COVID-19 Travel Information


Welcome back to the world - welcome back to London Gatwick.

A lot has changed since most of us last travelled. Our pledge to give you great service has not!

We’ve got you covered. From airport safety measures and onsite testing facilities, to the latest travel rules.

Everything you need to prepare for your trip is right here.

We recommend you wear a face covering whilst at the airport

From 5 January, testing rules apply to arrivals on direct flights from mainland China. Find out more on the UK Government website.

Prepare for your journey
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Check travel advice

Check your passport. You'll need at least 6 months validity to travel to EuropeMake sure you check the travel advice and entry requirements for your destination.

Pre-book any COVID-19 tests for your journey in advance. There are no testing facilities at the airport.

Sign up to email alerts and find country specific travel advice on the UK Government website

Plan your journey

Regardless of how you plan to get to us, you should plan your journey in advance. Make sure you plan for plenty of time, but there's no need to get here any earlier than usual.

Some of our airlines have moved terminals. Check which terminal your flight departs from with your airline before you travel.

Catching the train? Train companies are running normal schedules. Catch the free shuttle from the train station in South Terminal to the North Terminal.

Read more on trains

Parking your car? Our Short Stay and Long Stay car parks are open in the North Terminal. Park for up to 2 hours free in our Long Stay car parks.

Read more on car parks

Charges apply to the drop off outside our terminals.Being dropped off? You can drop off for free in our Long Stay car parks and catch the free bus to the terminal. Charges apply to drop off outside the terminals. This also applies to taxis.

Read more on drop-off charges

Taking a coach or bus? Most coaches are running normal services. Local Metrobus buses are running.

Read more on coaches

Be prepared

At check-in

There's no need to check in earlier than usual. That's 3 hours for long haul flights and 2 hours for flights to Europe.

Read more on check-in

At security

Normal security rules apply. Before each use, UV light treatment cleans our security trays with enough energy to kill 99.9% of microbes. Watch the video to see it in action.

Read more on Security advice

A dedicated team keeps key touch points and surfaces clean

In the departure lounge

All shops and restaurants are open. Our airline lounges and children's play areas are open as usual.

Read more on what's open

On your flight

You must wear a face covering if asked to do so by your airline.

Have your documents ready

Before passport control

Have your documents ready. Take the opportunity to use the toilets and grab a coffee before passport control.

At passport control

It may take longer than usual to go through passport control. You can use the e-gates if you are eligible. 

Read more on passport control

Full details are on the UK Government website.

Use the hand sanitisers provided. Wear a face covering at all times inside the airport.

At customs

Make sure you follow the new limits on duty-free alcohol and tobacco when arriving from the EU.

Read more on Brexit

Transit through the UK

When you arrive at London Gatwick for a connecting flight, you must pass through UK border control. Also known as a 'landside' transit.

Before you travel

You may need a visa to enter the UK in transit to another country. Check if you need a 'Visitor in transit' visa and apply before you travel.

Apply for a visa on the UK Government website

A dedicate team keeps key touch points and surfaces clean

Read detailed guidance for transit passengers on the UK Government website.

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Check what tests you need

More on testing

What's Open

What shops and restaurants are open

More on what's open

Car Parking

Make or move a booking

More on parking

Special Assistance

We have extra measures in place

Find out more

Check travel advice

Make sure you meet the entry requirements of your destination
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