× Important Information About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Last Updated: August 05, 2020 10:54 EDT

Dulles International Airport Traveler Update on Coronavirus

× Important Information About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Last Updated: August 05, 2020 10:54 EDT

Dulles International Airport Traveler Update on Coronavirus

Dulles International Airport Update on COVID-19 Coronavirus

How the Airport is Helping To Keep You Safe

Your Health and Safety at the Airport

At Dulles International Airport, the safety and well-being of our customers and employees is our top priority. The airport continues to monitor the situation and remains in close coordination with local, state and federal authorities on the latest COVID-19-related health directives and recommendations. The airport remains open and operating for essential travel. 

Dulles International Airport follows the guidance provided by public health experts at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Virginia Department of Health. In addition to supporting federal agencies that operate at the airport, we have:

  • Increased sanitation of high-touch areas at the airport, like handrails, escalators, elevator buttons, restrooms and the AeroTrain, as well as the use of self-drying disinfecting spray on Mobile Lounges.
  • Installed floor decals to encourage social distancing.
  • Implemented economy parking rates at parking garages within walking distance to the terminal, eliminating shuttle buses for social distancing purposes.
  • Rearranged seating near food options to encourage social distancing.
  • Posted educational messaging about tips for healthy travel on overhead announcements, terminal monitors and signage.
  • Installed Plexiglas barriers in areas where staff and customers interact by airlines and TSA
  • As of May 29, face coverings are required for everyone at Dulles International Airport, per Gov. Ralph Northam’s mandate. Children under age 10 and people with medical conditions which prevent the wearing of face coverings are exempt.

We continue to follow all CDC-recommended protocols for cleaning the airport 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.

Face Coverings and Masks

Requirements for Face Coverings/Masks at Dulles International Airport

In accordance with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's mandate that protective face coverings be worn in public spaces, face coverings are required for everyone at Reagan National and Dulles International airports as of Friday, May 29, 2020. All airport employees, contractors and tenants have been required to wear face coverings while inside the airport since May 18.

Visit the Face Coverings information page for more details. 

Airline-Specific Guidance

New Airline Requirements

Many airlines are requiring passengers to wear masks or face coverings at multiple points along their journey. For this reason, we urge all travelers to come prepared.


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.


How You Can Stay Healthy

Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling

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.
Parking and Ground Transportation

Temporary Parking and Ground Transportation Changes at Dulles International Airport

To encourage social distancing during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, parking and ground transportation at IAD have been temporarily modified.


Lot Name

Lot Status

Terminal Lot*


Garage 1*




Garage 2


Economy Lot


Shuttle Bus Service


Silver Line Express Bus Service



*Terminal lot and Garage 1 Parking are temporarily at the Economy Rate of $10/day or $6/hour.

Shopping and Dining

Adjusted Concessions Shopping and Dining Hours of Operation

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. Please visit our Adjusted Concessions Shopping and Dining Hours of Operation page to learn more and get the latest updates for shopping and dining at Dulles International Airport.

Additional Resources and Information

Travel Restrictions

On March 31, 2020, a Global Health Advisory was issued by the U.S. Department of State, and there are currently specific travel restrictions between the U.S., China, IranEurope, Canada and Brazil currently in effect.  Please consult with your airline if you have international travel planned.

Health Screening of Passengers

Health screening of passengers coming into IAD is handled by the Department of Homeland Security, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).