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COVID-19 Status Updates at SEA Airport

Update on the Port's COVID-19 response Learn more.

Bookmark this page to follow ongoing updates on Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) operations. Updates will come as more information becomes available for the traveling public. 

Wednesday, April 1

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is open and operational.

Tuesday, March 31

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is open and operational.

Monday, March 30

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is open and operational.

Sunday, March 29

  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) notified the airport today that a third security officer at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) tested positive for COVID-19. The officer last worked on March 18 at Checkpoint 2 from 11:45 a.m. – 10:15 pm. Learn more about TSA actions to protect passengers and employees. 
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is open and operational.

Saturday, March 28

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a domestic travel advisory for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut urges residents of those states to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.
  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) notified the airport today that a security officer at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) tested positive for COVID-19.  The officer last worked on March 24 at Checkpoints 3 and 4 from noon – 4:00 p.m. The checkpoints were closed for cleaning and re-opened. Learn more about TSA actions to protect passengers and employees.  
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is open and operational.

Friday, March 27

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is open and operational.

Thursday, March 26

  • SEA Airport is operating with lighter passenger volumes and enhanced disinfection and personal hygiene protocols in place. Some airport restaurants are open with reduced operating hours and food service only for grab-and-go and orders to go. Read more about adjustments to dining and retail.
  • The international arrivals process for passengers entering the United States from certain countries has been adjusted multiple times since the first global cases of coronavirus were discovered. Read more about the screening process at SEA Airport.

Wednesday, March 25

  • Checkpoint 5 has been cleaned and re-opened this morning.
  • The two Club at SEA lounges are closed until further notice.

Tuesday, March 24

  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) notified the airport today that a security officer at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) tested positive for COVID-19.  Read more
  • The state of Alaska is requiring that anyone entering Alaska must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival beginning March 25, 2020. The mandate applies to Alaska residents, workers and travelers.

Monday, March 23

  • The Port of Seattle supports efforts to limit the spread of the Coronavirus while maintaining essential operations. In response to Governor Jay Inslee’s “stay at home” order, Port of Seattle Commission President Peter Steinbrueck made the following comment: “Critical Port facilities and operations are still open. We are doing everything we can to support those staying home, while keeping Port facilities safe for those who do essential work.”
  • The Children's Play Area near the A Gates has been closed until further notice in order to help promote social distancing.
  • CLEAR operational hours have been reduced at Checkpoints 1 and 3 and will now be open from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.
  • Sound Transit is temporarily reducing service on Link light rail, Sounder trains, and ST Express routes operated by King County Metro due to COVID-19. With light rail ridership down nearly 70 percent, trains will continue to run every 14 minutes under temporary service reductions. Sound Transit has suspended fare requirements on buses and trains until further notice to help protect transit employees and riders through social distancing. Visit Sound Transit's page for more information.
  • Hawaii is requiring travelers to the state to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Hawaiian Airlines will suspend flights to Maui beginning March 27 and Honolulu beginning March 28.
  • For international flights, additional route suspensions announced recently include Icelandair to Reykjavik until further notice and Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong through May. Emirates is suspending all passenger flights worldwide as of March 26 through April and British Air suspended daytime flights through April. 

Sunday, March 22

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is open and operational.

Saturday, March 21

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is open and operational.

Friday, March 20

  • The U.S. State Department issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory, the agency’s highest alert level, encouraging all U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel. Those who are currently abroad are advised to return home.

Thursday, March 19

  • Effective Saturday, March 21, 2020, the SEA Visitor Pass program is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. 

Wednesday, March 18

Tuesday, March 17

  • Today Port of Seattle Commission President Peter Steinbrueck, Executive Director Steve Metruck, and Airport Managing Director Lance Lyttle discussed how SEA is continuing its mission to serve the public and the steps being taken to keep the public safe during their travels. SEA is open and operating, but it is not business as usual right now. This time last year 50,000 passengers would be headed through security checkpoints at SEA at the beginning of the spring break travel season. Right now, the airport is averaging 16,000 passengers per day. Watch the press conference.
  • SEA Airport is open with enhanced disinfection and personal hygiene protocols in place. Most airport dining and retail tenants are open for business, but with reduced operating hours and food service. Read about adjustments to dining and retail.

Monday, March 16

  • Ireland and the U.K. were added to the existing travel restrictions on foreign nationals from European countries, Iran, and China. Americans, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families returning home from Ireland and the U.K. will also undergo enhanced entry screening, followed by a 14-day self-quarantine.
  • Airport dining and retail tenants are open for business, but with reduced operating hours and food service. Restaurants are only open for grab-and-go and food orders to go. Passengers cannot sit in certain seating areas or at the bars. 
  • The live music program is suspended until the end of March. 

Sunday, March 15

  • SEA Airport welcoming international flights without major entry delays. Extra staff are onsite to help. International travelers must go through Customs before pick-up. Please be flexible and aware that this area may be busy over the next few days.
  •  As of March 15, passengers are not experiencing an increase in customs wait times. Depending on visa or citizenship review, it may only be a few minutes through Global Entry, or 30 or more minutes based on the number of and length of reviews in line.

Friday, March 13

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is open and operating. Learn five key tactics to stay healthy when you fly. 
  • After midnight on Friday, March 13, 2020, and for the next 30 days, U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents and their immediate families returning home after recently visiting certain European countries (see list below), China, South Korea and Iran will have enhanced entry screening. The passenger will be asked about their medical history, current condition, and asked for contact info for local health authorities. Passengers will be given written guidance about COVID-19 and directed to immediately home-quarantine in accordance with CDC best practices if needed.
  • The European countries include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Thursday, March 12

  • All USO Airport locations in the U.S. will temporarily suspend operations until further notice in order to maintain safe environments and avoid unnecessary risks of exposure. Visit the USO page for more information.

Wednesday, March 11

  • The Governor and King County issued a health order limiting the number of people at events, and mandated social distancing. Transportation systems (buses, light rail, ferries and airports) are not included in the limit for the number of people; however, the Governor asked those transportation systems to increase vigilance, as they have been, to maintain frequent cleaning of their facilities.
  • Here's how the Port is keeping our facilities clean and safe for you. 

Tuesday, March 10

Monday, March 9

  • The Port of Seattle installed 230 hand sanitizers in and around the terminal. This includes sanitizer stations at the checkpoints, in the skybridges, common use ticket kiosks areas, the 3rd floor garage areas where the TNCs are located (Uber, Lyft), and rental car bus stops. 
  • In response to the spread of the virus, the Trump Administration has expanded travel restrictions, which include:
  1. Raising the travel advisories for certain regions in Italy and South Korea to the highest level, Level 4 “Do Not Travel.   
  2. Suspending entry of foreign nationals who have been in China, Iran, or any of the 26 countries within the EU’s Schengen Area* for the last 14 days (*Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland).
  • Airport retail and dining tenants are open for business, but some have reduced operating hours. 

Tuesday, March 3

  • SEA and the Port of Seattle announced enhanced protocols to maintain the safety, health, and well-being of passengers and employees using Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Sunday, March 1

  • Delta Air Lines published its travel advisory and guidance for COVID-19. 
     

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