Effective from 10th March 2020 the whole of Italy has been put on lockdown as a measure to try to stop the spread of Coronavirus.
This new government decree overrides the previous one passed over the past weekend, which only affected northern and some central areas.
Please find below measures in place :
- As previously advised all museums and archaeological sites across Italy are to remain closed until 3rd April 2020.
- All public gatherings (indoor and outdoor) and sports events (including football matches) have been stopped.
- Schools and universities are closed until 3 April.
- People should not move around apart from for work and emergencies.
- Bars and restaurants are only allowed to open between 6am to 6pm, but they also have to guarantee customers are at least one metre apart.
- Shops can remain open if they are able to guarantee the one-metre safety distance for customers. Food stores are allowed to remain open at all hours.
All non-essential travel to/from and within Italy is banned.
The Government Information Bureau of the Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR) has informed that with effect from 10th March 2020, individuals, who have travelled to Germany, France, Spain or Japan 14 days prior to their entry into Macao must, at the discretion of the health authorities, undergo medical observation for 14 days at a designated venue.
The same directive has been in place for individuals returning from Italy and Iran since 29th February 2020.
As part of the measures to stop the rapid spread of Coronavirus in Italy, Lombardy and 14 provinces in Italy have been designated as new “red zones”.
The unprecedented decree applies to approximately Lombardy (Milan included) and the provinces of Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro, Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Vercelli, Padua, Treviso and Venice.
People are not allowed to leave and/or enter the new red zones except for exceptional circumstances until at least 3 April.
In accordance with the Prime Ministerial Decree of the 8th March 2020 all museums and places of culture are to remain closed throughout Italy from 8th March until 3rd April.
Please check here for more details on travel restrictions in Europe.
Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Tourism announced that passengers who intend to fly to Cyprus, from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Singapore and Italy (regions of Lombardy, Venice, Emilia Romagna and Piedmont), will be advised, upon arrival to the island, to remain in isolation for 14 days.
Please check here for more details on travel restrictions in Europe.
Last updates on the situation in Europe:
- Louvre Museum in Paris is now open again
- Italy has officially cancelled all congresses and events (including Vinitaly, Biennale in Venice and Milan Furniture Fair which have been postponed to a later date in 2020)
- As of 4 March 2020 more than 3,300 cases have been reported in the EU/EEA, the UK, Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland
- No new travel restrictions have been introduced in the last 24 hours
TCA is closely monitoring the situation and will post regular updates.
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The situation in Europe is changing constantly and more countries are introducing controls at airports/ports and safety measures to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus.
Please find below the latest updates about the measures adopted in each country:
- The situation is being closely monitored by the authorities, but there is not any specific measure in place at the moment. Austria Government has issued a travel warning for the 11 towns in Northern Italy currently in lockdown (Bertonico, Casalpusterlengo, Castelgerundo, Castiglione D’Adda, Codogno, Fombio, Maleo, San Fiorano, Somaglia, Terranova dei Passerini,Vo Euganeo), but no travel restrictions so far.
- All flights to Milan are cancelled
- Sofia Airport implemented screening measures for travellers arriving from Italy
- The capital of Croatia, Zagreb, has 2 confirmed cases of the infection and the European Capital of Culture, Rijeka, has one. Because of that, people who have been in the areas affected by the epidemic of the disease in the past 14 days will be screened at border crossings.
- Croatia has introduced health checks for people coming from the Veneto and Lombardy regions in Italy in an effort to prevent the coronavirus, and measures for people arriving from China or South Korea are still in force
- That means the Croatian citizens returning from those regions will be questioned by border police, epidemiologists and border health inspectors. If they are determined to be healthy, they will be issued with a certificate but will have to be in contact with epidemiologists for the next 14 days.
- Anyone with any symptoms will be immediately transferred to a hospital and samples will be sent to Zagreb’s Infectious Diseases Hospital.
- The Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs has published a notice stating that considering the outbreak of Coronavirus, it advises citizens to avoid travelling to Italy unless absolutely necessary, and not to travel at all to the Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Piedmont and Lazio regions.
- Prague airport has designated separate gates for all passengers arriving from Italy. Airport employees have been directed to closely monitor passengers arriving from Italy and report any signs of respiratory disease to airport security. Frequent disinfection of arrival gates, buses and other areas handling passengers from Italy are also planned.
IMPORTANT! The Louvre is closed until further notice as the museum staff have voted to not work due to the spreading of the virus in the country
- CDG have set up medical support service since January 26. This service concerns flights from China, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea with medical personnel mobilized every day to provide appropriate advice and distribute masks.
- France has issued the following list of recommended actions to be followed for 14 days by anyone arriving from China (including Hong Kong and Macao), South Korea, Singapore, Iran and Italy:
- Monitor your temperature twice a day
- Watch for symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, difficulty breathing)
- Wear a surgical mask when you are in front of another person and when you have to go out
- Wash your hands regularly or use a sanitiser gel
- Avoid any contact with vulnerable people (pregnant women, those with ongoing health problems, elderly people
- Avoid frequenting places where vulnerable people are present (hospitals, maternity wards, old people’s homes)
- Avoid all non-essential outings (large gatherings, restaurants, cinema)
- By order of the Federal Ministry of Health, travellers from all of China (including the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao) have been required to fill in landing cards giving information on their flight and stating where they will be staying for the 30 days following landing, as well as where they stayed in China, people they were in contact with and their current health status.
- Airlines will distribute the landing cards and transmit the completed cards to the public health offices for safekeeping.
- Airlines are also required to distribute a multilingual information brochure on board flights. With these orders, the Federal Ministry of Health is complying with the recommendations of the EU Council of Health Ministers.
- For flights out of China, booking data must be kept for a period of 30 days, especially with respect to data that allows travellers and their assigned seats to be identified.
- The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) have stated they are well prepared for a coronavirus outbreak in the Netherlands.
- The Government has issued a travel warning for citizens travelling to Northern Italy and prohibited all travels to the 11 towns in lockdown (They have just confirmed the first case in Netherland, the situation may change in the next hours)
- No extra measures or restrictions at Schiphol Airport
- Although there are no cases in Hungary, an increase in checkpoints have been introduced at both Budapest and Debrecen airports, and some of the border crossings are also equipped with non-contact body thermometers, mainly for Chinese citizens traveling in groups.
- Budapest Airport has been screening all passengers arriving directly from China at the airport since January 31st, before they can enter the country. Starting February 23rd, the airport crew also checks those travellers arriving from Italy, given the spread of the coronavirus there.
- Due to the appearance of the disease in Italy, Croatia, and Austria, cross-border passengers, especially those arriving by bus in groups and mainly Chinese citizens, are also subject to increased control measures at border crossings. Here, the border guards carry out the primary inspection with a non-contact body thermometer together with a member of the National Ambulance Service (OMSZ). If it is necessary, the passenger is escorted to an isolation room. Further examinations are carried out by OMSZ staff and in suspicious cases, the person is taken to a medical institution prepared to receive coronavirus patients.
- People arriving or have travelled/transited to/from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan are required to report to the Local Health Authorities and are subject to a 14-days quarantine period.
- Trains, flights and buses on the territory of Italy operate regularly. The trains have introduced emergency measures, such as increased disinfectant cleaning activity.
- All airports are performing health checks carried out by USMAF [Port and Airport Health Office] doctors from the Ministry of Health on all passengers.
- People returning to Poland by plane were having their temperature taken and that Polish national air carrier LOT had thermometers aboard.
- Bratislava airport has implemented strict screening measures for passengers arriving from Italy, who are required to fill out a questionnaire to enable officials to identify any suspected cases.
- Current risk level is considered as moderate
- No specific recommendation regarding self-isolation and/or quarantine for anyone in a good state of health who is coming back from the areas considered at risk
- If you develop flu like symptoms (fever / cough / cold) please remain at home and contact the local health service by calling 112.
- The at-risk areas are : China (all provinces, including Hong Kong y Macao)/ South Korea / Japan / Singapore / Iran / Italy (Lombardy/Veneto/Emilia Romagna and Piedmont only).
- Switzerland is taking unprecedented measures to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country. For the first time, the federal government is taking over powers from the cantonal authorities to ban large gatherings. At present, the virus poses only a moderate risk to the population, health officials say. However, the probability of further cases being diagnosed is increasing. Medical institutions are prepared to carry out early detection and testing of suspected cases. Other than the large events ban the authorities have said it is not necessary at this stage to take further measures, such as closing schools. New measures would be considered if authorities had the impression that virus transmission was not under control.
UNITED KINGDOM and NORTHERN IRELAND
- The Foreign Office has now updated its travel advice, warning against all but essential travel to 11 quarantined towns in Italy.
- Travellers coming from the following areas must self-isolate: Wuhan City and Hubei Province / Iran / Daegu and Cheongdo in South Korea / any Italian town under containment measures.
- Quarantine also for people who have travelled from other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild), other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild).
- Enhanced monitoring will still be in place at Heathrow for direct flights from Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.
BOSNIA, SERBIA, MOLDOVA, and ALBANIA
- Airports implemented strict screening measures for passengers who have travelled to China and Italy, who are required to fill out a questionnaire to enable officials to identify any suspected cases.
Please do not hesitate to contact our team for further details.
Following the latest news regarding the spread of CoVid-19 in Italy and the rest of Europe, please rest assured that all the TCA teams are in close regular contact with our local partners on the ground to prevent any disruptions to our guests and also to ensure that the itineraries can be run as smoothly as possible.
In addition since the beginning of February TCA has instructed all the coach companies to put in place the following safety measures on all our vehicles as an extra effort to guarantee clients’ safety:
- Drivers should wipe down all surfaces including hand rails, door handles, tables and overhead lockers with disinfectant wipes every day
- All rubbish should be removed from the coach, both during the course of the day and at the end of each day
- Hand sanitising gel will be provided for guests to use at both the front and rear doors
- Air-conditioning filters should be changed as appropriate and cleaned every day
- Toilet (including toilet door) should be cleaned daily with disinfectant
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information and assistance.
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