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Delta airlines info regarding Covid 19 tests

WE fly out to Venice late afternoon on 14 September.
Yesterday we rec'd email from Delta saying "regardless of vaccination status, you will be required to provide a negative COVID=19 antigen or molecular test taken at most 72 hours BEFORE (my emphasis) arrival into Italy."

And trying to reach delta by phone is one of those "valued customers....." we will call you have in 4 hours.......

So, that word BEFORE arrival is confusing us.
We leave on the 14th and arrive Venice on the 15th. Our question....does that 72 hours means getting the test done sometime on the 12th or 13th?

Anyways, your comments and perhaps experiences would be appreciated.

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We leave for Rome on the 19th and arrive at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, the 20th. The information I received from United is "based on your itinerary, an acceptable test should be dated no earlier than September 16 at 11:45 pm." So, subtract 72 hours from your arrival time in Venice, and that is when your testing window starts.

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From my understanding the time is no more than 72 hours (Venice time) of arrival. If your airport is doing so, just leave early and have a rapid test done at the airport. Or get one the day before (14th).

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And, in case it's not obvious, the 72 hours would be based on the time you give the sample for the test, not the time you get the result. You should have plenty of time for a rapid antigen test before you leave home, assuming that you don't have any extra-long layovers on your schedule.