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A private jet from Colorado with five Americans on board is denied entry to Italy

A very expensive mistake: a private jet from Colorado to Sardinia with five Americans on board is refused entry to Italy because the EU has banned US citizens because of COVID

  • A jet flew from Eagle County Regional Airport on the afternoon of July 1 and reached Cagliari Elmas Airport in Sardinia on July 2 at 10:30 am.
  • The European Union has denied US access to their countries since mid-March, but extended the ban on July 1 to two weeks
  • Gianni Cessa, Sardinia’s regional tourism official, said he went to the airport on Wednesday evening in solidarity with the Americans
  • They were prevented from leaving the airport and remaining in a waiting area, according to photos posted by Sardinian media
  • Eventually the group got back on the plane and left for Birmingham, England

A private jet that flew to Italy with five Americans on board Colorado was denied entry to the country due to the European Union’s ban on U.S. citizens because of COVID-19.

The jet flew from Eagle County Regional Airport on the afternoon of July 1 and reached Cagliari Elmas Airport in Sardinia on July 2 at around 10:30 AM.

The European Union has denied US access to their countries since mid-March, but extended the ban to two weeks on July 1.

The jet flew from Eagle County Regional Airport on the afternoon of July 1 and reached Cagliari Elmas Airport in Sardinia on July 2 at around 10:30 AM.

The jet flew from Eagle County Regional Airport on the afternoon of July 1 and reached Cagliari Elmas Airport in Sardinia on July 2 at around 10:30 AM.

Gianni Cessa, Sardinia’s regional tourism official, said he went to the airport on Wednesday evening in solidarity with the Americans. “Rules need to be respected, but there needs to be some common sense,” he said in television comments posted online Thursday by L’Unione Sarda newspaper.

The newspaper said the group of about 10 people, most of them Americans and their children, as well as British and New Zealand nationals, should not be allowed to leave the airport and remain in a waiting area, according to photos of them posted by Sardinian media.

Eventually, they got back on the plane and left for Birmingham, England, the report said. They left around 11:30 PM.

The group of about 10 people, mostly Americans and their children, as well as British and New Zealand nationals and a Sardinian woman, departed from Eagle County Regional Airport

The group of about 10 people, mostly Americans and their children, as well as British and New Zealand nationals and a Sardinian woman, departed from Eagle County Regional Airport

The group of about 10 people, mostly Americans and their children, as well as British and New Zealand nationals and a Sardinian woman, departed from Eagle County Regional Airport

Gianni Cessa, Sardinia's regional tourism official, said he went to the airport on Wednesday evening in solidarity with the Americans

Gianni Cessa, Sardinia's regional tourism official, said he went to the airport on Wednesday evening in solidarity with the Americans

Gianni Cessa, Sardinia’s regional tourism official, said he went to the airport on Wednesday evening in solidarity with the Americans

Federica Fanari, a woman from Sardinia who lived in Germany and was on the run, explained Cagliari Casteddu that she had taken the trip to see family while her friends hoped to do business on the island and possibly buy a house.

Fanari described being treated as ‘criminals’ and complained about who would make good the damage they had lost by their decision to make the trip. The Italian woman said that she was already talking to her lawyer.

After the EU published its list of 14 countries whose citizens are welcome in 31 European countries, the Italian Ministry of Health said it still requires those visitors to be quarantined as a precaution.

Federica Fanari, a woman from Sardinia who lived in Germany and was on the run, told Cagliari Casteddu that she had taken the trip to see family while her friends hoped to do business on the island and possibly buy a house

Federica Fanari, a woman from Sardinia who lived in Germany and was on the run, told Cagliari Casteddu that she had taken the trip to see family while her friends hoped to do business on the island and possibly buy a house

Federica Fanari, a woman from Sardinia who lived in Germany and was on the run, told Cagliari Casteddu that she had taken the trip to see family while her friends hoped to do business on the island and possibly buy a house

Although cases of coronavirus are increasing rapidly in parts of the US, they are largely under control in Italy, the one-time epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe. Sardinia in particular has kept the number of cases low.

The regional governor of Sardinia, Christian Salinas, had attempted to test the visitors on arrival, trying to balance the island’s need for tourist income during peak season with efforts to keep tourists and residents safe. That proposal was ignored, but Salinas shot at the treatment the Americans received.

In a statement by Italian media, Salinas said that the interpretation of the travel restrictions “seriously damaged the international tourism credibility of our island and our sense of hospitality.”

Right-wing politicians noted that migrants who land on Sardinia are admitted, tested for the virus, and are allowed to apply for asylum, but not American tourists.

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