Throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Miami International Airport (MIA) has continued to be a leading global gateway and remains committed to serving its local community and passengers from around the world with industry best practices and guidelines.
The Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) has been adapting airport operations to continue safeguarding our passengers, visitors and employees. Your health and safety remains our highest priority. In addition to the safety precautions we have made, travelers are urged to follow the tips below to stay healthy while visiting MIA.
- Wear a face covering and maintain social distancing of at least 6 ft. (2 meters) while traveling through the airport.
- Contact your airline for the latest travel requirements and flight status.
- For our latest operational updates, visit our News Room.
- Please see the latest updates from Miami-Dade County.
- Travelers from the New York Tri-State area are directed to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival at MIA, per an executive order by the State of Florida.
- Travel is restricted for some foreign nationals seeking entry to the U.S.
- For travel information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus 2019 website.
MDAD continues to take aggressive measures to avoid the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Together with our federal partners, airlines and business tenants, we have continued to implement measures for the health and safety of our passengers, visitors and employees.
- Requiring all passengers, visitors, and employees at MIA to wear facial coverings, as stated in Miami-Dade County Executive Order 23-20.
- Installing protective plexiglass screens in key areas such as check-in counters, boarding gates, information counters and Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint queue lines.
- Coordinating with janitorial partners to ensure that high traffic areas including restrooms, TSA checkpoints, international arrivals and employee areas have been deep cleaned and are frequently maintained while following best practices.
- Making sure high “touch-point” areas such as kiosks, handrails and elevator buttons are cleansed frequently with hospital grade disinfectant.
- Placing signs throughout the terminal reminding passengers, visitors and employees to practice safe social distancing and wear facial coverings. Informational signage on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 can be found throughout the airport.
- Positioning floor markings throughout the terminals, displaying where passengers should stand to ensure proper social distancing. MDAD staff will assist in urging passengers to practice social distancing if they are waiting in line.
- Adding additional hand sanitizing stations throughout the terminals and near information counters, as well as key employee operating areas.
- Increasing the replenishment schedule of hand sanitizing solutions that meet and/or exceed CDC recommended standards.
- Dining and retail locations are restricted to 50% capacity and social distancing measures have been implemented.
- Wear a face covering at all times and maintain social distancing of at least 6 ft. (2 meters) while traveling through the airport. Face coverings are available for purchase at several concessions.
- Follow the social distancing ground markings throughout the terminal.
- Check-in online or on your phone before arriving at the airport to minimize touchpoints when going through security.
- Prepare to lower your facial covering at the TSA checkpoint so officers can verify your identity with your photo ID.
- When going through security checkpoints consider placing your phone and any items in your pocket into your bag.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizing stations can also be found throughout the airport. (*Note: this will eventually link to map locations of the stations)
- If you need to cough or sneeze remember to cover your mouth 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, including mobile phones.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Arrive at least two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight to allow time for social distancing measures.
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.
Visit this listing of sources for more information. We will continue to update the resources as they become available.
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 CDCfor specific details.
Q: What are the symptoms?
A: The common symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. Visit the CDC website 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: Yes, the use of face masks is required in all public areas of MIA and is now required by most airlines to board flights.
Q: Can I bring hand sanitizer in my carry-on?
A: Hand-sanitizer bottles up to 10 oz. are allowed by TSA in your carry-on.
Q: Is the airport open?
A: We have remained open for travel and cargo operations. We recommend contacting your airline for the latest updates on your flight.
Q: I’m traveling soon, has my flight been cancelled?
A: 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 for accepting flights from Europe for U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents, as classified by a presidential proclamation. The Department of Homeland Security is conducting additional screening for passengers arriving on these flights.
Q: I’m flying in from South America, will I be screened?
A: At this time, passengers from South America are not receiving additional screening. Passengers arriving in the US from foreign destinations are being asked to self-isolate for 14-days.
The Department of Homeland Security is only conducting additional screening for passengers arriving from all Level 3 countries in Europe, as designated by the CDC. Learn more here.
Q: I’m traveling on a domestic flight, will I be screened?
A: At this time, only passengers on direct flights from the New York area are being asked a series of travel questions and are directed to self-quarantine for 14 days by the Florida Department of Health and National Guard staff. This is required by an executive order from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Learn more here.
Q: How will I be screened?
A: If you are arriving on a direct flight from a Level 3 country in Europe, medical professionals contracted by the Department of Homeland Security are performing additional screening by asking health questions and performing random temperature checks, as directed by the CDC. Learn more here.
If you are arriving on a direct flight from the New York area, the Florida Department of Health and National Guard are asking travelers a series of questions and are being told to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Q: How early should I arrive at the airport?
A: We always recommend arriving at least 2 hours before a domestic flight and 3 hours before an international flight to allow time for social distancing measures.