EU prohibits Belarusian air carriers to land in, take off from or overfly EU territory

The EU Council has reacted by the means ofRegulation 2021/907 to the unlawful forced landing of an intra-EU Ryanair flight in Minsk, Belarus, on 23 May 2021 and the subsequent detention by Belarusian authorities of journalist and opposition blogger Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega.

It shall now be prohibited for any aircraft operated by Belarusian air carriers (meaning any air transport undertaking holding a valid operating licence or equivalent issued by the competent authorities of Belarus), including as a marketing carrier in code-sharing or blocked-space arrangements, to land in, take off from or overfly the EU territory.

This prohibition does not apply in the case of an emergency landing or an emergency overflight.