Private Jet With U.S. Tourists Rejected At Italy’s Border
WUSA9 reports that Italian officials denied entry to five American passengers on a private jet that flew into the island of Sardinia.
- The private jet left from Colorado, and it arrived at Cagliari Elmas Airport in Sardinia on the morning of July 1. Five of the passengers were American. The six others were from Italy, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
- That week, the European Union had opened its borders to fourteen nations. The United States, which is experiencing a record-breaking surge of COVID-19 cases, is not among those nations.
- Christian Solinas, Sardinia’s governor, attempted to allow the Americans to enter by subjecting them to a quarantine. However, the Italian government’s “restrictive interpretation” of the travel rules made dong so impossible.
The singular restrictive interpretation of the rules by the Government, contrary to our ability to guarantee health security, in this case has again inflicted serious damage on the international tourism credibility of our island, and our sense of hospitality.
- After spending fourteen hours at the airport, the group ultimately all flew to the United Kingdom, which allows American tourists to enter with a fourteen-day self-quarantine.
- The European Union’s list of nations from which tourists may enter the Union includes the following: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
- As of July 6, Johns Hopkins University reports that the United States has over 2.8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 130,000 related deaths. It reported 49,000 new cases on July 5. Italy has weathered over 240,000 COVID-19 cases with 34,000 deaths. It reported 192 new cases on July 5.