× Important information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Last Updated: May 03, 2021 8:06 EDT

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Traveler Update on Coronavirus

× Important information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Last Updated: May 03, 2021 8:06 EDT

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Traveler Update on Coronavirus

Health & Safety as We Take Flight


Quick Links: COVID-19 Testing How the Airport Is Helping to Keep You Safe | Airport Specific Information | Airline-Specific Information | Additional Resources & Information | TSA Information


The safety and well-being of our customers and employees at Reagan National and Dulles International airports is our top priority.

The airport continues to monitor the situation surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus and remains in close coordination with our federal partners at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation Security Administration and our state and local health departments and emergency management agencies in preparedness activities related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are following all CDC-recommended protocols for cleaning the airport, including wiping down surfaces and cleaning bathrooms, and have shared with our employees important information provided by the CDC about the virus and following the CDC’s recommendations on healthy habits, such as hand-washing and covering your cough.

For additional information about the COVID-19 coronavirus from the CDC, please visit coronavirus.gov.  


COVID-19 Testing


Reagan National and Dulles International airports currently does not offer on-site COVID-19 testing. The Virginia Department of Health maintains a list of COVID-19 testing sites in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Additional testing locations may also be available, which are not included in the link below.

To find COVID-19 testing facilities convenient to the airport: 

1. Virginia COVID Testing Sites

2. Type "Arlington" into the box for "Your Location." A list of facilities and their contact information is displayed.


The District of Columbia and the State of Maryland also have testing facilities listed on their department of health websites. 

Passengers who need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test for travel should not come to the airport prior to obtaining their test and a negative test result. Those awaiting test results should contact their airline to delay travel, if necessary. For more information on COVID-19 testing in the Commonwealth of Virginia, visit the Virginia Department of Health's COVID-19 testing information website.

How the Airport is Helping To Keep You Safe


Airport staff are taking new health and safety measures to help you take flight with confidence.


  • We have increased sanitization in high-touch areas at the airport, including handrails, escalators, elevator buttons, restrooms, people movers, mobile lounges, baggage claim, etc.



  • Face coverings are required for everyone at the airport, including passengers, per Gov. Ralph Northam’s May 29 mandate. Children under age 5 and people with medical conditions which prevent the wearing of face coverings are exempt. 
  • Visit the Face Coverings information page for more details. 



  • Floor decals are installed to encourage social distancing.
  • Plexiglas barriers are installed in areas where airline and TSA staff interact with customers.
  • Economy parking rates are in place at parking garages within walking distance of the terminal, eliminating shuttle buses for social distancing purposes.   
Airport Specific Information


  • Terminal concessions are operating consistent with state guidelines; however, some concessions are temporarily closed or are operating under modified hours.
  • Food and beverage offerings, as well as newsstands, are open in each concourse.
  • To learn more about the adjusted shopping and dining hours, please visit Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport .  




For more COVID-19 related updates, visit our Information pages at Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport

Airline Specific Information

For more information on U.S.-based carrier’s requirements, please click below to be taken directly to the airline’s website.

For all other airlines, please check airline websites for more information.

Additional Resources and Information


The Virginia Department of Health and CDC recommend personal hygiene and frequent hand washing as the best way to prevent illness. This includes:

  • Wash your hands frequently, at least for 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick and stay home when sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you are travelling overseas, follow the CDC's guidance.
  • Check-in with your airline if you have questions about your travel itinerary.



TSA Information

The Transportation Security Administration has created a webpage with resources and information for travelers. The page explains what to expect at TSA security checkpoints and describes added precautions being taken to keep passengers healthy and safe.

  • Visit the FAQ section for answers to common questions.