Last Updated: September 2020
A Message from CEO/Aviation Director Mark E. Gale
Read the latest message from CEO/Aviation Director Mark Gale to learn about key summer updates at Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. As the fall season nears, FLL is continuing its enhanced cleaning and sanitizing regimen to maintain a safe and healthy airport environment for both employees and travelers. In keeping with these efforts, airport officials continue to remind everyone to wear face coverings when inside the airport and Rental Car Center, and to practice social distancing and CDC recommended handwashing hygiene tips.
We have posted various messages on terminal entrance doors, inside elevators, Flight Information Display screens, social media, and on the airport's public address system informing visitors and employees of FLL's face mask requirement. Additionally, our recently-launched "FLLy Safer, FLLy Smarter, FLLy Better" campaign highlights several other initiatives implemented airport-wide to prepare for travelers' return.
Airport Face Covering Requirement
Individuals visiting, traveling through, or working in public areas of the airport’s terminals and the Rental Car Center are now required to wear an appropriate face covering or mask
(with limited exceptions) to protect the health of fellow passengers, visitors, and airport employees. Broward County requires face coverings for employees who provide an essential service to the public. Additionally, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection
and Transportation Security Administration
also require their employees to wear face coverings and are encouraging travelers to do the same. Several major airlines have adopted similar face mask mandates for their employees and passengers.
Airport Operations Updates
FLL remains open for business and flights are operating, however, airlines have adjusted schedules. For flight updates or cancellations, travelers should contact their carrier directly.
Please be advised of the following impacts and restrictions resulting from COVID-19:
Several U.S. states and international destinations have implemented travel restrictions for incoming visitors as the world continues to battle the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, guests traveling from FLL should consult their airline as well as the official websites of the U.S. state/city or international destination they are planning to visit to get the latest travel alerts and protocols in advance of their intended travel dates. Here is a sample of restrictions and travel notices currently in place:
- As of Tuesday, September 22, 2020, travelers from Florida will no longer be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Chicago, IL., according to an updated travel advisory from the city's Department of Public Health. Read the Emergency Travel Order outlining a full list of states and quarantine requirements.
- On August 5, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis rescinded an Executive Order requiring passengers arriving into Florida from the northeastern United States (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) to self-quarantine for 14 days from the time of entry or the duration of the individual’s presence in Florida, whichever was shorter. The measure, initially implemented by Executive Order 20-82 issued in late March, was to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In late June, the Florida Department of Health representatives stopped screening arriving passengers from this tri-state region with a questionnaire and suspended collection of contact information.
- Traveling to Massachusetts? All individuals (with few exceptions), including returning Massachusetts residents – are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days or provide a negative COVID-19 test result received with 72 hours of arrival, according to an updated travel order effective August 1, 2020.
As of June 25, 2020, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will require individuals arriving from several U.S. states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for 14 days when visiting their states until further notice. Currently, the travel advisory applies to visitors from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah. The list of restricted states could change over time if the number of positive cases in these regions falls below 10 per 100,000 residents.
Travel from Brazil: Read the latest U.S. Government travel guidelines for Brazil here.
Key Airline/Flight Updates
The majority of U.S. airlines, if not all, now require passengers to wear appropriate face coverings while at the airport and during flight. Here's a listing of face mask rules from FLL's top six carriers:
- Effective August 10, 2020, JetBlue's updated policy will require all travelers ages 2 years and older to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth throughout their journey, including during check-in, boarding, while in flight and deplaning. Masks with vents or exhalation valves are not permitted. Plastic face shields may be worn in addition to a face covering, but not in place of one. Customers with conditions that prevent them from wearing one should postpone travel until this temporary requirement is no longer in place
- As of May 4, all JetBlue passengers must wear a face covering while traveling, including during check-in, boarding, in-flight, as well as during deplaning, the airline announced late on April 27. Learn more here.
- **Updated** Spirit requires appropriate face coverings to be worn while at the airport, on the jet bridge, and onboard the aircraft. The only exception to this policy is children under age 2. Guests who are unable to wear an appropriate face covering for any reason, including medical, will not be permitted to travel with Spirit at this time. The airline will continue to evaluate this policy as the situation evolves.
- Starting Monday, May 11, passengers will be required to wear face coverings when traveling with the airline.
- For more updates, visit the airline's COVID-19 Information Center.
Delta Air Lines:
- In late July, American updated its policy requiring passengers to wear face coverings while onboard its aircraft.
Currently, many restaurants, retail stores, and bars at FLL have temporarily closed until further notice due to the significant decline in passenger traffic. For those that remain open, operating hours may have been adjusted to reflect the decrease in travelers. See the Dine + Shop directory for more details.
Courtesy Terminal-to-Terminal Shuttle Service: The courtesy shuttle bus service that runs between the terminals is temporarily suspended until further notice due to ongoing COVID-19 impacts. To move safely between the terminals, airport passengers and visitors can either use the curbside walkways or parking garage walking trail (follow ground-level directional arrows) or hop on a parking garage tram. The shuttle buses between the Rental Car Center and the terminals remain operational.
Curbside Valet: As of March 18, valet parking services were temporarily suspended at the there drop-off locations at FLL until further notice. Arriving passengers with vehicles currently in valet parking can still retrieve them curbside upon their return.
Employee Parking: The airport's employee shuttle bus service was temporarily halted on March 19, and employee parking relocated on-site in the Cypress Garage until further notice. Employees can now park in Levels 7, 8, and 9.
- Transportation Security Administration (TSA): For passenger screening checkpoint opening hours, click here.
- U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP): Effective September 8, 2020, the CBP has resumed operations at Trusted Traveler Program enrollment centers after temporarily suspending services on March 20 to minimize exposure of CBP personnel and the public to COVID-19.
Broward County Aviation Department's Response to COVID-19
The Broward County Aviation Department (BCAD) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Broward County Public Health Officials to monitor the developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). BCAD is conducting daily update calls with Broward County Emergency Management Division and in contact with airport stakeholders, as well as local and federal partners. Additionally, in unison with Broward County, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is in monitoring and initial readiness mode. The Aviation Department has a response plan in place for FLL, which will be activated in the event an infected individual is identified at the airport.
BCAD is playing its part to plan for and mitigate potential impacts of COVID-19 at FLL and North Perry Airport (HWO) as our primary goal is the safety and well being of our guests and employees.
FLL passengers are encouraged to check with their airline for the latest travel and flight advisories.
Preventive Measures Underway at FLL:
- Placing hand sanitizers throughout the four terminals and Rental Car Center
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as handrails, elevator buttons, and door handles
- Regular cleansing of security checkpoints and restrooms
- Overnight deep cleaning of the security checkpoints, hold rooms, passenger boarding bridges, and other areas in the terminals
- Supplying airport-operated passenger and employee shuttles with sanitizing wipes
- Posting CDC preventive steps in airport restrooms on ways to help stop the spread of germs, including frequent washing of hands
- Airport public service announcement with coronavirus preventive tips and similar messaging on terminal flight information display screens
Ways to Protect Yourself:
- Wash your hands with soap and water often for 20 seconds
- If soap is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Steps to Protect Others:
- Stay home if you are feeling sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wear a face covering when out in public and interacting with others
- Clean and disinfect hard surfaces and objects regularly household cleaning
- If you have concerns about being exposed to COVID-19, please call 954-412-7300 before traveling to any Broward County-based health care facility.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is the airport open?
Yes, FLL is open for business, and flights are operating.
What is the airport doing to screen arriving passengers?
Currently, there aren’t any COVID-19 passenger screening protocols for domestic flights at FLL. Arriving international passengers are visually inspected by U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), but this does not include a temperature check. CBP is conducting enhanced screening on arriving international passengers at 13 selected airports. FLL is not one of them. Please note the travel restrictions for Brazil noted above. BCAD, which operates FLL, is doing everything possible to maintain a safe, clean, and healthy environment for our passengers and employees to prevent the spread of the virus. Follow the preventive healthcare guidelines from the CDC to protect yourself and others from exposure to this illness. What are the current procedures for U.S. citizens/residents returning from restricted areas in Europe or China?
Effective Friday, March 13, 2020, Americans returning from all restricted countries are required to travel through one of 13 U.S. airports with enhanced screening procedures in place, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The designated airports are:
Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia
What time do you recommend arriving at the airport for my flight? Is it busier than usual because of COVID-19?
Please contact your airline directly for check-in times, cancellations, or flight updates. Usually, we recommend that passengers arrive two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight; however, due to COVID-19 impacts, normal guidelines may change. The airlines are experiencing high call volumes, so only contact them within 48-72 hours before your scheduled time.
For more information about the Coronavirus, please visit:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Florida Department of Health - 24-Hour Hotline: 866-779-6121
Florida Department of Health in Broward County
U.S. Department of State
Brand USA (VisittheUSA.com) COVID-19 Travel Guidelines
Broward County Coronavirus Information
Port Everglades Information
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau Information