Starting July 2, 2021, Canadians will be able to fly with Air Canada to Rome from Toronto and Montreal on government-approved COVID-tested flights without needing to quarantine on arrival, says a notice posted to the airline's website.
Passengers would be required to provide negative tests taken 48 hours before departing and must take another one on arrival.
Covid-test flights are flights that have been "authorized by the Italy's Ministry of Health by means of a special ordinance, according to the Italian government's website.
These flights are already operating from several U.S. cities, the ministry says, and apart from Canada, tested flights from Japan and the UAE have also been authorized entry into the country.
Passengers on the tested flights are authorized to enter and transit into the Italian national territory "without having to comply with the obligations of health surveillance" or self-isolation, the website says.
Previously, travellers entering Italy had to show a negative COVID test taken three days before arriving, were required to self-isolate for 10 days afterwards and follow up with another test at the end of that period.
Current entry regulations can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy website.
The news make Air Canada the first Canadian carrier to fly to Italy without the need for quarantine on arrival.
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