Italy Covid-Tested Trial Flights


Travel without the need to quarantine when you arrive on Delta’s new 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 trial flights are available for purchase on select flights for departure through June 30, 2021 between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and Rome-Fiumicino International Airport (FCO). Our Covid-Tested flight trial from ATL – FCO has been extended to June 30, 2021 with the option to continue to avoid quarantine (exemption from quarantine for flights April 6 and beyond is pending government approval). 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 trial flights for departure through March 4, 2021 on our trusted partner, Alitalia, between John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Rome-Fiumicino International Airport (FCO).

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


Flight Requirements

 

Before Your Flight: PCR-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. Proof of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine does not exempt customers from testing requirements or from Delta’s face mask policy

Atlanta (ATL) to Rome (FCO) Departures

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.

New York City (JFK) to Rome (FCO) Departures  

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.

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.

CVS Health COVID-19 Testing, opens in a new window*

Other COVID-19 Testing Locations, opens in a new window*

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.
Before Take-Off: Rapid Test 
Atlanta (ATL) to Rome (FCO) Departures
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. Safety mitigation guidelines will be followed to ensure that customers are socially distanced throughout testing and provided with an isolated area to await boarding pending a negative test result. The negative rapid antigen test is required to board the flight. Your test results may be shared with the Georgia Department of Public Health and/or Italian Health Authorities for public health reasons.
New York City (JFK) to Rome (FCO) Departures  
Customers who wish to take a rapid antigen test at the JFK airport (instead of the PCR test before departure) can do so at the customer’s own expense. Safety mitigation guidelines will be followed to ensure that customers are socially distanced throughout testing and provided with an isolated area to await boarding pending a negative test result. The negative rapid antigen test is required to board the flight. Your test results may be shared with the 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 and 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, also at no additional cost. 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. 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.

Please be aware that passengers will be required to fill out a self-declaration form when entering Italy. Refer to our Travel Requirements page for more details and exact links to these forms.

Step-By-Step ATL 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. 

JFK Airport Experience

 

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

Flying from Italy to U.S.


Flight Requirements

 

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 a negative antigen or PCR molecular COVID test taken within 48 hours of their scheduled departure time and 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 airport at no additional cost. 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. 

For customers taking the rapid antigen test at the FCO airport at no additional cost, we recommend arriving 4 hours prior to your scheduled departure time if you are originating at the FCO airport.

For customers traveling to ATL via Delta and for customers traveling to JFK via Alitalia, go directly to the testing facility in Terminal 3 before checking-in with your airline. For those customers connecting in FCO, go to the testing facility at gate E11 immediately after you’ve landed.

Safety mitigation guidelines will be followed to ensure that customers are socially distanced throughout testing and provided with an isolated area to await boarding pending a negative test result. The negative rapid antigen test is required to board the flight. Your test results may be shared with the Georgia Department of Public Health and/or Italian Health Authorities for public health reasons.

Before Your Flight: Contact Tracing 

Customers traveling to/through ATL 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 Sytem (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  or or see CBP’s. 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 FCO Airport Experience

Check In

We ask that customers originating in FCO 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. 

Changing Your Flight 


If you decide you don't feel comfortable with the Covid-Tested flight requirements, we are simplifying travel by eliminating change fees for tickets originating from North America to anywhere in the world (excluding Basic Economy tickets). 

For any ticket purchased on or before March 30, 2021 there will be no change fees. You can change your travel for one year from date of purchase. Fare differences will 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 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and Rome-Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Rome-Fiumicino International Airport (FCO). Get more details on travel restrictions and eligibility. 

Covid-Tested flights are offered between Atlanta, GA (ATL) and Rome, Italy (FCO) and can be purchased on delta.com as a direct flight or as a part of a connecting itinerary for flights departing on or after December 19, 2020. The flights are currently not available to be booked on the Fly Delta app. Both direct and connecting flights will be labeled as “Covid-Tested” and will require that you consent to certain travel requirements prior to booking.

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.

Before departing the U.S., customers traveling to Italy via Atlanta (ATL), will be directed to take a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), opens in a new window, test at their own expense within 72 hours prior to their scheduled departure time and will need to bring their printed negative test results with them for verification throughout travel.

Additionally, for those customers traveling from Atlanta (ATL), upon arriving in Italy and before departing from Italy, customers will be directed to a rapid testing area for a temperature screening and a COVID-19 rapid antigen test, at no additional cost.

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

For customers traveling to and from Italy (FCO) via New York (JFK), they may choose to take the COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), opens in a new window test at their own expense at a location of their choice within 48 hours prior to their scheduled departure time or may instead choose to take a rapid antigen test at  JFK airport at their own expense. However, there is no fee associated with the rapid antigen test at FCO airport. Customers will need to bring their printed negative test results with them for verification throughout travel.

Upon arrival in Italy from New York, customers will be directed to a rapid testing area for a temperature screening and a COVID-19 rapid antigen test, at no additional cost.

Proof of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine does not exempt customers from testing requirements.

For customers traveling from ATL to FCO, 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 to FCO, 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 to ATL and from FCO to JFK, 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.  

When testing before takeoff at the airport in Atlanta, GA (ATL) and Rome, Italy (FCO), customers will not incur any additional expenses.

Testing at the airport in New York, New York (JFK) is  at the customer’s own expense.

Delta customers and employees are required to wear a face mask, or appropriate face covering over their nose and mouth throughout their 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. 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

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 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.

Customers traveling from Rome to New York are not required to submit their contract tracing information prior to boarding.

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