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TUS Cares – At the Airport

Updated January 15, 2022

If you are considering a visit to the Sonoran Desert, please know there is plenty of space and people here to welcome you with outstretched – and socially distanced – arms. Learn more, including the latest information on local health guidelines and restrictions from Visit Tucson. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Visit Tucson Information

Learn more below about changes at Tucson International Airport (TUS) and what to expect going through the terminal.

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

Click here to schedule an appointment.

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.

Appointments are required. 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 in the terminal on the lower level of Baggage Claim, 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.

TUS Lands STAR Cleaning Accreditation

The Global Biorisk Advisory Council has awarded STAR™ accreditation to Tucson International Airport in recognition of its thorough approach to cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention. The TAA sought the accreditation to demonstrate its commitment and dedication to protecting airport patrons and employees. TUS was among the first five airports in the world – and the first in the Western United States – to receive the accreditation. To see current status of other airports that have been accredited or are seeking accreditation, click here. Other venues, including sports stadiums, convention centers, hotels and commercial establishments are also being accredited.

Face Covering Requirement

Federal mandate requires everyone 2 years and older to wear a compliant face mask over their nose and mouth inside terminals at all airports in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance so that it only applies to indoor settings, including inside the terminal and on shuttles. (Read the CDC guidance here.)

Safety Protocols

Tucson Airport Authority team members and our partners have been working diligently to help ensure your travel experience through Tucson International Airport (TUS) is as safe as possible. Our custodial crews take pride that their outstanding work in the terminal has long been recognized by passengers in our annual customer service surveys. The TAA is not wavering from those high standards and, in fact, has taken added measures.

TUS Cares enhanced measures and precautions include:

  • Elevators in the TUS terminal are now equipped with foot-operated buttons to make for a touchless experience.
  • Handrails on escalators and moving walkways are continuously sterilized by ultraviolet germicidal irradiation using UV-C light installed underneath the rails as they cycle.
  • Transparent acrylic shields are installed at airline check-in, gate podium and baggage claim counters as well as points of transactions counters for rental cars and shops and restaurants.
  • Signage and markers indicate safe physical distancing in queues for airline counters and security checkpoints, gate waiting areas, around baggage claim carousels and in the rental car center.
  • Face coverings are worn by all employees in the terminal.
  • Restrooms are monitored and cleaned multiple times throughout the day and disinfected overnight using specialized sanitation machines. (Fixtures – faucets, soap and paper towel dispensers, toilets – operate using touchless activation.)
  • “High-touch” areas (self-service kiosks, handrails, armrests, etc.) are cleaned multiple times throughout the day using EPA-approved disinfectants designed to kill bacteria/viruses within 5 minutes of application.
  • Gate waiting areas are cleaned multiple times throughout the day with disinfectants and sanitized overnight.
  • More instant hand sanitizer dispensers have been added throughout the terminal.
  • Extra soap, the preferred method for washing hands, is maintained in restrooms, especially near food service areas.
  • Deep cleaning of surfaces has been done throughout the terminal.
  • Airport Parking Shuttles are using new boarding and exiting procedures and limiting capacity to reduce potential for contact.

TUS Operational Changes

Changes in the terminal as a result of COVID-19 emphasize limiting person-to-person contact and maintaining safe social distancing.

  • Passengers can now order food, pay for it and use contactless pick-up in the TUS terminal. The link to order is here.
  • Food concessions have reopened. Information is here.
  • Retail shops have reopened throughout the terminal. Information is here.
  • Curbside check-in and bag check for American Airlines has restarted. It is now provided by a third-party vendor (Bags, Inc.), which charges a $3 per bag convenience fee in addition to airline bag fees. Bag check for all other airlines at TUS is at the airline counter inside the terminal. (Wheelchair assistance remains available. For efficiency, please request the wheelchair as part of your reservation.)
  • The Military Lounge has reopened to limited capacity of active duty personnel traveling through TUS. More information is here.
  • Passenger assistance provided by TUS Warm Welcome Volunteers is resuming, though not all shifts are covered.
  • The Airport Lost & Found office is closed to the public. Office personnel can be reached by phone at (520) 573-8156 during business hours. More information is here.
  • The Tucson Airport Authority Administration Offices are closed to visitors. Employees can be reached by email or phone during business hours, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, except for holidays. The main phone number is (520) 573-8100.
  • Rentals of meeting rooms in the terminal are now available again. Call (520) 573-8100 for information.

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Tucson International Airport
7250 South Tucson Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85756
(520) 573-8100