09-02-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo
Italy still does not allow tourist travel outside the so-called Schengen area, i.e. from almost all European countries.
So what are hundreds of Italians doing on the Kenyan coast, especially after the Christmas and New Year holidays?
Has something changed?
This is one of the FAQs (Frequently Asked Question, in Internet jargon, while in "malindikenya" jargon they are called RSQs, daily annoyances...) that bounce around on our social pages and in our emails.
I'll answer everyone here: no, nothing has changed, as in 2020 the presidential decree is there, but hardly anyone enforces it.
It's the SRI. In the jargon of the disconsolate, "Sistema Random Italia".
The airlines have every interest in boarding passengers and not displeasing them when they check in (after all, it is not their job, they have no civil or criminal responsibility if they do not check a passenger's status as a resident or worker abroad) and the customs authorities are, let's say, 'light on their feet'.
The percentage of those who remain on the ground, therefore, fights with that of positives by swab.
Those who don't want to risk it or want to be dutiful don't go.
Those who can't take it anymore and find a way out (a house they own or rent, etc.) leave without worrying.
Those who don't care, buy a ticket and almost always make it.
Do not interpret this as an invitation to leave. As always, it all depends on one's sense of social and civil responsibility and respect for the rules, regardless.
RSQ number two: is there still quarantine for those returning to Italy from Kenya?
As with the exit from Kenya, the return is also SRI.
Quarantine is still MANDATORY, or perhaps it is better to say "would be"....
In any case, it must be done, even if you are not tested.
Not only to avoid breaking the law, but also because of the possible civil and criminal consequences of one's action, should one test positive in the following days.
ASL checks also take place in SRI mode, due to lack of personnel and/or lack of interest.
This should happen when you arrive on a non-European flight: together with the customs authorities, you should find an ASL official at work who will measure your body temperature, ask you a few questions and finally make you sign a sheet with your residence or domicile references (address, telephone).
If the ASL is not available on that day or at that time, the airport authority should take the data of passengers arriving from non-Schengen countries and forward them to the health authorities in the area of residence or domicile of the "quarantinando".
The next day, the health authority should call the person and check, remotely but also by means of an examination, that he or she has complied with the law for 14 days and has kept quiet. In reality, all this only happens in the fairy tales of the Belpaese.
In the reality of Galbani cheese, on the other hand, you arrive at the airport, no one fucks you, you go home, the next day you go out quietly and no one will ever ask you why you have such a nice tan.
Except for the inconveniences mentioned above.
This obviously does not mean, as I have said, that it is right to make quarantine compulsory when arriving from a country that has much less Covid-19 than Italy, nor does it mean that we should fail in our sense of responsibility.
I can assure you that since the reopening of the borders and Kenya to international tourism, we are beginning to have a case history of 'demoskopea' and we can say that very few compatriots are checked and reported upon return. It can still happen, however, and quarantine is guaranteed.
On the other hand, many readers have told us that they have 'self-quarantined' and, what is even more remarkable, have also informed the ASL.
"Despite the fact that you did not check up on me or call me, I wanted to inform you that on my return from Kenya I went into voluntary isolation."
At the healthy risk of being taken for a fool, as someone who still believes in intellectual honesty and respect and that there are other democratic ways to demand the annulment of a decree or a law, and playing dumb or being too clever are not among them.
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