× Important Information About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Last Updated: January 08, 2021 8:59 EST

Dulles International Airport Traveler Update on Coronavirus

× Important Information About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Last Updated: January 08, 2021 8:59 EST

Dulles International Airport Traveler Update on Coronavirus

Health & Safety as We Take Flight


Quick Links: COVID-19 Testing How the Airport Is Helping to Keep You Safe | Parking & Ground Transportation | Shopping & Dining | Airline-Specific Information | TSA InformationAdditional Resources & Information


The safety and well-being of our customers and employees at Dulles International Airport is our top priority. We continue to monitor the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and remain in close coordination with our federal, state, and local partners. 

We are following all CDC-recommended protocols for cleaning the airport and have provided our employees with the CDC’s recommendations on healthy habits. For the latest on COVID-19 from the CDC, visit coronavirus.gov.



COVID-19 Testing

Dulles International Airport 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.Visit Virginia COVID Testing Sites website for local testing locations.

2. Type "Dulles" 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.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Travelers from the U.K.

On December 27, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that all travelers returning from the U.K. must have a negative COVID-19 test before flying to the U.S. This is for inbound travelers only, not outbound from the U.S. to the U.K.

For more information, visit the CDC's information page

COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Travelers Arriving from International Destinations

Beginning January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that all travelers returning to the U.S. from a foreign country must get tested for COVID-19 no more than 72 hours prior to their flight departure and provide proof of the negative result or provide documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. This is for inbound international travelers only, not outbound from the U.S. or for domestic flights.

For more information, visit the CDC’s information page on international air travel.

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

  • 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. 

Social Distancing

  • 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.   
Parking and Ground Transportation

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* OPEN
Garage 1* OPEN
Garage 2 CLOSED
Economy Lot CLOSED

*Garage 1 Parking is temporarily at the Economy Rate of $10 / day or $6 / hour. Effective September 1, the parking rate in the Terminal Lot will be $20 per day. Hourly rates remain unchanged.

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.



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.

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.

Additional Resources & Information

Travel Restrictions

On August 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of State updated its COVID-19 Travel Advisories, and there are currently specific travel restrictions between the U.S., China, Iran, Europe, Canada and Brazil currently in effect. Please consult with your airline if you have international travel planned.

As of September 14, 2020, CDC has discontinued health screenings for arriving international passengers at all U.S. airports, including Dulles International. For more information on CDC's protocols for international passengers please click here

Tips for Staying Healthy

The Virginia Department of Health and CDC recommend personal hygiene, wearing a face covering over the nose and mouth, and frequent hand washing as the best way to prevent illness. This includes:

  • Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a mask when around others. 
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick and stay home when sick.
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow, throw away used tissues and immediately wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Check in with your airline if you have questions about your travel itinerary.

CDC webpage on COVID-19

Virginia Department of Health travel page