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.

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

As of November 8th, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will allow fully vaccinated travelers from Mexico or Canada to enter the United States at land and ferry POEs for non-essential reasons. Travelers will be required to have appropriate paperwork that provides proof of vaccination. Individuals who have not been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will not be allowed to travel for non-essential purposes from Canada.

Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet: Guidance for Travelers to Enter the U.S. at Land Ports of Entry and Ferry Terminals

Exceptions to this policy will be extremely limited:

  • children under 18
  • people medically unable to receive the vaccine
  • emergency travelers who do not have timely access to a vaccine

Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis.

Before boarding a flight to the United States, you are required to show one of the following:

  • If you are fully vaccinatedProof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 3 days before travel.
  • If you are NOT fully vaccinated: A negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel.

Children under 2 years old do not need to test. There is also an option for people who have documented recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. Learn more about these requirements.

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 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?

TSA requires individuals to wear a mask at TSA airport screening checkpoints and throughout the commercial and public transportation systems. This requirement will remain effective until March 18, 2022 per federal mandate. For the complete TSA news release, click here.

Due to new CDC guidance, masks do not have to be worn when OUTSIDE on airport property. This includes:

• Employees working ramp and street side operations
• Passengers, pilots and crew when OUTSIDE the terminal buildings

• Passengers and employees in parking lots and in front of terminal spaces

Masks must still be worn indoors by all employees, passengers, crews, and visitors even if you are fully vaccinated.
The CDC continues to recommend that people who are not fully vaccinated wear masks to protect themselves and others, particularly when in the presence of others. For more information, see the latest from the CDC.

Federal law requires wearing a mask at all times in the airport and failure to comply may result in remove and denial of re-entry. Refusing to wear a mask in the airport is a violation of federal law; individuals may be subject to penalties under federal law.

TSA has increased the range of civil penalties that may be charged against individuals who violate the federal mask mandate in U.S. transportation systems covered by the January 31, 2021 Security Directive, and subsequent amendments, implementing the mask mandate. The new range of penalties will be $500-$1000 for first offenders and $1000-$3000 for second offenders.

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 free of cost, self-collected, and painless, helping you and your family stay healthy. You will receive your results digitally in 1-2 days after the test is processed by Curative’s lab.

Testing is currently available from Monday-Saturday.

Current hours of operation (subject to change):

Monday            7am – 8pm

Tuesday            7am – 8pm

Wednesday       10am – 4pm

Thursday          7am – 8pm

Friday               7am – 8pm

Saturday           10am – 4pm (PCR testing not available after 11:30am on Saturdays)

Appointments are not necessary, but if you would like to schedule a time you can do so here:

Book an appointment for a PCR test

Book an appointment for a Rapid Antigen test

Under a partnership between Maine DHHS and health care organizations, drive-through and mobile testing has greatly expanded throughout Maine.

To search for a testing site near your destination, visit get-tested-covid19.org.

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?
  • Fogging of all public spaces and employee areas is occurring on at least a daily, if not more frequently, basis.
  • 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.
  • Plexiglass shields have been installed in areas with customer contact.
  • 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 Highlands Cafe is providing take-out service.
  • The post-security Cafe is providing pre-packaged snacks and bottled drinks only.

AIRLINE SPECIFIC INFORMATION

Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

For more information on the type of face coverings allowed please visit the airline’s sites directly. Please also be advised that policy and schedule changes can occur quickly under the current circumstances. Please consult with your airline directly if you have questions about your scheduled flight.

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