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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: 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.

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

Photograph 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 20,270 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

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.