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Italy: Amendments to the Nautical Sports Code Approved

(Jan. 4, 2021) On November 12, 2020, Italy’s government issued Legislative Decree No. 160, which amends and corrects the consolidated text of the Nautical Sports Code. Regulated Activities The code applies to navigation carried out in maritime or inland waters, exclusively for sporting or recreational and nonprofit purposes, using pleasure boats having any method of […]

China: Health QR Code Now Required for Foreigners Flying to China

(Dec. 14, 2020) On November 23, 2020, the Chinese Embassy in the United States published a notice requiring non-Chinese citizens to obtain a QR code marked “HDC” (Health Declaration Code) in order to board flights to China. The new requirement entered into effect on December 1, 2020. According to the notice, foreign passengers can apply […]

Portugal: President Declares State of Emergency over COVID-19 Pandemic

(Nov. 17, 2020) On November 6, 2020, Portuguese president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa enacted Decree No. 51-U/2020 to declare a state of emergency in the country because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The declaration of the state of emergency, which is based on the verification of a situation of public calamity (art. 1), covers the entire […]

Italy: EU Directive on Recycling and Disposal of End-of-Life Vehicles Implemented

(Sept. 30, 2020) Italy in September adopted a measure on end-of-life vehicles (vehicles that are no longer in use and thus constitute waste) that will bring the country’s domestic law in line with EU directives. Legislative Decree No. 119 of September 3, 2020 (L.D. No. 119), effective September 27, 2020, implements EU Directive 849 of […]

Italy: Measures Adopted to Protect and Restore the Venetian Lagoon

(Sept. 29, 2020) Italy recently enacted measures to protect and restore the Venetian Lagoon in northern Italy, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The measures were included as part of a broader law, Decree-Law No. 104 of August 14, 2020, aimed at revitalizing the national economy in response to the negative impacts […]

Italy: New Omnibus Law Provides for Improved Digital Network Systems, Anti-Mafia Measures, Aid to Airlines, and Other Administrative Regulations

(Aug. 13, 2020) On July 17, 2020, Decree Law No. 76 of July 16, 2020 entered into force in Italy, providing for improved digital network systems, anti-Mafia measures, aid to airlines, and administrative regulations aimed at eliminating and simplifying requirements for economic activities. Improvement of Digital Network Systems and User Access The new law provides […]

China: Government Requires All Passengers to Present Negative COVID-19 Test to Board Flights to China

(July 24, 2020) On July 20, 2020, three Chinese authorities—the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the General Administration of Customs, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs—jointly issued an announcement requiring both foreign citizens and returning Chinese citizens to present negative COVID-19 test results before boarding flights to China. The required nucleic acid tests must […]

Israel: Law for Compensation and Assistance to Passengers for Cancellation or Flight Changes Due to Covid-19 Adopted

(July 20, 2020) On July 13, 2020, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) adopted a temporary amendment that affects the consumer rights of air travelers whose flights were cancelled or changed during the period of March 1, 2020, to August 31, 2020, in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. (Aviation Services (Compensation and Assistance for Cancellation or Changing […]

Italy: Decree on Transplant Recipients’ Fitness to Obtain Driver’s Licenses Enters into Force

(July 16, 2020) On July 12, 2020, Decree No. 69, approving regulations concerning the psychophysical suitability of persons who have undergone organ transplantation to obtain and confirm the validity of a driver’s license, entered into force in Italy. The decree, which had been issued by the president of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, on April 23, 2020, […]

Brazil: New Law Makes Use of Masks Mandatory in Some Locations

(July 10, 2020) On July 2, 2020, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed into law certain provisions of a law passed by the National Congress concerning the use of individual protection masks and other safety measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country, while vetoing several other related provisions. Law No. 14,019 provides for […]