COVID-19 News: Welcome Back to PHL

Welcome back to PHL!

The City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have announced new COVID-19 guidance. Here’s what you need to know about how this will impact PHL:

PHL now has on-site COVID-19 testing. The testing facility is located in the pre-security area of PHL Terminal E (to the left of the Terminal E security checkpoint). The program is designed for asymptomatic passengers flying out of PHL, and offers both rapid antigen and PCR test options. 

PHL will remain open for those who can travel. PHL supports the Commonwealth's efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but airport staff will not screen passengers for test results or request quarantine attestation upon arrival. 

Airport businesses remain open. Check and visit for food delivery

Enhanced safety and security standards are rigorous, so:
📱Check in early with your airline app
🛂 Visit for security checkpoint hours
🚗 Make a transportation plan
⏰ Arrive 2 hours before your flight

PHL is maintaining aggressive facial covering, social distancing and cleaning protocols. This means you should:
😷 Wear 👏🏽 a 👏🏽 mask. All guests two and older must wear a mask inside airports and on planes (see the TSA mandate here). Fully vaccinated guests can remove their masks on outdoor airport property
↔️ Stay 6 feet away from others
🚻 Be patient with extra cleaning processes
📃 Look for posted policies

The TSA screening process is modified to protect passengers.

  • Keep possession of your boarding pass
  • Separate food for X-ray screening
  • Larger hand sanitizer bottles
  • Physical distance in lines


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. The PHL COVID-19 Recovery Playbook provides an overview into the changes PHL and its airport partners have implemented to prevent the transmission and spread of COVID-19 in passenger-facing locations throughout the airport.

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.

PHL uses electrostatic technology called the Clorox Total 360 System to disinfect surfaces in less time and more comprehensively than traditional cleaning methods. 

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.

Airport Parking

Beginning on June 1, 2020, paid parking via our garages has resumed. Please see our current rates, including a daily parking discount for passengers who are parked in a garage for 72 or more hours. If you are a PHL team member, please check with your manager for the most up-to-date employee parking information and policies. The economy lot is closed.


Shops & Dining

PHL Food & Shops have right-sized 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 re-opened to serve active members of the military. For details about the USO's health and safety updates, click here.  

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

Some PHL airline partners are temperature screening passengers. Check with your airline for more information. 

PHL Cleaning Protocols

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


Media Contacts

Christine Ottow
Director of Strategic Communications
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Heather Redfern
Public Affairs Manager
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