Could we, can we, arrive in Rome to follow tonight’s European 2021 match at the Ukraine-England Olimpico, violating the quarantine? Yes, the British newspaper The Sun sent their reporters to Italy showing that you could take a flight from London to Nice, then rent a car with the colors ahead of the English team and arrive in Rome. Destination: Colosseum complete with a mascot (the lion). Spoiler: the secret is to take advantage of the 36-hour time window that dispenses with quarantine.
Ukraine-England: English fans arriving by car from France to avoid quarantine
Why didn’t the reporters observe the quarantine? Because they landed in France and not in Italy where there is a mandatory quarantine for those coming from the United Kingdom. Here is a passage from the article published in the Sun.
“We flew from London to Nice on the French Cote d’Azur, then slipped over the border near Monte Carlo, crossing the Italian border at dawn in French rental cars. Then we switched vehicles – red, white and blue Mini Cooper S sports cars in true Italian Job style to whiz from Florence to Rome. The mascot Harry and the Sun team have all been subjected to three controls for Covid with a swab test before the final assault on the Italian capital. And England fans and locals alike were thrilled when the Mini trio completed their mission – with a lap of honor waving the flag of St. George around the Colosseum, ”write the journalists who traveled, they say, 1,100 miles.
In short: negative swabs and entry into Italy without the 5-day self-isolation provided by the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza. The minister’s ordinance also provides for exceptions, that is, conditions under which self-isolation can be skipped for 5 days. It can avoid quarantine whoever transits, with a private vehicle, in the Italian territory for a period not exceeding thirty-six hours, with the obligation, at the end of this period of time, to leave the Italian territory immediately or, failing that, to start the period of surveillance and self-isolation pursuant to art. 51, paragraphs 1 to 5, of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021. British journalists have exploited this point of the ordinance. It is all legal what they did, therefore, as long as they leave Italy at the end of the 36 hours (which can be counted from the entrance to the Italian motorway toll booth). They could also have exploited the exemption provided for those who enter and remain in Italy for a period not exceeding one hundred and twenty hours (5 days) for proven reasons of work, health or emergency. In this case it is a business reason (to sign the article are the head of correspondents Nick Parker, Mike Sullivan and Brandon Malinsky).
The English article has an amused tone and underlines the “epic” nature of the mission, of the London-Rome journey. Reference is made to the lions who fought in the Colosseum at the time of ancient Rome and the parallelism is drawn with the English lions who will fight against the Ukrainians. There is even a photo taken in front of the Colosseum that portrays a man wearing a lion costume (plush type) intent on undergoing a swab to search for Covid. Could it be a protest to say that this was enough to enter Italy and that the quarantine is an excessive measure? The Italian government has moved in the wake of caution and has used a precautionary principle given the surge in new infections (very high) that the Delta variant of the virus is causing in Great Britain. This is the reason why Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also raised doubts about the Uefa 2020 final which will be played in the United Kingdom, at Wembley.
“More than 2,000 British expatriates, made up of retirees, teachers, families will be in the crowd of 16,000 people at the Olimpico,” writes the Sun, which also makes an estimate on the food and beverage front, indeed more beverage. Today in England, they write, 42 million pints of beer will be drunk.
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Check at Fiumicino and Ciampino
Strict checks have been underway at Fiumicino and Ciampino airports since this morning on the five flights arriving from Great Britain to monitor the eventual landing in Rome of English fans. From the checks carried out so far, however, no fans have been reported. Anyone who enters Italy from Great Britain, according to the order of the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza of last June 18 to try to curb the spread of the Delta variant, is in fact obliged to undergo a swab and a five-day quarantine.
What exactly do the restrictions in place for those arriving from Great Britain and Northern Ireland say?
We report the provisions of the Italian Ministry of Health published on the institutional website and updated on 1 July 2021.
Persons who have stayed in or transited through Great Britain or Northern Ireland (including Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and British bases on the island of Cyprus) in the 14 days prior to entering Italy are required to produce a molecular test o negative antigenic in the 48 hours prior to entry into Italy. Children under 6 are exempt from the pre-departure swab test.
It is then necessary to fill in the digital passenger tracking module before entering Italy, self-isolation for 5 days, undergo an additional molecular or antigen test at the end of the 5-day isolation period.
Exemptions from self-isolation and tampon at the end of self-isolation (because British journalists were able to avoid quarantine)
Provided that no Covid symptoms appear and without prejudice to the obligation to fill in the location form, it is stated, specific exemptions and exceptions to mandatory self-isolation are provided for in the cases established by art. 51, paragraph 7, letters a), b), c), f), g), m), n), o) of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021.
These are the cases that can take advantage of the exemption:
- transport personnel,
- transport on-board personnel,
- travel to and from the States and territories listed in List A of Annex 20,
- anyone who enters Italy for a period not exceeding one hundred and twenty hours (5 days) for proven reasons of work, health or emergency, with the obligation, at the end of this period, to leave the Italian territory immediately or, failing that, to start the period of surveillance and self-isolation pursuant to art. 51, paragraphs 1 to 5, of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021,
- anyone who transits, by private vehicle, in the Italian territory for a period not exceeding thirty-six hours, with the obligation, at the end of this period of time, to immediately leave the Italian territory or, failing that, to start the surveillance period and of self-isolation pursuant to art. 51, paragraphs 1 to 5, of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021
- the personnel of companies and entities with registered or secondary offices in Italy for trips abroad for proven business reasons and for trips lasting no more than one hundred and twenty hours (5 days)
- officials and agents, in any capacity, of the European Union or international organizations, diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officers and employees, military personnel, including those returning from international missions, members of the police force, Italian national security personnel and firefighters in the exercise of their functions
- pupils and students to attend school or university in a state other than that in which they live or reside, to which they return daily or at least once a week