Delta COVID-Test Flights Trial to Europe Making International Travel Possible

by Miles Jackson

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is conducting a three week trial offering COVID-Tested flights between Atlanta and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) in the Netherlands. Delta COVID-Test Flights Trial to Europe is an effort to make international travel possible again.

Flights are available for purchase on select flights departing through January 6, 2021. Similar flights to Rome will begin December 19th.

Delta COVID-Test Flights Trial to Europe

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Delta Has Adopted CareStandard Protocols

With this latest effort, a travel bubble is created between the two airports of Atlanta and Amsterdam.

Systemwide, Delta created a set of protocols in cooperation with partners, such as the Mayo Clinic, to come up with the Delta CareStandardSM. With this program, the airline hopes to improve safety for customers and open the door for international travel.

For travelers choosing one of these COVID-Tested flights, they will be exempt from quarantine on arrival after receiving a negative PCR test result on landing in the Netherlands.

Upon arrival in the Netherlands (if that is the final destination) arriving passengers will be directed to a specific testing area where they will be given an additional COVID-19 PCR test, at no additional cost.

Passengers who are transiting through Amsterdam to other destinations, must make sure they have met the entry requirements for their final destination.

Where to Get Tested for a COVID-Tested Flight

Delta COVID-Tested Flights Find a PCR Test

Delta offers Find a PCR Test Provider Near You resource

Delta suggests using CVS Pharmacies for their testing. While not required, Delta states “While we understand it may not be an option for all travelers, CVS Health is a provider who we have engaged to administer testing for our employees and flight personnel.”

Here’s the link to CVS Health COVID-19 Testing Information

If CVS is not an option, or passengers wish to choose an alternative testing facility, Delta offers Find a PCR Test Provider Near You resource.

Customers (ages 13 and above) must also complete the Traveler Public Health Declaration Form prior to departure to Amsterdam. Passengers must keep that form with them for verification throughout their travels.

For these specific Delta’s COVID-Tested flights, passengers are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test at a test provider of their choice within 120 hours of the arrival time.

Interest in Travel is Rising

We have seen a lot of interest in booking requests and searches as people are seemingly anxious to travel, when possible. Where to go is the biggest question.

At PointMe, we have been providing readers with the latest information on country reopenings and entry requirements due to the Coronavirus. You can read our reopening guides to the CaribbeanLatin AmericaSouth America and Europe.

Now with this Delta COVID-Test Flights Trial to Europe many willing passengers may discover another destination opportunity.

The Upshot

I think this is another great way to help the airline and travel industries meet the challenges of international travel going forward. We have seen pre-testing to Hawaii at the San Francisco airport with United.  Mobile App CommonPass is another trial to help make international travel possible again.  United Airlines offered free COVID tests to London Passengers in their trial. That test also involved Star Alliance partner Cathay Pacific.

Does this latest move by Delta encourage you to travel on a Delta COVID-Test Flight to Europe?

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