Recommendations COVID-19

Our priority is always to transport our customers and crew safely. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, we wish to reiterate that nothing is more important than the health and safety of our passengers and employees. So we are sharing with you all the work carried out in real time on a daily basis as the situation develops.


In addition to the rigorous hygiene and routine cleaning of our aircraft and workplaces, we have implemented additional cleansing and disinfection procedures specifically designed to deal with the COVID-19 coronavirus, using approved biocidal products in line with the guidance issued by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), with the aeronautical safety specifications and from the aircraft manufacturers.

We want you to know that TAP aircraft are equipped with a vertical air recycling system that completely renews the cabin air every 2-3 minutes: that is to say, 20 times every hour. This vertical system operates across sections of 5 seat rows, ensuring all parts of the aircraft receive the same quality of fresh air simultaneously.

The system employs High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters that are identical to those used in operating theaters. These filters successfully remove 99.999% of even the smallest viruses, including those measuring just 0.01 micrometers. The coronavirus family measures between 0.08 and 0.16 micrometers and is therefore extracted by the HEPA filters in every section every 2-3 minutes.


TAP crews receive continuous training in procedures to identify, approach and treat suspected cases of infectious disease on board, including COVID-19, and the necessary equipment and tools are available on all flights.
These procedures are in strict accordance with the best international practices, according to the latest advice issued by the International Air Transportation Association (IATA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the DGS. Staff communications and training has been significantly enhanced as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, as has coordination with the TAP Health Care Units (UCS) and with all those involved in the service to ensure your flight is safe.


Through the UCS, a medical service with more than 30 years’ experience in the field of health and aviation, we have implemented the recommendations issued by the WHO and the European and North American centres for disease control, as well as those issued by the IATA Medical Advisory Group, with which we have had a long relationship.

We are in daily contact with national and local health organisations, with the civil aviation and airport authorities and with our front-line staff: cabin crew, maintenance and engineering, catering, cleaning and other ground services.

We activated our communicable disease contingency plan in January and, since then as an organization, we have been on a permanent state of alert and have operated in accordance with the procedures at all times.

We are able to act appropriately before, during and after the flight.


We want to offer you the flexibility to book and travel with confidence. You can consult the new policies we have implemented as a result of the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 virus outbreak here.

We are constantly updating the information available on Flytap and on all social networks to ensure that you will always have access to the latest information. We have also increased the number of staff able to help you at our Contact Centres.

We want you to know that everyone at TAP is working hard to contain the virus and to ensure that you can travel safely, flexibly and with confidence.

We recommend that you take these small steps, which the World Health Organisation has recognized as being most effective, in our daily lives:
  • Wash your hands regularly;
  • Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow when coughing or sneezing;
  • Avoid contact with other people if you are ill;
  • Avoid contact with people who are ill.