MONTREAL — Air Canada plans to begin offering flights to Italy starting July 2, 2021.
Flights are scheduled to operate to Rome from Toronto and Montreal.
Passengers must show proof of negative COVID test results within 48 hours before departure, and again on arrival.
As reported by Global News, and outlined on Air Canada’s site, the flights are government-approved COVID-tested flights.
Italy has begun to re-open, with bars and restaurants reopening for indoor dining earlier this week, for the first time in months.
As reported in April 2021, while the EU is preparing its Digital COVID Certificate of vaccination and testing certification for travel within the 27-country EU bloc, and has indicated a potential reopening for fully vaccinated travellers, Italy had signalled that it wanted to take things a step further and reopen to global markets.
Complete details about the Air Canada flights can be found here. Previously the quarantine requirement for arrivals in Italy was 10 days. As the Air Canada site notes, “passengers travelling on a COVID-tested flight as of July 2 are exempt from the quarantine.”
While Italy has eased restrictions ahead of the summer travel season, Canada’s restrictions are still in full effect, including the advisory against all non-essential travel, PCR test requirements, and the 14-day quarantine requirement including the 3-day hotel quarantine upon arrival in Canada.