If you're planning to travel to Italy, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, has signed an ordinance allowing entry from the European Union and the Schengen Area, as well as from Great Britain and Israel, with a negative swab test, without compulsory quarantine. Travellers are still required to produce the certificate for a negative molecular or antigen swab test on arrival, taken in the 48 hours before arrival in Italy.
However, the same ordinance extends the restrictions against Brazil to July 30 2021.
The Ordinance of May 14 2021, has reinforced 'Covid-tested' flights, extending the trials to airports in Venice and Naples, following Milan and Rome, and extending the authorised routes to flights from Canada, Japan, United Arab Emirates and the United States.
What are "Covid-tested" flights?
Covid-tested flights are flights that have been authorised by the Ministry of Health using a particular ordinance.
What should do the passengers on "Covid-tested" flights?
Failure to comply with only one of the requirements mentioned above will result in the lapse of the exemption from the obligations of health surveillance and fiduciary isolation.
Authorised Flight Routes
After an initial experimental phase, the Prime Minister's Decree of March 2, 2021, art. 54 paragraph 3, allowed the extension of the flights subject to "Covid-tested" experimentation.
Therefore, as of today, airlines can operate "Covid-tested" flights on the following routes:
Special passenger requirements.
Passengers on flights arriving from international airports from the following countries:
For further information on the actual operation of "Covid-tested" flights on the routes for which the trial is underway, please contact the airlines directly.
If denied boarding on a "Covid-tested" flight, due to a positive result to COVID-19, the air carrier will refund the ticket or issue a voucher of the equal amount at the passenger's request within fourteen days from the date of withdrawal. It will be valid for eighteen months from the issue.
How to fill out the Passenger Locator Form - dPLF
As of March 23, 2021, all passengers wishing to enter Italy via "Covid-tested" flights should complete the PLF, before entering the country, following the instructions below:
Read more on the Eu dPLF website.
What is the Passenger Locator Form (PLF)?
The Passenger Locator Form (also known as the Passenger Locator Card) is used to collect information on the travel itinerary. Allow the relevant Health Authority to promptly contact the passenger if he or she is exposed to a contagious diffusive disease during air travel.
The PLF is an essential public health helpful tool for contact tracing on board of all means of transport that follow international routes and allows for the rapid implementation of the health measures necessary to protect individuals and the community.
Compliance by the carrier
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