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  1. Anonymous

    I’m flying to Italy on United in June the plane is totally full why doesn’t the FAA or other officials in the government obligate time to practice social distancing

  2. rickyw

    Hi Francolino – safe travels.

    Ben discussed this at length yesterday in one of his posts:


    Also, are you sure your flight is still operating?


  3. Donna

    Two days ago the Italian Government announced the borders will be closed to tourism through the end of 2020. Anyone entering by air or rail will be forced to quarantine. Surprised your flight is still scheduled.

  4. OCTinPHL

    [QUOTE=”Gia, post: 69588, member: 1566″]Two days ago the Italian Government announced the borders will be closed to tourism through the end of 2020. Anyone entering by air or rail will be forced to quarantine. Surprised your flight is still scheduled.[/QUOTE]

    Gia, do you know if that applies to business? (Sorry, I didn’t see that particular bit of news.) If I were to visit business colleagues in Rome (they may not want visitors!) would I be allowed in the country? I guess if so, it would be subject to a 14-day quarantine?

  5. Donna

    [USER=4556]@OCTinPHL[/USER] – I heard it through my Italian Security Company on the 25th, however, just within the last few hours, the Italian Minister of Culture and Tourism, Dario Franceschini has walked it back saying it has not been extended through year end. Sorry for the “fake news.”

  6. OCTinPHL

    No worries! I don’t think anyone (well, any of us not on television!) should be blamed when info we post turns out to be incorrect.

    My friends in Rome are supposed to visit TX for a conference in Nov., but that may not go off. I told them I would try to visit this summer, especially if I can get an anti-body test (I am 75% certain I had Covid-19 on my last business trip to NYC / LA / SF / NYC / DC in the last week of February. Had a 4-day fever and the chills and didn’t leave bed when I got home) to confirm that I am not a carrier.

  7. Donna

    The border restrictions currently in place for entry by boat, road, rail or plane require a 14 day quarantine for Italian Nationals. All others will be questioned as to their reason for entering, to give an address for a 14 day self-quarantine, disclose the method of travel to the self-quarantine location and provide a phone number. Even with the easing of local restrictions next week, it’s still pretty much locked down, hopefully that will lift sooner rather than later.
    I tested positive for the virus after returning from Italy in late February. I was only tested because I had traveled from the hot zone, Milan. I was one of the lucky ones with no symptoms and served out my quarantine at home. I’ve been reading that the “antibody passport” proposals are not going to happen. Apparently, there’s no current evidence that antibodies are protective against acquiring the virus a second time. Everything is quite literally “up in the air” for international travel at this time.

  8. OCTinPHL

    If I went I would probably go to Slovenia first to see family, and quarantine at a hotel in Ljubljana for 2 weeks. But who knows how the Italians would feel about someone quarantining in an adjoining country, even if it is an EU member.

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