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COVID-19: Delta to Launch First Quarantine-Free Travel



Delta Air Lines, the Aeroporti di Roma and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport have joined in a first-of-its-kind trans-Atlantic COVID-19 testing program that will enable quarantine-free entry into Italy.


Delta has engaged expert advisors from Mayo Clinic, a global leader in serious and complex healthcare, to review and assess the customer-testing protocols needed for Delta to execute a COVID-tested flight program.


Delta has also worked closely with the Georgia Department of Public Health to develop a blueprint for governments to reopen important international travel markets.


To fly on Delta’s COVID-tested flights between Atlanta and Rome, customers will need to test negative for COVID-19 through:


· A COVID Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken up to 72 hours before departure

· A rapid test administered at the airport in Atlanta before boarding

· A rapid test on arrival in Rome-Fiumicino

· A rapid test at Rome-Fiumicino before departure to the United States


Customers also will be asked to provide information upon entry into the U.S. to support CDC contact-tracing protocols.


Aeroporti di Roma earlier this year implemented a successful intra-Italy COVID-tested flight trial with Delta’s Italian codeshare partner Alitalia and is the only airport in the world to have obtained the maximum five-star rating from Skytrax on its anti-COVID health protocols.


Rome-Fiumicino Airport serves over 40 million passengers a year and has been rated Europe's Best Hub Airport for the third year in a row by Airports Council International.

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