“Covid-tested flight” from USA landed in Rome

“The time has come to book your holidays in Italy. Our mountains, our beaches, our cities are reopening”, stated PM Mario Draghi in May. Now, Rome’s main airport, Fiumicino, has welcomed approximately 300 people who landed from the United States with “Covid-tested flight”. This means that passengers are obliged to take a coronavirus test before departure and on arrival, regardless of their vaccination status. On testing negative, passengers are not required to quarantine in Italy.

These flights are open to all customers as the Italian government lifted entry restrictions enabling American leisure travelers to visit the country for the first time in more than a year.

Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi said: “This gives hope to everyone and is the result of tireless and multi-level teamwork, which thanks to vaccination campaigns is giving excellent results.”

The mentioned 300 people from USA got gifts bags containing Made in Italy food and wine, souvenirs, tricolor bracelets and a duty free voucher to be used on departure. They were also welcomed by Aeroporti di Roma Business Unit Aviation director Ivan Bassato, the Lazio regional health councilor Alessio D’Amato, and the director of the Spallanzani hospital, Francesco Vaia.

Mr Bassato said: “It is a sign of renewed welcome to the world while respecting rigid and safe health protocols, maintaining our strategy adopted from the beginning of the emergency. Covid-tested flights will also begin soon from the United Arab Emirates and Canada, with Alitalia resuming flights to Tokyo”.

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