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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.

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Terminal access is restricted to ticketed passengers and badged employees. Please drop-off departing passengers or meet arrivals curbside in front of the terminal.

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

- The CDC has updated its travel guidance for vaccinated individuals. Fully vaccinated individual 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.

UPDATE: 3/31/21 at 1:30pm

Photographic of the entrance to Long Term A parking lot at BWI Marshall Airport

- Due to passenger demand, we will be re-opening Long Term Lot A on April 1. The lot will be priced at its regular rate of $8 per day. The temporary Daily Garage rate of $8 per day and the Hourly Garage of $12 per day will remain in place, through April 14. Pandemic-related updates to airport parking operations will continue to be shared on this page of our website.

- Passenger traffic is expected to remain high over the next several days. If traveling, please arrive 2 hours prior to scheduled domestic departure and follow posted COVID-19 protocols as you make your way through the airport.

UPDATE: 3/29/21 at 4:45pm

- While down significantly from 2019, passenger traffic at BWI Marshall Airport has increased in recent days. Each of the 4 previous days (March 25-28) are among the 4 busiest days of the pandemic era. TSA officers at BWI Marshall Airport performed 22,968 security checkpoint screenings on Friday (March 26), the highest daily count in over a year.

- We remind passengers to arrive 2 hours prior to scheduled departure. As passenger traffic is relatively high, lines may form at high-traffic areas (including shuttle pick-up zones, airline ticket counters, security checkpoints and concessions checkout lines). We encourage passengers to continue to distance from others as best as possible.

- Health officials continue to advise Marylanders to get tested for COVID-19 upon returning from out-of-state travel. For international travelers, the CDC requires travelers to the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 prior to boarding a plane to the U.S. More info for international travelers can be seen here.

UPDATE: 3/19/21 at 7:30pm

- Yesterday was our second busiest day in over a year. TSA reports its officers screened 17,978 passengers yesterday at BWI Marshall Airport. March 18 was the 9th consecutive day of more than 11,000 daily checkpoint screenings with elevated passenger levels expected to continue for several more days. TSA officers performed 18,382 screenings on March 12.

- We remind passengers to arrive 2 hours prior to scheduled departure. As passenger traffic is relatively high, lines may form at high-traffic areas (including shuttle pick-up zones, airline ticket counters, security checkpoints and concessions checkout lines). We encourage passengers to continue to distance from others as best as possible.

UPDATE: 3/10/21 at 1:30pm

Graphic detailing changes to Maryland's COVID-19 travel guidance. Text reads: Effective March 12 at 5pm. Lifting quarantine requirements and other restrictions on out-of-state travel.
Testing strongly encouraged for out-of-state travelers.

- The State of Maryland is lifting out-of-state travel restrictions and requirements related to COVID-19 testing and quarantining, effective March 12 at 5pm. A Maryland Department of Health travel advisory will remain in place, encouraging Marylanders to get tested for COVID-19 upon returning from out-of-state travel. Click here to learn more.

- Face coverings have been required at BWI Marshall Airport for several months. To help ensure compliance, passengers can grab a free face covering at distribution bins throughout the main terminal. Learn more by clicking here.

- Approximately 57% of our concessionaires are open to serve those who must travel. Available services and operating hours may differ from normal as a result of the impact of COVID-19 on travel. See more here on our special COVID-19-concessions page.

- A CDC directive requires those returning from international travel to present a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding a plane heading to the United States. Learn more, including types of acceptable tests, by clicking here.

UPDATE: 2/1/21 at 5:00pm

Graphic featuring two travelers with luggage in an airport gate area. Female passenger is seated holding a phone while male passenger is standing and looking at his watch.

- TSA is implementing provisions of President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel. Effective tomorrow (February 2) TSA is requiring individuals to wear a mask at airport screening checkpoints and throughout public transportation systems. This federal order (click here to learn more) is consistent with our existing face covering requirements that were put in place in July as part of Governor Hogan's Executive Order 20-07-29-01.

- BWI Marshall Airport transported nearly 855,000 passengers in November. This is down 62.1% from November 2019. The November 2020 tally represents 45% of passengers in the National Capital Region.

- A CDC order, effective January 26, requires those traveling to the United States from another country to present a negative COVID-19 test prior to travel. Click here for more information.

- Maryland health officials continue to advise Marylanders traveling outside of Maryland and individuals who travel to Maryland to immediately get a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Maryland or within 72 hours before travel to Maryland. After returning from travel, you are required to self-quarantine for at least 10 days, or until you receive your test results. For more information, please visit https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/. Answers to FAQs are also shared below.

UPDATE: 12/21/20 at 1:30pm

- Following Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement Thursday evening urging Marylanders to limit travel to essential purposes only and to get tested if travel is taken. More info available by clicking here.

Below, we’re providing answers to frequently asked questions related to Thursday’s announcement.

Graphic with text of COVIVD-19 Frequently Asked Questions.

Q1: How far in advance do I need to get tested?

A1: Marylanders traveling outside of Maryland and individuals who travel to Maryland shall immediately get a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Maryland or within 72 hours before travel to Maryland. Individuals are also strongly encouraged to get a second COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival in Maryland because of the COVID-19 incubation period.

More information from the Maryland Department of Health can be seen by clicking here.

Travel to Washington, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia by Marylanders is exempt from this testing requirement.

After returning from travel, you are required to self-quarantine for at least 10 days, or until you receive your test results. For more information, please visit https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/.

Q2: What if I am traveling to another state after flying into BWI Marshall Airport?

A2: The testing requirement only applies to travelers with Maryland as their final destination. It does not apply to interstate or international travelers passing through Maryland to another state, including by ground transportation, air or rail.

We suggest following the guidance of health officials in the area of your stay. Learn more by clicking here.

Q3: Do we need to present proof of negative test at the airport?

A3: At this time, proof of negative testing does not have to be shown at the airport. However, we do recommend getting tested and having your negative results with you as you travel. As an alternative to testing, health officials advise self-quarantining for at least 10 days as long as you remain asymptomatic.

Q4: Will I be denied entry at the airport if I don’t have a negative test to present?

A4: No. We advise passengers to abide by last week’s directive from the Maryland Department of Health. Click here to read it in its entirety. State and local health departments are prepared to address violations. We recommend passengers get tested and having your negative results with you as you travel. A list of testing sites is viewable by clicking here.

- As of this morning, Wednesday (December 23) is projected to be the busiest travel day at BWI Marshall Airport since mid-March. Those with a need to travel are advised to arrive 2 hours early, wear a face covering, maintain social distancing and utilize mobile boarding passes and payment when possible. Those waiting to pick up arriving passengers should do so in our Cell Phone Lot (click here for lot location).

UPDATE: 12/17/20 at 6:15pm

Graphic of a presentation slide from Governor Hogan press conference with text that reads Emergency Travel Order. Marylanders are required to limit travel to essential purposes only. Travelers to and from Maryland must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result or self-quarantine for 10 days.

- Governor Larry Hogan has issued an emergency order limiting travel to essential purposes only. Marylanders who travel out of state or individuals traveling to Maryland must obtain a negative COVID-19 test or self-quarantine for 10 days. Learn more by clicking here. A list of testing sites across Maryland can be found by clicking here.

- Following a temporary restraining order granted by an Anne Arundel County judge on Wednesday, airport restaurants will be allowed to continue to offer sit-down dining with a 25% capacity limit. We will continue to post updates regarding operating hours of our concessions partners at the following link (click here for updates).

UPDATE: 12/15/20 at 4:15pm

- Public health officials continue to advise that those who do not have a need for travel this holiday season should stay home and celebrate with those in their household. Click here for CDC guidance related to the winter holiday season.

- To comply with guidance with local health officials, indoor dining at airport restaurants will temporarily be suspended beginning December 16 at 5pm EST. Many restaurant partners will continue to offer carryout orders and grab-and-go items. For the latest concessions updates, please click here.

- COVID-19 testing is available at hundreds of locations across our region. Visit the Maryland Department of Health website (by clicking here) to see a continuously-updated list of testing sites across the state.

- Additional holiday travel information is available with our Holiday Travel Guide (available by clicking here).

UPDATE: 11/20/20 at 7:00pm

- Public health officials suggest limiting non-essential travel this holiday season. Please comply with COVID-19 protocols if you choose to take to the skies. Click here to learn more about our travel preparation this holiday season. Additional information can be found with our Holiday Travel Guide (click here to view).

- To comply with guidance with local health officials, airport restaurants seating capacity is now capped at 25% while airport retail shops are permitted 50% capacity. See what is open by clicking here.

Photograph of the Virtual Information Desk awaiting passengers in Baggage Claim at BWI Marshall Airport

- The introduction of a Virtual Information Desk is our latest effort to safely deliver premier customer service to our passengers. Starting November 23, passengers can receive assistance from a member of our Pathfinder team stationed in a safe, remote location. The Virtual Information Desk is located near Baggage Claim belts 1-5 operated by Southwest Airlines.

- To help accommodate an increase in passengers, TSA plans to open Security Checkpoint A on November 24, 25, 28-30. Estimated security checkpoint wait times are available on the homepage of BWIairport.com and on digital displays at each checkpoint.

UPDATE: 11/12/20 at 12:45pm

- As announced Tuesday evening by Governor Larry Hogan, the Maryland Department of Health has issued an expanded travel advisory (click here to read the full announcement). Marylanders are strongly advised to avoid nonessential travel to states with a COVID-19 positivity rate exceeding 10% or an average case rate of 20 cases per 100k.

- Access to the terminal remains restricted to ticketed passengers and badged employees. The pick up of arriving passengers should take place curbside (as opposed to inside terminal areas such as Baggage Claim or other pre-security areas.

- Departing passengers can continue to enjoy reduced parking rates at both our Hourly and Daily Garages. See pricing and garage availability by clicking here.

UPDATE: 11/5/20 at 2:45pm

- Analysis of TSA data indicates Friday is consistently the busiest day of the week for passenger traffic at BWI Marshall Airport during this time of recovery. 4 of our 5 highest counts of daily screenings at security checkpoints have been recorded on a Friday, including 3 Fridays in October.

Passenger receives free face mask at Information Desk at BWI Marshall Airport.

- Our team has distributed 69,660 face coverings (so far) to airport partners and passengers. The face coverings are free and provided to us by our federal government partners. Cloth face coverings are available for no charge at 3 Information Desks (Upper Level between Spirit and United counters, Lower Level between Baggage Claim belts 9-10 and 12-13). Mask distribution takes place 7 day a week from 6:00am-4:00pm and from 6:30pm-8:00pm.

- A handful of airport restaurants and retail shops have reopened in recent days. More than 50% of airport concessionaires are open, although many are operating with limited hours. See the latest by visiting BWIairport.com/COVID19concessions.

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

FAQs

- 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 the airport shut down?
o BWI Marshall Airport remains open. A number of measures have been implemented to help ensure the safety of airport passengers and workers.

- Will airport restaurants be open when I visit?
o Airport restaurants and retailers are open, but with reduced operating hours and food service. Full service restaurants may have their seating areas closed or limited, but still offer carry-out options. More information can be found here.

- Should I wear a mask?
o The CDC recommends that everyone wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth while traveling. This is an additional public health measure not meant to replace the practice of social distancing.