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usa to italy with Heathrow transit - COVID testing requirments

Greetings all: I am triple vaccinated with Pfizer and have two hours at LHR between DFW and VCE (on the same ticket) in November. Does anyone know if a SINGLE negative antigen (rapid) test result from a clinic/pharmacy (or the proctored BinaxNOW test) in the USA, taken within 48 hours of arrival in Venice, would satisfy BOTH the 72 hour requirement for UK arrival from USA and the 48 hour hour requirement for Italy arrival from UK? I would like to satisfy both requirements with one test (I realize the rules may change later today and will monitor them). Thank you.

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When are you traveling?

I cannot answer your question about the single covid test, but you should also figure out whether you might need to self-isolate for 5 days in Italy because you have passed through the UK.

https://thepointsguy.com/news/transit-london-europe/

This was a requirement this past summer because of concerns about the Delta variant, and it applied even to airside transit. I was unable to find any information suggesting that has changed, but perhaps someone can help out here. I do know that Italy is very concerned about the current covid situation in the UK (high infection rate) —- my husband reads the Italian news sources and says it is a current topic. We have a flight to Italy through Heathrow next September and he is already concerned. : (

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Thanks for your reply. As noted above, we are traveling next month. According to www.gov.uk : If you travel from the UK and can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Italy without needing to self-isolate if you 1) also fill in the passenger locator form (EU PLF) before you enter Italy to get a QR code to show to your travel provider and Border Police. You can ask for paper form if you do not have an electronic device. 2)show evidence of a negative PCR or antigen test, taken within 48 hours before entering Italy.
Perhaps others will share their experiences.

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I’m a little confused (not surprisingly). If you are on the same ticket and merely transiting the UK do you need to worry about the UK test? I’ve been trying to keep up on this but failing.

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ChristineH, thank you for that link with the current information. I was unable to find that specific information. That will ease my husband’s concern about our September trip.

I was able to change our March trip so we fly directly into Milan from New York, but making a similar switch for our September trip would be way too complicated and expensive at this point. So I hope the requirements do not revert to self-isolation between now and then!