(Update: Adding video, more answers)
REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A Redmond Airport official reached out to NewsChannel 21 Wednesday with answers to some questions the public are asking about traveling, including information regarding the Real ID requirement, as well as what you need to do to fly amid the pandemic.
Here are the questions and answers:
"When does the REAL ID requirement go into effect?"
Pending COVID updates, that begins on Oct. 1. At that point, a standard ID or driver license will not be accepted for domestic air travel.
Airport officials said it's important to stress the "pending COVID updates" part, because the REAL ID deadline has been postponed twice.
You will still be able to fly anywhere using a passport before and after REAL ID's become required.
"I lost my license or it is expired, or I have a temporary one—can I still travel?"
Yes, but you will be subject to additional screening at TSA checkpoint—plan on arriving earlier and check with your airline or TSA directly for questions.
"What are the Covid restrictions and requirements to fly to and from RDM?"
The Redmond Airport follows federal guidelines when it comes to air travel. That means masks are required at all times.
People arriving in the Oregon from other states or countries, including returning Oregon residents, are encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Non-essential travel, which includes tourism, is discouraged.
"Do I need a COVID-19 test to fly?"
Well, it depends on your destination. If you're traveling to Hawaii, you must have a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of the final leg of departure.
On most domestic flights, though, you likely won't need one because most states do not require a negative result.
However, several states do ask you to fill out a travel health form on your phone upon arrival, or quarantine for 10-14 days.
If you're headed to the U.S. on an international flight, then you must have a negative test result before you enter the country.
You do not need to be vaccinated before flying.
The Redmond Airport recommends you reach out to your airline, or to them directly with any other questions you might have at 541-548-0646.