Airport and travel information related to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Four key tips to keeping each other safe whilst travelling through Gatwick. Wear a face covering, wash your hands regularly, maintain social distancing and keep hands clean on the go.

Please note: all flights to and from Gatwick are temporarily operating from our North Terminal.

A National lockdown is in place across England

The airport remains open for essential travel and all flights are operating to and from our North Terminal. During the lockdown in England residents must have a legal reason for travel (such as for work) and you should check the rules that apply at your destination including the FCDO travel advice, as these may have changed since your last visit.

The UK Government has testing and quarantine requirements for departing and arriving passengers in England. Different rules apply for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You must follow all the rules that apply to you.

If you are travelling abroad from the UK

From Monday 8 March you must complete a Government Declaration form to declare the reason that you need to travel abroad. You must have a valid legal reason to travel (such as for work). Not having a valid reason for travel and entering the airport without a completed form is a criminal offence. 

There will be an increased police presence around the airport, and they may fine you if you do not follow the stay at home regulations.

Check the entry requirements for your destination. They may have specific testing requirements, and advice may have changed since you last travelled. Find our more about Departure testing.

If you are arriving into the UK

Anyone arriving into England from outside the UK, Ireland the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands must:

  • Complete a Passenger Locator Form
  • Show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure 
  • Quarantine for 10 days*
  • Take a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine
  • Follow the national lockdown rules

*If you arrive from or have travelled through a country on the UK Government Red List in the 10 days before travel then you must complete a mandatory hotel quarantine. All other arrivals must quarantine at home.

Different rules apply in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. You must follow the rules of your end destination.

We have detailed more information about arrivals testing and quarantine on a dedicated page.

You must complete a Passenger Locator Government form up to 48 hours before arriving in the UK. Please download the completed form to your phone or print it, as you will be required to show it at Border Control. Failure to present a completed Passenger Locator form may result in a fixed penalty fine by UK Border Force.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office also has the latest guidance for people travelling overseas. 

What to expect at the airport

We understand that air travel in this current coronavirus (COVID-19) world is a new experience for everybody. It is our priority to ensure that all our passengers and staff at the airport keep healthy and safe and follow the UK Government’s guidelines. There are four key things we would like you to do as you travel through the airport to protect yourselves and your fellow passengers. These are also displayed throughout our terminals. 

  1. Wear a face covering while travelling through Gatwick - following government legislation, this is now compulsory in all enclosed transport hubs, including airports.*
  2. Maintain social distancing.
  3. Wash your hands regularly.
  4. Keep your hands clean on the go by using hand sanitiser.

* Face coverings will not be mandatory for anyone under the age of 11 or those with disabilities or certain health conditions, such as respiratory or cognitive impairments that make it difficult for them to wear a face covering.

All our staff will also be wearing face masks in passengers areas of the airport.

Our North Terminal is open for flight arrivals and departures and all flights to and from Gatwick are temporarily operating only from this terminal. If you arrive by train, then please take the free shuttle between terminals. If you are driving, then please book one of our parking options.  

Advice for travelling through Gatwick


There are a number of differences you will see when you travel through the airport. Our video (above) shows what you can expect to see when you travel through Gatwick now. You can also view or print our infographic with all the necessary information.

  • All our staff working at the airport will be wearing a face mask or covering in passenger areas of the terminal and all passengers will be required to wear a face covering too.
  • You will see protective screens in place at many places including check-in, boarding and gates. This is to protect both you and those working at Gatwick. There are also additional cleaning measures in place to help you feel reassured. These include dedicated staff to  clean common use surfaces, touchscreens, handrails etc. We have also installed special ‘PPE bins’ in the terminals which are clearly marked for the disposal of face coverings and gloves only.
  • You will hear in-terminal announcements and see plenty of signage and digital reminders to about keeping to social distancing rules and to wash or sanitiser your hands regularly throughout your journey.
  • We have installed a large number of hand sanitiser stations throughout the terminals, and other places where you can wash your hands are clearly marked.
  • You will also notice that seating arrangements have been changed to ensure social distancing measures can be observed. Families and groups travelling together will, however, be able to sit together.
  • We have installed UV light treatment to our tray system in Security areas. Each tray is treated just before use with enough UV light energy to guarantee a 99.9% microbe disinfection rate. For more information watch our video.
  • In some areas of the airport, one-way flows will be in place.

We’ve compiled some additional answers to some of your most frequently asked questions with regards to coronavirus and travel. 

At the airport

Should I wear a face mask when I travel?

 

Are there temperature checks in place for passengers at Gatwick?

 

Are there measures in place to ensure social distancing?

 

COVID-19 testing

 

Are shops and restaurants open?

 

Is the shuttle train operating?

 

Can I still get special assistance at the airport?

 

Are children's play areas open?

 

Is the North Terminal sensory room still open?

 

Do I have to self-isolate if I have arrived from overseas?

 

 

Car park, premium security and airport lounge bookings

Are car parks open?

 

My flight has been cancelled/my travel plans have changed, can I also cancel the service I’ve booked?

 

My flight time has changed, do I need to let you know?

 

Are the lounges at Gatwick open?

 

Public transport

Are train services operating a full service?

 

Are coach services operating as normal?

 

Are local bus services operating as normal?

 

Are hotel shuttle bus services running?

 

 

General travel advice

What should I do if my flight has been cancelled?

 

What should I do if I feel unwell at the airport?

 

What are my rights if my travel plans are cancelled?