Attention All Persons Arriving into LAX
TRAVEL & QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS
City of Los Angeles Traveler Form
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, Los Angeles requires all travelers entering the city from another state or country to fill out this online form, acknowledging that they have read and understood the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Travel guidance. All travelers over the age of 16 must submit this form online prior to or upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport, Van Nuys Airport, or Union Station. Learn more at travel.lacity.org.
Public Health Guidance for Travelers:
The LA County Department of Public Health and the State of California advise that you follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) travel guidance:
- If you're fully vaccinated, follow the CDC domestic and international travel guidance for fully vaccinated people.
- If you're not fully vaccinated, but choose to travel, follow the CDC domestic and international travel guidance for unvaccinated people.
LAX Travel Safely Guide
LAX COVID Vaccination Sites
COVID 19 vaccination sites can be found all around LA County including several near LAX. For a complete list of the vaccination sites closest to you please check here
LAX Rapid COVID Testing
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) now offers guests two types of COVID-19 tests in the terminal area at two testing locations, the primary lab across from Terminal 6 and one the in the Tom Bradley International Terminal in the arrivals area near baggage claim. The tests are provided by Clarity Mobile Ventures and processed in a state-of-the-art, on-site laboratory, providing a convenient and safe option for testing before or after travel.
The laboratory offers a standard PCR test (nasal-swab Polymerase Chain Reaction) for $125 with results returned within 24 hours, or $175 for priority results in 3-5 hours. Rapid PCR tests with results in 90 minutes are available for $199. Antigen tests are offered at the Tom Bradley International Terminal with results available in 1-hour for a cost of $80.
Test results are returned to guests electronically. Please note that the airport does not receive test results or personal information from customers.
LAX's COVID-19 testing lab is certified as a trusted testing partner by the State of Hawaii and tests are eligible to meet current travel requirements to the state.
Which Test Should I Take?
PCR tests are required to enter certain destinations or skip quarantine periods upon arrival. Antigen tests provide fastest results, cost less and may be accepted by certain airlines and destinations that allow an antigen test in place of a PCR test.
Customers are responsible for knowing the type of test results that are acceptable for their destination or purpose for testing. Please check with your airline or destination to determine which test is accepted.
Appointments are required and can be booked online here. Patients must schedule their appointment for testing online, prior to checking into to the desired testing location.
There are three testing locations:
|Test Site & Location||Tests Available||Cost||Turn Around Time||Hours of Operation|
|Primary Lab across street from Terminal 6 This lab is located on the Lower/Arrivals level. Guests can access the facility by vehicle drop-off along the outer arrivals curb at Terminal 6, or by walking from any of the parking structures. For pedestrians coming from Terminals 1, 2 and 3 a shorter path to the testing site is possible along East Way, Theme Way and West Way.||Priority PCR Test||$175||3 to 5 hours||7:00 AM to 9:00 PM Daily|
|Standard PCR Test||$125||Under 24 hours||7:00 AM to 9:00 PM Daily|
|Quick PCR Test||$199||90 minutes||7:30 AM to 9:00 PM Daily|
|Satellite testing site at
Tom Bradley International Terminal
Lower/Arrivals level 1, near the baggage claim area.
|Antigen Test||$80||1-Hour or less||7:00 AM to 9:00 PM Daily|
Contact for Clarity Labs: https://claritymv.com/contact-us/
Additional COVID Testing Locations:
Passengers interested in getting a test prior to coming to or flying into LAX can visit a few websites to find the closest testing site. When choosing what type of test to get passengers should always check with their airline and destination to determine what, if any, testing requirements there are.
- Visit this site for nationwide testing locations, click here.
- For L.A. County residents, visit this testing site locator, click here.
- The CDC also has general information on at-home kits here.
If you should test positive for COVID-19, please visit the CDC's website on instructions on how to take care of yourself and others. Please click here.
LAX Travel Safely Video
Watch this short video that explains how LAX is keeping things clean and travelers
healthy as they fly through LAX.
Traveling To and From LAX & Parking
There are many ways of getting safely to and from LAX. Because of the way air circulates and is
filtered on a plane, your time spent in the air may actually bear you less risk than everything
that happens before and after. As you travel to and from LAX, it is important to limit your
contact with others as much as possible, avoid high-touch surfaces and sanitize your hands
often. Follow the CDC guidelines and the rules of the transit option you choose.
Here is a short list of transit options to and from LAX, but more detailed information on these options can be found here.
- FlyAway Shuttle Service – offers nonstop bus service provides transportation between LAX and Union Station and Van Nuys. See the schedules here, or visit the FlyAway page here.
- Ride Apps - Lyft, Opoli, and Uber are the authorized providers for ride app services at LAX. When arriving at LAX with a ride app service you can be dropped off directly at your terminal on the Upper/Departures level. When leaving LAX, rides can be picked up at the LAX-it lot next to Terminal 1.
- Taxi Cabs - A variety of Taxi services operate to and from LAX. Taxis may drop passengers off at their terminals on the Upper/Departures Level and guests leaving from LAX can pick up taxis at the LAX-it lot, inside Parking Structure 3.
- Driving and Parking - All Central Terminal Area garages are open with the first 15 minutes free and a daily maximum fee of $50. LAX Economy Parking, located at 6100 W. 94th St., features about 4,300 spaces with a daily maximum fee of $30 for drive-up customers, and offers frequent, free shuttle bus service. In addition, there are a number of off-airport parking operators, many of which provide courtesy transportation from LAX terminals.
- Being Dropped off or Picked up - Passengers can be dropped off at in the terminals on the Upper/Departures Level and picked up on the outer curb on the Lower/Arrivals Level outside of baggage claim. If picking up a passenger please use the 24-hour LAX Cell Phone Waiting Lot where motorists meeting arriving passengers can wait for free until passengers call to say they are ready to be picked up.
- Public Transit - Several public transit providers serve LAX, including L.A. Metro, Culver City Bus Lines, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, Torrance Transit, and Beach Cities Transit. (Click on transit provider for more information including routes, timetables and trip planners.) Passengers can pick up many bus lines from the LAX City Bus Center.
- Hotel Shuttles - Many major airport-area hotels provide courtesy transportation from LAX terminals. Stops for shuttles to hotels are located on the Upper/Departures Level identified by RED curbside pylons. You can get more information on these shuttle here
More information on travel options can be found here.
- Face Coverings:
Per federal law everyone inside LAX's terminals, on ground transportation and in LAWA office buildings must wear a proper facemask. Failure to wear a proper facemask may result in denial of entry, being escorted off the property, and possible penalties under federal law.
CDC guidance on face coverings can be found here. Facemasks should not be placed on children under age 2, on anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the covering without assistance.
You should have a mask on when entering LAX's Central Terminal Area and it is highly recommended that you bring extra masks for your journey and your return trip. Masks are also available at many of the retail stores in LAX terminals.
Face masks need to meet these requirements to comply with law:
- A properly worn mask completely covers the nose and mouth.
- Cloth masks should be made with two or more layers of a breathable fabric that is tightly woven (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source).
- Mask should be secured to the head with ties, ear loops, or elastic bands that go behind the head. If gaiters are worn, they should have two layers of fabric or be folded to make two layers.
- Mask should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
- Mask should be a solid piece of material without slits, exhalation valves, or punctures.
The following attributes are additionally acceptable as long as masks meet the requirements above.
- Masks can be either manufactured or homemade.
- Masks can be reusable or disposable.
- Masks can have inner filter pockets.
- Clear masks or cloth masks with a clear plastic panel may be used to facilitate communication with people who are hearing impaired or others who need to see a speaker's mouth to understand speech.
- Medical masks and N-95 respirators fulfill the requirements of the Order.
The following do not fulfill the requirements of the Order.
- Masks worn in a way that does not cover both the mouth and nose
- Face shields or goggles (face shields or goggles may be worn to supplement a mask that meets above required attributes)
- Scarves, ski masks, balaclavas, or bandannas
- Shirt or sweater collars (e.g., turtleneck collars) pulled up over the mouth and nose.
- Masks made from loosely woven fabric or that are knitted, i.e., fabrics that let light pass through
- Masks made from materials that are hard to breathe through (such as vinyl, plastic or leather)
- Masks containing slits, exhalation valves, or punctures
- Masks that do not fit properly (large gaps, too loose or too tight)
- Know Your Destination's Rules
Many destinations, both international and domestic, have implemented travel restrictions or rules for visitors. Knowing the current rules for your destination is essential this year. The dashboard on travel restrictions and health related travel requirements by AITA is a good resource to find out all requirements of a country before you travel.
For international travel, consult the U.S. State Department or individual country embassy and consulates for current restrictions and guidance.
Flight Rules and Information:
Contact your airline for the latest travel requirements and flight status. Please see LAX's list of airlines here.
- Passenger Health Screening:
Health entry screenings at LAX are conducted for travelers arriving from some countries or regions with widespread ongoing transmission of COVID-19. Health screenings are managed by the Department of Homeland Security, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). You can find the latest guidelines on health screening procedures here.
- Restaurants and Retail at LAX:
Some airport shops and restaurants are open with reduced hours and food service only for grab-and-go and orders to go. Please visit our Shop and Dine site for more information.
- LAX Hours of Operation and Access:
Entry to LAX is limited to airline passengers and persons meeting, accompanying or assisting them, and airport personnel whose employment requires their presence. LAX is closed to the general public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
How LAX Is Keeping You Safe
Los Angeles World Airports is working to ensure the health and safety our guests and employees. Specific actions we have taken include:
- Hand Sanitizers: LAX has installed hundreds of additional hand sanitizer stations throughout our terminals for easy access by our guests.
- Frequent Cleaning: Crews clean our public areas and restrooms at least once per hour using virus and bacteria-killing disinfectants.
- Hospital Grade Products: high touch areas such as elevators, escalators, trash and recycling cans, kiosk touch screens, water fountains, seating areas, hand and grab rails, doorknobs, counters, restroom fixtures, and others are sanitized with 3M Brand Quat disinfectant, an EPA approved, hospital grade cleaning product.
- Partner Cleaning: LAX coordinates with our contracting partners to ensure that their cleaning crews are following the same cleaning protocols.
- Informational Signage: LAX has added signage in high-traffic passenger areas with up to date information on ways to stay safe and healthy including physical distancing and wearing face coverings.
- Transit Cleaning: The LAX Shuttle fleet is cleaned a minimum of three times per day using virus- and bacteria-killing disinfectants and limiting the number of guests on each shuttle.
- Floor Markings: Physical distance floor markings are being added to some passenger areas with lines to ensure appropriate space between guests.
- Dining and Shopping: We are reconfiguring dining areas by limiting seating to ensure appropriate physical distancing and many restaurants will be offering order ahead service to limit interactions and help passengers avoid lines at www.laxshopdine.com
- Facemasks: Federal law requires proper facemasks be worn by everyone while at LAX, on ground transportation or in office buildings. Failure to wear a proper facemask may result in denial of entry, being escorted off the property, and possible penalties under federal law.
- Touchless Faucets: Many restrooms are currently being equipped with touchless faucets.
- Plexiglas Barriers: Plexiglas separators/sneeze guards have been placed in high volume locations to keep distance between staff and guests.
- Advanced Air Filtration: The airport uses ionization and UV light to sterilize air circulating inside its facilities.
Healthy Traveler Tips
- Do not travel if you feel sick or have a fever.
- Wear a face covering at all times
- Maintain social distancing of at least six feet (two meters) while traveling.
- Limit number of people in elevators to two or three (follow the signs) – unless you are traveling with your family or require assistance – and stay six feet apart (three steps) from others on escalators.
- Check-in online or on your phone before arriving at the airport to minimize touchpoints when going through security.
- Prepare to lower your facial covering at the TSA checkpoint so officers can verify your identity with your photo ID.
- When going through security checkpoints consider placing your phone and any items in your pocket into your bag.
- Wash your hands frequently for at least for 20 seconds.
- If you need to cough or sneeze, remember to cover your mouth with a tissue. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, including mobile phones.
- Avoid unnecessary contact with others such as handshaking.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- While not protective against novel coronavirus, public health officials recommend the influenza vaccine.
International Arrivals Process at LAX
US Welcomes Back Foreign Travelers
Starting November 8th, 2021, the United States will welcome back foreign travelers from the European Union, United Kingdom and other countries who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to the federal government, travelers from eligible countries will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 as well as provide a negative COVID-19 test no later than three days before departure. Proof of vaccination or COVID test will be required prior to travelers boarder their plane for the US. Details about the new rules are available here.
There are very limited exceptions, as well as additional testing requirements for those who cannot show proof of vaccination. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will require non-citizen travelers to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, verbally attest to their reason for travel and provide COVID-19 vaccination status during the border inspection process.
The international arrivals process for passengers entering the United States from certain countries has been adjusted multiple times since the first global cases of coronavirus were discovered.
The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), determines the immigration and customs protocols and facilitates the immigration and customs process.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHS), monitors for infectious disease at airports and other points of international travel.
Federal agencies implement the same international arrival process requirements at every U.S. airport receiving passengers from high-risk countries, including LAX. However, the international arrivals process changes frequently and may differ for passengers by their itinerary or health. The latest guidelines can be found at the DHS website and CDC website.
Travelers without symptoms will be told to stay home, monitor their health, and practice social distancing. Travelers with symptoms will be directed to receive additional screening and health care.
- Negative COVID Test Required to Board International Flights to the U.S. Beginning on
January 26, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now requires a negative COVID-19 test for all air passengers entering the United States from outside the country. Air passengers are required to get a viral test within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger. The CDC also recommends passengers get tested again 3-5 days after arrival and stay home for 7 days post-travel. You can view the full press release about this new mandate here.
- For Non-U.S. Citizens:
Travel is restricted for some foreign nationals seeking entry to the U.S. For the most up to date information please visit the Centers For Disease Control site here.
- For U.S. Citizens:
For U.S. Citizens coming back from travels abroad it is best to check with the U.S. State Department for a list of requirements and possible quarantine rules. The State Department web site can be found here
- IATA Travel Dashboard
The dashboard on travel restrictions and health related travel requirements by AITA is a good resource to find out all requirements of a country before you travel. .
- IATA Travel Dashboard
New Security Check Point Rules on Food and Hand Sanitizer
- The TSA is currently allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per person, in carry-on bags. Hand sanitizer will need to be screened separately.
- Travelers will now be required to remove food from their luggage and put it through the scanner in a clear plastic bag to help minimize TSA officer contact with food items.
- More information on TSA security protocols can be found here.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Screening is performed by federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), not by the airport.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began enhanced screening at several airports across the country with quarantine stations, including Los Angeles International Airport. The federal government is responsible for selecting which individuals are required to go through the quarantine stations. The screening includes checking passengers for symptoms that could be associated with the coronavirus.
- Travelers arriving into LAX must complete fill the City of Los Angeles' online Traveler Form acknowledging they have read and understand the California travel advisory. The State of California Travel Advisory includes a recommendation that those entering California from out-of-state or out of the country self-quarantine for 10 days and monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days.
- There are concessions available in every terminal. Many concessions in the airport terminals have temporarily closed or have reduced hours. Click here to see a list of the current hours of operations. Remember, you can take your face covering off to eat or drink, but must put it back on when you are finished.
- Keep six feet distance when in line for food and drink, or skip the line entirely by ordering through www.laxshopdine.com
- LAX does not have the authority to regulate air travel, schedule flights, or close the airport. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates the civil aviation industry and maintains air traffic control. Individual airlines determine and manage their flight routes, not the airport.
- Many airlines operating at LAX have suspended or reduced their international flights. Airlines flying domestic routes have also reduced flights across their networks. If you have a question about your travel, the best advice is to check with your airline.
The decision to travel is up to you and your family, and the first step should be to check the list of travel advisories for the country you are planning to visit. The State Department's list of advisoriess for various countries across the world can be found here.
Due to limited flight and passenger activity, social distancing, terminal cleaning and sanitizing schedules, construction and a priority to keep all guests and employees safe and healthy, LAX's CTA will restrict access 24 hours a day 7 days a week to only:
- Ticketed airline passengers and persons meeting, accompanying or assisting them
- Airport and City personnel whose employment requires their presence.
We are working with other airports as well as with both local and national public health agencies, the FAA and national and regional task forces to continuously evaluate what measures can be made to keep our passengers safe and healthy.
Currently LAX has put in place a variety of measures to keep our guests safe. These include:
- Adding several hundred hand sanitizer stations throughout terminals.
- Requiring face coverings to be worn by everyone inside terminal areas.
- Conducting more frequent cleaning of our public areas and restrooms (at least once per hour) using virus- and bacteria-killing disinfectants.
- Using hospital grade EPA approved cleaning products on all high touch areas such as elevators, escalators, trash and recycling cans, kiosk touch screens, water fountains, seating areas, hand and grab rails, doorknobs, counters, restroom fixtures, and others.
- Coordinating with our contracting partners to ensure that their cleaning crews are following the same cleaning protocols.
- Added new informational signage in high-traffic passenger areas with up to date information on ways to reduce the spread of the coronavirus including social distancing.
- Cleaning all shuttles a minimum of three times per day using virus and bacteria-killing disinfectants.
- LAX has been requiring the use of facemasks for many months and now Federal law also requires proper facemasks be worn by everyone while in LAX's Central Terminal Area, on ground transportation or in office buildings. Failure to wear a proper facemask may result in denial of entry, being escorted off the property, and possible penalties under federal law. For more information click here.
We encourage travelers to practice physical distancing in queues such as ticketing, security checkpoints, transacting with food concessionaires, and boarding aircraft as well as in seating areas at gates. LAX has placed signage and floor markings around terminals to encourage physical distancing throughout the airport. Plexiglass separators/sneeze guards have also been placed in high volume locations to keep distance between staff and guests.
Physical separation is a shared responsibility to help protect yourself, fellow travelers, and airport employees and we encourage you to:
- Maintaining your distance of six feet or two meters from others
- Limit the number of people in elevators to either two or three people depending on the size of the elevator. Follow the guidance on posted signs. Family groups are exempt from this limit, as are those requiring assistance.
Travel Restrictions and Quarantine:
- Negative COVID Test Required to Board International
Flights to the US Beginning on January 12,
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now requires a negative COVID-19 test for all air passengers entering the United States from outside the country.
Air passengers are required to get a viral test within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger. The CDC also recommends passengers get tested again 3-5 days after arrival and stay home for 7 days post-travel. You can view the full press release about this new mandate here.
- Non-US Citizens: Travel is restricted for some foreign nationals seeking entry to the U.S. For the most up to date information please visit the Centers For Disease Control site here.
- Travelers arriving into LA County must:
- Quarantine for 10 days and monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days; and
- Fill out the on-line Travel Advisor Form acknowledging they understand and will to abide by the County of Los Angeles's health order and understand the California travel advisory. Children under 16 years of age and those only at LAX for connecting flights do not need to fill out the form.
- The State of California Travel Advisory and further information related to it can be found here.
- The LA County Health Officer Order and further information related to it and the COVID-19 situation in LA County can be found here.
- Failure to submit the LA City Travel Form is punishable by a fine of up to $500.
- This website lists other states that have travel restrictions.
- TSA is currently allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per person, in carry-on bags. Hand sanitizer will need to be screened separately.
- Travelers will now be required to remove food from their luggage and put it through the scanner in a clear plastic bag to help minimize TSA officer contact with food items.
- More information on TSA security protocols can be found here.
Information about the novel coronavirus is updated frequently; check the following resources for the most up-to-date information:
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
- California Department of Public Health
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Guidelines for Returning from Other Countries (CDC)
- Click here to read about all federal travel advisories.
- To contact the CDC directly, please call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)