Travel to Europe, stop swabs and quarantine those who have been vaccinated –

There are not only swabs and on-arrival quarantines for people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, but also for those who have recovered from the coronavirus for less than six months. For everyone, the obligation to wear a mask remains. The distance is 1 meter for the duration of the flight – to get to the airport, move around the terminal, board the plane, collect baggage on delivery belts on arrival and departure from the airport – but not on board because installed Hepa air filters greatly reduce the risk of infection.


The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) yesterday updated their travel advisories to the continent, suggesting that countries take into account the health conditions of those who have completed a course of vaccination and those who tested positive for coronavirus and recovered for 180 days. Maximum, saving travelers from testing or isolation unless they come from a high-risk area or a different type of anxiety.


The new version of the Health Protocol contains recommendations – for air travel in Europe and to/from third countries – but these are not obligations as health is the exclusive jurisdiction of individual states. In the 42 pages that outline the guidelines, there are many assurances of measures that were introduced more than a year ago, soon after the outbreak of the pandemic. Moreover, one of these, moreover, ignored in many airports (including the Italians), indicates that only passengers who must show a reservation card or board the plane at the entrance should enter the terminal. Caregivers must stay abroad.

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Focus on children

The document states not to take a swab for children under 12, in fact children who have been vaccinated. But even then, European countries do not go in any particular order: Greece, for example, requires testing for those who are at least 6 years old, and France for those who are at least 11. Swabs – which take less time and are cheaper -: Until now, many countries (such as Spain) only allow those who have undergone molecular testing to enter.


Among the interesting things, the protocol advises travelers to reduce the use of individual air conditioning vents – those, to wrap, placed above the seats – to contain any dispersal of drips. It is difficult to satiate them, especially in hot weeks. According to the latest survey by the European Travel Commission, 72% of Europeans plan to travel between June and September, primarily to Spain, Italy, France, Greece and Portugal.

Jun 17, 2021 (change on Jun 17, 2021 | 21:43)

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