COVID-19 News at PHL

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The United States has suspended travel from Europe. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) remains open and operational during this time of reduced travel, and supports the country’s effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. PHL is not a designated airport receiving flights from Europe during the ongoing COVID-19 travel restriction. 

Protecting Passengers

The safety of employees and passengers is PHL’s priority. PHL and its partners use a common response plan that outlines preventing the transmission and spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the United States and across state lines. Airport representatives are working closely with the CDC, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management and state officials to monitor the status of COVID-19 in our region and support a coordinated response. 

Additionally, PHL has stepped up its cleaning and disinfecting procedures to include the use of Envirox Critical Care, a highly potent disinfectant formulated for critical disease transfer points. The chemical is known for its low toxicity and 24-hour residual bacterial killing abilities. We are using this chemical on handrails for steps, escalators and moving sidewalks, as well as elevators, handles, buttons, floors and restrooms.

In order to reduce the number of passengers touching common areas, we have proactively installed motion sensor activated technology throughout public areas, including doors, faucets, soap dispensers, flush valves, paper towel dispensers and doors. Each terminal is stocked with hand sanitizer dispensers, and most of our 50 water bottle filling stations are hands free.

Free Airport Parking

On-site airport parking is free to all passengers and employees on a first-come, first-served basis. The AAdvantage® Aviator® Mastercard® Parking is also FREE for AAdvantage® Aviator Mastercard® cardholders. When parking, remember to take a ticket at entrance. Parking is free, but this step is operationally necessary. 

Shops & Dining

The more than 170 PHL Food & Shops will right-size their terminal offerings to accommodate adjusted passenger volume levels. Throughout each section of the airport, food, drinks and travel essentials will continue to be available. Visit to see the latest store openings. 


PHL's Liberty USO Airport Center has temporarily suspended operations. We thank our incredible volunteers for their support of our service members, and we stand ready to support the USO when it is cleared to re-open.

Health Screenings for Travelers

Health screenings for international travelers are initiated in PHL's Terminal A-West International Arrivals. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will initiate the screening process by visually inspecting arriving travelers, looking for visible signs of illness including appearing unwell, coughing or difficulty breathing. All international passengers from countries affected by COVID-19 will also receive a printed guide

TSA Security Information

PHL's Security Checkpoints in Terminal A-West, A-East and Terminal C are temporarily closed. The Transportation Security Administration has relaxed the temporarily relaxed the rule limiting the amount of hand sanitizer that can be brought through the security checkpoint. TSA is allowing passengers to bring liquid hand sanitizer containers up to 12 ounces to be permitted in carry-on bags until further notice. Passengers can expect that these containers larger than the standard allowance of 3.4 ounces of liquids permitted through a checkpoint will need to be screened separately, which will add some time to their checkpoint screening experience. For more information on TSA screening related to COVID-19 visit:

PHL Cleaning Protocols

Learn more here: What to Know About How PHL Disinfects the Airport