Some glimmer of hope in the horizon.
The head of the European Commission said the bloc would switch policy, under certain conditions, after more than a year of mostly banning nonessential travel.
We've been looking to book a trip to Italy on American Airlines miles later this year. AA had a news release in April saying that their flights between New York and Rome or Milan would require testing and be quarantine-free (while downplaying that Americans traveling on leisure weren't eligible to go to Italy). If we start to book the flight, stopping just short of completing it, the AA site doesn't say anything about it being a quarantine-free flight or rules for Americans. We can hope for clarity in the days ahead.
Thanks for the link - they really don't make it easy to find the specific COVID tested lights, do they? It appears that AA is doing one out of DFW, but the JFK one is flown by Alitalia. It seems that we might be better off to book a separate flight to the COVID test flight city - but then I'd be so paranoid I'd have to come a day early and spend the night at the airport hotel!American has now posted more instructions on taking COVID-tested flights here, including that they'll be offered on Dallas/Ft. Worth-Rome flights. I don't see them say directly that the test before departure from the U.S. can be a rapid antigen test, as said on the Rome Airports site.
??? American, Delta, and Alitalia all operate COVID-tested JFK-FCO flights.It appears that AA is doing one out of DFW, but the JFK one is flown by Alitalia.
They're certainly not making it easy! Yesterday I called AA and was offered a call-back - at least 4 hours later. It never came, so I'm trying again this morning. I see on Alitalia's site the Covid test flight is clearly marked, but I'm not finding anything on the AA site. Thanks for letting me know that AA out of JFK is still an option - but who knows what the situation will be in September. For now I have to plan as if we'll still need the Covid-tested flight in order to avoid a quarantine, even though those requirements might change before then.??? American, Delta, and Alitalia all operate COVID-tested JFK-FCO flights.
Out of Boston for September, we were booked to Rome via JFK. Last weekend the JFK-FCO flight was removed from the schedule for that date, and we were rebooked a day later via Philadelphia. When I queried AA about it, they said the PHL flight is not currently listed as a tested flight. It's also the new date of resumption of service on that route, which has been postponed several times, so there's speculation that it's unlikely to resume after peak vacation season. I also think it's unlikely to operate as a flight requiring quarantine: either it won't operate, it will be a tested flight, or by then a vaccination will be enough to arrive freely in Italy. We could try to go back to going via New York, still a day later than planned and now requiring a LaGuardia/JFK transfer, but that flight doesn't have availability in Premium Economy as we booked.
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