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Private jet from Colorado with five Americans on board is DENIED entry to Italy

A private jet that flew from Colorado to Italy with five Americans on board was denied entry into the country because of the European Union's ban on United States citizens due to COVID-19. 

The jet flew from the Eagle County Regional Airport on the afternoon of July 1 and made it to the Cagliari Elmas Airport in Sardinia on July 2 at around 10.30am. 

The European Union has denied US entry to their countries since mid-March but extended the ban to two more weeks on July 1.  

The jet flew from the Eagle County Regional Airport on the afternoon of July 1 and made it to the Cagliari Elmas Airport in Sardinia on July 2 at around 10.30am

Sardinia's regional tourism official, Gianni Cessa, said he went to the airport late Wednesday 'out of a sense of solidarity' with the Americans. 

The newspaper said the group of about 10 people, about half of them Americans and their children, as well as British and New Zealand nationals, were prevented from leaving the airport and kept in a waiting area, according to photographs of them posted by Sardinian media. 

Eventually they got back on the plane and took off for Birmingham, England, the report said. They left at around 11.30pm.

The group of about 10 people, about half of them Americans and their children, as well as British and New Zealand nationals and one Sardinian woma, left from the Eagle County Regional Airport

Federica Fanari, a woman from Sardinia who has been living in Germany and was on the flight, explained to Cagliari Casteddu that she had taken the trip to see family while her friends were hoping to conduct business on the island and possibly buy a home.

Fanari described being treated like 'criminals,' and bemoaned about who was going to cover the damages lost from their decision to take the trip. The Italian woman shared that she had already been in talks with her lawyer. 

After the EU issued its list of 14 nations whose citizens are welcome in 31 European countries, Italy's Health Ministry said it would still require those visitors to quarantine out of an abundance of caution.

Sardinia's regional tourism official, Gianni Cessa, said he went to the airport late Wednesday 'out of a sense of solidarity' with the Americans

Federica Fanari, a woman from Sardinia who has been living in Germany and was on the flight, explained to Cagliari Casteddu that she had taken the trip to see family while her friends were hoping to conduct business on the island and possibly buy a home

While coronavirus cases are soaring in parts of the U.S., they are mostly under control in Italy, the onetime epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe. Sardinia, in particular, has kept its case numbers low.

Sardinia's regional governor, Christian Salinas, had sought to test visitors upon arrival, trying to balance the island's need for tourism revenue during the peak summer season with efforts to keep tourists and residents alike safe. That proposal fell by the wayside, but Salinas blasted the treatment the Americans received.

In a statement carried by Italian media, Salinas said the interpretation of the travel restrictions 'inflicted grave damage to the international touristic credibility of our island and our sense of hospitality.'

Right-wing politicians noted that migrants who come ashore in Sardinia are allowed in, tested for the virus and allowed to apply for asylum, but not American tourists.

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