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5 Americans who flew by private jet to Italy were reportedly denied entry due to the EU ban on visitors from countries with high coronavirus infection rates

Jul 04, 2020
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The jet flew to Sardinia’s Cagliari Elmas airport on Wednesday.
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  • Five Americans who attempted to enter Italy after flying on a private jet to the island of Sardinia were rejected because of the EU’s coronavirus restrictions.

  • The EU has opened its borders to some countries, but the US has been excluded due to its high coronavirus rates.

  • The travellers eventually flew out of the airport 14 hours after they first landed, CNN reported.

  • But local officials seemed to regret the rule’s implications, claiming it could make the region look bad.

  • Italy was once the worst-hit country but appears to have controlled its outbreak, while the US is still dealing with virus peaks. 

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Five Americans were denied entry to Italy after flying from Colorado due to the European Union’s ban on American visitors due to the US’s high volume of coronavirus cases.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Americans attempted to land in Cagliari Elmas airport on the island of Sardinia on Wednesday, CNN reported. A police spokesperson said they had to leave and did so 14 hours after landing, according to CNN.” data-reactid=”26″>The Americans attempted to land in Cagliari Elmas airport on the island of Sardinia on Wednesday, CNN reported. A police spokesperson said they had to leave and did so 14 hours after landing, according to CNN.

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But while applying the EU law, regional officials appeared to regret the effect for Americans. Flight durations from Colorado to Italy start at approximately 15 hours.

Gianni Cessa, the tourism head for the Sardinia region, said that he went to the airport “out of a sense of solidarity” with them.

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Sardinia tourism head Gianni Chessa met with the travellers out of “solidarity.”

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content=""Rules must be respected, but there needs to be some common sense," he said, The Associated Press reported.” data-reactid=”46″>”Rules must be respected, but there needs to be some common sense,” he said, The Associated Press reported.

And Christian Salinas, Sardinia’s governor, said that such stories that come have “inflicted grave damage to the international touristic credibility of our island and our sense of hospitality,” according to Italian media reports translated by the AP.

Salinas had previously argued in favor of testing visitors to the island, which relies heavily on tourism, instead of banning them.

The travellers flew on towards Birmingham, England, CNN reported.

But passengers from the US still have to quarantine for two weeks in the UK, which has left the EU, and it is not clear if the travellers disembarked from their plane there, according to CNN.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Local newspaper L’Unione Sarda reported that the group also included visitors from the UK, Italy, and New Zealand who would have been allowed entry, but decided not to in "solidarity" with their American companions. Eleven people were on board in total, CNN reported.” data-reactid=”51″>Local newspaper L’Unione Sarda reported that the group also included visitors from the UK, Italy, and New Zealand who would have been allowed entry, but decided not to in “solidarity” with their American companions. Eleven people were on board in total, CNN reported.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The EU opened up to international travellers from 15 select countries outside of the bloc on Wednesday, but the US was excluded.” data-reactid=”52″>The EU opened up to international travellers from 15 select countries outside of the bloc on Wednesday, but the US was excluded.

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Michele Columbu

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Three EU diplomats told&nbsp;NBC News on Thursday that US coronavirus cases were too high to even be considered for that list with one saying: "The US was never going to make it. Just look at their coronavirus situation."” data-reactid=”65″>Three EU diplomats told NBC News on Thursday that US coronavirus cases were too high to even be considered for that list with one saying: “The US was never going to make it. Just look at their coronavirus situation.”

Italy was once the world’s worst-hit country, dealing a devastating outbreak before the virus had taken hold in many other countries, overwhelming the health service forcing doctors to make decisions over whose lives to save.

The country has seen more than 241,000 and more than 34,000, and was forced to implement the first a strict lockdown in the West to try and stop the virus is spreading.

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A worker sanitizes the Piazza dei Miracoli near to the Tower of Pisa in Pisa, Italy, on March 17 2020.

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But now, like most of Europe, its outbreak has been mostly brought under control, with those restrictions now eased. Its new daily cases are now around 200, compared to more than 5,000 cases a day in March. Deaths are around 20, down from more than 700 a day in March.

In comparison, the US has seen more than 2.7 million cases and more than 129,000 deaths, and many states and regions are currently experiencing their peaks for both cases and deaths.

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