The pandemic paused leisure travel for the last year. And rightly so. Now, travelers are more comfortable booking trips with the right planning and precautions to stay healthy. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is increasing their public information campaign for spring break travel and asking you to come prepared to comply with healthy travel measures.
Please contact your airline if you have questions about that part of your journey.
Travel Tips for Flying Into and Out of Sea-Tac Airport for Spring Break
Check travel guidance.
- Governor Jay Inslee issued a travel advisory for Washington state to avoid non-essential travel beyond work and study and travelers arriving from out-of-state should self-quarantine for 14 days. This advisory applies to all non-essential travel.
- The CDC issued its first set of public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people and future guidance will be updated and expanded. However, at this time, CDC is not revising travel recommendations and requirements.
Before you travel
- TSA travel tips cover what should and should not be packed in your carry on luggage.
- Security checkpoint lines look longer but waits are not. Due to physical distancing, lines fill up faster as six-foot separations reduce queuing by up to 75%. Lines move faster than they look.
- Use Pre-Booked Parking as an option for contact-free travel. Pre-Booked Parking allows you to book and pay for airport parking in advance of arrival. Drive your own vehicle and scan your booking QR code on your phone at garage entry and exit.
- Travelers seeking a COVID-19 test at the airport can make an appointment with Discovery Health MD.
- If you’re headed to a warm weather destination, read our travel guides for Mexico and Hawaii.
At the airport
- Expect to wear a facial covering for the duration of your journey, wash or sanitize your hands frequently, and honor physical distancing. We continue to prioritize traveler safety, health and well-being with protocols, including mandatory masks, medical grade cleaning, plastic protective barriers and signage.
- Download the flySEA App. See checkpoint waits in real time and use the interactive map to navigate the airport. Look for the SEA Pathfinders in bright green if you have questions in the terminal or slide into our DMs and our social care team is happy to help.
- If you’re parking in the SEA garage, be proactive to stay safe and prevent thefts. Maintain awareness of your surroundings, park near your destination in well-lit areas, keep items out of sight and report suspicious activity by calling (206) 787-5401, or 911 in case of emergency.
Dining and retail
- Most businesses are open. As of February 1, 2021, we entered Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s Healthy Washington— Roadmap to Recovery plan. Sit-down dining is available at 25% capacity, in addition to existing to-go options for food and beverage. Alcohol service is available daily until 11 p.m.
- Well-spaced and regularly cleaned tables and chairs are available for “grab and go” dining throughout the airport, including in the Central Terminal.
- SHOT BAR, a new pop-up quick serve counter for adult libations, offers shots of tequila, vodka, and whiskey on the go at Rel’Lish Burger Lounge™ on Concourse B. With limited seats available for passengers to have a cocktail at the airport due to physical distancing protocols, this offers a fun, fast, and safe solution to serve travelers during the pandemic.