Italy Covid-Tested Flights


Travel without the need to quarantine when you arrive on Delta’s Covid-Tested international flights between the United States and Italy.  

Customers on Covid-Tested flights will be required to provide negative COVID-19 test results prior to check-in and boarding, allowing you to travel abroad with confidence and avoid the need to quarantine when you arrive in Italy.

Covid-Tested flights are available for purchase on select flights for departure through June 30, 2021 on the following routes:

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and Rome-Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) on DL62/DL63 
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Rome-Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) for departures starting April 1, 2021 on DL182/DL174/DL183/DL175 (JFK to FCO flights operated by Delta departing before April 1 are subject to Italy’s standard quarantine protocols upon arrival). 
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) starting April 1, 2021 on DL118/DL119 (JFK to MXP flights departing before April 1 are subject to Italy’s standard quarantine protocols upon arrival).
  • Please check back regularly ahead of travel. We will continue to publish updates regarding any changes to the Covid-Tested requirements for entry into Italy here.

Customers may also purchase select Covid-Tested flights for departure through June 30, 2021 on our trusted partner, Alitalia, between John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Rome-Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) on DL6616/DL6679.

What to Expect


As part of the Delta CareStandardSM, we’re working with our trusted medical partners, like the Mayo Clinic, to design testing protocols that ensure the safety of our customers and employees, while enabling access to international travel. 

Before booking a Covid-Tested flight, ensure you are aware of the flight requirements that must be completed in advance of your flight, as well as on the day of travel and are eligible to travel to Italy or your final destination, Go to footer note. These will allow you to bypass the local quarantine requirements in place for Italy. Failure to complete these requirements will prevent you from boarding the Covid-Tested flight. 

Flying from U.S. to Italy


 

Before Your Flight: PCR-Test & Rapid Test

Prior to boarding your flight, customers must take a COVID-19 PCR test at a test provider of their choice and provide proof of a negative test result in order to check in for the flight. This test is at the customer’s own expense, and the timeframe for testing depends on the flight selected. 

Customers traveling on a Delta flight will also be required to take a rapid test at no additional cost prior to their departure from the US to Italy. 

Proof of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine does not exempt customers from testing requirements or from Delta’s face mask policy

While customers are welcome to select any test provider that meets the requirements for these flights, below are resources to assist with finding testing locations. While we understand it may not be an option for all travelers, CVS Health is a provider who we have engaged to administer testing for our employees and flight personnel.

The information published here and in other Delta locations related COVID test providers is intended to help our customers in the planning and preparation for their travel plans. Information included here on COVID testing is supplemental to any information provided by test providers or governmental authorities regarding testing. Information may not be copied, republished, or used for any purpose other than individual travel planning. Given the rapidly evolving nature of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak and government restrictions, Delta, CVS Health, and TrustAssureTM cannot guarantee accuracy of and accept no liability for any errors or omissions contained on those pages, including accuracy of translations, outdated information or testing location address and hours, appointment availability, test type offered, or timing for receiving test results. COVID Testing prior to travel may not be available at all locations. Links to third party sources and websites are offered as a courtesy.

The COVID-19 PCR test must be within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time. We recommend that customers arrive at the airport 3 hours prior to departure.

Customers need to check in with an agent at their first departure airport in the U.S. to verify their negative COVID-19 PCR test results; check-in will not be available through any self-service channels such as the Fly Delta app, delta.com or kiosks at the airport.

Before taking off from the U.S. on a Covid-Tested flight from the ATL airport, customers will be directed to a rapid testing area for a temperature screening and a COVID-19 rapid antigen test at no additional cost. The negative rapid antigen test is required to board the flight. Test results may be shared with the Georgia Department of Public Health and/or Italian Health Authorities for public health reasons.

The COVID-19 PCR test must be within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time. We recommend that customers arrive at the airport 4.5 hours prior to departure.

Customers need to check in with an agent at their first departure airport in the U.S. to verify their negative COVID-19 PCR test results; check-in will not be available through any self-service channels such as the Fly Delta app, delta.com or kiosks at the airport.

Before taking off from the U.S. on a Covid-Tested flight from JFK airport, customers will be directed to a rapid testing area for a temperature screening and a COVID-19 rapid antigen test at no additional cost.  The negative rapid antigen test is required to board the flight. Test results may be shared with the New York and/or Italian Health Authorities for public health reasons.

Please note that Delta-operated flights departing from New York (JFK) before April 1, 2021 are not Covid-Tested and are subject to Italy quarantine protocols on arrival.

The COVID-19 PCR test must be within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time. We recommend that customers arrive at the airport 4.5 hours prior to departure.

Customers need to check in with an agent at their first departure airport in the U.S. to verify their negative COVID-19 PCR test results; check-in will not be available through any self-service channels such as the Fly Delta app, delta.com or kiosks at the airport.

Before taking off from the U.S. on a Covid-Tested flight from JFK airport, customers will be directed to a rapid testing area for a temperature screening and a COVID-19 rapid antigen test at no additional cost.  The negative rapid antigen test is required to board the flight. Test results may be shared with the New York and/or Italian Health Authorities for public health reasons.

Please note that Delta-operated flights departing from New York City (JFK) before April 1, 2021 are not Covid-Tested and are subject to Italy quarantine protocols on arrival. You can check your ticket to see whether your flight is operated by Delta or Alitalia.

The COVID-19 PCR test must be within 48 hours of the scheduled departure time. We recommend that customers arrive at the airport 4.5 hours prior to departure.

Customers may choose to take the PCR test at their own expense at a location of their choice or may instead choose to take a rapid antigen test at the JFK airport, Go to footer note for a fee. The negative test is required to board the flight. Your test results may be shared with the New York and/or Italian Health Authorities for public health reasons. To learn about Alitalia’s rapid antigen test experience, visit their COVID-Tested flight page, opens in a new window for more information.

In Flight: Safety Commitment 

For everyone’s safety, Delta requires that our customers and crew continue to wear masks throughout all stages of travel. Passengers traveling to Italy are directed by the Italian government to wear surgical masks on the flight and to replace their masks every four hours during the flight. In order to support contact tracing efforts, customers will not be permitted to change seats before or after takeoff. 

Arrival in Italy: Rapid Test & Immigration Forms 

When arriving in Italy, customers will be directed to a rapid testing area for another temperature screening and a COVID-19 rapid antigen test. Safety mitigation guidelines will be followed to ensure that customers are socially distanced throughout testing. Upon receiving a negative test result, customers will be free to enter Italy without the need to quarantine.

Please be aware that passengers will be required to pre-register and fill in a digital Passenger Locator Form prior to boarding. This is in addition to filling out two additional self-declaration forms that will be available from a Delta representative for completion prior to boarding. Refer to the Italy Forms or Applications section on our Travel Requirements page for more details and exact links to these forms.

For customers purchasing a ticket prior to March 9 for a Delta-operated flight, the test on arrival will be at no additional cost. For customers purchasing a ticket on or after March 9, 2021 for a Delta-operated flight, testing on arrival is 20 Euros payable at the time of testing to a government-mandated test provider. Check our FAQs, Go to footer note for additional details.

Customers can expedite the airport testing process by prefilling in information within the FCO In-Airport Testing Form, opens in a new window, before they get to the airport.

For customers traveling from New York to Milan, testing on arrival is at no additional cost. Check our FAQs, Go to footer note for additional details.

For customers traveling from New York to Rome, testing on arrival is 20 Euros payable at the time of testing to a government-mandated test provider. Check our FAQs, Go to footer note for additional details.

Customers can expedite the airport testing process by prefilling in information within the FCO In-Airport Testing Form, opens in a new window, before they get to the airport.

For customers traveling from New York to Rome on an Alitalia-operated flight, testing on arrival is 20 Euros. Check our FAQs, Go to footer note for additional details.

Flying from Italy to U.S.


Before Your Flight: COVID Test 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all customers ages 2 and above traveling to or connecting through the United States to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test and sign an attestation confirming a negative test result. Customers traveling on a Covid-Tested flight from Italy must provide proof of the following:

  • For customers on a Delta-operated flight, a negative COVID-19 test (NAAT, PCR, LAMP, or antigen) taken within 3 days of your scheduled departure
  • For customers traveling on an Alitalia-operated flight, a negative antigen or PCR molecular COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of your scheduled departure time

You can check your ticket to see whether your flight is operated by Delta or Alitalia. 

Customers must also provide their signed CDC attestation in order to board the flight. Customers may choose to take the test at their own expense at a location of their choice or choose to take a rapid antigen test at the FCO or MXP airport. For customers who purchased their ticket before March 9 and are traveling on the FCO to ATL flight, pre-departure testing at the FCO airport is offered at no additional cost.  For all other tickets, testing is at the customer’s expense. Check our FAQs, Go to footer note for additional details. By following the Covid-Tested Flight requirements, customers will satisfy the CDC’s negative COVID-19 test requirement for entering the U.S. Proof of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine does not exempt customers from testing requirements or from Delta’s face mask policy

Safety mitigation guidelines will be followed to ensure that customers are socially distanced throughout testing. The negative test result is required to board the flight. Your test results may be shared with the Georgia, New York and/or Italian Health Authorities for public health reasons.

Before Your Flight: Contact Tracing 

Customers traveling on a Delta flight will be asked to adhere to Delta’s Commitment to Safer Travel and must provide the following information to Delta for contact tracing purposes: full name, a primary and secondary phone number, an email address and a destination address. Delta will collect information on behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), to support domestic COVID-19 control efforts by making contact information for international air passengers available to state and local health departments for the purpose of contact tracing, public health follow-up and the provision of information regarding preventative actions. Accordingly, Delta will share this information with the CDC via CBP utilizing established channels for the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS). We will retain this information in our systems no longer than is necessary to achieve the contact tracing objectives, or as required by CBP. 

Please refer to Delta's Privacy Policy for details.  For more information, go to www.CDC.gov, opens in a new window, or www.CBP.gov, opens in a new window, or see CBP’s Privacy Impact Assessment for the Advance Passenger Information System, opens in a new window.

In Flight: Safety Commitment 

For everyone’s safety, Delta requires that our customers and crew continue to wear masks throughout all stages of travel. In order to support contact tracing efforts, customers will not be permitted to change seats before or after takeoff. 

Arrival in the U.S. 

Upon arrival, be prepared to show your negative COVID-19 test result before entering the U.S. By following the Covid-Tested Flight requirements, customers will have already satisfied the negative COVID-19 test requirement for entering the U.S.

Additional testing will not be required, though customers may be subject to a health screening. Quarantine requirements upon reaching your destination in the U.S. vary by state and local governments.

Step-By-Step Airport Experience



Check In

Customers originating in/traveling through ATL are asked to arrive at the airport 3 hours prior to departure.

Online check in will not be available for Covid-Tested flights. Once you arrive at the airport, please see a Delta agent in the lobby to check in for your flight and present your negative PCR COVID-19 test results. You will need a physical copy of your results for flights to Rome.



Sign Up for a Rapid Test

Once you’ve checked in for your flight with a Delta agent and have cleared security please proceed immediately to gate E14. If you are connecting in ATL, proceed immediately to gate E14 upon landing. 

See a Delta representative outside of the gate to receive a queue ticket and be added to a virtual queue.



Await Your Turn

Once you’ve joined the queue, you can use the QR code on your queue ticket to follow your place in line on your phone from anywhere in the concourse. 

You may also wait at gate E16 where digital signs will indicate which number is being called.



Get Tested and Await Results

When your number is displayed, please return to gate E14 and enter the rapid test location. 

After your test has been administered, you will wait for results in the designated waiting area. 

Upon notification of negative results, a Delta agent will scan your boarding pass to include verification of your results.



Pre-Boarding

After you’ve completed your rapid test, you are free to wait for the flight anywhere in the concourse. 

Only verified customers will be allowed to re-access the gate by scanning their boarding passes. 

Please plan to be at the gate when boarding begins, 1 hour prior to departure.

Customers traveling from JFK to FCO on a Covid-Tested flight operated by our trusted partner, Alitalia are encouraged to visit Alitalia’s website for more information about what to expect when flying, opens in a new window and about their Covid-Tested flights, opens in a new window.

Customers traveling from JFK to FCO or JFK to MXP on a Covid-Tested flight operated by Delta, please review the experience below. 


Sign Up for a Rapid Test

Customers originating in/traveling through JFK are asked to arrive at the airport 4.5 hours prior to departure.

If you are connecting in JFK, please bring your PCR test to your originating airport for verification during check in; you will sign up for the rapid test upon arrival at JFK. Online check in will not be available for Covid-Tested flights.

If your travel begins in New York, please arrive at JFK T4 and proceed immediately to the COVID-19 testing location in the arrivals area (lower level) before checking in for your flight. Signage will be posted to indicate the testing facility. If you are connecting in JFK, proceed immediately to the testing location near gate B24 upon landing. 

See a Delta representative outside of the testing center in either location to have your negative 72 hour PCR test confirmed and to register for the rapid test. You will need a physical copy of your results for flights to Rome or Milan.



Get Tested and Await Results

After registering for your rapid test, proceed to the entrance to the testing center to take your test. 

After your test has been administered, you will wait for results in the designated waiting area. 

Upon receiving notification of negative results, proceed to the Delta check in counter across from the testing center to check-in for your flight if you are originating in JFK. If you are connecting in JFK, go directly to your gate.



Check In
If your travel begins in New York, after receiving your negative rapid COVID-19 test results, proceed across the hall to the Delta check in desks to check-in for your flight. Online check in will not be available for Covid-Tested flights.


Pre-Boarding

After you’ve completed your rapid test, checked-in for your flight and cleared security, you are free to wait for the flight anywhere in the concourse. 

Please plan to be at the gate when boarding begins, but no less than 1 hour prior to departure.


Check In

We ask that customers originating in FCO who plan to undergo testing at the airport arrive 4 hours prior to departure to ensure you’re able to complete testing on time. Go directly to the testing facility before checking-in with the airline. Visit Alitalia’s website for directions to the COVID-19 Test Area, opens in a new window at the FCO airport

Testing will be available at Terminal 3 Ground Level starting at 6am CET. For customers connecting at FCO, please proceed to gate E11 to complete testing.



Take a Rapid Test
Customers can expedite the airport testing process by prefilling in information within the FCO In-Airport Testing Form, opens in a new window, before they get to the airport.


Pre-Boarding

Customers that completed their rapid test at the airport are free to wait for their flight anywhere in the concourse.

Prior to boarding, customers will need to provide their negative COVID-19 test result and their signed attestation to the gate agent.


Arrive & Take Rapid Test 

We ask that customers originating in MXP who plan to undergo testing at the airport arrive 4 hours prior to departure to ensure you’re able to complete testing on time. Go directly to the testing facility before checking-in with the airline. 

Testing will be available at Terminal 1, Arrivals Level (Level Zero) starting at 6am CET. 



Check In

After completing the rapid test at the airport and receiving a negative result, customers may proceed to the check-in area located on the second level of Terminal 1. Customers who completed their COVID-19 test prior to arriving at the airport may proceed directly to check-in.

Customers will need to show their negative COVID-19 test result and a signed health attestation to the check-in agent.


Changing Your Flight 


If you decide you don't feel comfortable with the Covid-Tested flight requirements, enjoy more peace of mind with no change fees when you purchase a Main Cabin ticket or higher on flights originating from North America. For all Delta tickets where travel begins outside of North America, we continue to offer waived change fees except for Basic Economy fares, which are not changeable.  

Any Main Cabin or above ticket purchased on or after May 1, 2021 will have no change fee. Fare differences will still apply. Visit full terms for details.

Plan Your Next Trip
Plan a trip to Italy without the need to quarantine. Explore flights and look for the Covid-Tested badge to find the flights that are included.

Frequently Asked Questions


Only flights labeled as “Covid-Tested” at the time of purchase will follow this process. These flights will require your consent to testing and contact tracing prior to booking. 

This trial is currently only available to Italian citizens, EU members and essential travel between Atlanta, GA (ATL) and Rome, Italy (FCO); New York, NY (JFK) and Rome, Italy (FCO); and New York, NY (JFK) and Milan, Italy (MXP). Get more details on travel restrictions and eligibility.  

Covid-Tested flights between Atlanta, GA (ATL) and Rome, Italy (FCO) can be purchased on delta.com as a direct flight or as a part of a connecting itinerary. Covid-Tested flights between New York, NY (JFK) and Rome, Italy (FCO) and between New York, NY (JFK) and Milan, Italy (MXP) can be purchased on delta.com and the Fly Delta app as a direct flight or as a part of a connecting itinerary for flights departing on or after April 1, 2021. 

Customers are also able to book Covid-Tested flights between John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Rome-Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) on our trusted partner airline, Alitalia. These flights can be purchased on delta.com.

Both direct and connecting flights will be labeled as “Covid-Tested” and will require that you consent to certain travel requirements prior to booking.

For customers traveling from ATL, plan to arrive at the airport 3 hours in advance of your scheduled boarding to provide enough time to complete the required COVID-19 testing protocols.

For customers traveling from JFK, plan to arrive at the airport 4.5 hours in advance of your scheduled boarding to provide enough time to complete the required COVID-19 testing protocols.

For those traveling from FCO who plan to undergo testing at the airport, plan to arrive at the airport 4 hours in advance of your scheduled boarding to provide enough time to complete the required COVID-19 testing protocols.

For those traveling from MXP who plan to undergo testing at the airport, plan to arrive at the airport 4 hours in advance of your scheduled boarding to provide enough time to complete the required COVID-19 testing protocols.

Yes, you can combine Covid-Tested flights with non-Covid-Tested flights within a roundtrip itinerary. For example, you can purchase a Covid-Tested Atlanta to Rome nonstop flight for the outbound and then select a non-Covid-Tested flight from Rome, connecting through Amsterdam to Atlanta, on the return.

Customers will only be permitted to check-in at the outbound U.S. airport after providing a negative PCR test result. Customers who receive a positive PCR test result will need to postpone their trip, should self-isolate in accordance with health guidelines and should not come to the airport for check-in. Customers will receive an eCredit for the unflown portion of their ticket and change fees will be waived. 

Customers who receive a positive COVID-19 results at the airport prior to boarding will undergo a second test to confirm the result. Once confirmed, local regulatory guidelines for medical treatment and quarantine will be followed. Affected customers who test positive at the airport will be issued an eCredit and may request a refund of the remainder of their Delta ticket. 

Due to the likelihood of close contact among customers traveling together, these procedures will apply to all customers traveling together on the same reservation. 

When traveling from the U.S., customers will be directed to take a COVID-19 PCR test at a provider of their choice, before traveling, at their own expense. 

While customers are welcome to select any test provider that meets the requirements for this flight, we have identified resources to assist with finding testing locations, Go to footer note.  

Additional testing costs may vary depending on your ticket. Explore and understand the cost associated with testing for Covid-Tested flights using the chart below.

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Flight 
PCR Test Before Traveling 
Departing U.S. In Airport Rapid Test 
Arrival in Italy In Airport Rapid Test 
Atlanta (ATL) – Rome (FCO) on DL62 
Customer’s own expense 
No additional cost 

Tickets purchased before March 9: No additional cost 

Tickets purchased on or after March 9 for travel before March 27: No additional cost 

Tickets purchased after March 9 for travel on or after March 27: € 20 (Customer’s own expense)

 New York (JFK) – Milan (MXP) on DL118
Customer’s own expense
No additional cost
No additional cost
New York (JFK) – Rome (FCO) on DL182/DL174 
Customer’s own expense 
No additional cost 
€ 20 (Customer’s own expense)
New York (JFK) – Rome (FCO) on DL6616 (Operated by Alitalia) 
Customer’s own expense 
Customer’s own expense 
Travel before March 30: No additional cost

Travel on/after March 30: € 20 (Customer’s own expense)
Flight 
Departing Italy PCR Test Before Traveling 
Departing Italy In Airport Rapid Test 
Rome (FCO) – Atlanta (ATL) on DL63 
Customer’s own expense 

Tickets purchased before March 9: No additional cost 

Tickets purchased on or after March 9 for travel before March 27: No additional cost 

Tickets purchased after March 9 for travel on or after March 27: Customer’s own expense (€ 20 if testing at the airport) 

Milan (MXP) – New York (JFK) on DL119
Customer’s own expense
Customer’s own expense (€ 50 if testing at the airport)
Rome (FCO) – New York (JFK) on DL183/DL175 
Customer’s own expense 
Customer’s own expense (€ 20 if testing at the airport)  
Rome (FCO) - New York (JFK) on DL6679 (Operated by Alitalia) 
Customer’s own expense
Travel before March 30: No additional cost

Travel on/after March 30: € 20 (Customer’s own expense)

Delta customers, employees and partners are required to wear a face mask or appropriate face covering over their nose and mouth throughout their travel, even if you have been fully vaccinated. Passengers traveling to Italy are directed by the Italian government to wear surgical masks on the flight and to replace their masks every four hours during the flight. Extra surgical masks will be available on board, if needed. Learn more about Delta’s face mask policy here.

We are continuously monitoring safety and security protocols to ensure you have the latest information for your destination's specific entry and exit requirements. Review the latest travel requirements and restrictions to learn more about current travel restrictions and for resources to help you arrive prepared. Please be aware that additional documentation is needed when entering Italy. Please also confirm any requirements for connecting airport destinations if applicable to your itinerary.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all customers ages 2 and above traveling to or connecting through the United States to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days before departure and sign an attestation confirming a negative test result.

Upon arrival, be prepared to show your negative COVID-19 test result before entering the U.S. By following the Covid-Tested Flight requirements, customers will have already satisfied the negative Covid-19 test requirement for entering the U.S

Contact Tracing FAQs


Contact Tracing is a process to help identify and alert those who have come into close contact with the COVID-19 virus to help reduce potential exposure and limit COVID-19 transmission.

To support contact tracing, passengers are required to provide their destination address while in the U.S. and a phone number. This information, in addition to contact information you provided during ticket purchase or at check-in, will be shared with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) via U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) utilizing established channels for the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS). We will retain this information in our systems no longer than is necessary to achieve the contact tracing objectives, or as required by CBP. 

Please refer to Delta’s Privacy Policy for details. For more information, go to www.CDC.gov, opens in a new window, or www.CBP.gov, opens in a new window, or see CBP’s Privacy Impact Assessment for the Advance Passenger Information System, opens in a new window, opens in a new window

When you participate in contact tracing, the CDC will work with local health departments to alert you to help reduce further exposure.  

Follow-up of travelers may include:

  • Contacting travelers 
  • Providing instructions for what travelers should do if they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 
  • Possible intermittent check-in during the two weeks after arrival

All Delta customers flying from Rome or Milan on Delta-operated flights  to Atlanta are required to submit their contact tracing information prior to boarding. If you do not wish to provide your contact tracing information, you have the option to select a different flight to the U.S. 

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