Bangor International Airport and the City of Bangor are working to provide you with the most up-to-date information regarding travel and COVID-19. For more information, we recommend you visit https://www.maine.gov/covid-19.

(Effective 5/9/2022) Masks are required inside Airport buildings due to the Maine CDC’s designation of Penobscot County to Red (high risk level). All people who enter BGR facilities MUST wear a face covering, regardless of vaccination status. The City of Bangor will continue to follow CDC protocols. Should the CDC change the risk level to YELLOW or GREEN, the City will return to an optional masking policy. Read the City of Bangor press release here.

Check with your airline regarding their mask policies prior to travel.

DOMESTIC TRAVEL POLICY

Maine no longer requires proof of a negative test or quarantine for travelers coming to the state from other states. 

If one or more states see a spike in cases of highly contagious COVID-19 variants, Maine will apply its test or quarantine requirement to travelers to and from that state. The Maine CDC will publicly announce any such states when they are identified. 

For more information, click here.

Traveling to another state? Visit the CDC’s Travel Planner site to learn more about COVID-19 travel restrictions, guidance, and resources in your destination.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL POLICY

Pre-entry tests are no longer be required for fully vaccinated travelers entering Canada by land, air or water. Click here for more information.

If you plan to travel internationally, you will need to get a COVID-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status or citizenship) no more than 1 day before you travel by air into the United States. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight.

If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel). Learn more about these requirements.

Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis. Children under 2 years old do not need to test.

Pre-entry tests are no longer be required for fully vaccinated travelers entering Canada by land, air or water. Click here for more information.

For more information on travel and testing, visit the CDC Travel site or the U.S. Department of State’s site. For specific information regarding international travel, click here.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need to wear a face covering when traveling?

(Effective 5/9/2022) Masks are required inside Airport buildings due to the Maine CDC’s designation of Penobscot County to Red (high risk level). All people who enter BGR facilities MUST wear a face covering, regardless of vaccination status. The City of Bangor will continue to follow CDC protocols. Should the CDC change the risk level to YELLOW or GREEN, the City will return to an optional masking policy. Read the City of Bangor press release here.

For the most up-to-date airline-specific COVID-19 guidelines, please visit their websites.

Allegiant

American 

Delta

United 

Are passengers arriving at BGR required to be quarantined or given a medical exam when they arrive?

Maine is currently operating under an “all states exempt unless specified” model. This means that travelers coming to or returning to Maine are not required to quarantine or show proof of a negative test unless coming from a non-exempt state.

Click here to view domestic travel guidance from the U.S. CDC.

Those travelers arriving in Maine from other countries should note that these are the current guidelines from Maine CDC-

For fully vaccinated travelers to Maine:

  • Vaccinated international travelers do not need to quarantine on their arrival to Maine unless they are symptomatic.
  • Vaccinated international travelers who are asymptomatic do not need to be tested.

For travelers to Maine who are not fully vaccinated:

  • Unvaccinated international travelers should quarantine for 7 days since their arrival into the U.S.
  • Unvaccinated, asymptomatic international travelers should be tested if their arrival in Maine is within 3-5 days of their arrival into the U.S. (Find a Maine testing site here.)

For more information on Maine’s travel requirements, click here

 

Where in Maine can I obtain a COVID-19 test?

Curative is operating a COVID-19 testing site inside the Domestic Terminal at BGR. Testing is available to the public. The COVID-19 test is self-collected and painless, helping you and your family stay healthy. You will receive your results digitally after the test is processed by Curative’s lab.  

For those with health insurance coverage, this site is offering the Abbott ID NOW (NAAT) test. The NAAT is a rapid molecular test for COVID-19. This test has a fast turnaround time with results being delivered digitally to the patient, typically within 2 hours. (FMI about NAAT, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/naats.html)
Curative testing sites in Maine are no longer able to provide free rapid tests (rPCR, rNAAT & antigen) to those without health insurance. A patient’s ID and proof of insurance information will be required for testing, including to schedule an appointment online or to do on-site registration. The test will continue to be provided at no out-of-pocket cost upon proof of insurance.

**Due to changes made by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA),
Curative cannot accept international insurance for testing. They will continue to offer free PCR tests for Canadian travelers, but cannot provide rapid tests unless U.S. insurance information is given.

Individuals who do not carry U.S. health insurance can receive an Abbott ID Now Rapid Test for a reduced cost of $135. Most major credit cards are accepted at the testing site.

Current hours of operation (subject to change):

Monday            7am – 6pm

Tuesday            7am – 6pm

Wednesday       10am – 4pm

Thursday          7am – 6pm

Friday               7am – 6pm

Saturday           8am – 12pm

Book an appointment for an Abbott ID NOW (NAAT) test

Book an appointment for a RT-PCR test

To search for other testing sites, visit maine.gov/covid19/testing

Can I go inside the airport to pick up a family member who has traveled?

Only if the passenger you are picking up requires assistance. At this time, we ask that you stay in your vehicle when picking up a passenger from the airport. While waiting, you are welcome to park in the short-term parking lot and wait for the passenger to come outside. You also can wait in the Cell Phone Waiting area located on the right as you approach the BGR terminal on Godfrey Boulevard. These spaces are limited and should be used only for a short amount of time. We appreciate your patience and understanding of our efforts to minimize exposure to staff and allow passengers to get in and out of the airport in the safest environment possible.

Can I spend the night in the terminal?

No, we will not allow passengers to stay on-premises at this time. Outbound passengers should arrive no earlier than 2 hours prior to their scheduled flight time, and incoming passengers should have arrangements to leave the airport as soon as possible upon their flight’s arrival.

Do I need to be Real ID compliant to fly?

No, the Real ID waiver has been extended until May 3, 2023. At that time, you will need to be Real ID compliant if traveling only with a State of Maine ID or Drivers License.  Visit the Real ID website.

Have there been any changes to TSA regulations?

Yes. For more information, visit the TSA website.

What is the airport doing to protect passengers?
  • (Effective 5/9/2022) Masks are required inside Airport buildings due to the Maine CDC’s designation of Penobscot County to Red (high risk level). All people who enter BGR facilities MUST wear a face covering, regardless of vaccination status. The City of Bangor will continue to follow CDC protocols. Should the CDC change the risk level to YELLOW or GREEN, the City will return to an optional masking policy. Read the City of Bangor press release here.
  • Fogging of all public spaces and employee areas is occurring as needed.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available at busy locations.
  • All restroom soap dispensers are using antibacterial soap.
  • Cleaning measures have been increased. All surfaces that are frequently touched (door handles, push plates, sink handles, etc.) are being disinfected more frequently.
  • All employees have been briefed and are to use provided PPE to help protect and prevent any potential spread.
  • We continue to monitor CDC recommendations and are compliant with industry standards regarding this, and all, issues of concern.
  • In an effort to protect the health and safety of our military troops, as well as that of members of The Maine Troop Greeters, troop greeting at Bangor International Airport has been stopped until further notice. We regret this change, but we are in unprecedented times that call for us all to take our social responsibility seriously.
  • The Refueler Pub is currently closed.
  • The post-security Cafe is providing pre-packaged snacks and bottled drinks.

AIRLINE SPECIFIC INFORMATION

Allegiant Air

Allegiant has begun providing customers with a complimentary health and safety kit upon request.  Each kit includes a single-use face mask and two sanitizing wipes. To learn more about how Allegiant is keeping passengers safe, visit their Going the Distance for Health and Safety page.

American Airlines

For the most up to date coronavirus information please visit the American Airlines Travel Update page.

When you check-in you’ll be asked to confirm you’ve been free of COVID-19 symptoms for the past 10 days. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.

Delta Airlines

Delta has put in place more than 100 protective measures to ensure a safe travel experience for customers and employees through the Delta CareStandard.

United Airlines

Throughout your journey, United is putting safety and cleanliness at the forefront of your travel experience through their United CleanPlus℠ program. For information, visit United’s What to Expect When You Fly page.

STOPPING THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

We are monitoring updates about the evolving pandemic conditions, and will continue to provide new information to the community as things change. 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml