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Zika Virus Update: Italy Cabin Disinsection Requirements

March 22, 2016 | bevel wise

Zika virus update

With the rapid spread of the Zika Virus continuing unabated, the entire aviation community is now being asked to do its part to help put an end to the disease’s spread, and while many countries far removed from the epicenter of the illness’ host(s) remain rather passive about their containment efforts, several EU countries in particular are stepping up their requirements for aircraft owner and operators in a big way – the most stringent of which coming from Italy.
So what is required and how are your operations into, around or out of Italy impacted? To help clear the air we’ve created a quick cheat sheet below:

 

Overview The Italian Government is now requiring that ALL aircraft arriving from Brazil, France, Polynesia, USA and El Salvador be treated with an ICAO certified disinsection product. In addition, the application must be accomplished by a certified party who must then provide a notarized “Certificate of Residual Disinsection” with a signature from not only an “airport physician” but an airport staff member as well.

When is it required?

Immediately upon any international arrival into Italy.
Who offers the application? At this time (and to our knowledge), there is no certified applicator for the disinsection product. There are several companies in the UK that provide a similar type of service; however, to our knowledge, these services DO NOT meet the requirements laid forth by Italy. As such, we are encouraging all operators to accomplish the disinsection on arrival into Italy to ensure compliance.

The good news is that several Italian airports offer the service on arrival. These airports include (but may not be limited to): LIRA, LIMC, LIML, LIPX, LIPZ, LIBR, LIPH AND LIRN.

If you choose to accomplish the service on arrival, it is requested that you notify your arriving station of the need at least 48-hours in advance. Your ground handler can accomplish this task.

How is the application accomplished? Approximately 2.5 hours total.

The disinsection spray takes approximately 15-20 minutes depending upon your cabin’s size. Following the application of the spray, the cabin door must be closed for one hour. Lastly, an additional one hour is required to air out the aircraft (this can be accomplished via leaving the door open or simply running the aircraft’s APU and cabin environmental controls).

Certification A receipt of disinsection will be issued after the process is complete. This will authorize travel to all Italian airports until actual certificate is issued. Certificate will be issued within 2-3 business days and sent to the handler to be forwarded to the crew. Certificate is valid for 8 weeks.
Cost Costs vary by airport however averages have been as follows:

Disincection Service: ~150€ | Certificate: ~107€

Crew Responsibilities Crew members must remain at the FBO until the entire service has been completed. In addition, crew members will be responsible for collecting the aircraft’s certificate following the service and verify its correct completion.

Note: PAX may leave the aircraft and continue their planned itinerary during this process. They will not be required to return for any additional paperwork items.

Note: We would like to extend a very special thank you to our friends at International Trip Planning Services (ITPS) for helping us to compile this information and allow us to share with you all. While we will make every attempt to keep this information up-to-date, it should not be considered as 100% reliable and as such, we encourage you to reach out to providers such as ITPS to ensure you’re operations into Italy (or wherever else) are handled correctly. Any questions about ITPS and or their services should be directed to them for proper handling.