Chad has suspended all international and domestic passenger flights for a renewable period of one week from midnight on January 4, 2021, according to a decree issued by Sebgue Nandeh, Minister of Civil Aviation and National Meteorology.

The measure is aimed at containing a rise in COVID-19 cases in N'Djamena, the Chadian capital. Cargo flights will not be affected, according to a notice by the civil aviation authority of Chad (Autorité de l'Aviation Civile du Tchad - ADAC), which is responsible for enforcing the order.

According to the ch-aviation schedules module, at least seven airlines are affected by the ban including Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa), which serves N'Djamena from Addis Ababa and Douala, while Tchadia Airlines (CDO, N'Djamena) connects N'Djamena with Abéché, Moundou, Sarh, and Faya-Largeau. Sky Mali (ML, Bamako) serves the Chadian capital from Bamako, Jeddah, and Niamey. Air France (AF, Paris CDG) operates to N'Djamena from Paris CDG and Bangui. The capital is also served by EgyptAir (MS, Cairo Int'l) from Cairo Int'l; ASKY Airlines (KP, Lomé) from Cotonou, Douala, and Lomé; Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul New) from Istanbul New and Kinshasa N'Djili; as well as by Tarco Aviation (3T, Khartoum) from Khartoum.

By January 4, Chad had recorded 2,213 COVID-19 cases (plus 44); of which 1,172 (plus 10) had recovered; and 104 deaths.