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Connecting at Heathrow next month

For anyone living in the UK, you may more info and a source to check into as our travel dates get closer.

We are booking flights using American miles from FCO (Rome) to SJC (San Jose, CA) through LHR for next month. Assuming neither flight is cancelled, 3+ hours looks like plenty of time for connection.

In the event the LHR-SJC flight is cancelled, we’d have to catch a flight from Rome the day before to catch the flight to SFO the following day. So here’s the question. If we spend the night at a hotel at or near the airport, are there any current COVID restrictions or regulations that would prevent us from going through immigration and leaving airside terminal for the night. Obviously quarantine wouldn’t be an option. Any advice is appreciated.

(Barley will be flying from Rome as Cargo on KLM, then onward to SFO.)

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my honest answer is, I think, unfortunately nobody knows where we will be tomorrow let alone next month.

Everything is changing so fast, and we are in such a bad place right now, and with us on the verge of a national lockdown, or a local one, and Italy is nearly on the quarantine list which is reviewed weekly, and so many divisions within government and divisions within the country - it would be irresponsible of me to say one way or the other.

Sorry.

I know you have had your plans for going home really messed around already. I hope this time it all works out for you...

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Not meaning to make light of your situation, but with the rapidly ever changing situation, you may want to check out the "Construction" section here---- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon-Tiki_expedition#Construction. It may be the surest way to depart the Continent.

I do hope things work out for you, but if I 'knew' what the situation would be a month from now, I suspect I might use that power to buy a really big winner Lotto/Mega millions ticket.

Best wishes for a smooth journey.

Posted by
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Yes, if we’ve learned anything from the past 8 months, nothing can be definitely planned, and the future can not be imagined. Maybe we could harness together all the wood and logs floating in Lago Maggiore after the last storm into a big raft, float down a river to the Mediterranean, and eventually land in US.

I guess we see what happens....

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FLASH - just in - the UK government has just announced that from 4am Sunday morning, travelers from Italy will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

I doesn't sound like you could leave airside.

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Thanks Nigel. Still would rather be on a mostly empty flight to SFO, than a US domestic flight.