The passengers on a private jet flying from Eagle County, Colorado to Sardinia, Italy were prevented from entering because of the EU ban on Americans entering the European Union. The plane had ten passengers onboard: five US citizens, two Brits, two Germans, an Italian, and a New Zealander.
They had flown from the United States to Italy despite the United States not being on the European Union’s safe list. The EU member states have agreed on a list of 15 non-EU safe countries: Algeria, Uruguay, Tunisia, Thailand, South Korea, Rwanda, Serbia, Morocco, New Zealand, Montenegro, Japan, Georgia, Canada, and Australia starting July 1st.
““We have been treated as if we were criminals, it is not fair. Also, who will reimburse all the anticipated expenses and money? I’m talking about the double flight, about the money for the cars that were waiting for us outside the airport and the house. I have to go to my lawyer to find out what can be done. I want to ask for damages ” said Federica Fanari, the only passenger onboard from Italy.
Federica and her fellow passengers had a rented holiday house and were planning on visiting Sardinia to purchase a second home.
“”Yesterday afternoon everyone moved us to the general aviation hall of the airport, at least there we were able to eat something, we and our children. We proposed to the police, who told us that they had executed the orders they had received nationally, to submit to quarantine all together, in the house that I had booked in Villasimius. They were adamant, at 11pm we had to leave again ”
After being denied entry, they vowed to never return to Sardinia.
According to a report, local officials had offered to allow all of the non-US citizens entry into Sardinia after a quarantine but the group decided to stick together.
The passengers eventually got back on the plane and flew to Birmingham, England.