Airport & Travel Information

Monroe County is closed to all tourists and leisure visitors

KEY WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Until further notice, all arriving passengers regardless of origination will be screened at Key West International and Marathon Florida Keys International airports.

  1. All persons arriving by aircraft who deplane at Key West International Airport and the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport shall be screened for COVID19 using protocols developed by the Monroe County Health Department as approved by the Director of Airports.
  2. Screenings may be conducted by personnel of the Monroe County Health Department, Monroe County Fire Rescue Department, and, when requested by the Monroe County Fire Chief, personnel of any municipal fire department as approved by the Director of Airports.
  3. Each person screened shall isolate or quarantine at that person’s own expense for a period of 14 days or the duration of that persons stay in the County, whichever is shorter.
  4. All persons screened shall be provided with a copy of this Directive.
  5. Violations of this order shall be punishable pursuant to F.S. 252.50, with a period of incarceration of up to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.00. Additional charges may be prosecuted if other statutes are violated.

Florida Department of Health in Monroe County and the airports have implemented state-directed screening, which includes a separate facility and isolation area. Passengers will fill out the Dept. of Health-required questionnaire and have their temperatures taken. The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County trained Monroe County Fire Rescue to provide the follow up for individuals listed in the executive order.

  • Key West International Airport continues to operate, pursuant to and consistent with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration. Airports are regulated by the FAA, and no airports in the United States have been restricted. Any restriction on aviation would be issued from the federal level. In addition to commercial planes, the airport also hosts general aviation, which is also regulated by the FAA. 

  • There has been a significant decrease in commercial air travel due to COVID-19. Most flights from the areas in the directive are canceled or consolidated. On average, passenger counts this time of year range in the 70 to 124 passengers per flight. Due to the virus, it has been between two and 10 people, most of whom have been residents or property owners.

Lodging is Closed to Visitors

Monroe County is closed to all tourists and leisure visitors. Lodging establishments are not accepting reservations until further notice. All hotels, short-term vacation rentals, and other transient rentals like marinas, RV parks, and timeshares cannot be rented to tourists until further notice. 

The ban does not include rentals for military, first responders, health care workers, and construction workers actively engaged in projects in Monroe County. There are no restrictions for homeowners and second homeowners who have houses in the Florida Keys.

KEY WEST TRANSIT

Key West Transit has suspended all bus services until further notice.

PORT OF KEY WEST

  • Major U.S. cruise lines have voluntarily suspended operations for 30 days due to coronavirus. 
  • The port is still open for marine traffic which includes recreational vessels.
  • The Ferry Terminal in Key West is closed to incoming passengers. 

Gov. DeSantis: Travel Restriction

Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-82, directing all persons who enter the State of Florida from an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Louisiana, or any other area with substantial community spread), to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter.

The Governor also issued Executive Order 20-83, directing the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory to all persons over 65 years of age urging them to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Naval Airstation Key West

  • Closed to all recreational visitors until further notice

"Safer at Home"

Gov. DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-91, which places the entire state of Florida under the “Safer at Home” initiative. This order states that all persons within the state of Florida shall limit the time spent outside their home to only essential activities.

This order still allows people to take care of pets and engage in outdoor recreational activities, as long as social distancing is observed. Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Any business capable of providing delivery, or curbside service is encouraged to do so.