Italy has become one of the first countries to waive the quarantine requirement for travelers who arrive on designated "COVID-free" direct flights.  By an ordinance issued by the Italian Ministry of Health, passengers who have tested negative for COVID-19 will be allowed to travel to Italy without being subject to the current 14-day quarantine measures for certain arrivals.  Passengers must fly Alitalia and Delta direct flights departing from New York's JFK, Newark and Atlanta airports, and arriving at Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in Rome.

Travelers are required to present a negative COVID test, within 48 hours before departure, or take a test at the airport before departure.  A second test will be required upon arrival in Rome.  A final test will be required prior to departing Italy.  Fiumicino Airport offers rapid antigen tests for arriving passengers.  If the result is negative, passengers are allowed to enter Italy without being subject to quarantine measures.

Other "COVID-free" flights will be available between Rome and Germany (Munich and Frankfurt).   This exemption from quarantine will facilitate essential travel for those visiting Italy during the pandemic.  Currently, further details may be obtained directly from Delta Airlines.

Originally Published by Mayer Brown, January 2021

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