With the restriction that reduced the number of passengers that can arrive in Ezeiza from 2,000 to 600, on Thursday morning there were a feeling of relief among the travelers who had managed to sneak into that quota to reach Argentina. Some had been offered dollar vouchers to give up their seats, but had been turned down. Others paid more for a place in business. Finally, they managed to enter the country.
Most accumulated uncertainty. First was the question of whether they could board their flight. Then came the doubts about how they should comply with the quarantine upon arrival.
For now, Buenos Aires residents will not have to do it in hotels if their PCR tests negative at the airport. They will be able to spend the 7 days in isolation at home. Another will be the fate of those who go on a trip from this July 1, who will have to isolate themselves for the first four days in a hotel. In the City, the one-week quarantine is and will be at home, unless the test is positive.
Travelers were uncertain if they could return and what the quarantine would be like. Photo Guillermo Rodríguez Adami
During the morning of this Thursday, three flights arrived. At 4.50, one of Aerolineas Argentinas landed from Miami. Some of his passengers told Clarion that the company offered them a $ 500 voucher and food if they agreed to reschedule their flight for Saturday. Fearing that the other flight would be canceled, the majority rejected the offer.
Gustavo Costa arrived on a Lufthansa plane from Frankfurt, which landed at 7: “I paid for a seat in business to secure my place on the way home and have no problems. In addition, I had to pay 110 euros and 2,500 pesos for the respective PCRs, “he said.
Gustavo Costa paid for a seat in business to ensure his return. Photo Guillermo Rodríguez Adami
María del Mar (23), who arrived on the same plane, told Clarion: “After all that was said, being in Argentina gives me peace of mind. I was 6 months in Finland. The fear that my flight would be canceled was present. Now, I am going to serve the quarantine at my house in Pilar. “
María del Mar lived in Finland for six months and felt calm when she was back in Argentina. Photo Guillermo Rodríguez Adami
“I signed an affidavit where I accepted to risk what could happen. The restrictions are to take care of us. I knew this could happen, “said Jonathan Chorovicz (39), TV producer, who resigned from his job in Finland and returned due to the lack of certainty about what could happen, to hug his family first.
Jonathan Chorovicz quit his job as a TV producer in Finland to return to Argentina earlier. Photo Guillermo Rodríguez Adami
“The stocks in the passages generated a lot of uncertainty and afraid of not being able to return after so long, but my flight was one of those authorized to take off. I asked in Migrations how I should fulfill the quarantine because I live in Mendoza. Now I know I can do it at my home, “said Paloma, while greeting her boyfriend, who went to pick her up at the airport.
Paloma and her boyfriend, who went to pick her up at the airport. “I was afraid of not being able to return.” Photo Guillermo Rodríguez Adami
“After hearing so much restriction, having the flight confirmed gave me security. The uneasiness begins once you arrive in Argentina. I don’t know if in Aeroparque I will have to pay for a third PCR. This system implies financing a circus, “complained Juana, accompanied by her two children, while she waited for a train to take her to Aeroparque to take a flight to Córdoba.
Juana had traveled to Germany. And revealed that the plane was not complete, Despite the fact that at check-in it was listed as if it were.
Is that some airlines choose bring fewer passengers on their planes in order to comply with the imposed quota of 600 among all flights arriving on the same day.
Shortly after, a third Iberia flight arrived, from Madrid. Most of the travelers consulted was aware of the obligation to comply with quarantine. And at the same time, I felt the tranquility of having been able to return, in days when abroad the number of Argentines stranded because their flights were canceled.
At 9.40 am the first passengers began to appear in the departure hall to the 13.20 Iberia flight to Madrid. Cindy, one of the travelers, commented: “I am going until September to visit my family. I do not know what can happen for the date of my return“.
Restrictions on flights abroad, in principle, apply until July 9 but could be extended. Photo Guillermo Rodríguez Adami
Among those leaving, there was also a more general awareness of the inescapable isolation on the way back. “I am leaving for 20 days. I have already signed to commit to quarantine in a hotel upon my return, no problem,” Gerardo said.
A lady went to say goodbye to her son, who is going to live in Spain. “My husband has already left and when they finish settling in I’m going to go,” she said. “It hurts me to leave the rest of my family here. It’s very sad to leave, but we can’t find another way out“.