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TUS Travel Information During COVID-19

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Danette Bewley

If you are getting ready to fly soon, welcome back to Tucson International Airport (TUS)! We sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence you are placing in us to provide you with a safe and enjoyable journey and customer experience.

I say that on behalf of our team at the Tucson Airport Authority as well as our partners and the employees from the airlines that serve our community, the restaurants and shops, rental car companies, parking operators, ground transportation providers, and the federal agencies who have all worked diligently to provide you with a clean and sanitized facility and ensure you receive excellent customer service while transiting through TUS.

It is gratifying to see more people returning to our airport to travel. As more people receive their vaccine, we hope to see even more passengers return.

While we transition into a post-COVID-19 world, it is important to remain vigilant and ensure we operate TUS keeping safety top of mind. That said, I must point out that airports are regulated by the federal government and in some cases, restrictions may differ between the airport and a local jurisdiction, i.e., mask mandates. In addition, airline operators may have their own requirements. For these reasons, it is always a good practice to check with your airline and these pages about TUS before you travel to ensure you understand current regulations.

The TAA Team updates information on these pages on a daily basis, including a separate page here with answers to the latest questions we’ve received.

Whether you are a Southern Arizonan or a visitor planning to come to the open spaces of our beautiful Sonoran Desert, please know that as you consider your decision to fly our primary concern will always be your safety.

If your travel plans are for next week, next month or further into the future, we look forward to welcoming you back to TUS. In the meantime, stay safe and well even if you are not traveling.

Thank you,

Danette Bewley
President & CEO
Tucson Airport Authority

Latest Updates – January 16, 2022

  • Airlines are readjusting schedules in early 2022. The latest information is here.
  • New requirements for arriving international travelers are updated in the answers to question 4 and 5 here.
  • A walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic is open in the terminal 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays behind carousel 7 in baggage claim on the lower level. More here.
  • COVID-19 tests are available in the terminal at TUS. Passengers can choose to take either a free PCR test with results in 24-48 hours or a rapid antigen test for $79 with results in an hour or less – or take both tests. More here.
  • Curbside bag check has been reinstated by American Airlines using a third-party vendor. There is a $3 per bag convenience fee (plus any applicable airline bag fees). Other airlines still require bags be checked at their counters inside the terminal.
  • Food concessions at TUS now offer online contactless ordering, payment and pick up. (Ready to try it out? Connect here.) More information about food and retail shops in the terminal is here.
  • The Military Lounge at TUS has been thoroughly cleaned, restocked and reopened to limited capacity of traveling active duty military personnel only. (More here.)


Vaccine Clinic Open at TUS

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic is open at TUS behind carousel 7 in baggage claim (signs in the terminal point the way). Hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Walk-ins – no appointments – ages 12 and older, can choose to take the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Anyone needing a second dose or wishing to take a booster should bring their vaccination card. The Pima County Health Department has information about vaccine clinics, including those that are available for persons ages 5-11, here.

COVID-19 Tests at TUS

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COVID-19 tests are available in the terminal at Tucson International Airport (TUS). Passengers can choose to take a viral or PCR test for free with results in 24-48 hours or the rapid antigen test for $79 with results available within an hour. You can also choose to take both tests for $79.

As of January 10, 2022, registration is required. You can do so here (or click on the blue COVID-19 test graphic) or, if you’ve just arrived and are in the terminal, there are signs with a QR code allowing you to use your smartphone to instantly connect to the scheduler. Arriving passengers may also schedule a time before departing on their journey to Tucson.

Added: The Testing Center is in the terminal on the baggage claim, lower level, near carousels 4 (Alaska Airlines) and 5 (Southwest Airlines). It is open 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

The tests are being offered through a partnership with the Pima County Health Department, the Arizona Department of Health Services and Paradigm Laboratories.

COVID-19 Personal Precautions

The following precautions from health officials have been shared with TAA employees and is considered recommended advice for all:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (Alternatively, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.)
  • Practice social distancing, keeping 6 feet of distance from unknown individuals.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a disinfectant cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Seek medical care if you have:
    • A persistent elevated temperature despite using fever reducing medication
    • A sustained dry cough
    • Difficulty catching your breath

COVID-19 Resources

The links below provide factual information about COVID-19:

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