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Arriving At The Airport

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Arriving at Manchester Airport

To make your journey to Manchester Airport easier here are a few tips:

Passport Control

You will be faced with two options; EU or NON-EU.

  • Please do not use mobile phones in this area.
    Please have you passport open at the photo page ready for scanning.
  • Please note that due to tighter restrictions all passports need to be scanned at the desk, which may take a few minutes.

For more information go to our our Arriving at the Airport section.


If your passport has the biometric symbol (see image below) on the front cover then you have a biometric passport and are able to use the e-gates. 

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They are available across terminals 1, 2 and 3. Please see below on country eligibility to see if your nation qualifies for use of the new biometric passport system.

Instead of queuing to go through passport control, you can make your journey easier by using the e-gates – simply follow the instructions at the gate after observing the information below:


Registered Traveller

Benefits of E-Gates

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Family Travellers

For faster entry at the border, use the ePassport gate pilot. If you are 12 – 17 years old a UK, EU, EEA or Swiss national travelling with an adult and hold a biometric passport, you will be able to try the ePassport gates at immigration at Manchester Terminal 1 as of May 16th 2016. 

Children E Gate



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E-Passport Information Links

Guidance on E-Passport Gates

Customs and Immigration

Please be aware that all passengers will be required to pass through Customs and Immigration.

Border Force secures the border and promotes national prosperity by facilitating the legitimate movement of individuals and goods, whilst preventing those that would cause harm from entering the UK.

After passing through Passport Control, you will enter the Baggage Reclaim hall this is where you will collect your checked-in baggage. Check the information screens to see which carousel you need to go to. 

For lost and delayed luggage please view the following Lost Luggage page.

Onward Travel

Our integrated public transport hub, The Station, is a state-of-the art interchange for rail, tram and bus services across the North West and beyond. 

If you’ve parked at the airport, check how you need to pay. Do you need to visit a pay station before you leave the car park? View further information on our Turn Up Parking page.

Read our comprehensive guide to getting from the airport and view a range of useful To & From the Airport.

Onward Travel Maps

See our handy maps for Manchester Airport for the arrivals area at each terminal, so you can plan out your journey.

Terminal 1 Arrivals and Pick Up and Drop Off

Terminal 2 Arrivals and Pick Up and Drop Off

Terminal 3 arrivals and Pick Up and Drop Off