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Travelling to and from abroad: questions and answers (and the flaw in the control system)


It is difficult to identify the true origin of a traveler who made a stopover in Europe

Who, arriving in Italy from abroad, must comply with the quarantine obligation?
All passengers who do not come from the 26 countries of the Schengen area (22 of the EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland), Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Even those who come from the 14 states to which Europe has reopened its borders?
Yes, at least until July 14, from Algeria, Australia, Canada, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay you can enter Italy but with the obligation to quarantine.

What kind of checks are carried out at Italian, air, naval and land borders?
The controls are entrusted to the police who verify the documentation of those arriving at the external borders but not those inside the European Union. Therefore, if a passenger arrives in Italy directly on a flight from a non-Schengen country, he must present a form stating where he intends to spend the period of fiduciary isolation and undergo the required checks. But if it transits from another European country that has not adopted the same Italian restrictions, it is easy to escape any control.

What happens to those who leave from a non-Schengen country but arrive in Italy passing through Europe?
Anyone who arrives in Italy but in the previous 14 days has been or transited from the non-Schengen area must declare to the ASL. The documentation must be delivered to the air carrier upon departure. At the arrivals at the airports there are the police counters to whom to deliver the self-certification form as indicated by the signs.

Where should the quarantine period be spent?
In any address the passenger is in a position to remain isolated from other people. If the indicated domicile is in a Municipality other than that of arrival, it must reach it as soon as possible by private vehicle, internal flight, taxi, rental car.

Is it possible to escape the quarantine obligation? What do you risk?
Failure to comply with the 14 days of fiduciary isolation is punished with criminal penalties, as well as false statements at police checks.

In the 14 countries on the list to which the EU has reopened its borders, can Italians go for tourism?
Yes, Italians can travel for tourism in all the countries of the Schengen area, Great Britain and Northern Ireland and in the 14 non-Schengen countries, but returning from the latter they must remain in quarantine.

And in other still banned countries can you go or come back?
Yes, but only for reasons of work, health, necessity and now also for study.

Source: La Repubblica