COVID-TESTED FLIGHTS NEW YORK JOHN F. KENNEDY – ROME FIUMICINO

 

From 8 December 2020, passengers arriving in Italy from the United States on a "Covid-Tested" flight, operated by Alitalia and departing from New York, are no longer subjected to mandatory quarantine where currently required.

 

Following the ordinance of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of 23 November 2020 (GU n.294 of 26/11/2020) from 8 December 2020, all flights between New York and Rome Fiumicino (and from 10 December also those between Rome Fiumicino and New York) are subject to a trial procedure until 30 June 2021, to ensure your trip and your stay are even safer and more comfortable.

 

On flights which are identified during the purchase phase with the name "Covid-Tested", only passengers who test negative for Covid-19 are allowed to board, after having carried out a rapid or molecular antigen test (RT PCR) taken via swab within 48 hours of boarding.

 

From 23 March 2021, for passengers departing from the USA it is obligatory to complete the European Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF), the European digital form that helps Public Health Authorities to contact you in the event of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 during your trip.


Upon arrival at Rome Fiumicino, passengers are required to undergo an antigen test;  in the event of a negative result, free access and transit on Italian territory is allowed, without the need, where applicable, to comply with the obligations of health surveillance and fiduciary isolation.​

 

We recommend that all passengers arriving in the United States check quarantine obligations on the government websites of individual states.

 

We also remind passengers that, as a consequence of a recent Executive Order issued in the U.S., it is compulsory to wear a protective surgical mask at all times during the flight and that the mask should be changed every 4 hours. Children under the age of 2 and people with a certified disability preventing them from wearing a mask are exempt. Non-compliance with this requirement may result in denial of boarding or removal from the aircraft and/or penalties under U.S. Federal law.

For any further information visit https://www.tsa.gov/


The ban on travel between Italy and the United States, if not linked to essential reasons, remains unchanged.
 

DURATION OF THE TEST PERIOD

From 8 December 2020 to 30 June 2021.

FLIGHTS INVOLVED IN TEST PERIOD

From New York JFK: AZ 609 (AZ 603 from April 2021)

To Roma Fiumicino: AZ 608 (AZ 602 from April 2021)

PASSENGERS ADMITTED ON BOARD COVID TESTED FLIGHTS

The two flights will only board passengers who:

  • present at the boarding gate a medical certificate of a negative molecular (RT PCR) or antigenic test result carried out in the 48 hours before boarding.

or

  • undergo a rapid antigen test on the day of departure at New York JFK or Rome Fiumicino airports and receive a negative result.

PASSENGERS DEPARTING FROM THE USA

From 23 March 2021 it will be obligatory to complete the European Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF), the European digital form that helps Public Health Authorities to contact you in the event of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 during your trip.

The web application, developed as part of the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS Joint Action, funded by the European Union and with the support of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), will speed up airport control procedures, making more your trip comfortable.

You can fill out the dPLF for your next trip right now.
It only takes a few minutes:

  • go to app.euplf.eu
  • select your destination country
  • and create your personal account with user and password
  • complete the dPLF according to the guided procedure
  • click send

Once the form has been sent, you will receive a QR code, to be shown directly on your smartphone upon boarding. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can bring a hard copy with you.

It is sufficient to fill in a single dPLF per household or group of travelers.

WHERE CAN I TAKE THE RAPID TEST AT NEW YORK JFK AIRPORT

The rapid test at New York JFK airport can be taken at the health centre located in the departures area of Terminal 1 by arriving at least 4.5 hours before the departure of your flight.

It is compulsory for passengers transiting from a US domestic flight with a continuation on flight AZ609 to carry out the test in the city/airport of origin 48 hours before the boarding time of the New York - Rome flight.

However, the health centre at Terminal 1 of JFK airport is available to carry out the test, compatible with transit times.

WHERE CAN I TAKE THE RAPID TEST AT ROME FIUMICINO AIRPORT

The test at Rome Fiumicino "Leonardo da Vinci" International Airport, in collaboration with Aeroporti di Roma, is carried out in the following areas:​

  • Drive-In set up at the Long Stay car park; in this case, you need to arrive 4 hours before the departure of your flight.
  • "Covid-19 Test Area" Health centre in Terminal T3, Arrival Area, Door 4; in this case, you have to arrive 3.5 hours before the departure of your flight.

Download a map of Rome Fiumicino Airport with the locations of the Covid test points here

In cases of transit, passengers are required to carry out the test in the city/airport of origin 48 hours before boarding the flight for New York.

WHAT DOCUMENTS WILL I NEED TO TAKE THE TEST

A passport will be required to carry out the test in New York.

To carry out the test at Rome Fiumicino, whether departing, transiting or arriving, passengers will be required to present: 

  • Ticket for the Covid Tested flight
  • Italian health card
  • Self-certification form for home isolation. To speed up the acceptance procedure, we advise you to complete the online form through here.

Alternatively, you can print and fill out the paper copy of the form before taking the test. The form for departing passengers can be found here. The form for passengers transiting or arriving can be found here.

The physical copy of the form is mandatory for minors, who are required present it signed with a signature of their parent or legal guardian.

HOW IS THE TEST CARRIED OUT AT THE AIRPORT ON THE DAY OF DEPARTURE?

At New York John F. Kennedy airport, you can carry out the test at the health centre located in the departures area of Terminal 1. The result will be communicated to you within 30/60 minutes of the test being performed.

At the Rome Fiumicino airport, once you have arrived at the in the dedicated Covid-19 test area, passengers will need to collect an identification number (without having to queue), head to the box area, where a doctor, after crosschecking personal data with your health card, will associate the identification number for the following communication of the report.

Once the swab has been taken, the result will be read and communicated by a doctor, directly with the passenger, within 30 minutes. While waiting, passengers cannot leave the area until they have received a result.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE EVENT OF A POSITIVE RESULT

In the case of confirmed positive Covid-19 test result, you will have to follow the directions of the Local Health Authorities.

ON ARRIVAL IN ITALY, WILL I BE REQUIRED TO QUARANTINE IN THE EVENT OF A NEGATIVE RESULT?

No. The ordinance allows passengers who meet the negative result requirement for all molecular (RT PCR) or antigenic tests, free entry and transit across Italian territory without the need, where applicable, to comply with the obligations of health surveillance and fiduciary isolation.

WILL I BE REQUIRED TO QUARANTINE UPON ARRIVAL IN THE UNITED STATES?

We suggest that you check all quarantine obligations on the government websites of individual states. 

IF I TAKE A COVID-TESTED FLIGHT, CAN I TRAVEL TO THE USA/ITALY FOR A HOLIDAY?

The experimental procedure does not exceed the local provisions that limit travel between the two countries, with exception to passengers whose travel is indicated as essential or not postponable.

Before travelling abroad, we recommend checking the entry restrictions of the destination country on your local Department of Foreign Affairs website. You can find more information about the latest entry requirements on the IATA website available here

MY CHILD MUST TAKE A COVID-TESTED FLIGHT ALONE

Unaccompanied minors up to the age of 13, already booked on one or more Covid-Tested flights, will be contacted by our Call Centre and informed of the need to carry out the test with a parent/guardian before departure.

Passengers between the ages of 14 and 17, who are able to fly without being accompanied by an adult, whether they are departing/transiting from or transiting in Rome/New York, will be required to carry out the rapid antigen test, subject to the written authorization of the parent / legal guardian.

IS THE TEST AT THE AIRPORT FREE OF CHARGE?

Testing at New York Airport at the lab located at Terminal 1 is for a fee, just like in all local private facilities.

The test carried out at Rome Fiumicino airport from 30 March 2021 will cost €20. You must present your flight ticket and health card. Cash payments are not allowed.

WILL MY TICKET BE REIMBURSED IF I AM UNABLE TO BOARD MY FLIGHT?

Yes. If you are unable to board due to a positive Covid-19 rapid test result, you can choose to request a voucher of the same amount within fourteen days from the date of the withdrawal, valid for eighteen months from the date of issue, or a refund of your ticket. Please contact:

  • The dedicated numbers +39.06.65859458 (from Italy), +39 0665649 (from abroad) or the local numbers available on www.alitalia.com
  • Your travel agent if your ticket was purchased from a travel agency

 


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