Italy Reopens To U.S. Travelers, if They Fly Delta

In a sudden announcement yesterday, the Italian government lifted restrictions on U.S. leisure travelers traveling to the country starting tomorrow May 16 if they arrive on one of Delta Airlines’ flights requiring multiple COVID tests. The flights had been operating since April allowing Italian citizens or residents returning or travelers going to Italy for essential business, health or family reasons to avoid quarantine; they are now opening to all leisure travelers.

“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. “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, further supporting economic recovery from the global pandemic.”

The Delta routes include five times weekly service between Atlanta and Rome increasing to daily on May 26, daily service between New York JFK and Milan and three times weekly service between New York JFK and Rome increasing to daily on July 1. Delta also plans to add other nonstops this summer:

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