Traveling during COVID

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October 4, 2020

Your Health is Paramount

First and foremost, travelers who believe they may have been in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 should consult with their healthcare provider.

If you choose to fly, follow the guidance issued by the CDC and practice good hygiene, such as washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. We recommend travelers do this before and after the security screening process.

Clean Checkpoints

TSA has issued guidance to frontline employees to conduct routine cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces and security screening equipment at the TSA security checkpoint. TSA is also taking additional efforts to clean bins.

Most importantly, travelers are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines to help stay safe. You may wear a face covering if you choose, but you should be prepared to adjust your mask so that a TSA officer can visually confirm your identity during the checkpoint screening process.

ID Changes

If your driver’s license or state-issued ID expired on or after March 1, 2020, you may still use it as acceptable identification at the checkpoint. TSA will accept expired driver’s licenses or state-issued ID a year after expiration or 60 days after the duration of the emergency, whichever is longer.

Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline by a year. The new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021. Visit the TSA REAL ID webpage for more information.

Stay Informed

There is no doubt that many continue to have questions about the actions TSA, DHS, and the federal government are taking to protect people during this difficult time. Learn more and stay informed with the following resources:

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