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.
UPDATE: 12/21 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.
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 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 at 6:15pm
- 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 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 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.
- 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 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 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.
- 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.
UPDATE: 10/21 at 4:30pm
- Passenger traffic at BWI Marshall Airport continues to rebound faster than other airports in the Washington, DC region. BWI Marshall Airport captured more than a 50% share of the region’s air passengers in in both June and July (the 2 most recent months available). These passenger counts are still a decrease of more than 60% from the same period one year ago.
- According to TSA screening data, September 4 currently stands as the busiest day for departing passengers at BWI Marshall Airport since the onset of the pandemic as 15,125 screenings were performed. The second-highest tally was recorded on October 9 with 14,057 screenings. Final monthly passenger traffic reports will also include arriving and connecting passengers.
- Access to the terminal continues to be restricted to ticketed passengers and badged workers. Those picking up travelers should wait in our Cell Phone Lot and pick up just-arrived passengers at the curb.
- Reduced parking rates remain available at both our Hourly and Daily Garages. More information here
- We have added Ambassador staff to help monitor and enforce social distancing on parking shuttles. The Ambassadors (seen in red jackets or vests, also seen at security checkpoints) are stationed at our Daily Garage and the terminal during peak times Thursday-Monday.
- Our airline partners have recently announced new route offerings for our passengers. Boutique Air will offer nonstop service to Norfolk (ORF) beginning November 1. Southwest Airlines is expanding to Miami International Airport and will offer multiple daily nonstops from BWI Marshall Airport beginning November 15.
- Airlines continue to modify their flight schedules on a frequent basis to try to meet changes in demand. Please check with your airline for the latest flight schedule information.
- The number of concessions partners in operation continues to hover just higher than 50%. Updates, including changes to operating hours, can be seen here. In addition, Minute Suites has opened in Concourse C offering passengers an area to comfortably relax, work or sleep.
UPDATE: 9/4 at 12:30pm
- TSA reports 13,257 screenings were performed yesterday (September 3) at BWI Marshall Airport security checkpoints. More than 15,000 screenings are expected to be performed today, the highest tally in nearly 6 months.
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will resume Global Entry enrollment interview for applicants with scheduled interviews starting Tuesday (September 8). The enrollment office at BWI Marshall Airport will be open Monday through Friday 1pm-4pm each day. Full details from CBP can be seen here.
- More of our concessions partners have resumed operations in recent weeks. More than 50% of airport restaurants and retail shops are now open, with additional openings planned throughout the month of September. See the latest rundown here.
- Our Executive Director Ricky Smith recently took some time to share tips for passengers to keep in mind throughout this busy Labor Day weekend. Watch that video below or click here to view on YouTube.
UPDATE: 8/18 at 4:45pm
- Passenger traffic continues to rebound at BWI Marshall Airport. TSA performed 12,532 screenings at checkpoints on Sunday (August 16), the most in a single day since July 2. The 48,000+ screenings performed in the Thursday-Sunday period (August 13-16) is the highest 4-day tally since mid-March.
- A frequently asked question on social media is “I’m traveling for a week, where do I park since your long term lots are closed?” We are offering discounted parking rates at both our Daily and Hourly Garages. The $8 daily fee in our Daily Garage matches our regular Long Term lot rates while the current $12 daily fee in our Hourly Garage is nearly half the regular rate. More info can be found here.
- TSA has installed 14 Credential Authentication Technology (CAT) units at BWI Marshall Airport. In most cases, the CAT units eliminate the need for a passenger to present a boarding pass at the TSA document check podium. The CAT units are intended to provide a more efficient process and better detect fraudulent documents at the security checkpoint. Learn more from TSA here.
- Airlines continue to modify (in most cases, tighten) their policies regarding acceptable face coverings. Many airlines now no longer deem face coverings with valves or vents as acceptable coverings. An overview is found here. Please confirm the latest face covering policies with your airline prior to your travel.
For previous (older) COVID-19 updates, please click here.
What You Can Do
- Stay home if you are sick
- 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)
- 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.