Flights to and from Italy suspended

Italy has suspended direct and indirect flights to and from 13 countries, among which is Moldova. The restrictions also refer to road transport. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova said the only exception is valid for the Italian citizens, who can enter the country, but must self-isolate at home.

The Italian Ministry of Health on July 9 made an Ordinance by which it bans entry to the citizens of 13 countries, namely Moldova, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brasil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Oman, Panama, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. The ban affects anyone who has stayed in or travelled through these countries in the last 14 days.

Contacted by IPN for a comment, spokeswoman for Air Moldova Iana Zidu said the restrictions imposed by the Italian authorities are valid until July 14. The only flight planned in the period is the Chisinau-Rome flight of July 12 that was already rescheduled for July 16. The passengers of this flight are informed about this through the contact data they indicated when booking the ticket.

In a response to IPN, FlyOne said they were informed about the entry ban by the Italian authorities. “The flights operated by FlyOne to this destination were cancelled until July 15, 2020 and the passengers who already bought tickets were offered several alternatives. FlyOne recommends all the passengers who intend to travel in the period to inform themselves about the restrictions imposed by each country and about the necessary documents,” said the airline.

In a response to IPN, Hisky said that regrettably, the airlines and passengers have to only comply in such situations as it is the decision of a foreign state. “As you saw, the ban is valid until July 14 and we hope it won’t be extended. However, the passengers who want to travel in the warm period should plan the flight for the second half of August or even in September and October as the situation during the next month can change suddenly. There are also other countries that impose rather harsh or even unacceptable travel restriction, like Russia, Israel and others. As we said, the more optimistic stable travel forecasts are for the second half of August,” noted the company.

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