COVID-19 Travel Resources
Traveling from the DC Area
To encourage social distancing during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, parking and ground transportation at Reagan National (DCA), Dulles (IAD) and Thurgood Marshall (BWI) Airports have been temporarily modified. Below are the details per airport, but GTS advises you to arrange a secure drop-off or pickup to and from the airport.
Terminal A/B and C Garages – OPEN
Economy Lot – CLOSED
Shuttle Bus Service – SUSPENDED
Metro services are running on a “LIMITED” schedule
Terminal Lot and Garage 1 – OPEN
Valet, Garage 2 and Economy Lot – CLOSED
Silver Line Express and Shuttle Bus Service – SUSPENDED
Metro services west of Ballston-MU are CLOSED
Daily and Hourly Garage – OPEN
Long Term Lot A/B, Express Lot, Valet – CLOSED
Shuttle Bus Service will continue to ALL parking lots for returning passengers. Shuttle bus passengers are asked to enter/exit using rear doors
Amtrak/MARC shuttle service will continue on current schedule
What to Expect in the Airport Terminal
All DC regional airports (DCA, IAD, BWI) require passengers to wear facemasks in compliance with Virginia and Maryland state law. Children under age 10 and people with medical conditions which prevent the wearing of face coverings are exempt.
Please allocate more time for pre-flight and security procedures. Ticket counter and security lane usage is limited to promote social distancing. Traditional ticket counter, baggage check, security lanes, and other airports services may also be restricted.
Again, please allocate more time for pre-flight and security procedures, as measures to promote social distancing and safe travel have been implemented by TSA that may slow processing through security.
Instead of handing their boarding pass to a TSA officer at the travel document podium, travelers must now place boarding pass (paper or electronic) on the boarding pass reader themselves. After scanning, travelers should hold their boarding pass toward the TSA officer to allow the officer to visually inspect it.
Terminal concessions are operating consistent with Virginia and Maryland Phase 2 guidelines, so concessions either closed or operating under modified hours. Food and beverage offerings, as well as newsstands, are open in each concourse. Carry-out services are offered where available.
Dining services at DCA: https://www.flyreagan.com/dca/adjusted-concessions-shopping-and-dining-hours-operation
Dining services at IAD: https://www.flydulles.com/iad/adjusted-concessions-shopping-and-dining-hours-operation-0
Dining services at BWI: https://www.bwiairport.com/COVID19concessions
What to Expect at the Gate and on the Plane
In addition to signage and floor markers to encourage physical distancing in gate areas, plexiglass has been installed at many gate counters, ticketing counters, and baggage service offices.
Airlines are typically only allowing only up to 10 passengers to board the aircraft at a time. To accommodate these changes, make sure to arrive at the gate with plenty of time before your scheduled departure, as boarding may begin earlier.
Many prominent airlines have suspended the booking and use of the middle seat. Gate agents may reassign seats to create more space between passengers and once boarding is complete, many airlines are allowing travelers to move seats within their cabin.
Many airlines are requiring passengers to wear masks or face coverings at multiple points along their journey. Many airlines (incl American, United and Southwest) require all passengers over the age of 10 to wear face masks for the full duration of the flight. Face masks may only be removed for a short time to accommodate eating and drinking.
For specific information on U.S.-based carrier’s requirements, please check your individual airline website.
Are there any food and beverage services on the plane?
Food and beverage services are subject to specific airline regulations and policies. Many airlines have limited food and drink services to the Main Cabin. For flights under 900 miles, water, canned drinks, and juice are available upon request and no snacks, alcohol, or food are available. For flights over 900 miles, limited food services will be available to passengers. Airlines encourage travelers to bring their own snacks and food aboard the aircraft.
When flying domestic, passengers should refer to the local state guidelines regarding airport procedures and local transportation, as policies differ from state to state depending on reopening phases.
Passengers should make sure to check social distancing and quarantine requirements for their destination, as some states and countries require travelers to quarantine for a 14-day period following airline travel.
Currently, many countries are still limiting international travel and many closed border policies are still in effect. Before booking international travel, be sure to check the country’s current policies regarding air travel.
For more information regarding international travel restrictions: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm
Travel Provider Specific Information
Additional Travel Guidance
Domestic travel restrictions
International travel restrictions
General international travel guidance
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html (US State Department)