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What are “Covid-tested” flights?

Covid-tested flights are flights that have been authorized by the Ministry of Health by means of a special ordinance.
Passengers on “Covid-tested” flights are required to:

  • hand into the carrier and to whoever is in charge of carrying out the controls, upon boarding, a certification attesting to the negative result of the molecular test (RT PCR) or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab, no later than 48 hours prior to boarding
  • hand into the carrier the declaration referred to in Article 50 of the Ministerial Decree of March 2, 2021
  • complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) – digital dPLF to be shown before boarding.
  • take another molecular (RT PCR) or antigen swab test upon arrival at the destination airport.

Passengers on these flights, following the above-mentioned protocol, are authorized to enter and transit into the Italian national territory, without having to comply with the obligations of health surveillance and fiduciary isolation.

After an initial experimental phase the Prime Minister’s Decree of March 2, 2021, art. 54 paragraph 3, allowed the extension of the flights subject to “Covid-tested” experimentation.
Therefore, as of today, it is possible for airlines to operate “Covid-tested” flights on the following routes:

Atlanta – Rome Fiumicino
New York – Rome Fiumicino
Atlanta – Milan Malpensa
New York – Milan Malpensa

By order of 14 May 2021, at Fiumicino and Malpensa Airports, ‘Covid-tested’ flights are also operational from:

  • Canada
  • Japan
  • United Arab Emirates

The same ordinance also allowed trials of ‘Covid-tested’ flights to Naples ‘Capodichino’ Airport and Venice ‘Marco Polo’ Airport.
Passengers on flights arriving from international airports from the following countries:

  • Canada
  • Japan
  • United States of America (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York – John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty, Philadelphia, Washington DC)
  • United Arab Emirates

must also take a molecular (RT PCR) or antigen swab test upon arrival at the following Italian international airports:

  • Fiumicino
  • Milan Malpensa
  • Naples Capodichino
  • Venice Marco Polo

The trials of ‘Covid-tested’ flights have been extended to 30 October 2021, without prejudice to possible further extensions.
In the event of denied boarding on a “Covid-tested” flight, due to a positive result to COVID-19, the air carrier will refund the ticket or issue a voucher of equal amount at the passenger’s request, within fourteen days from the date of withdrawal. The ticket will be valid for eighteen months from issue.

As of March 23, 2021, all passengers wishing to enter Italy via “Covid-tested” flights will be required to complete the Passenger Locator Form – PLF, prior to entering the country.