Travel Healthy. COVID 19 Update.

Thanks for choosing Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport for your upcoming trip. Your health and safety are our top priority. Visit this page for the most current information about air travel during the pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Travel Advisory: As of April 19, 2022 face masks are no longer required at the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF). This is due to TSA no longer enforcing it’s Security Directives and Emergency Amendment regarding the federal mask mandate for public transit. Masks may still be required by individual airlines and for international travel. Travelers are encouraged to check with their airline and flight destination regarding any face covering requirements.


Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport follows health and safety guidelines provided by public health officials at the federal, state, and local levels. Flights, restaurant and retail hours of operation, terminal services and parking have been impacted. Click here for the latest updates.

Flights and Airline Information

  • Check-in with your airline 24 hours before your flight.
  • It’s at the discretion of an airline if they require passengers to wear a face mask or covering from check-in to deplaning the aircraft. Passengers should check with their airline and final flight destinations regarding any face covering requirements.
  • Bring snacks with you or purchase some at the airport before your flight. Many airlines have temporarily suspended in-flight food and beverage service, but permit passengers to bring items onboard.
  • All airlines have established new health and safety protocols for employees and enhanced aircraft cleaning after each flight.
  • Click below for specific airline health and safety requirements.

Current Preventative Measures in Use at the Jerry E. Abramson Terminal

  • Quadrupled the the number of hand sanitizing stations throughout the terminal.
  • Achieved 100% automated hand towel dispensers in all restroom facilities.
  • Replaced more than 100 manual soap dispensers with automated units.
  • Added “Healthy Travel Tips” signage in key areas of the terminal.

The Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport is prepared to implement additional operational changes as directed by public health authorities or federal, state or local officials.

Terminal Cleaning

We follow guidance by public health experts including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Kentucky Department for Public Health and Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) when cleaning and sanitizing our facility.

  • 24-hour, 365-day cleaning protocol complies with CDC guidelines.
  • Significant increase in cleaning high-touch areas such as handrails, elevator buttons, escalators and restrooms.
  • Multiple daily cleanings of airline gate areas.
  • Closely monitoring changes in the status of our region’s health and implementing protocols for handling infectious diseases when required.

How You Can Stay Healthy

Frequent hand washing, wearing a mask and physical distancing will help prevent illness. Do not come to the airport if you are feeling ill.

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands prior to and immediately following the security checkpoint screening process.
  • If you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • While not protective against COVID-19, public health officials also recommend the influenza vaccine.
  • If you are traveling overseas, follow CDC’s guidance including the use of hand sanitizer and/or anti-bacterial wipes.

Local Resources

Kentucky COVID-19 (coronavirus) Hotline: 1-800-722-5725

Kentucky Department for Public Health

Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness

Indiana State Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources

Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Coronavirus Information for Travelers

Guidance for Airlines and Airline Crew: Coronavirus Disease 2019

Coronavirus General Information