John Wayne Airport remains open and operational to provide essential services to our passengers and airline partners and support the vital flow of air cargo through Orange County.
The safety and security of our guests and employees is our top priority. Know that returning to John Wayne Airport is safe, and we are ready to reconnect you to your travel destination and welcome you to an environment that is clean, healthy, and ready for business.
Healthy Travels practices have been implemented throughout the Terminal following County and State guidelines to protect the health and safety of all our guests. To see the ways we have upgraded our clean and safe to cleaner and safer, please view our Healthy Travels video.
Face Coverings Required in Airport and Aircraft
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires face masks be worn by all travelers while on public transportation, including airports and aircraft. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also requires travelers to wear face masks when they are in airports and on aircraft. All passengers over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask throughout the screening process. The Travel Document Checker (TDC) at the screening checkpoint will request that travelers temporarily lower the mask to verify their identity. Those who approach the TDC without a mask will be asked to wear or obtain one to proceed. Passengers who refuse to wear a mask will not be permitted to enter the secure area of the Airport, which includes the Terminal and gate area. Free face masks are available at all Information Booths in Baggage Claim (lower level). For more information, visit TSA Executive Order requiring face masks at security checkpoints and TSA announcement of face mask requirement extension through Jan 18, 2022.
COVID-19 Rapid Testing Available
COVID-19 Rapid Testing is available through Hoag at JWA in Terminal B on the Departure Level before the TSA Security Checkpoint. Testing is open to travelers as well as community members, with results available within 15-30 minutes. Some airlines and travel destinations require a PCR test from an approved partner. Be sure to verify that the Hoag COVID-19 Rapid Test qualifies. Cost per test is $139.
- What measures are in place at the Airport to protect travelers?
Increased deep cleaning and disinfecting of high traffic/touchpoint areas, restrooms, and concessions. Healthy travels and physical distancing signage are installed throughout the Terminal, including queuing, dining, and gate seating areas.
- Will my temperature be taken at the Airport?
Temperature-taking is not required to enter the Terminal at John Wayne Airport. Airlines servicing the Airport have procedures in place to enhance the health and safety of passengers and employees. Please contact your airline for questions regarding health requirements to board the aircraft. See airlines serving JWA for airline contact information.
- What is the TSA doing at security checkpoints to protect travelers?
The TSA has increased deep cleaning and disinfecting of screening checkpoint surfaces every three hours in addition to nightly cleaning. Passengers over age 2 are required to wear a face covering during the TSA screening process, but a TSA officer will ask that it be adjusted to visually confirm identity. TSA has also implemented procedures to increase physical distancing and reduce direct contact between TSA employees and the traveling public, including the installation of protective shields. For more information, please visit https://www.tsa.gov/coronavirus.
- Can I fly if I have a cold?
Check with your doctor to evaluate your health before your scheduled departure. Some airlines check for visibly sick passengers in gate seating areas and before boarding and may not allow you to enter the aircraft. Visit the CDC here for more information.
- Can I bring hand sanitizer through security?
TSA allows one liquid hand sanitizer container up to 12 ounces per passenger in carry-on bags until further notice. Pre-moistened wipes are also allowed in carry-on bags without size restrictions or packing requirements. Visit TSA Coronavirus Information to learn more.
- If I fly into or out of John Wayne Airport, will I have to be quarantined?
Please check with your destination city/county for any current travel or quarantine restrictions. If you are traveling into Orange County, the OC Health Care Agency provides COVID-19 information here. To view contact information for health departments statewide, click here.
- Should I fly within the U.S. during COVID-19?
If you plan to fly within the U.S., the CDC provides a list of things to consider before you go here.
- What can I do to keep myself and others healthy while traveling through John Wayne Airport?
Protect yourself and others by washing your hands (for at least 20 seconds) as you travel through the Terminal, and before and after security screening. Learn more about hand hygiene on the CDC website. Remember to keep at least 6 feet distance between yourself and others, stay home if you are sick, and wear a face covering. For more information see the Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings issued by the CDPH.
John Wayne Airport continues to follow the health and safety recommendations provided by the Orange County Health Care Agency, California Department of Public Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding measures to protect against COVID-19.
Please see the following additional resources:
- Orange County Health Care Agency
- California Department of Public Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- CDC Traveler’s Health Information
- cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html (travel within the United States)