Covid and airports, the babel of the rules – La Stampa

Already there is talk of reopening and restarts, but this week, in fear of Covid, the United Kingdom has imposed quarantine on those who land at its airports from abroad, albeit with exemptions, and this only increases the babel of measures anti-coronaviruses adopted worldwide. We report a partial list, which we have compiled with Antonio Bordoni, professor of airline management at Luiss in Rome. The thing that catches the eye, the analyst underlines, is that “there is no standard, a common scheme, neither European nor of the IATA (the world airline association) nor of the ICAO (the UN body for civil aviation) “. The case series is broken down into micro-provisions: we point out the bizarre example of Denmark, which as a legitimate exception to the landing ban is careful to indicate if you have a car parked at Copenhagen airport. More generally, the philosophies of approach are different, so different from each other that they are difficult to schematize in a table: there are those who emphasize the ban on access, general or distinct by passport, there are those who look at the country instead visited in the last 14 days regardless of passport, who imposes quarantine and who does not, who foresees the stop of the quarantine if a swab is made, and who simply forces the pilots to report suspected cases on board. Furthermore, the rules are continuously changed by each individual national authority.

In Austria all those arriving by plane from abroad, “unless their immediate departure is organized” (says the law in a sibylline way) must make 14 days of self-controlled quarantine if they have accommodation, otherwise they are confined authority. They can avoid it if they show the negative result of a Covid test no older than 4 days, or if they do the test during the quarantine and it turns out that they don’t have the virus.

In Belgium, before landing, the crew must report Covid’s suspected cases so that specialized medical personnel can intervene for checks during the boarding phase.

In Denmark, no one can get off an airplane from abroad unless it is a Danish citizen who returns home, or even a non-Danish but who arrives for very serious and documented reasons, such as a funeral; boarding is always allowed to take a connecting flight, without leaving the airport. As mentioned above, whoever, even a foreigner, has a car parked at Copenhagen airport is allowed to get off.

Only French or EU citizens and those with permanent residence permits can enter France; traffic in transit is allowed, without leaving the international airport area.

In Germany, access to foreigners is temporarily prohibited if they do not have serious reasons to enter the country; some loosening has been introduced since yesterday.

In Greece, all those who enter, regardless of nationality, must make 14 days of quarantine, with the exception of passengers in transit.

In Ireland, all those arriving from abroad must self-isolate for 14 days.

In Italy so far there is a similar rule. But in the latest decree the reopening of the entrances from the countries of the Schengen Treaty without quarantine has been announced.

The entry into the United States is temporarily prohibited for travelers who have been in the Schengen Area (including Italy) or in the United Kingdom, Ireland, China and Iran in the 14 days prior to arrival in the United States. The provision does not apply to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

In Japan, a list of countries has been drawn up, which gradually becomes longer (at the moment there are a hundred, and Italy is included) from which arrival is temporarily prohibited.