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.
Terminal access is restricted to ticketed passengers and badged employees. Please drop-off departing passengers or meet arrivals curbside in front of the terminal.
For the latest COVID-19 updates at BWI Marshall Airport, please click here.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: 10/21/20 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: 9/4/20 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: 8/18/20 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.
UPDATE: 7/31/20 at 1:30pm
- In accordance with Governor Larry Hogan’s Executive Order 20-07-29-01 (full text here), face masks/coverings are required at all times throughout BWI Marshall Airport. This Executive Order takes effect this evening at 5pm. Passengers needing a face covering can receive a free one at select Information Desks (more info here). Face coverings, and other personal health and safety items, are also available for purchase at airport shops and PPE vending machines.
UPDATE: 7/30/20 at 5:00pm
- A number of restaurants and retail shops have recently reopened at BWI Marshall Airport. Roughly 45% of airport concessionaires are currently open, more than twice the number open at the beginning of June. See the latest updates here.
- Maintaining a safe and healthy airport environment is a community effort. Our crews are working around the clock and our partners are conducting additional cleaning and disinfectant efforts. WJZ-TV recently highlighted United's protocols at BWI Marshall Airport. See the report here.
- We continue to update our terminal messaging to keep passengers informed of new, pandemic-related procedures. Crews have recently installed additional floor markers promoting social distancing in TSA Security Checkpoint queue areas, distancing signage in elevators and other high-traffic areas, plus digital signage at TSA Security Checkpoints.
UPDATE: 7/23/20 at 5:15pm
- When you're ready to travel, we'll be ready for you. To help put you at ease, we've put together a safe travel checklist containing 10 important steps to ensure safe travels. See it here.
- All major U.S. airlines require passengers to wear face masks or coverings in-flight. Airlines continue to tighten their policies regarding face masks and coverings in other portions of the travel experience. See the latest updates here.
- We've made another change to our parking operations. Travelers can enjoy reduced pricing of $12 per day at our Hourly Garage. More info on parking at BWI Marshall Airport is found here.
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced this week that Trusted Traveler Programs enrollment centers will remain closed until early September. CBP's Enrollment on Arrival program remains operational. More info here.
UPDATE: 7/14/20 at 9:45am
- We’ve installed 6 Clean & Safe Travel vending machines stocked with a variety of PPE and travel items including multiple types of face coverings, hand sanitizer and gloves, among other items. The machines are located between M&T Bank and Upper Level Door #1, near Baggage Claim #6, at Lower Level Door #10 and near Gate A9. Two machines are also in place at our Rental Car Facility.
- TSA has implemented a number of measures to protect passengers during this summer travel season. Learn more about the “Stay Healthy, Stay Secure” program by watching this TSA video here.
- BWI Marshall Airport parking services continue to operate on a temporary, consolidated basis. Long Term and Express Lots remain closed for the time being. Passengers can park in our Daily Garage and pay Long Term lot rates. The Hourly Garage remains open with no adjustments to parking rates. Any changes to these temporary adjustments will be shared on roadway signage surrounding the terminal, on Facebook, Twitter and this page of our website.
UPDATE: 7/6/20 at 3:15pm
- While down from prior years, this 4th of July holiday weekend brought an influx of passengers to the airport. TSA performed 13,681 screenings on Thursday (July 2) at BWI Marshall Airport, down 51% from one year ago. More than 43,000 screenings took place during the Thursday-Sunday (July 2-5) period.
- Airport restaurants and retail shops continue to reopen to accommodate increased passenger traffic. 30% of our concessionaires are now open, with more expected to return in the coming days. Updates here
- Passengers arriving at the airport without a face mask can receive a free mask. Airport staffers are distributing cloth face masks at 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 will take place 7 day a week from 6:00am-4:00pm and from 6:30pm-8:00pm.
- International air service has returned to BWI Marshall Airport. Southwest Airlines resumed nonstop service last week to 3 destinations (Cancun, Montego Bay, Nassau).
- Southwest yesterday introduced nonstop, seasonal service from BWI Marshall Airport to Pensacola, Florida (PNS).
UPDATE: 6/26/20 at 12:45pm
- Sun Country Airlines debuted service yesterday at BWI Marshall Airport. The airline is offering nonstop service between BWI Marshall Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota (MSP). Footage from the inaugural day is seen here.
- Frontier Airlines continues its local expansion. The airline yesterday debuted service from BWI Marshall Airport to Miami, Florida (MIA). Frontier plans to launch additional destinations later this year.
- TSA performed 10,191 security screenings yesterday (June 25) at BWI Marshall Airport, down 72% from one year ago.
UPDATE: 6/23/20 at 11:30am
- Our passenger traffic continues to rise. TSA reports 8,707 security screenings were performed yesterday at BWI Marshall Airport, down 76% from one year ago. 8,952 screenings took place on June 18, the busiest day (so far) of the COVID-19 recovery period.
- Airport restaurants and retail shops continue to operate in a limited number. Several restaurants have reopened in recent days, while others have modified their hours to accommodate rising levels of passengers. In accordance to state and local guidelines allowing sit-down dining with limited capacity, 3 airport restaurants are now offering sit-down dining at 50% capacity. See the latest updates here.
UPDATE: 6/12/20 at 10:45am
- This week is shaping up to be the busiest at BWI Marshall Airport since mid-March. TSA performed 5,181 screenings here on Wednesday (June 10) and 6,812 screenings yesterday (June 11). More than 7,000 passengers are projected to pass through TSA checkpoints today (June 12).
- This story from NBC’s Today Show chronicles a reporter’s recent journey as a passenger through BWI Marshall Airport. Watch here.
- TSA continues to operate Security Checkpoint C on an as-needed basis. TSA also plans to operate a dedicated PreCheck lane from 5AM-9AM each day at either Security Checkpoint B or C. When PreCheck lanes are closed, PreCheck passengers can still receive Expedited Screening in a Standard screening lane.
UPDATE: 6/10/20 at 2:45pm
- TSA performed 5,151 screenings at BWI Marshall Airport last Friday (June 5). This is the highest single-day count since March 21. Passenger projections for today and tomorrow (June 11-12) indicate an increase of traffic of at least 25% from June 5 on each day.
- Our Executive Director Ricky Smith recently filmed messages for use on our social media channels. He discusses why he is optimistic for a rebound at BWI Marshall Airport as well as what the airport is doing to keep passengers and employees safe. These videos will be posted soon on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.
- Sun Country Airlines officially joins BWI Marshall Airport on June 25. The airline will operate in Concourse D and offer nonstop service to/from Minneapolis-St Paul (MSP) several days a week.
UPDATE: 5/21/20 at 11:00am
- Effective today, TSA has reopened Security Checkpoint C with limited hours for use during peak periods. The move is intended to assist with efforts to ensure social distancing among those in the checkpoint queues.
- TSA announced this morning a series of measures that will be fully implemented at airports nationwide in the coming weeks. Some of the measures are already in place for BWI Marshall Airport passengers including the addition of plastic shields at document checking podiums, promotion of social distancing and reduced security lane usage. More info here.
- As local Safer-At-Home advisories urging only essential travel remain in effect, an uptick of passenger traffic is expected this weekend. Passenger counts at BWI Marshall Airport security checkpoints on May 21 and 22 are projected to reach levels not seen since late March.
UPDATE: 5/11/20 at 2:00pm
- The use of face masks and coverings is recommended throughout BWI Marshall Airport and required at airport restaurants and retail shops. Most airlines now require face coverings in-flight, as well as in airline ticketing and boarding areas. More info here.
UPDATE: 4/30/20 at 4:45pm
- Access to the BWI Marshall Airport terminal remains restricted to ticketed passengers and badged employees. Travel is discouraged except for essential purposes. Hand sanitizing stations have been installed at several locations throughout the terminal, including before and after security checkpoints.
- We have featured a variety of our essential workers here in social media posts throughout the COVID-19 health emergency. To see some of our worker salutes, please visit our LinkedIn page or search #FrontlineMDOTforYou on Facebook and Twitter.
UPDATE: 4/22/20 at 11:00am
- “We’re at a point now where it’s not as important that you get from one city to another in a non-stop manner, it’s about saving lives.”
Our Executive Director Ricky Smith talks about the effect of #COVID19 on airport activity as seen in this timelapse video from around the terminal.
UPDATE: 4/18/20 at 10:00am
- In accordance to directives this week from both Anne Arundel County (seen here) and Governor Hogan (seen here), those working or visiting airport restaurants and retail shops are required to wear face masks or coverings. Tips from the CDC on do-it-yourself masks can be found here.
- TSA recently consolidated security checkpoints operations and will continue to screen passengers at Checkpoints B and D/E. Travelers with boarding gates in Concourses A, B and C should use Checkpoint B.
UPDATE: 4/1/20 at 4:30pm
- Governor Hogan issued a Stay At Home order earlier this week. Out-of-state travel is discouraged, unless it is for essential purposes. Those traveling outside of the state should self-quarantine for 14 days.
UPDATE: 3/27/20 at 3:00pm
UPDATE: 3/20/20 at 4:45pm
- A number of airport restaurants and retail shops have changed their hours of operations of availability or food service. More information can be found here. This link will update, as needed.
- Effective this evening, there will be a reduction in the number of access points to the BWI Marshall Airport terminal building. Some vestibules will be closed on both the upper and lower levels of the terminal building. Signage will be posted on impacted doors directing passengers to the nearest available vestibule.
UPDATE: 3/19/20 at 3:55pm
- Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has directed the Maryland Department of Transportation to restrict access to the BWI Marshall Airport terminal to ticketed passengers and employees only.
Exceptions will be made for visitors assisting passengers with disabilities.
Maryland Transportation Authority Police will strictly enforce this policy, effective immediately. Read more here.
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is suspending operations at the Trusted Traveler program enrollment center on the lower level of our International terminal. This change is in effect until at least May 1, 2020 and is intended to minimize the exposure of CBP staff and the public to COVID-19. Enrollment on Arrival will remain operational. More info here.
- A temporary change has been made at the BWI Marshall Airport Lost and Found office. Until further notice, the office is open only between 10am-2pm on Mondays and Thursdays. No walk-ins, appointments are required. Additional info here.
UPDATE: 3/18/20 at 1:45pm
- Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced on March 17, 2020 that the public should avoid unnecessary travel. Visits to the BWI Marshall Airport terminal should be limited to passengers that are traveling and airport employees. The terminal will be closed from 11 PM to 4 AM each day, except for ticketed passengers and airport workers.
- The following changes to airport parking services are effective March 18, 2020 at 2pm.
- Long Term Lots A and B, Express Lot and Valet Parking are closed.
- Daily Garage remains open at a reduced rate of $8.00 per day (regular Long Term rate).
- Hourly Garage remains open at regular rate.
- Shuttle bus service will continue to ALL parking lots for all returning passengers.
- For social distancing, shuttle bus passengers are asked to enter/exit using rear doors of all shuttles.
- Amtrak/MARC shuttle service continues on current schedule, but schedule adjustments may be implemented in the future.
UPDATE: 3/16/20 at 4:30pm
What We Are Doing
- Increased custodial staffing
- More frequent and thorough cleaning of high-traffic areas
- Using hospital-grade disinfectants
- Distributing CDC handouts at our Information Desks
- Promoting social distancing, including asking those picking up passengers to utilize our Cell Phone Lot
- Encouraging use of our Restroom Alert system, with signs in every public restroom allowing guests to self-report restroom issues
- Adding signage to restrooms with information on coronavirus symptoms and how to reduce its spread
- Working with our business partners (airlines, concessions, etc.) to help ensure the health and safety of all in the airport community
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 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.