Rome May 20, Piazza della Rotonda before the Pantheon. When Italy prepares to reopen to Europe … [+] tourists on June 3, restaurants, bars, cafes, hairdressers and other shops have reopened, subject to strict social distance measures. Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces throughout the country. Non-European visitors have not yet been received, but Italian tourism experts believe it can happen as soon as June 15 – if the EU border reopens.
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So the Italian border reopened on June 3 for travel, but only for European tourists at first. International visitors must wait later to package their bags to Italy. That can be soon. “At present the European border remains closed until June 15, but it is very likely that after that it will be possible to arrive in Italy from non-European countries as well,” said Italian tourism sales expert Giulio Gambardella. “Italy hopes that, as soon as the EU borders are reopened.
“Italy’s tourist destinations are already in the reopening phase, starting with local customers. But hotels, restaurants and museums will be ready to welcome tourists for the next few days, “Gambardella said.
So Italy’s border with EU neighbors like Slovenia will reopen in June. And all Europeans … [+] tourist welcome. International travelers who have to wait longer before packing their bags for La Dolce Vita land. Some tourism experts feel that could happen in mid-June, if the EU border is reopened. Spain welcomes all tourists in July, and Italy will also do it.
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The lack of clarity about reopening the border makes it impossible for those who want to plan an immediate trip. Freda Weitzer is a 37-year-old physiotherapist from the San Francisco Bay Area. He had visited Italy and studied Italian since he was a teenager, and was “really angry for his country and language.”
Weitzer wants to reunite with his Italian partners as soon as possible. “Coming June 15 ideally”. On one side of the Atlantic or the other. “One of the hardest parts of this is good here from the U.S. government. and in Italy (for Italians, especially foreigners), regulations are announced when they are applied. So we didn’t know much about anything before, “he said.
“Likewise trying to find out what quarantine will apply and how the government will enforce it … There is no information about when things will change and what the rules will be at that time.”
Maybe answering some of the questions will help clarify, if possible, the situation for others.
“Italy Reopens Border June 3 With So Many Boundaries”
An employee wearing a “Smart-Helmet” filters passenger temperatures for COVID-19, on boarding … [+] the gate of Rome’s Fiumicino airport in Italy. Italian tourism experts believe Italy may be open to all international tourists on June 15 if the EU border reopens. Those from high-risk Covid-19 countries may have to wait longer – or undergo more stringent screening.
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This is the main news from Corriera della Sera. “The Italian border will be reopened for all Schengen residents without exception, without quarantine, and without self-certification.” So there you have it: No quarantine in Italy from June 3, no negative corona tests needed.
Hitch? Non-EU visitors must wait until Europe’s external borders are reopened, after stopping for 3 months on most foreign arrivals.
When Italy is open to international tourists, will it screen people from high-risk countries like the US? Giulio Gambardella suggested: “A lot of things will not only depend on epidemic trends in Italy, but especially in the countries of origin.” Those who come from places with high Covid-19 infection rates may have to wait longer – or undergo more stringent screening.
Spain has not shown such intentions when opening its borders to all foreigners in July. Earlier in May, Italy said no to European visitors “before July or August”. That’s very tightened. So the arrival date for international tourists might also be, because Italy is trying to save the summer holiday season. “This varies greatly at this time,” Gambardella said, “because all decisions will be taken to look at the data, and this can change from one week to the next.”
Once Weitzer lands in Italy, he can expect to meet officials in a usable thermal scanner. Rome’s Fiumicino Airport is the first in Europe to adopt a “smart helmet” to filter the temperature of incoming passengers.
And returning from Italy to the US?
Masks are now mandatory for all travelers to Los Angeles International Airport. LAX is one of … [+] a funnel airport that Americans have to go from Europe to the US, but no Europeans can visit because of unlimited travel restrictions.
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There are 13 “channel airports” in the US where Americans returning from Europe (including the US) must land. Theoretically facing screening is improved upon arrival. Even though many passengers say not yet. If the rules still exist, Weitzer can land again on SFO, which is between them. Others are JFK New York, Chicago O’Hare, LA’s LAX, and international airports in Atlanta, Washington, Newark, Dallas, Texas, Boston, Massachusetts, Miami and Hawaii.
He will not face quarantine in the U.S. Nobody ever did it. Although people are strongly advised to “stay home and monitor their health for 14 days.”
Next to scenario B: What if instead Weitzer partners come to the US from Italy? These are things to consider:
US Travel Restrictions on European Arrivals Continue indefinitely
On the same day when the Italian border reopened for European tourists, freedom of travel returned to Italy. They can enter and exit the country as they wish. But only for countries that are open to them. US. not.
There is still no end in sight from the US travel ban. As noted by the Italian Embassy in Washington, that means a block “until further notice” to travelers who in the previous two weeks had been in 26 European countries “including Italy”.
Interestingly, the idea is to prevent travelers coming to the US from Covid-19 hot spots. Italy at that time. But now it’s America.
When will the rules change for the benefit of transatlantic lovers? And other Europeans who hope to visit America? Unfortunately I don’t have a crystal ball. It is likely that Weitzer will visit Italy first. Meanwhile he was caught between a rock and a difficult place: the US and Italy.
What Airline does the US-Italy Route Take?
Health warning over Delta. This airline is one airline that is slowly continuing several flights to … [+] Europe in June. If the Italian border is reopened for international tourists, flying with Delta via Frankfurt to Rome or Milan is an option. Other flights from U.S. airports to various European destinations will be available starting in June with Lufthansa. When the European border reopens, and demand increases, so does flight supply.
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FlightRadar24 still shows little action in the Italian sky or around major airports in Milan and Rome. That will change because many airlines are reconnecting countries and continents on time for the European summer. Only passengers with “important” travel reasons can fly until the EU border is reopened.
Alitalia has announced it will continue direct flights from New York JFK to Rome – Fiumicino starting June 2. Lufthansa seems a good possibility for a US-European trip in mid-June. It flies to Rome and Milan via Frankfurt. Delta also flies to Rome (in code sharing), with stops in Atlanta and Frankfurt. United Airlines flew New York-Milan from 3 June.
British Airways could be the right choice for nonstop flights from San Fran to London, then to Rome. Likewise for many European trips from several U.S. airports, due to increased flights in June. BA hasn’t flown Rome’s feet yet, but it will soon. Transit passengers are exempt from UK quarantine actions.
From elsewhere in the world, Qatar will resume Rome flights at the end of June. Emirates to Milan starting on June 4. Rates are generally exorbitant for the beginning of the month, but are easier in the second half. Maybe when the borders are loosened and competition is getting tougher.
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