This is a summary of recommendations contained in this Document, which complement the
original eleven recommendations of the CART Report in June 2020 and the three additionalrecommendations presented in the High-Level Cover Document in November 2020.
Member States should plan to put in place the necessary measures to mitigate risks associated with
prolonged regulatory alleviations, and to avoid extending alleviations (both core and extended COVID-19
Contingency Related Differences (CCRDs)) beyond 31 March 2021. States that are in need of alternative
actions to enable service providers and personnel to maintain the validity of their certificates, licenses, and
other approvals during the COVID-19 pandemic should use the Targeted Exemptions (TE) system from
1 April 2021. In addition, States are encouraged to facilitate cross-border access to medical and training
facilities, including flight simulation training devices used for flight crew (national and foreign) and Air
Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) to maintain their certifications, recency of experience, and proficiency.
States considering the formation of a Public Health Corridor (PHC) should actively share information with
each other to implement PHCs in a harmonized manner. To facilitate the implementation, the ICAO
Implementation Package (iPack) on establishing a PHC is available to States, in addition to PHC-specific
tools published on the ICAO website and the App providing a template PHC arrangement between States.
Member States are urged to implement Addenda Nos. 1 and 2 to the Technical Instructions for the Safe
Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (Doc 9284) without delay in order to facilitate the transport of
COVID-19 vaccines and to permit certain dangerous goods to be carried on board aircraft to provide for a
safe, sanitary operating environment for passengers and crew. If any State wishes to be more restrictive,
they are reminded of their obligation to file a State variation to the Technical Instructions.
Member States are encouraged to consider the temporary lifting of restrictions to air cargo operations,
including but not limited to granting extra-bilateral rights, in particular for all-cargo services, to foreign
airlines to facilitate the transportation of essential goods, supplies and COVID-19 vaccines.
Member States should implement testing certificates based on the protocol, minimum dataset and
implementation approaches outlined in the Manual on Testing and Cross-Border Risk Management
Measures (Doc 10152) to facilitate air travel. States are encouraged to request evidence of testing that is
secure, trustworthy, verifiable, convenient to use, compliant with data protection legislation and
internationally/globally interoperable. Existing solutions should be considered and could incorporate a
visible digital seal. This may be applicable to vaccination certificates.
Member States should facilitate access for air crew to vaccination as quickly as possible within the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) Stage IIIrecommendations.
Vaccination should not be a prerequisite for international travel. If and at such time as evidence shows that
vaccinated persons would not transmit the SARS-CoV-2 virus or would present a reduced risk of
transmitting the virus, Member States could consider exempting such persons from testing and/or
quarantine measures, in accordance with a State’s accepted risk threshold, national framework, the
COVID-19 situation and the multilayered risk mitigation framework described in the Take-off: Guidance
for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis.
Member States should ensure that ICAO’s CART guidance is taken into consideration by the wider State
administration in the decision-making processes on national recovery planning.