We are flying from Nice, France to New York on Sunday June 12th, leaving at 12 noon (France time) and landing at 3pm (New York time), a direct flight with Delta airlines. All members of our group are fully vaccinated and generally very careful with masks, hand washing, etc (some US citizens, some UK citizens).
The US just announced that a COVID test will no longer be required starting Sunday June 12th at 12:01am EST. If I have my time zones right, that's 6:01 am in France, so it seems to me that we can dispense with the tests, seeing that we fly at 12 noon (i.e. 12pm).
Is that correct? Are there any rules that would make the lifting of the ban not apply to our flight for some reason? Is it likely that Delta will insist on it anyway?
On the one hand getting tested is the safest thing to do and antigen is somewhat easy. On the other hand if it's not required I'd rather spend the money on lunch and skip the hassle of going by the pharmacy on what is already a very busy day.
As of 12h GMT today (June 11th), the French Delta page about entry requirements still says tests are required: https://fr.delta.com/fr/fr/travel-planning-center/know-before-you-go/us-entry-requirements. We'll just get tested and that's it