Everything is ready for the restart of tourism and the measures that must be taken by those who want to travel to our country have already been established.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), an official EU body, has released a “blacklist” of airports in 34 high-profile countries.
The list will be a guide to flights and tourism, created based on WHO scientific data, ECDC and other health institutes.
The countries are on the “black” list
- Dominican Republic,
- United Arab Emirates
- Saudi Arabia
Classification of travelers depending on the country of origin
The General Secretariat for Civil Protection has already drawn up a “map” with four basic colors – red, orange, green and yellow – with each reflecting the country’s ranking according to the cases and victims of corona.
The colors of the countries will also be a guide for experts on the number of controls. Thus, on a flight from a “green” country, one or two checks will be made per 150 passengers, a number that will increase to 5-10 for flights from “yellow” countries “and will reach up to 75 for planes arriving in Greece from” red “countries.
At the same time, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued guidelines for the new reality of air travel, according to which travelers must wear a mask constantly, and airports must have special wards for the management of suspected corona cases. and farewell should be done outside the airports.
EASA also recommends that one of the toilets on the aircraft is available exclusively for the crew and that there should be no carts with food or duty-free products during the flights.
The 28-page report highlights the need for distance and recommends:
To arrive at the airport and check-in
- Anyone who has symptoms or has come in contact with a Covid-19 patient should not show up at the airport.
- Only employees and those who are going to travel will enter the airports, with few exceptions, which means that the farewells will be done outside the airports.
- Travelers should wash their hands frequently and wear masks with the exception of children under the age of 6 and those who have medical reasons that do not allow them to wear masks.
- Those who sneeze and do not use the right rules will be able to get away from the airports or be fined by the local authorities.
- The safety distance is set at 1.5 meters and there should be signs on the floor that will help travelers.
- Airports should have special wards for the management of passengers with a fever greater than 38 degrees Celsius. However, the guidelines state that thermometry is not considered a very effective measure to detect patients with coronavirus but is recommended to discourage patients from traveling but to enhance citizens’ sense of security.
- Airport employees should wear masks but also give masks to those passengers who do not have them. In fact, the use of plexiglass in check-in offices is not ruled out
- Security personnel may also wear face shields, and discs used to collect items during inspections should be disinfected frequently.
For boarding and disembarking
- EASA proposes limiting the number of hand luggage to speed up boarding but also to reduce the risk of infection
- At the entrance of the aircraft, it is recommended to have an automatic mechanism for antiseptics and a carpet impregnated with antiseptic
- There should be more buses available in cases where it is necessary to use them for boarding
For the flight
- Aircraft must be thoroughly disinfected between flights
- EASA asks for even better air filters on airplanes
- Passengers and crew will wear a mask which, however, will have to be changed after four hours
- A toilet should be used exclusively by the crew while passengers should not be crowded in the hallways where possible.
- It is recommended that food and beverage services be “limited” and no sale of duty-free products
- In the event of a crash during the flight, EASA recommends evacuating two rows of seats in each direction while those sitting in them must provide their details when disembarking. The sick passenger should have his own toilet and sit in a seat on the back right of the plane. The air duct above it should be closed and only those from the crew who have already come in contact with it should continue to serve it.
For disembarkation and luggage collection
- It is proposed to simplify the control procedures and the redesign of the spaces for the immigrants.
- Passengers carrying their luggage should leave the airport as soon as possible.
What does the European Flight Protocol include?
The protocol of the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has been finalized after consultation with all stakeholders.
The protocol includes instructions to airlines and passengers, with the most critical issue being the corona test.
Both services note that the test as a travel condition “is not supported by existing scientific knowledge about the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 (quality, quantity and duration of human antibodies) or available test methods (laboratory-based on point and point” care) “.
However, EASA and ECDC state that they are monitoring the scientific developments and will inform the recommendation, depending on the case, when a suitable test becomes available. Greece announced on Wednesday that it would conduct sampling and not mandatory tests, as it had originally requested, but was not eventually accepted by European authorities.
A basic condition for the smooth operation of airports is to appoint a coordinator in order to ensure the uniform implementation of preventive measures by all agencies that provide services in it and direct contact with the public health authorities.
Also, access to the airport is limited to passengers, crew members and staff and on special occasions (eg escorting or picking up a disabled person, a minor, etc.). Emphasis is placed on discouraging the presence of accidental passengers, crew and personnel at departure airports. Of course, it is planned to apply natural distances, thorough disinfection of facilities, hand hygiene, personal protective equipment (PPE) and other related measures at the airport facilities.
Informative material is also required to promote the safety of health widely available in its facilities, both in the local language and in English, and, where required, in other languages, based on the most common language profiles of passengers using the airport. Health safety promotion material must also be available in the flight cabin.