Seattle Summer Travel Guide

Memorial Day weekend is the beginning of the summer travel season and we expect to see the largest number of travelers since the start of the pandemic. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is maintaining our public information campaign for summer 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 Guidance

  • The CDC guidance for travelers is different depending on if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine or not. People who are fully vaccinated can travel safely within the U.S. without needing to self-quarantine or get a COVID-19 test (unless your destination requires it). While fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance, CDC maintains the requirement to wear masks during travel, including airports and planes.


Masks remain mandatory at SEA Airport and must be worn over the nose and mouth.


Before you Travel to Seattle

  • 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 XpresCheck.

If you’re headed to a warm weather destination, read our travel guides for Mexico and Hawaii.

At SEA 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.
  • Try SEA Spot Saver! This is free pilot program this summer for passengers to sign-up for the TSA general screening security line. RSVP to save your spot in line up to a day in advance of travel or once at the airport.

Dining and Retail

  • Most business are open. Eat and shop with confidence because airport restaurants and retailers are also going above and beyond to protect your health and well-being.

Well-spaced and regularly cleaned tables and chairs are available for “grab and go” dining throughout the airport, including in the Central Terminal.