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Air travel in the time of Covid-19: all the rules

1 May 2021
Air travel in the time of Covid-19: all the rules

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced airports, airlines, and passengers to adopt a whole series of precautions to limit the risk of contagion.

Therefore, it is still necessary, in order to travel in safety, to implement certain precautions both in the airport terminal building and on board the plane.

Let’s sum up then the new procedures. All passengers are asked to respect these rules so that you travel safely, and respect yourselves and others.

Access to the terminal building is limited to those who have a flight ticket, or valid reason to go to “Lost and Found” to collect lost baggage or an object that was missing in transit, or to those dropping off or picking up either a reduced mobility passenger or a minor travelling alone. If you go to the airport to pick a passenger up or see one off, you will not be allowed inside the terminal building and will have to wait outside.

This is because airports are required to make all people present inside the terminal building keep an interpersonal distance of 1 metre between them.

Departing passengers must wear a face mask (a surgical mask or certified one is better as most airlines will not allow you to fly if you’re wearing a cloth one or something similar) for the whole time they are inside the terminal building. Plus, your temperature will be taken (by thermoscanner) when you enter the terminal building.

If your temperature is higher than 37.5°C, then it will probably be taken again after a few minutes. If your temperature does not go down, you will not be allowed to enter the terminal building.

Passengers arriving will also have their temperatures taken in the Schengen and Extra-Schengen Arrivals halls.

You can only access the terminal building by the West Door situated on the Arrivals Floor, while you can only exit through the East Door on the same floor.

All the doors to the Departures Floor will remain closed and the slip road leading up to the floor will be closed to traffic.

Inside the airport you will follow mandatory routes designed to keep the flow of passengers departing or arriving separate, and there are plexiglass screens to protect both passengers and airport staff, and floor signs: please follow and respect the airport staff’s indications.

Always wear your face mask correctly, covering your nose and mouth and always observe interpersonal distance at any time, both when queuing to check in (we recommend you check in online if you can, especially if you only have hand baggage) or during boarding at the Gate.

You will find hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the airport.

All areas in the Terminal building are constantly sanitised.

Ultra-violet ray devices have been installed at the security checkpoints that sanitise the storage trays after each use.

Luggage trolleys and equipment used to transport passengers with reduced mobility are sanitised with the same UV-ray equipment.

According to Legislative Decree No. 52 of 22/04/2021 the free movement of passengers between WHITE and YELLOW regions is allowed without a self-certification form.

We’d like to remind you that in compliance with the DPCM (Ministerial Decree) of 11 June 2020, airlines require passengers to declare – before boarding – that they have not been in contact with anyone suffering from Covid-19 in the last two days, before the onset of symptoms, and up to 14 days after the onset of said symptoms.

Here you can find the ENAC self-certification form, which we advise you to print off at home and bring with you, to make boarding procedures quicker.

We also advise – given that the situation is constantly evolving – all passengers departing for destinations abroad to find out at www.viaggairesicuri.net if there are any restrictions, bans, swab test requirements or quarantine established by the governments of the countries they’re going to, and to arrive at least two hours before their flight is due to depart.

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