the travel industry
- procedures for using personal protective equipment
- frequently asked questions, including information on using public transport, including taxis and ride-share services which may be useful to consider as a pilot.
Pilots are also reminded be aware of the impact of their flying training with many people working from home and consider ways in which they could lessen the impact. This includes considering operating times, breaking up flight routes, and avoiding unnecessary flying over populated areas.
Medical certification impacts
COVID-19 is dealt with no differently to other types of common, minor, self limited conditions such as seasonal influenza. Find out more about when you need to notify us and impacts on medical certification.
We have put in place various exemptions for a number of CASA authorisations and permissions including for medical certification. Find out more about these exemptions.