of Fiorenza Sarzanini
The warning of the Foreign Ministry in view of the travels of the children: due to the multiplication of Covid cases in Greece, they risk also having to bear any costs for medical treatment, tampons and isolation in Covid hotels
The warning came with a letter from the crisis unit: «Attention to study trips for children, inGreece there is a health risk“. Thus the Farnesina advised the managers of the company which organized a trip for 400 children to Athens and Corfu expected from 23 July, of all the consequences related to infections from Covid 19, including any costs for medical treatment or isolation in Covid Hotels.
The communication was sent this morning: «We learned from our Embassy in Athens of an imminent trip, organized by your company, for a group of 400 young people of Italian nationality, departing on 23 July from Ancona, arriving in Corfu. From the first ten days of July, as you will certainly know, there have been cases of compatriots who tested positive for the Covid-19 test all over the world, with consequent isolation, at local facilities, of both positive subjects and contacts of the latter, based on the provisions of local regulations “.
The risks for young people
He still writes the Foreign Ministry: «This phenomenon is particularly affecting young people who, moving together in large numbers, are inevitably more exposed to the health risk deriving from coexistence and sharing that are the prerequisite for this type of travel. To date, in many Greek islands, including Corfu, the presence of foreign travelers who tested positive for Covid-19 is significant and is causing slowdowns and difficulties for local health authorities in finding suitable accommodation at Covid-hotels “.
Covid hotel and living costs
After the case of the children stranded in Malta, the Farnesina lists the risks, including economic ones, in the event of contagion: “According to the information provided to us by our Embassy in Athens, according to Greek law, where it is impossible, due to temporary unavailability of the facilities, the transfer of the interested party to a Covid-hotel, the costs of staying in Greece for the period of isolation would be borne by the traveler, as well as those of the test to undergo at the end of the quarantine. In this scenario, the margins of intervention of the diplomatic network are minimal. As mentioned on ViaggiareSicuri.it and on the Esteri.it portal, given the persistence, all over the world, of the health emergency caused by COVID-19, all those who intend to go abroad, regardless of the destination and the reasons for the trip, they must consider that any movement during this period may involve a health risk. In particular, travelers must consider the possibility of testing positive for Covid-19 tests or being identified as positive contacts. In this case, it is not possible to travel with commercial vehicles and you are subject to the quarantine and containment procedures provided for by the country in which you are located “.
This is why they emphasize that «it is it is essential that all travelers have an adequate insurance policy covering the risks associated with Covid-19. If you consider it essential to make this trip, I would like to emphasize that it is necessary that as an organizer, you must be fully aware and also inform the families of the children, before departure, of the health risk and the possible additional costs (including psychological and emotional) connected to this type of displacement “.
July 20, 2021 (change July 20, 2021 | 15:03)