Are other countries accepting Basic Med for flights through their airspace, for example the European Union?


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(I've made this a community wiki answer so that others can add new information if/when things change.)

These countries allow US pilots to fly with BasicMed:

  • $\begingroup$ I marked this as the answer but would you please share where or how you found this? $\endgroup$
    – jwzumwalt
    Commented May 29, 2018 at 6:32
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    $\begingroup$ @jwzumwalt It was in an AOPA email I got some time ago, and there's a bit of discussion on it in their forums too. AOPA's trying to persuade Canada and Mexico too, but it isn't easy. BasicMed isn't ICAO-compliant so each country has to decide individually to accept it or not, and most of them don't see it as a priority. They also don't want to allow foreigners to fly in their airspace with a 'lesser' medical than their own citizens require. And in the case of Canada, the US doesn't accept their class 4 medical here, so why should they accept BasicMed there? Politics, in other words :-) $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Commented May 29, 2018 at 18:29

According to AOPA:

The following countries authorize BasicMed privileges:

  • United States
  • Mexico
  • The Bahamas
  • The Dominican Republic
  • Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • American Samoa
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Guam
  • Marshall Islands
  • Palau.

[Edited to abbreviate country names and put it in list format.]

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    $\begingroup$ Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam are all part of the US. $\endgroup$
    – JScarry
    Commented May 22, 2023 at 21:56
  • $\begingroup$ Indeed they are. I guess AOPA mentioned them in case there was any doubt as to the legality in U.S. territories. $\endgroup$
    – Zaz
    Commented May 23, 2023 at 2:43

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