The Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD), in coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and Miami-Dade County has been closely monitoring Coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to manage airport operations and ensure the safety of passengers and employees at Miami International Airport (MIA) and Miami-Dade County’s general aviation airports.

MDAD has taken preventative measures to deter the spread of the virus. We are working with our partners to implement the federally mandated screening of travelers with possible exposure, as well as following best practices for the safety of our passengers and employees.

  • Coordinating with janitorial partners to ensure high traffic areas are frequently maintained and ensuring cleaning crews are following the best practices.
  • Making sure high “touch-point” areas such as handrails and elevator buttons are cleansed properly.
  • Adding additional hand sanitizing stations throughout the terminals and near information counters.
  • Increasing the replenishment routine of the hand-sanitizing solutions that meet and/or exceed CDC recommended standards.
  • Adding new hand sanitizers at all key employee operating areas, including breakrooms throughout the County’s airport system.
  • Deploying proper hand-washing hygiene posters at airport ticket counter monitors, restrooms, and employee breakrooms.
  • Adding signage from Miami-Dade County to restrooms with information on how to prevent COVID-19.

The Department of Health in Miami-Dade County and the CDC offers several tips on precautions to avoid COVID-19.

Prevention Tips

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover cough or sneeze with a tissue. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home if sick, except to get medical care.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Any individuals in Miami-Dade County who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19, should call the Florida Department of Health at 305-324-2400.

Q: What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?

A: The coronavirus has many different strains of viruses which cause illness in humans and animals. COVID-19 is a new strain of the virus.


Q: How does coronavirus spread?

A: The virus is thought to mainly spread person-to-person. Visit the CDC for specific details.


Q:What are the symptoms?

A: The common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Visit the CDC for more details.  


Q: Should I postpone or cancel my trip?

A: We suggest reviewing the travel notices and potential health risks associated with your destination.


Q: Are there any current travel restrictions?

A: We recommend contacting the airline directly. For updates on travel restrictions related to COVID-19, visit the IATA Travel Centre.


Q: Should I wear a mask?

A: Health authorities say that you should only wear a mask if you are not feeling well. Otherwise, a mask is not needed. For more information, visit the World Health Organization.


Q: Is the airport open?

A: At this time, Miami International Airport remains open and operational. However, we recommend contacting your airline for the latest updates on your flight.


Q: I’m traveling soon, has my flight been cancelled?

A: There have been some cancellations. We recommend contacting your airline for the latest updates on your flight.


Q: Why are there still flights arriving from Europe?

A: Miami International Airport is among several approved airports accepting flights from Europe, as classified by a presidential proclamation. The Department of Homeland Security is conducting additional screening for passengers arriving on these flights. Read more here.


Q: I’m flying in from South America, will I be screened?

A: At this time the Department of Homeland Security is conducting additional screening for passengers arriving from all Level 3 countries, as designated by the CDC. Learn more here.


Q: I’m traveling on a domestic flight, will I be screened?

A: At this time additional screening is not being performed for domestic flights. The Department of Homeland Security is only conducting additional screening for passengers arriving from Level 3 countries. Learn more here.


Q: How will I be screened?

A: Medical professionals contracted by the Department of Homeland Security are asking health questions and performing random temperature checks only with passengers from the Level 3 countries in Europe, as designated by the CDC. Learn more here.


Q: How early should I arrive at the airport?

A: We always recommend arriving 2 hours before a domestic flight and 3 hours before an international flight.


Q: What are the wait times in the international arrivals area?

A: This can vary depending on how many passengers are arriving at the time. If you’re a U.S. citizen, we recommend using Mobile Passport Control on our MIA Airport Official app to expedite the process.