This week, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines began offering quarantine-free flights to all customers heading to Italy, including leisure travelers. This, following the Italian government lifting entry restrictions enabling American leisure travelers to visit the country for the first time in more than a year.
With Delta, your clients 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. Delta flights to Italy are operated in conjunction with partner Alitalia.
“Delta was the first U.S. airline to launch quarantine-free service to Italy, and our COVID-tested flights have proved a viable means to restart international travel safely,” said Alain Bellemare, Delta’s E.V.P and President – International, in a press release statement. “It is encouraging that the Italian government has taken this step forward to reopen the country to leisure travelers from the U.S. on our dedicated protocol flights and further supporting economic recovery from the global pandemic.”
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.
American, meanwhile, offers daily flights between JFK and Milan and three-times-a-week service to Rome. American also operates four-times weekly service between Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and Rome and expects those flights to become quarantine-free and open to all travelers in the coming days.
Prior to travel, customers will need to provide proof of the required negative COVID-19 test and also upon arrival in Milan or Rome. After taking a second test at the airport producing a negative result, travelers will not need to quarantine in Italy.