According to reports, Italy’s customs agency has denied five rich Americans entry to the country after they landed on a private jet for a vacation on the island of Sardinia.
Five American citizen out of the Ten people on board were denied entry, when the plane which had flown them in from Colorado was stopped by customs officers at the Elmas Airport on Cagliari, Italy. The Americans were told they would be ‘repatriated” immediately while the other passengers from Italy, New Zealand and England were given the offer to stay back with a mandatory two-week quarantine.
All of the passengers left “out of solidarity” according to reports.
After a huge spike in coronavirus cases in Texas and other reopened states, Italy and other European Union countries last week extended a travel restriction banning entry to U.S. tourists for another next two weeks.
“Rules must be respected, but there needs to be some common sense,” Sardinia’s regional tourism official, Gianni Cessa, said after going to the airport in televised comments posted online.
Sardinia’s regional governor, Christian Salinas, had sought to test visitors upon arrival, trying to balance the island’s need for tourism revenue during the peak summer season with efforts to keep both tourists and residents safe. That proposal fell by the wayside, but Salinas blasted the treatment the Americans received.
Salinas said the interpretation of the travel restrictions “inflicted grave damage to the international touristic credibility of our island and our sense of hospitality.”
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