Air Canada to Launch COVID-Tested Flights Between Canada and Italy
Air Canada just announced that it will operate COVID-tested flights to Rome from Toronto and Montreal, giving Canadians the chance to escape to Europe this summer. The move also gives US travellers access to a broader selection of COVID-tested routes to Italy.
Air Canada’s government approved COVID-tested flights to Italy are scheduled to take off starting 2 July.
To date, Air Canada is the only Canadian carrier participating in the program, which offers Canadians the ability to travel to Italy without the need to quarantine.
How COVID-Tested Flights Work
Travellers will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of their departure from Canada. They’ll also have to take another test upon landing in Italy but will not be required to isolate or participate in health monitoring programs if they test negative.
Passengers who test positive prior to departure won’t be allowed to board. They will, however, be entitled to a refund or voucher for future travel.
Americans are already able to travel to Italy on various COVID-tested flights, including a route between Atlanta and Rome and New York and Milan on Delta Airlines. A flight between New York and Rome is also available on Delta partner Alitalia. Those services are set to expand this summer, with additional routes between Atlanta and Venice, New York and Venice, and Boston and Rome.
American Airlines also operates COVID-tested flights to Rome and Milan from DFW International Airport as well as JFK International Airport. And last week, Emirates launched COVID-tested flights between JFK and Milan.
But for Canadians, Air Canada offers the only option for direct COVID-tested flights to Italy. Canadian officials continue to recommend that people avoid non-essential travel. Inbound travel for tourism is also not yet permitted in Canada.
Italian Border Restriction
Italy officially reopened its borders for tourism last month. Bars and restaurants in the country resumed indoor service and face mask requirements remain in place.
So far, Air Canada is the only Canadian carrier participating in the program, which offers Canadians the ability to travel to Italy without the need to quarantine.
Italy is now allowing entry from the countries of the European Union and the Schengen Area, as well as from the United Kingdom and Israel. Travellers will need to provide a negative swab test however, compulsory quarantine is no longer needed.
Travellers are still required to produce on arrival the certificate for a negative molecular or antigen swab test, taken 48 hours prior to arrival in Italy.
Travellers from India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka or those who stayed in these countries within 14 days are not allowed in Italy until 21 June. Restrictions against travellers from Brazil are extended to 30 July 2021.
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