FCO updates Italy travel advice as coronavirus crisis drags on
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice page following the news that the country’s coronavirus death toll has surpassed China. The current death toll is now more than 3,405.
“Alitalia continues to operate flights on a reduced basis. Passengers on Alitalia flights are required to wear their own face masks onboard where the one-meter distance rule cannot be guaranteed.
“Alitalia reserves the right to deny boarding if passengers do not have a face mask.”
Passengers due to fly with Alitalia are advised to keep checking the airline’s website for information on what to do before their flights.
The FCO continues: “Other airlines have indicated that they will assist British tourists in Italy who have booked travel with them to return to the UK, which may require travel via other countries.
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“Travellers should, therefore, contact their airlines as soon as possible.”
On March 11 the Italian government put in place stringent measures to keep people within their homes in a desperate bid to try and slow the spread of the virus.
All shops are closed apart from pharmacies and shops selling food and other basic necessities.
Essential public services, transport, utilities, banks, and postal services will remain active.
All public gatherings, including religious ceremonies, funerals, and sporting events remain suspended.
Restaurants, bars, museums, cultural institutions, childcare facilities, schools, and universities are closed, as are ski resorts.
For Britons who are currently in the country, the FCO advises: “We recommend that British nationals who wish to leave Italy contact their travel operator to make arrangements to do so as soon as possible.
“Review our travel advice for France if you are intending to leave by land at the French border – you may be required to carry an “attestation” for your journey.”
Italian residents, including British nationals residing in the country, must stay at home.
In draconian measures, the government is forcing anyone wanting to leave their home to carry a self-declaration form stating their reasons for travel.
Additionally, the FCO recommends: “Carrying proof of residence when transiting through airports or other transport hubs.”
Tourism throughout the country is on hold, and tourists already on holiday should try and get home if possible.
Those arriving in Italy from abroad are obliged to self-isolate for 14-days even if they have no symptoms.
They are also being told to report to health authorities as soon as possible.
The illness was first detected in Italy in January.
Since then more than 41,000 people have been diagnosed. At the time of writing, just 4,440 have recovered.
Published at Fri, 20 Mar 2020 11:10:00 +0000