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Let's go fly safely at the San Diego International Airport

Thank you for making SAN a part of your trip. We’re happy you’re here, and we’re ready to take you where you need to go with safety protocols designed to make your journey a healthy one. We remain committed to bringing a touch of San Diego’s sunshine into our airport.

Prepare for Your Trip

You can travel safely by being well-prepared for your trip.

Step 1: Once your flight is booked, view your airline’s travel requirements and guidance. Airline operations vary so it’s good to have a clear understanding of what you can expect before arriving at the airport. You can find the airlines that operate from SAN here.

Step 2: Do your research. View the CDC’s COVID-19 travel guidance webpage for tips and information on traveling – they have resources for flying domestically or internationally for both fully-vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals.

Next, if you are traveling domestically visit your destination’s state, county, and city websites, they will have the most up-to-date information on any travel restrictions or requirements for travelers. If traveling internationally, check your destination’s country and city websites to get information on their travel guidance and restrictions.

If traveling from an international location to SAN, you are required to get a viral test within the one day before your flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of your laboratory test result to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. You can get more information here.

SAN has an on-site COVID-19 Testing option for travelers wanting to get tested before their trip. Appointments are required and there is a fee for tests. Please visit Carbon Health’s website for more information.

Step 3: You’ve checked with your airline and done your research, you are all packed, and now you’re headed to the airport. Please allow ample time to get to SAN and pass-through security. Check the TSA website for what you can pack and carry on, this page gives you more information on their coronavirus procedures. Parking at the airport? We suggest making reservations in advance here.

Step 4: Some of our shops and restaurants have changed their operational days and/or times. Check our concessions page for more information on what is available during your travel time. Our concessions have increased their cleaning and put safety modifications in place to keep you healthy while on your journey.

Step 5: Enjoy your trip!

We're here to support you on your journey through SAN.

We are confident San Diego will always be a desirable place to live, visit, and do business. When you're ready to fly again, We'll be ready to serve you. Let's go Safely.

FAQs

What are the cleaning procedures at SAN?
Our custodial provider is providing cleaning services 24-hours a day. They are placing an additional emphasis on public touchpoints in all areas, including handrails, bathroom stalls, seating, door handles, chairs and tables, touchscreen directories, concessions, and credit card machines. Further, in our parking lot and rental car shuttles, we are sanitizing seats, rails, and other surfaces several times daily, in addition to performing a deep clean twice weekly. We also use electrostatic spraying to disinfect and sanitize services.

What about air circulation in the terminals?

All HVAC systems at SAN were designed to meet the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers standards for ventilation for indoor air quality. Our systems meet or exceed industry filtration standards, meaning we filter the air at a recommended level between “Superior Commercial Buildings” and “Hospital Inpatient Care.” Additionally, 60 percent of air handlers installed in the airport contain ultraviolet light which provides extra protection to kill bacteria and viruses.

Am I required to wear a face mask while at the airport and on the airplane?
No, you are not required to wear a mask. Masks are optional while on airport property.

How are wearing face masks enforced at the airport?

Our primary goal is to ensure the health and safety of the traveling public. We will continue to comply with TSA guidance on masking. At this time, TSA’s mask mandate is not in effect and we are not enforcing mask wearing. Masks are optional while on airport property.

Can I purchase a mask at the airport?
Our concessionaires and vending machines located in the terminals have masks as well as other personal protective equipment available for purchase. The Information Desks in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 have complimentary masks for passengers.

Where can I get more information about COVID-19?

  • For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, click here.
  • For State of California coronavirus information, click here.
  • For the Transportation Security Administration, click here.
  • For San Diego County coronavirus information, click here.
  • For the City of San Diego coronavirus information, click here.

Is there a self-quarantine requirement for people flying into San Diego?

Please visit San Diego County's COVID-19 page on the latest travel guidance for our community.

Do I have to have a negative COVID-19 test to fly?

If you are traveling domestically, you are not required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. If you are traveling internationally, the CDC requires passengers flying into the United States to have proof of a negative COVID test, or that they’ve recovered from COVID, provided to the airline one day before the flight departs. You can read more about the requirement here. We recommend checking with the city, county, and state as well as your airline for more information on what is required.