I am British (I also have a Irish passport), I live in Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean (NOT the Dominican Republic) - have an FAA PPL and fly an Archer out of Canefield - this is a small place and I use my airplane like a car to get around the islands.
Now here's the thing, this is no FAA Flight Medical Examiner here or on the neigbouring islands - most of which have in any case closed their borders.
I had booked to go up to the US in two weeks time - yup, US closed to me (technically, I have not been to Europe since last August, but good luck to explaining that to the armed high school drop out that greets you on arrival!!)
The plan was to get my medical renewed (my last Class 3 was 9th April 2018) and also get my flight review (last one May 2018) - after that a couple of days at Sun n Fun and then back home sorted out for the next couple of years.
Seems I will not be able to get to the US (doubt if I'll be getting my flight costs, car hire costs, insurance and hotels refunded).
It is a very unusual situation - does anyone have any idea if during the virus outbreak whether the FAA are maybe going to allow any "wiggle room" on the medicals and flight reviews?
Thinking this could be relevant to those in the US very soon if doctors are taken away from these things to help with the virus and or if non-essential visits to medical doctors are restricted.
Being outside the US BasicMed does not offer me a way out besides which if one doesn't have a US drivers licence one cannot access it anyway.
Suspending enforcement action on expired medical certificates is not the same thing as extending the expiration date. Many aviation insurance policies are written that state that the pilot must have a valid medical certificate for the policy to be in force. Check with your insurance agent before flying with an expired medical to make sure your aircraft is still covered.
AOPA has expanded guidance on this issue here: