Southwest Airlines: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest Updates – Cancellation Policies, Status Changes, Routes, and More

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Southwest Airlines offers some of the most generous change and cancellation fees in the industry, but you might still be wondering about how Southwest is specifically responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will you still be able to earn your Companion Pass this year? If you already have a Companion Pass from 2020, will you be able to carry this over through 2021 and beyond? Is Southwest making any changes on board your flight to keep you safe? If you have a trip booked through Southwest Vacations, how will this be handled?

This article will answer all of your COVID-19 questions related to Southwest Airlines.

Cancellation Policies

Southwest never charges fees to change or cancel flights. Even credits from canceled Wanna Get Away (non-refundable) fares can be applied to future travel.

We’ve broken down Southwest Airlines’ change and cancellation policies due to COVID-19 in great detail. Click the link for full details, along with other airlines’ policies.

Southwest Vacations Cancellation Policy

Southwest Vacations notes that once it becomes aware of “any government’s travel restriction that results in a flight or hotel cancellation, our Team will send an email with rebooking instructions to affected Customers.”

The trip will be canceled at that time and a travel credit will be issued for the full amount (not including the cost of travel protection). It specifically notes that “you do not need to contact us regarding your cancellation or travel credit. We will reach out to you with more information once the travel credit is processed. ”

If you purchased your vacation using Uplift, see its site for more details.

Bottom Line: If you have a trip booked through Southwest Vacations, make sure you check your email (including junk folders) for communication regarding your travel credits.

Loyalty Extensions/Status Upgrades

Southwest Airlines is extending its current tier status for members and Companion Pass holders. If you had previously received an extension of your Companion Pass benefits through June 30, 2021, Southwest further extended benefits another 6 months through December 31, 2021. It also offered tier and Companion Pass qualifying points to all Rapid Rewards members.

Explore our specific elite status extension details for Southwest Airlines, along with what other airlines are granting for their elite status travelers.

Credit Card Incentives

Beyond the typical introductory offers, Southwest Airlines is currently offering some additional benefits for Southwest-branded credit cards in response to the pandemic.

Cardholders of the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card, Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card, Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card, or Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card can earn 1,500 tier qualifying points (or TQPs) for every $10,000 spent using their card from the first day of the billing cycle ending in January 2021 through the last statement of December 2021 without the usual cap on how many TQPs you can earn.

Flight Reductions and Cancellations

Southwest Airlines has seen schedule reductions as a direct result of COVID-19. Overall, the impact so far has been less than other U.S.-based airlines since Southwest primarily operates domestically.

Domestic

Southwest has dramatically increased Hawaii service — something it cut severely after various stages of quarantine were announced for visitors. Southwest has added 5 new gateway cities, as well as more than 15 new (or resumed) routes to the summer 2021 schedule. For the press release, see the Southwest website.

For summer 2021, Southwest announced 25 new routes and 24 routes that would be resuming. This will follow a previous pattern of routes to outdoor summer destinations, such as locations near beaches, hiking and fishing spots, and national parks. See the link above for a complete list of all of these new routes!

In the Q2 2021 earnings call, the outlook was optimistic. Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines, notes that “leisure passenger traffic in June 2021 rebounded above June 2019 levels” and it estimates that “July (traffic) is expected to trend higher than July 2019 levels.” Business travel is lagging, but Southwest sees a shift in this coming soon.

International

During the height of the pandemic, Southwest suspended its entire international network. Flights have been resuming as local government regulation allows.

All international destinations that Southwest flies to are currently open for travelers, however, many locations have entry requirements. For detail regarding Southwest’s international destinations, see its website for updated information.

Important Southwest News

Southwest has consistently maintained that it doesn’t want to cut flights so deeply that it won’t be able to respond when travel recovers post-COVID-19.

The airline received governmental aid as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Under the terms of this $50 billion aid, all airlines — including Southwest Airlines — were barred from cutting jobs through September 30, 2020.

Of the $50 billion, Southwest Airlines received $3.2 billion in the form of a direct grant of $2.3 billion and a low-interest rate loan of nearly $1 billion.

In December 2020, the second round of assistance was passed for $15 billion.

On March 10, 2021, the American Rescue Plan was passed which includes $15 billion for commercial airlines. While Southwest noted that it wasn’t planning on furloughing any of its employees prior to the passage of this plan, it is now required to not layoff, furlough, or reduce salaries for employees through September 30, 2021.

Safety Changes

Additional safety precautions have been made in the cabin as a result of the pandemic.

Southwest COVID 19 Procedures
Southwest flight attendant wears a mask on board a flight. Image Credit: Southwest Airlines

Food and Beverage Service

For flights over 250 miles, Southwest is serving “a limited selection of non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.”

For flights that are shorter than 250 miles, Southwest temporarily suspended all onboard beverage and snack service until further notice. You are always able to bring your own snacks and beverages onboard.

Hot Tip: As a note, Southwest has announced that it will be accepting drink coupons that had previously expired in 2020 through December 31, 2021.

Seating Arrangements

Southwest Airlines does not assign seats nor allow you to buy the extra middle seat. You can board and select your seat in the order noted on your boarding pass.

Disinfection Changes

As of May 1, 2020, new procedures “will introduce additional cleaning between flights to supplement the work of Flight Attendants who keep cabins tidy.” Southwest Airlines also notes that it has “enhanced our overnight cleaning procedures. In addition to tidying each aircraft between flights, we spend more than 6 hours cleaning each aircraft every night.”

However, as of August 2021, Southwest decreased its COVID-19 sanitation procedures due to an increased schedule. Specifically, Southwest is only disinfecting high-touch areas like lavatories and tray tables between flights. Armrests and seat belts will not be disinfected between flights and only cleaned in the evenings.

The EPA-approved disinfectant, which was previously only used to clean the lavatories, is now being used throughout the aircraft. Southwest indicates that “these procedures meet or exceed recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).”

Southwest Additional Cleaning Procedures
Southwest Airlines has implemented deep cleaning procedures each night. Image Credit: Southwest Airlines

In terms of air quality, it states that the onboard HEPA filters and the air circulation system exceed “the quality of air that can be found outdoors, as well as a typical office building or similar public venue. On average, a complete exchange of cabin air and outside air is accomplished every 3 minutes.”

Face Masks

Flight Attendants

Since May 3, 2020, Southwest has required customer-facing employees to wear face masks or coverings.

Passengers

Since May 11, 2020, customers are required to wear face coverings or a mask. Southwest will provide a mask if a customer forgets their mask. Southwest will also distribute sanitizing wipes to passengers who need them.

Southwest won’t let you board without a mask, even if you have a valid medical condition that precludes you from wearing one. Masks are required for everyone above the age of 2. See the updated mask policy.

Boarding and Deplaning Process Changes

While Southwest was requiring groups to board in groups of 10, as of April 2021, this is no longer the case. Southwest has resumed boarding at its pre-pandemic groupings of 30.

Health Declaration

Beginning on June 16, 2020, Southwest announced that a “Customer Health Declaration” must be acknowledged during online check-in (via the Southwest app, Southwest.com, SWABIZ.com, or the carrier’s mobile website).

Passengers will be required to acknowledge an awareness of the carrier’s face-covering policy and confirm that they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19 in the 10 days prior to travel. They will also have to confirm that they do not have a fever when they travel.

Fleet Changes

Southwest has not reduced flights as much as competitors like United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and American Airlines. This means that fewer planes are being parked, but there is still a small reduction in Southwest’s operating fleet.

There were 36 Boeing 737-700 retirements during 2020.

In the fourth quarter of 2020, the airline received 7 leased Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets. In 2021, it plans to take 35 additional 737 MAXs. These have been placed back into service as of March 10, 2021.

On the Q2 2021 earnings call, Southwest announced that it had committed to purchase 55 additional aircraft that it will use to fly to 18 new cities and Hawaii by the end of 2021.

Final Thoughts

Southwest’s operations have suffered less than its competitors, but it has still been greatly impacted by COVID-19. Luckily, Southwest has extended member benefits and given out qualifying points to help make it possible to still earn the covetable Companion Pass.

If you find that you must travel, there are increased measures to keep you safe at the airport and on your flight. Food and beverage services have been temporarily altered and additional disinfection procedures will help keep you safe. Needless to say — your next flight on Southwest will look a bit different.


Frequently asked questions

Can I still earn my Companion Pass because of coronavirus?

If you already have a Companion Pass that was set to expire on December 31, 2020, your status has been extended based on the method you obtained status. See our loyalty article for more information.

If you have earned a Companion Pass through June 30, 2021, you should have received an extension of this benefit through December 31, 2021.

How do I cancel my Southwest flight?

Southwest Airlines never charges cancellation or change fees.

If your travel funds were originally set to expire or created between March 1, 2020, and September 7, 2020, you would have received a travel credit that you can use for travel through September 7, 2022. See Southwest’s website for more information.

Do I need to take a COVID-19 test before flying on Southwest?

Southwest Airlines itself is not requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test to fly. However, if you are flying to a location that is requiring a negative COVID-19 test, Southwest will ask for proof prior to boarding.

Currently, you must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test to travel back to the U.S. from international destinations. Check the Southwest COVID-19 site for more details.

Do I need to wear a mask on Southwest?

Yes. Federal law requires every passenger (over the age of 2) to wear a mask at all times in the airport and throughout the flight. Refusing to wear a mask can result in denial of boarding, removal from the aircraft, and/or penalties under federal law.

Please click here for Southwest’s mask policy.

Christy Rodriguez

About Christy Rodriguez

Christy was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but lived in Texas the majority of her life. Now, work has her living in the Bay Area with her husband and yellow lab. Her first international travel experience was for a summer study abroad program in Italy. After that, she knew that she was destined to travel as much as possible. Luckily, her husband worked at Southwest Airlines, so they were introduced to the exciting world of “non-rev” travel.

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243 comments

  1. Robert Somers Turner September 20, 2020

    Would not fly with any other airline…Southwest is the best.

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    • Deborah Garrett April 13, 2021

      I’m flying to California from Florida in August. Do I have to quarantine for 10 days or more or can I fly back to Florida in 7 days?

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      • Hi Deborah,
        If you’re flying into Los Angeles or Burbank you’ll need to quarantine upon arrival. The length of the quarantine varies so you’ll want to check the California Department of Public Health for specifics to your situation.

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        • Pamela Lee July 2, 2021

          We are flying to Sacramento from Pittsburgh. Do we need to have negative results with us? We’re leaving July 20, 2021, and coming back July 26, 2021.

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          • Hi Pamela,
            No, you don’t need to show test results to fly between Sacramento and Pittsburgh. Have a great trip!

          • Dennis Sidener July 26, 2021

            Are there any requirements other than a mask to fly from Dallas to Indianapolis.

    • Lu Washburn April 28, 2021

      I’m flying to San Diego from Phoenix, Arizona. Any restrictions?

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    • Dezirae Zook May 18, 2021

      I am traveling from Florida to Chicago, I know I need proof of negative test within 72 hours of my flight, but my question is what kind of tests are acceptable for proof nasal swab vs finger prick, and does it have to be a paper copy? Most results come back by email or text message.

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      • Hi Dezirae,

        Any Covid test should meet the requirements, and there does not appear to be any documentation stating that you have to submit a paper copy. Safe travels!

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  2. Francene werner October 15, 2020

    I trust Southwest.

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  3. Best airline out there!!!
    Thank you Southwest air!

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  4. Kenneth David December 6, 2020

    If traveling from New York to Indianapolis, do I need to show proof of a negative covid 19 test result before boarding the plane?

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    • Hi Kenneth,

      No, you do not need to show proof of a negative Covid test for this route.

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      • Adam Urenda January 24, 2021

        Would I need a covid test traveling from Denver to Philadelphia?

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        • Hi Adam,

          All domestic travelers over the age of 11 entering Pennsylvania, whether visitors or residents, must have proof of a negative coronavirus test in the 72 hours before entering the state, or they must quarantine for 10 days, or until a negative result can be produced. Those who fail to comply could be fined up to $300.

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          • Rene L Kearns July 21, 2021

            I’m going to Oregon from Burbank and back in 7 days. Do I need a negative test?

          • Hi Rene,

            No, you should not need to take a Covid test for this flight. Safe travels!

    • Would I need a negative Covid test to travel from St. Louis to Sacramento?

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      • Hi Russell,

        You should not need to take a covid test in order to fly. But California asks that those arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries to self-quarantine for 10 days.

        California also recommends that visitors call ahead to learn if any regional or local restrictions are in place.

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  5. Alice Cowherd December 10, 2020

    If I am traveling from Louisville, KY to Philadelphia, PA on January 1st, 2021.Do I need to show a negative covid test before traveling?

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  6. I’m flying next week from New Orleans to Philadelphia with a pit stop in Chicago. As of now, am I required to show a negative test?

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  7. Will I need a negative test to fly from Austin, Texas to Chicago? Thanks!

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  8. Traveling from Atlanta to Columbus Ohio, do I need to show proof of negative COVID test and Vice versa?

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  9. Deborah Shea December 12, 2020

    I’m traveling from Nashville to LAX. Do I need a negative Covid test to fly?

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    • Hi Deborah, you will not need to show a negative COVID test to fly at this time. Thank you for reading!

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    • Hi Deborah,

      Currently, you do not need to provide a negative COVID test in order to fly to California. However, hotels and other forms of lodging are only allowed to accept an out-of-state reservation for nonessential travel if it’s for at least 14 days, the time period that California has been urging visitors and returning residents to self-quarantine.

      Reply

  10. Mayra Herrera December 13, 2020

    I’m traveling from New Mexico to Oakland CA on Dec. 24th. Do we need to show a covid test?

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    • Hi Mayra. No, you will not need to show a negative COVID test to fly domestically. Thanks for reading!

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    • Hi Mayra,

      Currently, you’re not required to present a negative covid test to fly to California. But hotels and other forms of lodging are only allowed to accept an out-of-state reservation for nonessential travel if it’s for at least 14 days, the time period that California has been urging visitors and returning residents to self-quarantine.

      Reply

  11. I am traveling from Nashville to Arizona, do I need to test for COVID before I depart?

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  12. I have a flight for myself and my daughter scheduled from Manchester, NH to Tampa, FL. Do we need proof of a negative test in advance of checking in? If we are unable to get documented results of negative testing prior to our flight – are there in fact rapid tests available at the point of departure? This information on the web is confusing/inconsistent – we just want to be sure we’re covering our bases fully.

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  13. We are traveling from ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and then back home. Do we all need negative covid tests within 3 days of each departure?

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    • Hi Janine,

      New Mexico does not require those traveling there to submit a negative covid test, but all travelers and residents who are not coming from a low-risk region must self-quarantine for 14 days.

      Reply

  14. traveling from Pittsburgh to Chicago, do we need a negative test to fly?

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    • Hi Nicole,
      No, you don’t need a negative test to fly, but since you are traveling from Pennsylvania, you’ll be required to quarantine for 10-14 days upon arrival. You can find more information here.

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      • I am flying from Alabama to Sacramento. Do I need to have a COVID test before flying?

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        • Hi Debbie,

          You should not be required to take a covid test prior to flying to California. However, those arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries are asked to self-quarantine for 10 days. The state recommends that visitors call ahead to learn if any regional or local restrictions are in place.

          Safe travels!

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          • Do I have to be vaccinated before traveling from Florida to Louisville, Kentucky?

          • Hi Kimberly,

            No, you should not need to be vaccinated in order to take this flight.

        • Do I need to have a Covid test before flying to Las Vegas from Fort Myers Fl?

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  15. Monica Stewart December 15, 2020

    I am flying from Kansas City, Missouri to Phoenix, Arizona and back to Missouri. Do I need a COVID test? Thanks.

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  16. David Torres December 17, 2020

    I’m flying on Southwest Airlines from Sacramento, California to San Diego, California next week. Do I need to be tested for Covid?

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  17. I have a flight stop in Chicago for an hour but will not be leaving the airport. Will I need a negative test for Covid?

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  18. Will my 2 year old be required to keep a mask on from Seattle to Arizona?

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    • Hi Brittany,

      According to the Southwest policy, all passengers ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask for the duration of the flight.

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  19. Do I need a negative covid test to fly from BWI to Houston and back?
    Thank you!

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    • Hi Debbie,

      There are currently no statewide restrictions for Texas, but Maryland asks visitors and returning residents to get a virus test in the 72 hours before arriving in Maryland or upon arrival.

      Reply

  20. A.W. Michael December 18, 2020

    We are leaving from MCI and headed to Ft Myers FL. Do we need to show proof of a negative covid test before boarding?

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    • Hi Michael,

      As of now, there are no statewide restrictions for Florida, so you should not need to show proof of a negative covid test to fly.

      Reply

      • Eric Hernandez April 7, 2021

        I’m flying on June 12, 2021, from El Paso, TX. My first stop is in Houston and the last stop is Orlando, Florida. Do I need to show proof of a negative Covid test?

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    • Sherri Shenanihan May 5, 2021

      We are flying from San Francisco, CA to St. Louis, MO. We are completely vaccinated. Do we need a covid test before going to St. Louis?

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  21. Allan Preckel December 18, 2020

    Flying round-trip from Denver to San Diego. Is there a COVID-19 test required?

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    • Hi Allan,

      As of now, you should not be required to have a negative covid test to fly, but hotels and other forms of lodging are only allowed to accept an out-of-state reservation for nonessential travel if it’s for at least 14 days, the time period that California has been urging visitors and returning residents to self-quarantine.

      Reply

  22. Flying to see granddaughter December 19, 2020

    I’m flying from North Carolina to Chicago, will I need Covid testing?

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    • According to Illinois state restrictions, those traveling from “Orange States” which includes North Carolina, must either quarantine for 14 days upon approval or obtain a negative virus test result no more than 72 hours before their arrival.

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  23. I’m flying from Columbus, OH to Salt Lake City through Chicago and Denver, will I need a Covid test?

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  24. Flying to see a friend December 22, 2020

    Do I need a negative Covid test to fly from Georgia to Indiana?

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  25. Jennifer N Bryant December 22, 2020

    I’m flying from Denver to Cancun. Will we need proof of covid testing?

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  26. Tracy Oligney December 23, 2020

    I’d like to fly to Houston in January from Albany, NY. I can’t imagine any problems going to Houston but what will I be required to do in returning to Albany?

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    • Hi Tracy,

      Those who have been out of the state for 24 hours or more must be able to present a negative test taken in the three days before their arrival, and must quarantine for the first three days in New York. Another coronavirus test must be taken on the fourth day, and if it is negative, the person may leave quarantine. Those not wanting to take the tests must quarantine for 14 days per Health Department regulations.

      Reply

  27. I’m flying MDW to PHX (12/26/2020, with a return flight on 01/04/2021). Do I need proof of a negative covid test prior to either of these flights?

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    • Hi Susanne,

      You should not need to take a Covid test for either flight, but upon returning back to Illinois you’ll be asked to quarantine for 14 days.

      Reply

  28. lateisha shark December 23, 2020

    I’m traveling to Las Vegas from California, will I need a covid test?

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  29. If I am traveling from Maryland to Chicago, do I need to show a negative test result?

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    • Hi Caroline,

      Illinois has designated Maryland as an “Orange” state, and should people visit from there they must either quarantine upon arrival or obtain a negative virus test result no more than 72 hours before their arrival.

      Reply

      • Do we have to upload on the app the test result or bring a print copy to fly from Ohio to Chicago?

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        • Hi Sam,

          You should be fine to do either, but be sure to monitor Southwest updates prior to your flight to see if they have any policy changes.

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  30. I am flying from Arizona to New York. Will I need to provide a negative COVID test?

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    • Hi Joanna,

      You should not need to provide proof of a negative Covid test in order to fly, but upon arrival in New York, you will either need to go through a mandatory two-week quarantine or be able to present a negative test taken in the three days before arrival, and must quarantine for the first three days in New York.

      Reply

  31. I’m flying from NY to Atlanta, GA. Do I need proof of covid testing?

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  32. Valerie Marcus December 27, 2020

    Flying from Orlando to Buffalo this month. Will I need to provide a negative Covid test?

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    • Hi Valerie,

      You should not need to provide proof of a negative Covid test in order to fly, but upon arrival, you will either need to go through a mandatory two-week quarantine or be able to present a negative test taken in the three days before their arrival, and must quarantine for the first three days in New York.

      Reply

  33. Will a negative Covid test be required for a flight from San Jose, Ca to Portland or the return flight back? Thanks.

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    • Hi Dawn,

      Oregon is urging visitors to self-quarantine for 14 days, but you are not required to take a Covid test in order to fly there or back to California.

      Reply

  34. I am wondering about flying from Texas to Rhode Island. How does the process work? Do I need to test negative 3 days prior to flying and then test again before I fly back? Thank you for any help!

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    • Hi Katie,

      Yes, you will need to test negative 72 hours prior to your flight to Rhode Island. You will not be required to test again on your way back to Texas though as they have no statewide restrictions at the moment.

      Reply

  35. Abbie Tooker January 3, 2021

    I will be traveling from Omaha, layover in Chicago, and then on to North Carolina. A week later I will be coming back the same route. Do I need a COVID test?

    Reply

    • Hi Abbie,

      There are currently no statewide restrictions for travel between Nebraska and North Carolina, so you should not need to take a Covid test.

      Reply

  36. Utsav Kanani January 4, 2021

    I am flying from Chicago to Pennsylvania do I need to provide a covid-19 test proof?

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    • Hi Utsav,

      Yes, all domestic and international travelers over the age of 11 entering Pennsylvania, whether visitors or residents, must have proof of a negative coronavirus test in the 72 hours before entering the state, or they must quarantine for 10 days, or until a negative result can be produced.

      Reply

  37. LYNN E CLEMENTI January 11, 2021

    Do I need to take a covid test to travel from Islip, NY to South Carolina?

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    • Hi Lynn,

      There are currently no statewide restrictions for South Carolina, so you should not be required to take a covid test to fly there. But for your return to New York, you must be able to present a negative test taken in the three days before your arrival.

      Reply

  38. Flying from Boston to Orlando next month. I live in New Hampshire but Boston is the airport nearest me. Do I need to get a covid test before flying?

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  39. Alexis Price January 30, 2021

    Hey, I’ve booked a flight for Mar 8-11 to Vegas from New Orleans. Do I have to prove a negative test or have to be swabbed to board?

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  40. I plan to fly from OAK to Denver on 2/22-2/23, will I need to give proof of a negative test before flying? What about from Denver back Oakland? Will I need to quarantine? I have gotten both Covid vaccines, the 2nd dose was administered 2 weeks ago.

    Reply

    • Hi Mary,

      Colorado does not require you to provide a recent covid test to enter, and neither does California. However, California does asks that you quarantine for 10 days after you arrive home.

      Reply

  41. Trak King II February 2, 2021

    I was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 so I canceled my upcoming SW flight. Now Southwest is forcing me to give them the name of the COVID infected person (who is not a passenger). Isn’t that a privacy violation and illegal to disclose someone else’s health information?

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    • Hi Trak,

      I am not an attorney so I cannot say definitely, but my understanding is that it is illegal to disclose someone else’s health information, and so you should not be required to give Southwest this information.

      Reply

  42. If we plan to fly from PHX to PNS (Florida), will we need to show proof of a negative COVID test in March? What about from PNS to PHX?

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  43. thomas p madigan February 16, 2021

    Do I have to have a covid test when flying from Orlando to Buffalo?

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    • Hi Thomas,

      New York is allowing travelers the option of avoiding its mandatory 10-day quarantine with a series of tests and a shorter period of isolation.

      Those who have been out of the state for 24 hours or more must be able to present a negative test taken in the three days before their arrival, and must quarantine for the first three days in New York. Another coronavirus test must be taken on the fourth day, and if it is negative, the person may leave quarantine. Those not wanting to take the tests must complete the full quarantine.

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  44. Do I need a Covid test to travel from Las Vegas NV to Midland Texas?

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  45. Hi! I’m going to be traveling from Austin Texas to Washington DC. It says I need a covid test or I need to quarantine. I’m going to quarantine but would they ask me for proof of a covid test or proof of quarantine? If so how can I prove that I have quarantined?

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  46. I’m travelling from Albuquerque to Sacramento CA in March 2021. Will I need a negative COVID test or will I need to quarantine in this location for 10 days? Thanks!

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  47. Lindsey Barrera March 2, 2021

    It seems as though I do not need to take a rapid test before flying to Oakland from Ohio to see my family. Is this true?

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  48. If traveling from Puerto Rico to New York, do I need to show a negative COVID test before leaving San Juan? I have been vaccinated (both shots).

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    • Hi Bob,

      Yes, you will need to get tested no more than 3 days before you travel into the United States and show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight.

      Reply

  49. Shekhar Sharma March 8, 2021

    We are flying from Atlanta to Cleveland, Ohio in a few weeks. Do we need to test for COVID before going to the airport? Do they ask for COVID negative test results?

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  50. I am traveling from Texas to Charlotte, NC, do I need to take a Covid test prior to traveling?

    Reply

    • Hi Denise,

      There are currently no statewide restrictions for North Carolina, so you should not need to take a Covid test prior to flying.

      Reply

  51. Traveling from Kansas City to Baltimore and back to Kansas City – do I need a Covid test both ways and if so what kind?

    Reply

    • Hi Charlie,

      There are currently no statewide restrictions in Missouri or Maryland, so you should not need to take a Covid test.

      Reply

  52. Do I need a covid test to travel from New York to Nashville and back?

    Reply

  53. If I am flying from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, would I need a COVID test done before flying? And what about returning back to New Mexico?

    Reply

    • Hi Shaylee,

      No, you should not be required to take a Covid test in order to fly to Pennsylvania or New Mexico. Safe travels!

      Reply

      • Maxine S Dizon March 30, 2021

        I’m flying to Portland, Oregon from Burbank, California. I’ve finished my covid vaccine. Do I still need to show a negative test result when I get to Portland?

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  54. I want to fly from Las Vegas to Denver. Do I have to show proof of a negative covid test? Thanks!

    Reply

  55. Jeremy Goff April 5, 2021

    Does flying from Louisville, KY to Florida requiring a negative Covid-19 test? Also, does flying from Florida back to Louisville Kentucky requiring a negative Covid-19 test?

    Reply

  56. Jessica J Smith April 6, 2021

    If I am flying from Detroit, MI to St Louis, MO with a layover in Chicago do I have to have a negative Covid test?

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  57. If I am flying roundtrip from Portland, Oregon to Kansas City, Missouri, do I need to take a Covid test or are there any restrictions flying into Missouri?

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  58. Do I need a Covid test to fly from Atlanta, GA to Houston, TX, and back from Houston to ATL?

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  59. Which cities do I need a covid test before flying to from Houston?

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  60. I’m traveling from Atlanta to Las Vegas in July. Do I need to have a negative covid test before flying?

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  61. Melissa Barrow April 28, 2021

    Hi, I am flying into Ann Arbor, MI on May 17th from Florida and returning on the 21st. Do I need a negative Covid test? I received my vaccines.

    Reply

  62. Patricia Petty April 29, 2021

    I am flying next week from San Francisco Ca to Burbank, CA.
    I will be fully vaccinated. Do I need proof of a negative COVID test to fly?

    Reply

  63. Kristi M Cullum May 3, 2021

    Flying From Portland, Or to Las Vegas 6/27 w/a layover in Sacramento then back to Portland on 7/2. Do I need to take a Covid test either way?

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  64. Flying from New York to Nashville, TN and then back to NY. Will I need a covid test for either of those flights.

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  65. Mrs.Allen May 3, 2021

    I’m traveling from Atlanta, GA going to Las Vegas. Do I need a covid-19 test done?

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  66. I will be traveling to cancun in June, will I need a negative covid test before flying? I understand I will need one to come back to the states.

    Reply

    • Hi Alyce,

      You should not need to take a Covid test in order to fly to Mexico, but you’re correct that you’ll need one to return to the U.S.

      Reply

  67. Brenda Smallwood May 6, 2021

    My husband and I are flying from Baltimore to Vegas in two weeks and back to DC (We live in MD). He is fully vaccinated and I have the first dose. Do I need a PCR test to fly, does Southwest will ask for the PCR before boarding the plane?

    Do you mind letting us know?

    Reply

  68. Joanne Oneill May 10, 2021

    A person we are traveling with from NY to South Carolina is not vaccinated. Does she need a Covid test before flying to SC or back to NY?

    Reply

  69. Elizabeth K Biddison May 12, 2021

    A group of us are flying from Tampa Florida to Chicago Midway for a couple of hours layover before heading back to Philadelphia. Will we have to show our vaccination cards before boarding the plane to Chicago Midway Airport from Tampa Florida since Florida is considered a red state even though we will be inside the airport for a couple hour layover? We are fully vaccinated. Thank you.

    Reply

  70. Dianne Knight May 17, 2021

    We are flying from Fort Myers Florida to Midway in July, renting a car at the airport and driving to Michigan. Do I need to have a negative test or be vaccinated? Thank you.

    Reply

    • Hi Dianne,

      No, you should not need to have a negative test, or be vaccinated, in order to take your flight or rent a car.

      Reply

  71. Brianna Luttrell May 20, 2021

    We are planning a round-trip from Dallas, TX to Portland, ME. We have a layover both ways in Washington D.C. Do we need to be tested for COVID-19 since are making a pit stop in D.C.? I know Portland, ME is fine.

    Reply

  72. I’m traveling from California to Chicago without a negative test or vaccination but I’m going to quarantine after arrival. Will they allow me to board?

    Reply

    • Hi Demi,

      Yes, you’ll be able to board the plane. There aren’t any requirements traveling from California to Chicago right now.

      Reply

  73. If I am traveling from California to Texas at the end of the week, Do I need a covid test done even if I am fully vaccinated?

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  74. We’re flying out to San Diego from Sacramento and flying back to Sacramento from Orange County. Do we need to have documentation for a negative test?

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  75. I’m flying from Sacramento to Dallas on Southwest, do I need to have a covid test?

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  76. Debby Schaefer June 9, 2021

    Hi,

    I know I don’t need a negative test to fly on SW from Phoenix to BWI and back. But do I, a fully vaccinated person, need to have a test done before deplaning in Baltimore?

    Thank you.

    Reply

  77. Erica Manfredini June 14, 2021

    I’m traveling from Phoenix, AZ to San Francisco California. Do I need a covid test?

    Reply

  78. Tanya Harris June 14, 2021

    Traveling with 12 year olds to Florida from Chicago. Do they need a covid test?

    Reply

  79. Matt Matthews June 16, 2021

    Flying from Phoenix to Austin round trip. Any requirements concerning covid?

    Reply

  80. I’m flying from Ohio to Punta Cana in July. Is a COVID test needed to fly TO the Dominican Republic? I know a test is needed to fly back to the US.

    Reply

  81. I am flying from Nashville to Denver in July. Are there any covid testing requirements?

    Reply

  82. Billy weckar June 26, 2021

    Traveling from Dallas, TX to Montrose, Colorado on June 30. Will I need a covid test and are there any restrictions?

    Reply

    • Hi Billy,

      No, you should not need a Covid test or face any restrictions other than needing to wear a mask during your flight.

      Reply

  83. I’m flying with Southwest from Tucson, AZ to LAX, CA end of July. Do I need to do anything or provide anything?

    Reply

  84. I’m flying to Orlando from San Antonio in about two weeks and I have two questions. Do I need to have a Covid test before going and can I have a normal size shampoo in my checked luggage?

    Reply

    • Hi Abigail,

      No, you should not need to take a covid test for this flight. Yes, you should be permitted to bring a standard sized shampoo in your checked luggage for the trip. Safe travels!

      Reply

  85. Alexis Coleman August 5, 2021

    So is Southwest requiring two covid tests just because my child is disabled?

    Reply

  86. Beth Ann LaBrasca August 13, 2021

    My husband will be partially vaccinated when we travel. Will we need to produce any documentation prior to travel or complete any covid testing?

    Reply

  87. Laurencamille Oughton August 13, 2021

    We’re flying to Oahu this month. It’s been a while since I’ve traveled due to pandemic. Will the aircraft be full? Wwhat’s the max capacity of the flight?

    Reply

    • Hi Lauren,

      While we are not Southwest so I cannot say for certain, it is likely that your flight will be close to full as Southwest is no longer imposing capacity restrictions. Safe travels!

      Reply

  88. Will I need a negative covid test or proof of vaccination to fly this week 8/21 return 8/26 from Sacramento, CA to Orange County, CA?

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  89. Flying from Philadelphia to Florida in 6 days and we are fully vaccinated. We just found out that we were exposed to someone with COVID-19. We are not showing symptoms, so can we still travel?

    Reply

    • Hi Colleen,

      According to the CDC,

      “Fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested 3-5 days following the date of their exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. They should isolate if they test positive.”

      So, yes, you can technically still travel as long as you’re not showing symptoms, but getting a test before you fly is a good idea.

      Reply

  90. I’m traveling from LA to Las Vegas. Do I need a negative Covid-19 test?

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  91. Testing requirements from one destination to another is very important to know! Thanks Southwest. You are the best!

    Reply

  92. I’m flying from Orlando, do I need to get tested to fly home to New York?

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  93. I’m flying this Friday (09/17) from San Diego to South Carolina and coming back Monday (9/20). Will I have to provide a negative test result to be able to board the plane? Might I add that I am also not vaccinated.

    Reply

  94. Kimberlyn Pearson September 14, 2021

    We have a flight booked for Sept 21, 2021, from Houston Hobby to Manchester NH. Are there any changes or updates? Any Covid testing required or quarantine????

    Reply

  95. I’m flying from Sacramento to Providence, Green Airport then back. 1 stop at Midway Chicago on both trips. Will there be a need for proof of covid test or quarantine?

    Reply

  96. Wendy Klein October 7, 2021

    I’m flying from New Orleans to Manchester with a layover in Baltimore, and on the return trip the layover is in Chicago, do I need a COVID test for these flights?

    Reply

  97. Douglas R Borgatti October 7, 2021

    I expect to fly to Asheville, NC from Santa Barbara, CA this fall. Do I need a negative Covid test?

    Reply

  98. I’m traveling from NY to Atlanta. Would I need my proof of vaccination record & a negative test result?

    Reply

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