The UAE and Italian authorities have decided to safely re-open the bilateral travel corridor for all categories of passengers between the two countries and end the quarantine requirement.

With this announcement, the travellers coming from the UAE to the Italian airports at Rome/Fiumicino, Venice/Marco Polo and Milan/Malpensa will be allowed to travel to Italy for all purposes.

For the passengers’ safety, the airports of both countries will continue to follow the travel and health protocol.

All passengers aged over two years will have to undergo a rapid antigen test mandatorily 48 hours before leaving the UAE and on arriving in Italy.

Passengers with negative test results will be allowed to move into the country without restraint.

However, those with positive test results will be required to undergo a period of isolation at a nearby Covid-19-approved hotel, as per existing Covid-19 procedures.

This decision has been welcomed by Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific, Dubai Airports and other stakeholders.

ACI Asia-Pacific director-general Stefano Baronci said: “The tested flight protocols applied between Dubai Airports and three Italian airports demonstrates that international connectivity for all types of passengers can be restored with the close cooperation between institutional and industry stakeholders.

“Science, data and technology have inspired a model that allows for a smooth process, including rapid tests at departure and arrival as a valid substitute to quarantine without jeopardising the safety of the travelling public.”

This announcement comes shortly after the UAE signed travel corridor agreements with Bahrain, the Seychelles, Greece and Serbia.

In a separate development, Saudi Arabia called off the travel ban on travellers arriving from 11 countries that were originally put in place to control the spread of Covid-19.