Safe Travel Information

The health and safety of our visitors is of primary importance to the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Our goal is to assure you that, when you’re ready to visit the area, you can do so with confidence.  We’ve searched information to answer questions many visitors are asking during this time of testing the waters and have assembled it here for you.  Hotels and attractions throughout greater Birmingham have implemented new and enhanced procedures to safeguard guests.  Please visit our Where to Stay page for updated information on accommodation sanitation policies.

Being a safe and responsible traveler has never been more important. Alabama ended the statewide mask ordinance effective April 9, 2021. The Birmingham city council voted to not extend the citywide mask ordinance past the previously extended May 24, 2021 deadline. Text BHMCOVID to 888777 to receive alerts. Find additional Birmingham city updates here. Check out the message from the Alabama Tourism Department here.

Before visiting the Birmingham area, we recommend confirming all reservations, especially if you made them in advance of the pandemic. This applies to hotels, restaurants, and attractions, as businesses are reopening at different paces with different guidelines for their guests.

If you arriving by plane, you can get the latest COVID-19 information and updates from the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.  Follow CDC guidance and recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated people. A message from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is available here. The Transportation Security Administration has officially extended the federal mask mandate, under security directive 1542-21-01B, through January 18, 2022. The newly dispersed directive is set to go into effect on September 14, 2021, as the current directive is set to expire a day prior. All requirements outline within SD 21-01B will be enforced on the premises throughout the effective date.

Our area hotels are open and ready to accommodate you during your visit to the greater Birmingham area. Visit the Stay Safe policies from our hotel partners:

Marriott International
Hilton Hotels
Hyatt Hotels
IHG

A helpful health and safety guidance article from U.S. Travel can be found here.

 

Enjoy the Outdoors

We all need a change of scenery, and we have many options for outdoor activities in the greater Birmingham area. Check out suggestions on our Top 7 Activities to Safely Enjoy in Birmingham Right Now blog.  A more comprehensive list of Outdoor Activities can help you plan your day. Please be aware of your surroundings. If an area looks crowded, please find an alternative location.

The greater Birmingham area is home to some of the country’s finest public golf courses. Check out our list of Public Golf Courses in the Birmingham area.

Downtown Walking Tour

Birmingham is a lively center for arts, entertainment, dining, and shopping. We also have a rich history of industry and a prominent role in America’s Civil Rights Movement. Enjoy a walking tour of four key areas of the city and learn some architectural and contemporary history along the way.  Take a look at the Walking Tour Guide.

It’s nice to have you in Birmingham.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact our office.  Travel safely, abide by the guidelines, and enjoy your visit!

 

 

Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau
950 22nd Street North, Suite 550 | Birmingham, Alabama 35203
(205) 458-8000 | inbirmingham.com