Lhe Christmas holidays are now over and many have decided to spend them abroad. Holidays with a final surprisebecause just before returning to Italy the swab was positive and the quarantine started. A cold shower and an unprecedented scenario that opened in a foreign country with other rules, which differ according to the individual nation. To avoid panic from “ignorance” it is good to know that if you have booked through an agency there are no problems.
Agencies protect travelers: there are more and more rules to know
Giancarlo Reverennapresident of Fiavet-Italian Federation of Veneto travel and tourism business associationsmade the point with the messenger Padua edition: «When you come to the agency we activate the Travel Pass, that is the tracking of the trip. I know when you leave, where you stop, and so on. And you also get insurance. It can happen that you start with a negative swab and incubate the virus. When you return, you need to swab and if it is positive you activate the insurance: through the tour operator or directly the local health assistance you are taken to Covid hotels or the structures that the state makes available. Depending on where you are, the quarantine can last from 5 days to two weeks. For those who have insurance there is reimbursement. You submit the documentation and then receive a refund for the costs incurred on site. In some cases, a medical return can also be envisaged ”.
DIY is not a guarantee
But not everyone follows this process and the consequences are different. “There are those who book the flight themselves and then come to the agency to ask for the Travel Pass – underlines Reverenna – But I, as a travel agent, am criminally responsible for what they claim. Here it is the problem for self-organized travel abroad in this pandemic time. There are also those who download bogus Travel Passes online, at their own risk. If you have not gone through an agency and therefore do not have insurance, you end up in quarantine according to the rules of the state where you are and the costs are completely at your own expense, you will not receive any refund. Furthermore, the person could be reported to the authorities and once back in Italy she could receive one sanction because he did not respect the rules imposed by the Ministry of Health ». Dicastery that has divided the various states into lists according to the epidemiological risk.
Untangle the rules
Per travel safely and to be truly protected the important thing is to go to travel agencies, which know how to suggest the correct way to enjoy your holidays and not generate problems. “There is a lot of information to keep in mind, the rules are just as many but this is our job, we are used to it – he points out Giancarlo Reverenna – Even if in the last period there is really an overcrowding of rules, sometimes badly communicated. Our job is to know them and make them present to travelers ».