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TUS Travel Information During COVID-19

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COVID-19 Travel Questions Answered

Danette Bewley

If you are flying 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.

Danette Bewley
President & CEO
Tucson Airport Authority

Latest Updates – April 20, 2021

  • Schedule summaries are updated for Alaska, Allegiant, American, Southwest and United airlines. (More: TUS Airlines Schedules.)
  • Fully vaccinated travelers can resume travel at low risk to themselves, according to a new statement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Travelers still must follow certain rules during travel and adhere to requirements at their destination. (Learn more: here.)
  • If you’re flying from TUS, Hawaii, Maine and Vermont are the only states requiring arrival passengers to produce a negative COVID test and all domestic destinations have lifted mandatory quarantine requirements for arrivals from Arizona. (More in the answers to Travel Questions 5 & 6 here.)
  • Although Gov. Doug Ducey has issued an Executive Order repealing restrictions and permitting Arizona businesses to resume normal operations, the requirement to wear a compliant face mask in and on airport property and airline flights is still mandatory under federal law. It applies to all individuals ages 2 and older. An individual who refuses to wear a face covering is subject to penalties under federal law. (To learn more click: Travel Questions.)
  • More jurisdictions in the United States have relaxed entry requirements for travelers coming from Tucson. (More in Travel Questions.)
  • Free PCR COVID-19 tests are available to passengers inside Tucson International Airport and a second site, with free parking, has been set up for non-travelers. (Learn more below: COVID-19 Tests at TUS).
  • Delta Air Lines is continuing to block seats on flights through April 30. (Read about airlines’ safety protocols here.)
  • Food concessions at TUS now offer online contactless ordering, payment and pick up. (Ready to try it out? Connect here.) Food and retail shops are reopening in the terminal. (Learn more here.)

 

Free COVID-19 Tests for Passengers at TUS

Free COVID-19 tests are available at two sites at Tucson International Airport (TUS) – one for passengers traveling through the airport and another public site for those in the community who are not traveling. Through a partnership with the Pima County Health Department, the Arizona Department of Health Services and Paradigm Laboratories, the test being given is the viral or PCR test described by public health officials as the gold standard for its reliability. Test results are available within 72 hours and if you specify you need it for travel, it can usually be delivered within 36 hours.

For efficiency and to avoid crowding, please register 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 for passengers is on the lower level in Baggage Claim, near baggage carousels 4 (Alaska Airlines) and 5 (Southwest Airlines). It is open Noon-8 p.m. daily. The site for non-travelers is at 6868 S. Plumer Ave.  (click address for directions). It is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Free parking is available at the Plumer site.

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

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