Consumer Information

The following information is courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Disclosure on Aircraft Disinsection Requirements

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. American Samoa has 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

Alaska Airlines
Ben Reed
206-392-7866
Ben.Reed@alaskaair.com

American Airlines
Ryan Correa
817-967-6006
Ryan.Correa@aa.com

Delta Airlines
Steve Tochilin
404-715-3303
Steve.Tochilin@delta.com

Hawaiian Airlines
Bruce Schlieman
808-835-3338
Bruce.Schlieman@hawaiianair.com

JetBlue Airways
Adam Schless
202-715-2557
Adam.Schless@jetblue.com

Spirit Airlines
Kirsten Mitchell
954-364-0166
Kirsten.Mitchell@spirit.com

Southwest Airlines
Adam Walters
214-792-4615
adam.walters@wnco.com

John Andrus
214-792-6201
John.Andrus@wnco.com

United Airlines
John Kloosterman
872-825-8556
John.kloosterman@united.com

The following provides general information about disinsection requirements. Note: Policies of other countries are changing. We continue 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

Cook Islands

Residual

Fiji

Residual

Jamaica

Residual

New Zealand

Residual


Countries that require disinsection of selected flights:

Country

Flight From

Czech Republic

Areas of contagious diseases

Egypt

Zika-infested countries

France

Areas of malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever

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-infested 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

Tanzania

Zika-infected countires

Thailand

Areas of yellow fever

United Kingdom

Malarial countries and countries with confirmed transmission of Zika (Voluntary until August 1, 2016)


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.”