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We're ready when you are

In light of COVID-19 and a heightened concern for public health, TPA has launched an Airport-wide effort dubbed “TPA Ready” to implement best practices designed to slow or stop the spread of germs and viruses. The Airport is also strongly urging passengers and guests to modify behaviors and follow guidelines designed to keep themselves and others healthy and safe.

Trip Planning Information

Mask and Cloth coverings required

Federal law requires wearing a mask at all times at TPA. Failure to comply may result in penalties under federal law, including removal and denial of re-entry. Read the order here for details.

Check with airlines for info

Requirements such as the mandatory use of face coverings, may vary by airline. Check with your airline for additional guidelines before coming to the airport.

Arrive early to airport

Passengers should plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure to help prevent crowding caused by last-minute rushing before scheduled flights.

Onsite offering limitations

Some of our facilities and amenities may not be available or have reduced capacity and will reopen in phases. We recommend travelers check on the availability of parking, dining, shopping and amenities before coming to the airport.

Limiting touchpoints

Travelers should use carry-on luggage and mobile boarding passes to limit touchpoints.

Passenger testing

For questions about COVID-19 testing, visit the Florida Department of Health.

At the airport

TPA is taking the following health and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

Sanitation measures increased

TPA has employed additional cleaning staff, using cutting-edge disinfection applications and products on surfaces, hand rails and elevator buttons, and adding more hand sanitizers throughout the Airport.

Acrylic Shields Installed

Plastic or acrylic shields have been installed in key high-traffic areas, including ticket counters, TSA security checkpoints, boarding gate and concessions counters.

Face mask and coverings

Face masks are already mandatory for all employees at Tampa International Airport. Guests requiring face masks may purchase them in our shops or pick up disposable face masks free of charge at the Guest Services kiosk located on Level 3 of the Main Terminal.

Social distancing floor markings

Thousands of ground markings and signs are in place to give guidance on six-foot distancing at ticket counters, boarding gates, shuttles, SkyConnect, concessions counters, US Customs, and other common areas.

Seat spacing

Seating has been reduced, blocked off or spaced apart in places like gate areas, dining areas, work stations and Main Terminal greeting sections to promote distancing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Florida have any travel restrictions in place?

Not at this time, however, we recommend checking with the CDC to confirm the COVID-19 testing or quarantine requirements at your destintion and in place to return to your point of origin before booking travel.

Is there any international travel nonstop to Tampa Airport?

Currently most nonstop international flights in and out of Tampa International Airport are suspended. For the latest country-by-country info on travel restrictions, please visit here

What sort of screening is there when I land?

The Florida Department of Health is screening passengers from certain destinations in compliance from orders from Gov. Ron DeSantis. For additional information, please visit the Florida Department of Health.

What testing/screening is there for travelers?

For the latest information on COVID-19 testing availability, visit the Florida Department of Health.

Can I bring hand sanitizer through TSA?

TSA is currently allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on bags until further notice. Since these containers exceed the standard 3.4-ounce allowance typically permitted through a checkpoint, they will need to be screened separately. For more TSA travel tips, please visit:

What shops and restaurants are open?

Information about what shops and restaurants are open can be found here:

Does the Airport do temperature checks?

Tampa International Airport does not perform temperature checks at this time.

What safety precautions is TPA taking?

We have added numerous safety features as part of our TPA Ready initiatives:

  • More hand sanitizing stations
  • New acrylic barriers at ticketing kiosks, TSA lines and gate areas
  • Blocked off seating to allow for social distancing
  • Added floor stickers to encourage social distancing
  • Mandatory face masks for all airport employees
  • Additional cleaning crews 

How much time should I allow for TPA screening in light of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Tampa International Airport recommends you arrives two hours prior to departure. While elements of the TSA screening process may take longer due to COVID-19, TPA has not seen an increase in checkpoint wait times.