Delta to launch quarantine-free flights between Atlanta and Rome

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Delta's testing protocol for the Atlanta-Rome service will begin on Dec. 19.
Delta's testing protocol for the Atlanta-Rome service will begin on Dec. 19.

U.S. citizens who are permitted to travel to Italy will be able to do so free of quarantine under a Delta Air Lines testing protocol set to begin Dec. 19 with the resumption of flights between Atlanta and Rome.

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Under the program, travelers will need to show a negative result from a Covid-19 PCR test taken up to 72 hours before before departure. They'll also have to test negative on a rapid antigen test administered at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta prior to boarding the flight to Rome-Fiumicino Airport.

Upon arrival in Rome, travelers will have to test negative on another airport rapid test in order to avoid Italy's 14-day quarantine.

• Related: United rolling out free Covid-19 testing

Then, prior to return to the U.S., travelers will have to test negative yet again on a rapid test administered at the airport in Rome.

Among U.S. citizens, only those who are currently permitted to go to Italy for essential reasons -- such as work, health or education -- are eligible to participate in the testing program. EU and Italian citizens are also eligible to participate.

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