SAN DIEGO–San Diego International Airport wants passengers who will be traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday to be prepared before they arrive at the airport.
All travelers should practice preventative health measures such as washing hands often, avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth, social distance at least 6 feet from others, cover coughs and sneezes, and monitor daily health by conducting a temperature check prior to arriving at the airport. The California Department of Public Health requires all individuals must wear a face covering while on airport property. Face coverings are available at airport information desks, concessionaires, and vending machines located in the terminals.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website has information on how to safely travel during a pandemic. Travelers should have a clear understanding of state, local, and territorial governments’ travel restrictions, including testing requirements, stay-at-home orders, and quarantine requirements.
Check with the airline for any special requirements or information prior to the trip. Airlines have implemented COVID-19 health and safety measures for check-in, boarding, and while on the plane. Passengers should understand the expectations of the airline prior to arriving at the airport. A list of the airlines that serve San Diego may be viewed at san.org/Flights/Airlines.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoints are open and all passengers are required to go through screening. Travelers are advised to arrive at the airport early, preferably two hours, to get through security and to their gate. Travelers should review TSA’s COVID-19 webpage at tsa.gov/coronavirus for information on what to expect and the health and safety measures they’ve implemented. Passengers may also find it helpful to read this blog post for information on what is permitted through the security checkpoint.
The Terminal 1 Parking Lot, Terminal 2 Parking Lot on McCain Road, and Terminal 2 Parking Plaza are open. Parking reservations may be made in advance by visiting the airport’s parking reservation webpage at reservations.san.org/SanDiegoBooking/.
The Cell Phone Lot is temporarily closed, as well as the Long Term Lot and Curbside Valet Terminal 1 and 2. As an alternative to parking in the Cell Phone Lot, terminal parking lots offer a 10-minute free grace period. Those lots include the Terminal 1 Parking Lot, Terminal 2 Parking Lot on McCain Road, and Terminal 2 Parking Plaza. Private vehicles are prohibited from parking in the rideshare lot, taxi hold lot, or other airport roadways or entrances.
Rental Car Center buses require social distancing and therefore are running at reduced capacity. Plan ahead and leave ample time to accommodate longer shuttle wait times. The Trolley provides service to the terminals at Palm Street on the Rental Car Center shuttles. The MTS 992 bus is another public transportation option.
Rideshare companies, taxis, and other transportation modes have implemented their own health and safety measures. Travelers should review their policies so they can safely comply with any health and safety requirements.
There is no inter-terminal shuttle service during this time.
Some shops and restaurants are open to provide travel necessities, meals, snacks, and more, however availability and hours may vary. Dining facilities are open and patrons must comply with social distancing requirements.