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TUS Travel Information During COVID-19

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COVID-19 Travel Questions Answered

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.

Danette Bewley
President & CEO
Tucson Airport Authority

Latest Updates – June 12, 2021

  • If you are planning to fly soon from TUS, we have updated answers to Travel Questions here.)
  • Airline destination and schedule information is updated. (More: TUS Airlines Schedules.)
  • Fully vaccinated travelers can resume travel at low risk to themselves, according to a statement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Learn more: 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.)
  • Wearing a compliant face mask in and on airport property and airline flights is still mandatory under federal law. Governor Doug Ducey’s repeal of state restrictions does not apply and the CDC’s guidance that says vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a face mask does not include airports and planes. (More: Travel Questions.)
  • Free PCR COVID-19 tests are available to passengers inside Tucson International Airport. (Learn more below: COVID-19 Tests at TUS).
  • The deadline requiring travelers to start using REAL ID has been extended to May 3, 2023. (More: here.)


Free COVID-19 Tests for Passengers at TUS

Click here to schedule an appointment.

Free COVID-19 tests are available for passengers traveling through Tucson International Airport (TUS). 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 36-48 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 is on the lower level in Baggage Claim, near baggage carousels 4 (Alaska Airlines) and 5 (Southwest Airlines). It is open 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

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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