How are EU-Countries reacting to the spread of COVID-19? (part 5/5)

PORTUGAL

Air traffic with Italy has been suspended, starting at 23.59 on 10 March, for a period of 14 days.  Travellers coming from Italy or other areas of active transmission of the virus may be asked to fill out a form in which to provide contacts, contact details and useful information on the areas visited.

ROMANIA

Flights to and from Italy are suspended. In addition, air operators are obliged to inform Romanian citizens who will board from Italy, China, Iran and South Korea to Romania, with stopover,  that they will be placed in quarantine or self-isolation on the territory of Romania.

Boarding is only allowed to Romanian citizens who will arrive in Romania, with stopover, from Italy, China, Iran and South Korea.

Romanian citizens arriving in the country through land border points, coming from or having travelled to Italy, China, Iran and South Korea, will be placed in quarantine or self-isolation at home, depending on the area of origin. The access of foreign citizens arriving in Romania from Italy, China, Iran, South Korea, regardless of the means of transport used, is allowed only under the condition of compulsory quarantine or self-isolation, The above restrictions also apply to sea and river transport. The decisions listed above are valid until 31 March, with the possibility of extension.

SLOVAKIA

Reinforced controls on all passengers arriving from Italy. Passengers arriving to Slovakia will have to fill in a form, which will allow identification and traceability even after landing in the country. In addition to the obligation to fill in the paper form, the on-board staff will report to the airport authorities passengers with evident symptoms of flu, these passengers may subsequently be admitted to a dedicated health facility for checks.  Air traffic to/from Italy has been suspended.

SLOVENIA

Six check points have been established in the border area of road links with the Italian Republic, at the following border crossing points: Fusine / Rateče, Stupizza / Robič, Sant’Andrea / Vrtojba, Fernetti / Fernetiči, Pese / Krvavi potok, Rabuiese / Škofije. All other road connections between the Republic of Slovenia and the Italian Republic have been closed. Railway passenger transport between the Republic of Slovenia and the Italy has been suspended. Entrance to Slovenia of persons who are not Slovenian citizens or who do not have a permanent or temporary registered residence in the Republic of Slovenia is allowed to those who present a medical certificate, no older than three days, declaring a negative result to the SARS-CoV-2 test (COVID-19). If the traveller does not provide the above proof, he will be allowed to enter the Republic of Slovenia only if his body temperature is below 37.5 degrees Celsius and he does not show clear signs of upper respiratory tract infection (cough, rhinorrhoea, shortness of breath).

SPAIN

Suspension of direct flights from Italy to Spain, from 11 March until 25 March. In fact, flights from Spain to Italy were also suspended due to measures taken by the airlines, which cancelled flights in both directions.

Connections by sea from Barcelona (e.g. Grimaldi Lines, Grandi Navi Veloci) or by land remain active.

SWEDEN

No restrictions by the government even though travel to Italy is not recommended.

UNITED KINGDOM

Recommendation to those entering the UK from Iran, from Italian municipalities subject to restrictive orders, from the “special attention zones” of South Korea or from the Hubei Province, to stay inside their homes, avoiding contact with the outside world, and to contact the National Health System, NHS, number 111, to provide information on their travel history. For those who enter the UK from the rest of Italy, the rest of China, Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao, Thailand, Japan, other areas of South Korea, Myanmar, Cambodia, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia in the 14 days prior to arrival in the UK, in case of developing flu-like symptoms, the local authorities also recommend to stay at home and contact 111 to report their travel history. Finally, for travellers entering the UK, since 19 February, having travelled in Northern Italy (defined by an imaginary line drawn in such a way that it does not include the cities of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), i.e. Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos or Thailand, if no COVID-19-compatible symptoms develop, it is not necessary to remain in isolation or contact 111.

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