No swabs and quarantines on arrival for people fully vaccinated against Covid-19, but also for those who have recovered from the coronavirus for less than six months. For all, the obligation to wear a mask remains. And the distancing of one meter for the duration of the journey – to reach the airport, to move around the terminal, to board the plane, to collect the baggage on the delivery belts upon arrival and to leave the airport – but not on board of aircraft since the Hepa air filters installed greatly reduce the risk of contagion.
The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Ecdc) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (Easa) yesterday updated the guidelines for flying to the continent, suggesting states to take into account the health conditions of those who have completed the vaccination cycle and of those who have been positive for coronavirus and healed for a maximum of 180 days, saving travelers from testing or isolation unless they come from a very high-risk area or in which a variant of concern is circulating.
The new version of the health protocol contains recommendations – for air travel in Europe and from / to third countries – but these are not obligations since health is the exclusive competence of individual states. In the 42 pages that illustrate the guidelines, there are many confirmations of the measures introduced over a year ago, shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic. One of these, moreover disregarded in several airports (including Italians), suggests that only passengers who must show their reservation or boarding pass at the entrance should enter the terminal. Carers must stay outside.
The focus on children
The document reminds not to swab children under the age of 12, in fact the children of those vaccinated. But even in this case the European states are going in no particular order: Greece, for example, requires the test to those who are at least 6 years old, France to those who are at least 11. The guidelines then underline the reliability of rapid swabs. – which take less time and are cheaper -: to date several countries (such as Spain) allow only those who have undergone the molecular test to enter.
Among the curiosities, the protocol advises travelers to reduce the use of individual air conditioning vents – those, to understand, placed above the seats – to contain any dispersion of droplets. Difficult to satisfy especially in hot weeks. According to the latest survey by the European Travel Commission, 72% of Europeans intend to travel between June and September, mainly to Spain, Italy, France, Greece and Portugal.
June 17, 2021 (change June 17, 2021 | 21:43)
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