International Travel

COVID-19 Updates for Chicago O'Hare and Midway International Airports

Updated July 1, 2021

Chicago O'Hare & Midway Airports are committed to working together with federal and local partners to ensure the health and safety of our visitors and residents. As the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) welcomes back more travelers through our airports, please be advised of US entry guidelines and screening policies that vary by country of origin.

The federal government is restricting travel from certain countries and requires a negative COVID-19 test for all international air passengers traveling to the United States or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight.​

Important Links

  • Review health recommendations. Stay informed on how to protect yourself, research and other guidance with the World Health Organization (WHO) website at

Travel Requirements

  • Verify there are no travel restrictions into the United States. Several Presidential proclamations established restrictions on the entry of certain travelers into the United States in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Presenting an airline a negative test result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 before boarding the flight does not exempt a foreign national from the travel restrictions outlined in the Presidential proclamations. For a full list of countries that are prohibited from entry to the United States, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Check with your airline for document requirements by destination. Ensure your visa, passport and health documents are prepared for each step of your itinerary. To avoid issues at arrival or departure, check what requirements, documents or certifications apply in each city and country you will travel to. This may include a negative COVID-19 test. Check with your specific airline carrier in advance.​

Additional Passeng​er Recommendations

  • Arrive early and continue to track flight status. With airlines adjusting routes and flight schedules in response to the pandemic, and passenger volumes fluctuating, we advise that passengers allow enough time to be flexible during their journey for unexpected changes, traffic or travel delays. Use the online O'Hare Flight Search or Midway Flight Search feature or check the flight display monitors throughout the terminals.

COVID-19 Testing ​at the Airports

  • Find convenient COVID-19 screening locations onsite. Doctors Test Centers, in connection with Simple Laboratories, offers rapid and PCR testing at O'Hare and testing at Midway.


Visit the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page for more information or check with your specific airline carrier in advance. For all other inquiries, contact the Chicago Department of Aviation customer service team at or seek passenger assistance from Travelers Aid Chicago (773-894-2427), which has staff and volunteers located throughout O'Hare.​