Bangor International Airport and the City of Bangor are working to provide you with the most up-to-date information regarding travel and COVID-19. For more information, we recommend you visit https://www.maine.gov/covid-19.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL POLICY

Beginning November 8th, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin allowing fully vaccinated travelers from Mexico or Canada to enter the United States at land and ferry POEs for non-essential reasons. Travelers will be required to have appropriate paperwork that provides proof of vaccination. Individuals who have not been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will not be allowed to travel for non-essential purposes from Canada. Click here to read the full release from DHS.

Effective Jan. 26, 2021, the CDC has issued an Order requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test for all air passengers entering the United States.

Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory 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.

For fully vaccinated travelers to Maine:

Vaccinated international travelers do not need to quarantine on their arrival to Maine unless they are symptomatic.

Vaccinated international travelers who are asymptomatic do not need to be tested.

For travelers to Maine who are not fully vaccinated:

Unvaccinated international travelers should quarantine for 7 days since their arrival into the U.S.

Unvaccinated, asymptomatic international travelers should be tested if their arrival in Maine is within 3-5 days of their arrival into the U.S. (Find a Maine testing site here.)

For more information on travel and testing, visit the CDC Travel site or the U.S. Department of State’s site. For specific information regarding international travel, click here.

DOMESTIC TRAVEL POLICY

Maine no longer requires proof of a negative test or quarantine for travelers coming to the state from other states. 

If one or more states see a spike in cases of highly contagious COVID-19 variants, Maine will apply its test or quarantine requirement to travelers to and from that state. The Maine CDC will publicly announce any such states when they are identified. 

For more information, click here.

Traveling to another state? Visit the CDC’s Travel Planner site to learn more about COVID-19 travel restrictions, guidance, and resources in your destination.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is the FBO closed or operating under limited hours?

The short answer is “No.”

Bangor Aviation Services is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to remain open and provide air service. The FBO is considered essential and remains open.

We are asking that foot traffic in the FBO be limited to passengers, crew and other essential employees at this time, with an exception for those who require assistance to get in and out of the terminal. If you have any questions, please call 207.992.4582.

Do I need to wear a face covering when inside the FBO?

TSA requires individuals to wear a mask at TSA airport screening checkpoints and throughout the commercial and public transportation systems. This requirement will remain effective until January 18, 2022 per federal mandate. For the complete TSA news release, click here.

Due to new CDC guidance, masks do not have to be worn when OUTSIDE on airport property. This includes:

• Employees working ramp and street side operations
• Passengers, pilots and crew when OUTSIDE the terminal buildings
• Passengers and employees in parking lots and in front of terminal spaces

Masks must still be worn indoors by all employees, passengers, crews, and visitors even if you are fully vaccinated.
The CDC continues to recommend that people who are not fully vaccinated wear to protect themselves and others, particularly when in the presence of others.

Federal law requires wearing a mask at all times in the airport and failure to comply may result in remove and denial of re-entry. Refusing to wear a mask in the airport is a violation of federal law; individuals may be subject to penalties under federal law. TSA has increased the range of civil penalties that may be charged against individuals who violate the federal mask mandate in U.S. transportation systems covered by the January 31, 2021 Security Directive, and subsequent amendments, implementing the mask mandate. The new range of penalties will be $500-$1000 for first offenders and $1000-$3000 for second offenders.

Are passengers arriving at the FBO required to be quarantined or given a medical exam when they arrive?

Maine is currently operating under an “all states exempt unless specified” model. This means that travelers coming to or returning to Maine are not required to quarantine or show proof of a negative test unless coming from a non-exempt state.

Click here to view domestic travel guidance from the U.S. CDC.

Those travelers arriving in Maine from other countries should note that these are the current guidelines from Maine CDC-

For fully vaccinated travelers to Maine:

  • Vaccinated international travelers do not need to quarantine on their arrival to Maine unless they are symptomatic.
  • Vaccinated international travelers who are asymptomatic do not need to be tested.

For travelers to Maine who are not fully vaccinated:

  • Unvaccinated international travelers should quarantine for 7 days since their arrival into the U.S.
  • Unvaccinated, asymptomatic international travelers should be tested if their arrival in Maine is within 3-5 days of their arrival into the U.S. (Find a Maine testing site here.)

For more information on Maine’s travel requirements, click here.

Bangor Aviation Services is not a medical screening site for COVID-19; however, we do have 15-minute rapid antigen tests available on site for purchase by crews. Additionally, Curative is operating a COVID-19 testing site inside BGR’s Domestic Terminal. Testing is currently available from 8am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. You will receive your results digitally in 1-2 days after the test is processed by Curative’s lab. There are other testing sites available nearby as well. To search for a testing site near your destination, visit get-tested-covid19.org.

Where in Maine can I obtain a COVID-19 test?

Curative is operating a COVID-19 testing site inside the Domestic Terminal at BGR. Testing is available to the public. The COVID-19 test is free of cost, self-collected, and painless, helping you and your family stay healthy.

Testing is currently available from 8am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. You will receive your results digitally in 1-2 days after the test is processed by Curative’s lab.

Appointments are not necessary, but if you would like to schedule a time you can do so here:

Book an appointment for a PCR test

Book an appointment for a Rapid Antigen test

In addition, there are testing sites available nearby. To search for a testing site near your destination, visit get-tested-covid19.org.

Can I go inside the FBO to pick up a family member or passenger who has traveled?

Only if the passenger you are picking up requires assistance.

We appreciate your patience and understanding of our efforts to minimize exposure to staff and allow passengers to get in and out of the FBO in the safest environment possible.

Are local hotels open?

Please contact a local hotel prior to arriving in Bangor (or at your destination) to ensure rooms are available and that you are following all CDC recommended precautions when staying at a hotel.

For a listing of area hotels/motels, click here.

Do I need to be Real ID compliant to fly?

No, the Real ID waiver has been extended until May 2023. For more information about Real ID, please click here.

Have there been any changes to TSA regulations?

Yes. For more information, visit the TSA website.

What is the FBO doing to protect passengers?
  • Fogging of all public spaces and employee areas is occurring on at least a daily, if not more frequently, basis.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available at busy locations.
  • All restroom soap dispensers are using antibacterial soap.
  • Cleaning measures have been increased. All surfaces that are frequently touched (door handles, push plates, sink handles, etc.) are being disinfected more frequently.
  • Plexiglass shields have been installed in areas with customer contact.
  • All employees have been briefed and are to use provided PPE to help protect and prevent any potential spread.
  • We continue to monitor CDC recommendations and are compliant with industry standards regarding this, and all, issues of concern.
  • In an effort to protect the health and safety of our military troops, as well as that of members of The Maine Troop Greeters, troop greeting at Bangor International Airport has been stopped until further notice. We regret this change, but we are in unprecedented times that call for us all to take our social responsibility seriously.

STOPPING THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

We are monitoring updates about the evolving pandemic conditions, and will continue to provide new information to the community as things change. 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml