Italy reopens borders to U.S. tourists June 21: Entry Requirements

Italy has reopened its borders for tourism, effective June 21, 2021. United States and Canadian citizens are among those allowed in. The official government websites have not yet been updated, but our Universal Aviation Italy office has confirmed the details. Here’s what you need to know: The post Italy reopens borders to U.S. tourists June 21: Entry Requirements appeared first on Universal® Operational Insight Blog.

Italy reopens borders to U.S. tourists June 21: Entry Requirements

Italy has reopened its borders for tourism, effective June 21, 2021. United States and Canadian citizens are among those allowed in. The official government websites have not yet been updated, but our Universal Aviation Italy office has confirmed the details. Here’s what you need to know:


Italy reopens

Italy entry requirements for travelers from the United States, Canada & Japan and C List countries

Effective June 21, 2021, Travelers from the United States, Canada, Japan and C List countries (see list below) can now enter Italy for any reason without quarantine if they meet the specific requirements below:

  • They are entering from the U.S., Canada, Japan or a C List country and have been in those countries the 14 days before entry into Italy
  • They must have one of the following “green” certifications in Italian, English, French or Spanish (digital or paper)
    • Certificate of vaccination, with at least 14 days passed from the second dose. Vaccines accepted include those accepted by the EMA European Medicines Agency, which are:
      • Comirnaty (BioNtech / Pfizer)
      • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
      • Moderna
      • Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)
    • A negative test done within 48 hours before the arrival – valid tests are Molecular test (also known as RNA or PCR test) or Antigen test (also known as rapid test).
    • SARS-COV-2 Infection recovery Certification

Current List of Italy C List Countries

Austria,  Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte and excluding other territories outside the European mainland), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (excluding territories outside the European mainland), Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco.


UK Italy restrictions

New UK restrictions for Italy

If passengers have been in the United Kingdom and North Ireland in the last 14 days, a swab test is needed 48 hours before arriving in Italy, five days of self-isolation and another swab test at the end of the isolation is required.


India covid variant

Restrictions from countries with COVID variants

Due to the COVID variants in Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, travelers have additional entry requirements.


Digital Passenger Locator Form required

A dPLF (Digital passengers Locator Form) and a self-declaration form are still required, depending on the specific requirements of the airport of destination.


Italy entry requirement exemptions

  • Crew are exempt from the above
  • Passengers entering for work/urgent reasons for a maximum of 120 hours are exempt. Contact us for more details.

More updates coming soon

Universal Aviation Italy

Our Universal Aviation Italy team is constantly monitoring this situation and we will update this article as new information becomes available. Please contact us with any questions about upcoming missions to the country.

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Wizz Air’s CEO Wants The Return Of Airport Slot Rules

Wizz Air CEO Jozsef Varadi has condemned Air France CEO’s comments about the use-it-or-lose-it slot rules. Ben Smith…

Wizz Air’s CEO Wants The Return Of Airport Slot Rules

Wizz Air CEO Jozsef Varadi has condemned Air France CEO’s comments about the use-it-or-lose-it slot rules. Ben Smith of Air France stated the suspension of slots rules should continue while airlines recover. However, Varadi has said it’s time for the rule to return. Some airlines are pushing to have the rule suspended until the end of this year.

Wizz Air’s CEO thinks it’s time to reinstate the airports use-it-or-lose-it slots rule. Photo: Budapest Airport

As the global pandemic hit last year, one of the first major decisions to help airlines was the suspension of traditional airport slots rules. Commonly referred to as the use-it-or-lose-it rule, airlines were forced to use 80% of take-off and landing slots on a specific route or would be forced to give it up to competition who could make use of the slots.

With the global downturn, the suspension of this crucial rule meant airlines could operate flights when possible rather than operating empty aircraft. Suspending the rule certainly made sense at the time. However, there is now disagreement about when the rule should be reinstated.

The rule might benefit some airlines above others

As reported by Reuters, Air France CEO Ben Smith and Wizz Air CEO Jozsef Varadi both spoke at a panel at the Paris Air Forum today, and they had very different views on the situation. Smith said the lower threshold for the rule was “logical” and said, “We don’t see our industry in a position yet to put that in place.”  

Suspending the airport’s slots rules benefitted all airlines. However, reinstating it might give an unfair advantage to some. Photo: Frankfurt Airport

But Varadi disagreed. He said that the continued suspension of plot rules unfairly benefitted state-owned airlines or airlines receiving government bailout money. Varadi went on to say that governments were “protecting that investment” made in airlines but not reinstating the slots rules. The French government recently increased its stake in Air France-KLM to 28.6%.

It easy to see both perspectives in this situation. As European borders open and short-haul makes a much faster recovery than long-haul, low-cost, short-haul airlines will want to see a return to pre-pandemic aviation. However, for airlines like Air France-KLM, the suspension of the use-it-or-lose-it rules continues to make sense.

Inconsistent recovery poses a problem

As more airlines worldwide look to recover, it is going to be hard to implement global standards. The difference in demand between domestic and international flights and between long-haul and short-haul operations make it challenging to implement standardized rules that will fairly apply to all airlines.

Air France’s CEO thinks the slots rule should remain suspended or risk damaging recovery. Photo: Air France

Another potential difference in recovery rates was pointed out by Smith. Smith highlighted that budget airlines are better positioned to utilize foreign crew on cheaper contracts. This would aid a faster recovery at a lower cost.

As traffic returns throughout the summer season, the slots rule may have a big impact on airlines’ operations. Keeping the rule suspended benefits the major carrier who have yet to see enough demand. This puts carriers on the road to recover, looking to expand at a disadvantage. But in contrast, reinstating the rule could play havoc on already struggling carriers.

What do you think? Should the slots rule be reinstated now? We’d love to hear what you think, so let us know in the comments.

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