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COVID-19 Status Updates at SEA Airport

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

 

Welcome to FlyHealthy @ SEA. Stay up to date on actions we’re taking to support public health at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and learn about our commitment to a culture of safety and well-being. We post regular airport updates for the traveling public as new information is available.  

Please note, SEA does not manage flight schedules or air traffic. Please contact your airline about your flight. The Port of Seattle will update its response pages if an employee or contractor working in a public-facing role tests positive for COVID-19.

Oct. 16, 2020

  • Read the FlyHealthy@SEA update for October 16, 2020 to stay up to date on actions to ensure the health and well-being of passengers and workers. This issue covers COVID-19 testing and travel. 

Oct. 7, 2020

  • Hawaii announced trusted testing and travel partners for a COVID-19 pre-travel testing program that starts October 15. Learn more

Oct. 2, 2020

  • Read the FlyHealthy@SEA update for October 2, 2020 to stay up to date on actions to ensure the health and well-being of passengers and workers. As part of the continued effort to provide a safe and healthy environment for the traveling public, FlyHealthy@SEA achieved Global Health Accreditation under the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Health Accreditation program. SEA is the first airport on the West Coast to earn the accreditation.

Oct. 1, 2020

  • To help guests prepare for Hawaii's pre-travel testing program, Alaska Airlines will partner with Carbon Health to offer rapid COVID-19 testing at its pop-up clinics across the West Coast, starting Oct. 12 in Seattle. Hawaii will begin to welcome back visitors on Oct. 15 by allowing out-of-state travelers to enjoy the islands without a 14-day quarantine when they test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their final leg of departure to Hawaii. Learn more
  • SEA is partnering with Sound Transit and the COMTO Washington Chapter to ensure that passengers are wearing masks and have access to free masks as part of FlyHealthy@SEA. Stop by the Information Desk on ticketing or ask one of our customer experience Pathfinders in green if you need a mask.  

Sept. 25, 2020

  • Read the FlyHealthy@SEA update for September 25, 2020 to stay up to date on actions to ensure the health and well-being of passengers and workers. We are ready for you when you’re ready to travel, but we understand everyone has a different comfort level about returning to the airport. This week, thank you to our partners for sharing their recent experiences at the airport. Additionally, SEA Managing Director Lance Lyttle joined Governor Jay Inslee, Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines for a press conference to announce the Governor’s new “Commercial Service Airport Requirements” for Washington state. These requirements were developed in consultation with airport operators, and mirror the measures we have undertaken through our FlyHealthy@SEA action plan.

Sept. 17, 2020 

  • Hawaii will introduce a pre-travel testing program for COVID-19 to start October 15. Pre-travel testing enables travelers to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine if they are tested no earlier than 72 hours before their flight arrives. Travelers also will have their temperatures checked upon arrival in Hawaii and must fill out a travel and health form. Upon arrival in Hawaii, passengers unable to provide proof of an approved negative test will be required to go into quarantine for 14 days or until they can provide proof of negative test results. Learn more 

Sept. 14, 2020 

  • Federal Government Adjusts COVID-19 Entry Screening Protocols for International Air Passengers: Effective Sept. 14, enhanced entry health screening for international passengers has halted along with the requirement for directing all flights carrying airline passengers at 1 of 15 designated airports (including SEA) is no longer in effect and all airports can accept international travelers again.

Sept. 11, 2020 

  • Read the FlyHealthy@SEA update for September 11, 2020 to stay up to date on actions to ensure the health and well-being of passengers and workers. SEA is preparing for the fall and winter by doubling down on disinfecting. At the beginning of COVID-19, we escalated an already robust cleaning program to ensure frequent disinfection with medical-grade and EPA approved cleaning products. We added an emphasis on high-touch areas such as buttons, handrails, and counters. And that was just the beginning. SEA continues to add new and better solutions for cleaning. This week we shared six clean tech strategies you will see at our airport, including autonomous floor cleaning machines, electrostatic sprayers, and cleaning systems that disinfect escalator hand railings.

Sept. 8, 2020

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced plans for reopening Trusted Traveler Programs enrollment centers to the public on September 8. The reopening plans were developed in consultation with CBP health and safety experts and include measures to minimize the risk of exposing travelers and CBP personnel to COVID-19. Learn more

Friday, August 14

  • Read the FlyHealthy@SEA update for August 14, 2020
  • This is a reminder that SEA requires face coverings or masks, which must be worn over the nose and mouth. Thank you for helping us to reach 93 percent compliance! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), masks with exhalation valves or vents should not be worn to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Some airlines require masks on all flights regardless of medical exemptions. Travelers should check with their airline to understand this requirement before travel. You may be asked by TSA to adjust your mask for ID verification or if it alarms the security screening equipment.

Thursday, August 6

  • In coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State lifted the Global Level 4 Health Advisory. The Global Advisory, initially put in place on March 19, 2020, advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to its previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice (with Levels from 1-4 depending on country-specific conditions), in order to give travelers detailed and actionable information to make informed travel decisions. This will also provide U.S. citizens with information about the current status in each country. The Department continues to recommend U.S. citizens exercise caution when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic. Learn more

Friday, July 31

Thursday, July 30

  • Alaska Airlines plans to start reopening its lounges on Aug. 1. Currently, only the D Concourse lounge is open, but effective Aug. 1 the North Satellite lounge will be reopening. Learn more 

Friday, July 24

Tuesday, July 21

  • Today, New York Governor Cuomo announced travel restrictions for individuals arriving from 10 additional states, including Washington state. Read more about New York's travel requirements here. 
  • No matter where you are traveling, please be aware of COVID-19 procedures at your destination before you go. If you have further questions, contact your airline.

Friday, July 17

Friday, July 10

  • Read the FlyHealthy@SEA weekly update for July 10, 2020
  • Checkpoint 1 is temporarily closed, all TSA Pre✓®  passengers will have to use Checkpoint 4 in the interim. For international travelers the Federal Inspection Checkpoint at the South Satellite is closed. All international arriving passengers will exit, check luggage, and go through screening at the main terminal. Please use our interactive map for step-by-step directions for navigating around the terminal and for more information and other advisories please see our Airport Traveler Updates.

Monday, July 6

  • The USO will re-open with limited overnight hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

Friday, July 2

Wednesday, July 1

  • The South Satellite Club at SEA Lounge re-opened on July 1 featuring an upgraded experience with fresh paint and new furniture. Learn more about the lounges at SEA here

Friday, June 26

Wednesday, June 24

  • On June 24, 2020, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut issued a combined Tri-State incoming travel advisory that individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 14-days. Washington state is not on the list. We do not meet the risk criteria and were previously listed in error. Please contact your airline about your flight if this impacts your travel plans.
  • The B and C Train Stations are re-open. Physical distancing can be difficult to maintain on the trains and at the platforms. Wear a face covering or mask.  If you’re uncomfortable with the congestion, other options include waiting for next train that is just 2-3 minutes away, or walking between concourses when possible.

Monday, June 22

  • Delta Air Lines will re-start service between Seattle and Shanghai-Pudong via Seoul-Incheon on June 25, operating twice per week. From July and beyond, it will operate once-weekly flights from Seattle and Detroit, also via Incheon. Delta is the first U.S. airline to re-connect the U.S. and China since the temporary suspension in February due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Friday, June 12

Friday, June 12

Thursday, June 11

Friday, June 5

Monday, June 1

Friday, May 22

  • Read the FlyHealthy@SEA weekly update for May 29, 2020.
  • Dining and retail tenants at SEA are taking action to implement new procedures and pilot new technology to ensure the health of passengers and employees. Watch this video and read this press release.

Wednesday, May 27

Friday, May 22

  • The C Train Station is closed from the evening of May 22 until June 15, 2020. Please use the interactive map for step-by-step directions for navigating around the terminal. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
  • Read the FlyHealthy@SEA weekly update for May 22, 2020.

Thursday, May 21

  • TSA announced changes to security screening at airports nationwide that reduce the potential for cross-contamination and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. New security procedures advise separate food for X-ray screening, keep possession of your boarding pass, practice physical distancing and wear facial covering. Learn more. 

Friday, May 15

  • Welcome to FlyHealthy @ SEA. Stay up to date on actions we’re taking to support public health at SEA and learn about our commitment to a culture of safety and well-being. Today we launched the first FlyHealthy@SEA weekly update, which we are producing each Friday moving forward.

Thursday, May 14

  • Effective May 18, the Port will require all passengers, visitors, and airport workers to wear face coverings over their mouths and noses in public areas of the airport, subject to certain limited exceptions, until further notice. Travelers should wear their face coverings throughout the airport, including during the TSA screening process, but be prepared to adjust their face coverings so that officers can visually confirm their identity during checkpoint screening.

Saturday, May 9

  • Effective May 18, all passengers, visitors, and workers, including Port employees, will be required to wear face coverings in the public areas of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Learn more.

Friday, May 8

  • On May 7, 2020, TSA announced that its employees are required to wear facial protection while at screening checkpoints. For more details, read the full announcement
  • As of April 5, 2020, the Port has supported its employees in wearing face coverings throughout Port properties while they are working, following CDC recommendations for the general public. Two cloth face coverings were provided to essential, non-teleworking employees assigned throughout Port sites on April 17. 

Monday, April 27

  • Security Checkpoints 1 and 5 are closed until further notice. All TSA Pre✓® passengers will have to process through Checkpoint 4.
  • The checkpoint at the South Satellite for international arriving passengers is also closed until further notice; travelers who are connecting after passport control will have to exit to the pre-secure side of the airport to check-in luggage and screen at the main terminal.

Tuesday, April 14 

  • Please be advised beginning this week, SEA’s Lost & Found office will be closed on weekends and on Memorial Day (May 25, 2020). Airport Lost and Found services are available to customers Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  

Tuesday, April 7

  • Checkpoint 5 is closed until further notice. 

Monday, April 6

  • Airline passengers are allowed to wear cloth face coverings during the TSA screening process. Passengers should be prepared to adjust their masks so that a TSA officer can visually confirm their identity during the checkpoint screening process.

Friday, April 3

  • The B Train Station is closed until further notice, please use our interactive map for step-by-step directions for navigating around the terminal. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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.
  • 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 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. 

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 sky bridges, 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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