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The Maryland Aviation Administration is working to ensure the safety and security of BWI Marshall Airport passengers and employees. MAA officials remain in close contact with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Maryland Department of Health (MDH), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other business partners (airlines, concessionaires, etc.) to provide a safe environment for the airport community.

Maryland residents seeking information on the impact of coronavirus in Maryland should click here for the latest from MDH.

The latest coronavirus updates from the CDC can be found here.

Maryland Department of Health Logo  Image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

UPDATE: 12/7/21 at 12:15pm

Photograph of passengers at airline kiosks at BWI Marshall Airport.

- The federal mask mandate requiring face coverings to be worn on public transportation systems and in airport terminals has been extended until March 18, 2022. Learn more here. Free face coverings are available at airport Information Desks.

- All international air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, are required to show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than one day before travel to the United States. More international travel guidance from the CDC is available here.

- The Maryland Department of Health is distributing free at-home COVID-19 test kits to BWI Marshall Airport passengers returning from international travel.

- The recently-opened FirstCall Medical Center in our Main Terminal offers COVID-19 testing and other medical services (more info here). FirstCall is located in the hallway behind the American Airlines ticketing/check-in counters. Individuals who are sick should not travel.

UPDATE: 11/17/21 at 9:30am

- All air passengers traveling to the United States are required to present a negative COVID-19 test prior to flying to the U.S. See the latest CDC requirements by clicking here.

- On November 19, we welcome the return of British Airways. The airline’s first flight in 20 months from London Heathrow to BWI Marshall Airport is expected to arrive in the 6pm hour.

- Airline partners are restoring or adding several new routes in November. Watch the video below or here for more information.

- Please arrive 2 hours prior to scheduled departure when traveling domestically, 3 hours prior for international. Long lines are possible at ticketing and concessions, plus there may be delays in airport shuttle service.

- Our Holiday Travel Guide has tips and information for holiday travel. Please visit this page for more information including the availability of airport restaurants and retail shops.

UPDATE: 9/3/21 at 2:30pm

- FirstCall Medical Center is now open at BWI Marshall Airport. The facility offers a variety of medical services, including COVID-19 testing, 7 days a week. Learn more or schedule an appointment by visiting the FirstCall website.

- Contactless ordering has arrived at BWI Marshall Airport! The GateWaiter service allows passengers to order from their favorite airport restaurants and stores. GateWaiter delivery staff will bring your items to you or you can schedule a pick-up. Go to or download the Grab app to check it out.

- We’re thrilled to see our airline partners offer several new routes in the month of September. Some are completely new, some are returning routes. Learn more by watching the video below or here on YouTube.

- Face coverings are required inside the airport, on board airport shuttles and aircraft. We continue to provide face coverings on a first-come, first-served basis at our Information Desks.

- COVID-19 testing is not required for domestic travel. Those entering the United States from international destinations are required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 prior to the flight to the U.S. More info on this page of the CDC website.

- Please arrive early and be patient. Airport restaurants and retail shops continue to be short-staffed, at times. Fraport Maryland and the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation are hosting a job fair on September 8. More information available here.

UPDATE: 6/30/21 at 11:30am

- Even as COVID-19 protocols and restrictions are eased in many places, face coverings are still required inside BWI Marshall Airport, aboard airport shuttles and all public transportation systems including aircraft.

- Our cleaning response to the COVID-19 pandemic has received impressive industry recognition. BWI Marshall Airport is a GBAC STAR™ accredited facility. Read more in our press release seen here.

- We know many have July 4 holiday travel planned, marking their first air travel in more than a year. We remind passengers to arrive two hours prior to scheduled departure for domestic travel and 3 hours early for international travel.

- As passenger traffic continues to rise, roughly 85% of airport shops and restaurants have reopened. Click here to see the latest updates.

UPDATE: 5/27/21 at 11:30am

- Long Term Lot B has reopened. The lot is the latest airport parking to reopen. See availability and updates here.

Overhead photograph of masked passengers at Security Checkpoint B at BWI Marshall Airport

- Passenger traffic continues to surge with passenger counts on multiple travel dates this Memorial Day weekend to be roughly 75-80% of 2019 levels. Travelers should plan to arrive 2 hours prior to scheduled domestic departure.

- Federal guidelines require face coverings be worn during your airport visit, aboard public transportation systems (including airport shuttles) and on aircraft.

- Unsure of what can be packed in your carry-on or checked bag? Visit this page of the TSA website or tweet TSA for assistance.

- As noted above, terminal access is restricted to ticketed passenger and badged employees. Please drop off or meet passengers curbside. Our Cell Phone Lot is a perfect place to wait for arrivals. The lot is now equipped with Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations.

- Airport retail shops and restaurants continue to reopen, albeit some have limited hours. See the latest concessions updates here.

UPDATE: 5/13/21 at 4:45pm

- While the CDC today announced changes to its guidance regarding face coverings in indoor settings for vaccinated individuals, this change does not impact those choosing to travel by air. Passengers and workers continue to be required to wear face coverings at BWI Marshall Airport. This requirement also applies to those aboard airport shuttles, public transit and aircraft. For more, visit this release from TSA.

- We continue to remind passengers to arrive 2 hours prior to scheduled domestic departure. Please plan to arrive early, especially as concessions and parking operations have yet to fully return to normal.

- Our Daily and Hourly Garages are open at special rates, while Long Term Lot A is open at its normal rate. Lot availability, plus future changes to parking operations, will be posted here.

UPDATE: 5/7/21 at 1:45pm

- Passenger traffic at BWI Marshall Airport continues to show signs of recovery. Yesterday (May 6) was our busiest day at security checkpoints since early March 2020 as TSA officers performed 21,738 security screenings. This is a 38% decline from the same day in 2019.

- As passengers return, more airport concessionaires are reopening. 71% of airport shops and restaurants have reopened with more expected shortly. Click here to see the latest updates.

- COVID-19 testing is not required for domestic travel, but health officials advise unvaccinated travelers to get tested both before and after travel. If you receive a positive test result, please cancel your travel. Testing locations in Maryland can be seen here.

- Our airline partners are rolling out a number of new and returning routes this month. See a video highlighting some of these routes below or by clicking here.

UPDATE: 4/2/21 at 3:45pm

- The CDC has updated its travel guidance for vaccinated individuals. Fully vaccinated individuals can resume domestic travel and do not need to get tested before or after travel, nor is self-quarantine required after travel.

For purposes of this guidance, individuals are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 2 weeks after receiving the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine series or 2 weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine. Read more on this page of the CDC.

- Non-vaccinated individuals are still advised to get a viral test prior to travel. Passengers should keep a copy of negative test results while traveling. Do not travel if a positive COVID-19 test is produced. Self-quarantining for 7 days is advised for those with a negative test after travel, or 10 days of self-quarantining for those who forego testing.

For previous (older) COVID-19 updates, please click here.

What You Can Do
- Stay home if you are sick Coronavirus protection tips from CDC
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds each time
- Avoiding touch your face with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes (use a tissue or inside of your elbow)
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Practice social distancing by maintain a reasonable distance (6 feet is recommended), especially if you are a higher risk of becoming sick
- Wear a facemask if you are sick


- What is coronavirus?
o COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread person to person. Click here for more from the CDC. 

- What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
o Fever, cough, shortness of breath OR 2 of these symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell)
Covid-19 Symptoms

- How is it spread?
o From person-to-person within a close proximity (6 feet) via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person sneezes or coughs (more here from the CDC) 

- Are there travel restrictions in place?
o No domestic travel restrictions are in place. Click here for DHS info regarding international restrictions.

- I have a flight booked in 3 days, is it flying?
o Please check with your airline for flight-specific information within 72 hours of your scheduled departure.

- Will airport restaurants be open when I visit?
o More than 80% of airport restaurants and retailers are open, as of June 11, 2021. Airport restaurants and retailers may be operating at reduced operating hours and food service. More information can be found here.

- Should I wear a mask?
o A federal mask mandate remains in place for public transportation systems, including airports. More info here from the TSA and other federal agencies.