Americans Can Now Travel to Italy — Here’s How to Book a Flight

Vaccinated travelers are required to get tested before departure and again on arrival, but are exempt from quarantine. Here’s what you need to know about “COVID-free flights” and planning your trip.

Travelers dreaming of la dolce vita can stop fantasizing and start booking as Italy started welcoming vaccinated tourists on Sunday — including Americans.

The country reopened its borders to foreign tourists from several destinations traveling on “COVID-free” flights, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luigi Di Maio, wrote in a Facebook post.

Travelers on these flights are required to get tested before departure and again on arrival, regardless of their vaccination status, but are exempt from quarantine. Tourists must take either a molecular or antigen swab test within 48 hours of arriving in Italy, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

“This is how we open to safe tourism from all G 7 states after over a year,” Di Maio said. “So far, with the covid-free flights you couldn’t come to Italy for tourism from the extra EU countries. Now let’s reopen to this opportunity, which allows safe travels without quarantine… With hard work we work to bring Italy out of crisis and save the tourist season.”

Delta Air Lines, which started offering the COVID-tested flights in December with Alitalia, currently flies between Atlanta and Rome, New York and Milan, and New York and Rome, and will plan to expand its service this summer with flights between New York and Venice, Atlanta and Venice, and Boston and Rome.

“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,” Alain Bellemare, Delta’s EVP and president – international, said in a statement. “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 and further supporting economic recovery from the global pandemic.”

Travelers dreaming of la dolce vita can stop fantasizing and start booking as Italy started welcoming vaccinated tourists on Sunday — including Americans.

The country reopened its borders to foreign tourists from several destinations traveling on “COVID-free” flights, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luigi Di Maio, wrote in a Facebook post.

Travelers on these flights are required to get tested before departure and again on arrival, regardless of their vaccination status, but are exempt from quarantine. Tourists must take either a molecular or antigen swab test within 48 hours of arriving in Italy, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

“This is how we open to safe tourism from all G 7 states after over a year,” Di Maio said. “So far, with the covid-free flights you couldn’t come to Italy for tourism from the extra EU countries. Now let’s reopen to this opportunity, which allows safe travels without quarantine… With hard work we work to bring Italy out of crisis and save the tourist season.”

Delta Air Lines, which started offering the COVID-tested flights in December with Alitalia, currently flies between Atlanta and Rome, New York and Milan, and New York and Rome, and will plan to expand its service this summer with flights between New York and Venice, Atlanta and Venice, and Boston and Rome.

“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,” Alain Bellemare, Delta’s EVP and president – international, said in a statement. “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 and further supporting economic recovery from the global pandemic.”