Italy is the most recent European country where U.S. travelers can travel to without restrictions such as a quarantine as long as they arrive on the special “Covid Free” flights operated by American and Delta Air Lines.
To fly on these “COVID-tested” flights from the U.S. to Italy, all customers are required to complete mandatory testing, both before departure and on arrival, regardless of their vaccination status.
Delta Air Lines has trialed these flights the first time in late 2020 before the Italian government has now given final approval to roll out this system on a wider scale in preparation for the high demand summer travel season.
Currently several daily flights are available on both American Airlines and Delta to destinations in Italy.
Prior to travel, customers will need to provide proof of the required negative COVID-19 test and also upon arrival in Italy. After taking a second test at the airport producing a negative result, travelers will not need to quarantine in Italy.
American Airlines offers the following connections:
American Airlines has offered customers quarantine-free flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Milan (MXP) since April 2 and on flights from JFK to Rome (FCO) as of May 8. With the recent change in Italy’s travel restrictions, any customers, whether traveling for leisure or essential business, are eligible to fly on American’s flights from New York to Italy starting May 16.
American currently offers daily flights between JFK and MXP and three-times weekly service to FCO. American also operates four-times weekly service between Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and FCO and expects those flights to become quarantine-free and open to all travelers in the coming days.
These are the flight options on Delta:
Customers currently have several choices of nonstop COVID-tested services to Italy, including:
- Five-times-a-week between Atlanta and Rome, increasing to daily May 26
- Daily service between New York-JFK and Milan
- Three-times-a-week from JFK to Rome, increasing to daily July 1
Additionally, Delta will launch three more nonstop routes this summer: New York-JFK to Venice beginning July 2, as well as Atlanta to Venice and Boston to Rome beginning Aug. 5 – making Delta the largest carrier between the U.S. and Italy. All Delta flights to Italy are operated in conjunction with partner Alitalia.
Existing service to Rome and Milan will continue to be operated by the 293-seat Airbus A330-300, while the additional routes will be operated by the 226-seat Boeing 767-300. …
To fly on Delta’s COVID-tested flights from the U.S. to Italy, all customers are required to complete mandatory testing, both before departure and on arrival, regardless of their vaccination status. After receiving a negative test, customers will not need to quarantine in Italy and can resume their travels.
It’s noteworthy that all customers can utilize these flights regardless of them having received a vaccine or not. Testing is mandatory and carrying a vaccination certificate will not entitle the traveler to extra benefits or exceptions to the testing policy.
To return to the United States, travelers must show airlines a negative test result taken within three days of departure or show proof they’ve recovered from covid-19 in the past 90 days, likewise regardless of vaccination status.
This doesn’t need to be a PCR test, the U.S. accepts an antigen test that is certified for example through a self test kit that is self-administered via video conference with a medical service company. Respective test kits that include the certification service can be purchased prior to your departure from the U.S..
Keep that things can change on short notice and there it also the risk of a test coming back positive. It might be worthwhile to have an extra good look on the cancellation policy of your travel arrangement or book your trip using miles and points that come with more flexible and affordable cancellation options.
Italy is effectively open to U.S. travelers again offering a great option for summer holidays. The caveat to this is that passengers arrive on “Covid Tested” flights operated (so far) by American Airlines and Delta, requiring testing prior to the flight as well as upon arrival in Italy without exceptions for vaccinated travelers.
Italy has also opened to travelers from other EU countries as well as from the UK in hopes to secure tourism revenue for the 2021 summer season. Greece as well as Portugal have already reopened as well but the circle of eligible travelers varies.