COVID-19 TRAVEL INFO

Find everything you need to prepare for your trip below

Please note: until further notice all flights are flying from our North Terminal only.

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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.

Prepare for your journey
From 8 June, Portugal will move to the UK arrivals 'Amber' List. This means you will need to quarantine at home for 10 days. You will also need to take PCR tests on day 2 and day 8 from an approved Government provider. Find out more about arrivals testing and quarantine on our testing page.
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Departing the UK

You can travel as long as you meet the entry requirements of your destination. Some countries may want proof of vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test to enter.

Read more on departure testing

There are new rules when planning a trip to Europe. You may have to show a return flight ticket at EU passport control. If you're travelling for work, you may need a visa.

Read more on Brexit

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

Arriving in England

A traffic light system is in place for international arrivals in England. Different testing and quarantine rules apply based on where you have visited. All arrivals must complete a passenger locator form.

  • Visited a green list country? You do not have to quarantine. You'll need to take a test to enter the country and another 2 days after you arrive.
  • Visited an amber list country? You must quarantine at home for 10 days. You'll need to take a test to enter the country. 2 days and 8 days after you arrive.
  • Visited a red list country? You must quarantine in a government managed hotel for 10 days. You'll need to take a test to enter the country, 2 days and 8 days after you arrive.

Read more on testing and quarantine

Full details on the traffic light system are on the UK Government website.

Different rules apply in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. You must follow all the rules that apply to you.

Don't forget to

Check your passport. You'll need at least 6 months validity to travel to EuropePlease do not travel if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. Make sure you check the travel advice for your destination, and the rules for when you return.

You must wear a suitable face covering when inside the terminal.

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.

All flights are currently operating from the North Terminal. Keep this in mind when planning your journey.

Catching the train? Most train companies are running a reduced timetable. Catch the free shuttle from the train station in South Terminal to the North Terminal.

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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.

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Charges apply to the drop off outside our terminals.Being dropped off? You can drop off for free in our long stay car parks. Catch the free bus to the terminal. New drop off charges apply to drop off outside the terminals. This also applies to taxis.

Read more on drop off charges

Taking a coach or bus? A small number of coaches are running on National Express. Local Metrobus buses are running.

Read more on coaches

Be prepared

You must wear a face covering and maintain social distancing when at the airport. Follow the one way systems, and keep hands clean using the hand sanitisers provided.

We have a dedicated team to clean key touch points and surfaces in the terminal. Our staff wear masks for your safety and theirs.

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. Protective screens are in place on all check-in desks.

Read more on check-in

At security

Normal security rules apply, but you'll notice more signs and social distancing.

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

A selection of shops and restaurants are open. Opening hours may vary and we have a dedicated page to show what's open. Try to pay by card where possible.

Most airline lounges remain closed. The Aspire lounge is open and can be pre-booked.

Read more on what's open

The children's play area is open, with extra cleaning measures in place. The sensory room remains closed.

Read more on travelling with children

Have your documents ready

You must wear a face covering and maintain social distancing when at the airport. Follow the one way systems, and keep hands clean using the hand sanitisers provided.

We have a dedicated team to clean key touch points and surfaces in the terminal. Our staff wear masks for your safety and theirs.

Before you arrive

Do you meet the UK entry requirements? A traffic light system is in place for international arrivals in England. Different testing and quarantine rules apply based on where you have visited.

Read more on arrivals testing

Full details on the traffic light system are on the UK Government website.

Before passport control

Take the opportunity to use the toilets and grab a coffee before passport control.

Have your documents ready. All arrivals must complete a Passenger locator form before you reach passport control.

Complete your passenger locator form on the UK Government website.

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

At passport control

It may take longer than usual to go through passport control. You must show when asked, your passenger locator form and that you meet the UK entry requirements.

Read more on passport control

If you have visited a country on the UK red list. You will go from Passport control to your hotel quarantine.

Full details on the traffic light system are on the UK Government website.

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

Before you travel

All arrivals must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test (taken within 3 days of your flight).

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

All arrivals must complete a Passenger locator form. When completing your passenger locator form for transit:

  • select ‘Stay in the UK’ under the Your travel plans section
  • reply ‘No’ to any questions about whether you need to complete COVID-19 tests on arrival
  • reply ‘No’ to the question ‘Have you visited a Red List country within the past 10 days'.

Complete your passenger locator form on the UK Government website.

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

A dedicate team keeps key touch points and surfaces clean

When you transit

If you are in transit to a country outside the UK & Ireland you must:

  • remain at Gatwick until your departure
  • or travel from Gatwick to your port of departure in England

If your transit is not on the same day, you must follow the testing and quarantine rules for England.

More on arrivals testing

Red list countries

You cannot transit to a domestic flight within the UK if you have visited a red list country. You must enter managed hotel quarantine at Gatwick, your port of entry.

More on hotel quarantine

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Tests and Quarantine

When and where to get a test

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What's Open

What shops and restaurants are open

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