Rome airport to try ‘COVID tested’ flights from the United States
ROME (AP) – Italian authorities will soon approve an experiment with ‘COVID-tested’ flights from three US airports in a bid to eliminate the required 14-day quarantine for passengers arriving in Italy, Rome’s main airport announced on Thursday .
ADR, which operates Leonardo da Vinci Airport, said similar “COVID tested” corridors should also be approved for flights between the airport and the German cities of Munich and Frankfurt.
A statement from ADR said that pending approval from the Italian Ministries of Transport, Health and Foreign Affairs, from December, passengers arriving from airports in New York, Newark or Atlanta would not have not to be quarantined if they tested negative for the coronavirus within 48 hours of departure and also upon arrival in Rome. The experience involves Alitalia and Delta Air Lines.
Under the pandemic rules in force in Italy until at least December 3, the only passengers who can enter the country from the United States are citizens of European Union countries, relatives of EU citizens, holders of Italian residence permits or those coming for study reasons. or some other essential purpose like health care.
Coming from the United States to Italy for tourism is not allowed. Nothing in ADR’s statement indicates that this is about to change, even as Italy is reeling from plummeting tourism revenues during the pandemic.
ADR expressed hope that the limited experimental program will prove to be feasible and will be extended by next summer.
Delta Air Lines said in a statement that together with Rome Airport and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, it has joined a “one-of-a-kind transatlantic COVID-19 testing program that will enable a entry without quarantine into Italy. “
He cited Delta executive Steve Sear as saying that “carefully designed COVID-19 testing protocols are the best way to resume international travel safely and without quarantine until vaccinations are largely in place.” .
The airline statement said Delta’s “dedicated trial” involving customer and crew testing would begin on December 19.
Contrary to the ADR statement, Delta said the tests would be triple: passengers would be tested up to 72 hours before departure; a rapid test would be carried out at the Atlanta airport; and another rapid test administered on arrival in Rome. Travelers would also undergo another test at Rome airport before leaving for the United States.