Italy launched the first “COVID-free” passenger train.

Italy launched the first “COVID-free” passenger train.

High-speed trains between Rome and Milan will only carry passengers and crew who have tested negative for the coronavirus. In order to access it, those interested must present a test in which they demonstrate that they do not have coronavirus—this Friday, the first left from Rome to Milan.

The first “COVID-free” train in Italy, in which its passengers have had to prove that they do not suffer from coronavirus before boarding, departed this Friday from the Roma Termini station to Milan, in an initiative of the Italian public company of Trenitalia railways.

At 08.50 local time (06.50 GMT), the first of the two daily trains departed that will make the same route, but in reverse, since the second will depart from Milan Central Station at 18.00 (16.00 GMT) bound for Rome. However, it is not ruled out that after the initial phase, the trips may be extended to other cities.

According to the company, passengers wishing to board had to present themselves at the station 45 minutes before departure with a document certifying the negative result of a PCR or The antigen test was taken 48 hours before the trip.

It was also possible to take the free test, and for the same purpose, the Red Cross pitched a tent in front of the Termini station, where the Minister for Infrastructure, Enrico Giovannini, and the Minister for Tourism Massimo Garavaglia, were also present.

Free tests can be done at both stations, as long as it is reserved when purchasing the ticket, while children up to 6 years of age are exempt from taking the test unless expressly requested by the parents.

Those already vaccinated will also need to show a negative certificate or be tested before leaving, as will all personnel traveling on trains, from machinists to catering or cleaning personnel.

According to Trenitalia, In cases where a positive result is tested, the ticket price will be refunded to 100 even if the customer buys it at a lower rate.

In any case, the trains will travel with a capacity of 50%, as happens in the rest of the Italian railways due to current national regulations.