Some restrictions apply
By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva
It took some shots in the arm but Italy is now accepting COVID19-free Americans with open arms. The European Union says full-vaccinated travelers are welcome to explore its exciting cities and seashores. This could mean cruise ships aren’t far behind.
But before you dust off that passport and book your trip, there is one caveat. To be eligible, passengers must fly on COVID-tested flights. Prior to May 16, 2021, these flights were available only to people traveling on business or for essential purposes.
As of this writing airlines complying with the COVID-testing include Delta Air and American. Both carriers are running quarantine-free flights to Rome and Milan for passengers who submit to the COVID-19 testing requirements. Italy’s doors have been shut to U.S. visitors since March 17, 2020.
In order qualify for a flight you must take a COVID test 72-hours prior to departure. You also need a second one on arrival in Italy. A vaccination is booster but no exemption to the rule. Then you’ll need a rapid antigen test at a US airport . prior to boarding and another on arrival in Italy.
And that’s not all
Getting on a plane back to the U.S. from abroad requires another COVID-19 test no more than three days before boarding your flight.
Schedules for COVID-tested flights
Delta is offering five flights a week starting May 26 from Atlanta and Rome and JFK and Milan. And daily flights from JFK to Milan.
Beginning July 1 Delta’s doing New York and Rome runs three times a week. Delta’s Atlanta and Venice service starts August 5 as does its Boston and Rome.
All Delta flights to Italy are operated in conjunction with partner airline Alitalia. Flights to Rome and Milan take place on 293-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft, while the other routes will be operated by the 226-seat Boeing 767-300 planes. All feature lie-flat Delta One seats, Delta Comfort+, and regular economy seats.
The following are some hotels hosting guests as of this writing:
- Hotel Regina Isabella in Ischia, www.reginaisabella.com
- Hotel Hassler is Rome, www.hotelhasslerroma.com
- Il Palazzetto in Rome, www.hotelhasslerroma.com/il-palazzetto
- Tuscany’s Parco dei Principi, www. parcodeiprincipi.com
- In Umbria the Borgo in Bastia Creti is operating. www.bastiacreti.it as is Umbria and Hotel Vannucci hotel-www.vannucci.com
- And, Hotel Ca’di Dio in everyone’s favorite floating city, Venice is open. www.vretreats.com/en/ca-di-dio
Let’s hope, in addition to land tours of Italy, we will be able to sail European seas and waterways soon. Just call a Pavlus agent to help you arrange your getaways at 800-528-9300.
Ciao for now.