Health & Safety at RDU

As travelers return to flying at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the airport is sharing COVID-19 information and resources to help keep our guests and employees safe and healthy. Read on to learn about how RDU is working to prevent the spread of illness and improve your travel experience.

Information for Travelers about COVID-19

Since the emergence of COVID-19, RDU and its business partners have worked to ensure guest and employee safety through a variety of preventative measures.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily in airplanes and the risk of infection while traveling by air is low. The CDC suggests that travelers avoid contact with sick passengers and wash their hands often. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Vaccines are now widely available in North Carolina and at all nonstop destinations served by RDU.

RDU is working with public health officials at the local, state and federal levels, along with Airports Council International, the trade association for airports around the country, on best practices associated with COVID-19. We are tracking the latest information from public health experts and continue to stay apprised of the latest developments regarding the spread of the virus.

Help prevent the spread of illness:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

See “COVID-19 Resources” on this page for additional information and travel tips from the CDC and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Face Coverings Required

Face coverings or masks are required at RDU and on commercial flights by a federal security directive at this time. Airport visitors are encouraged, but not required, to wear face coverings in open-air facilities. Failure to wear face coverings could result in denial of entry or re-entry, and violations could result in penalties. All airlines serving RDU also require passengers to wear a face covering on board the aircraft.

Did you leave your mask at home? Stop by one of RDU’s Information Desks, where FEMA-issued masks are available while supplies last.

Fly Confident. Fly RDU.

We’re taking action to protect your health and safety. From enhanced cleaning and disinfecting to our Guest Experience team, read on to learn how RDU is helping you #FlyConfident.

Travel Requirements

Planning your next flight can be confusing these days, due to varying travel restrictions at your international or domestic destination. Our helpful destination requirements map and search tool makes it easy to travel smart.