Manchester Airport & Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What you need to know

The global COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the way we live our lives, including how we travel. Please read this page carefully before you travel to see if your journey is allowed under the latest restrictions, and so you know what to expect when you get to the airport, including the measures we have put in place to keep you and our staff safe.

Although international travel is permitted, there are testing and quarantine restrictions in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.

For more information, see the latest government guidance

Latest Updates

UK arrivals test update

From Tuesday 7 December, all UK arrivals must take a pre-departure test in the 48 hours before travelling to the UK in addition to a RT PCR test on or before day 2 of arrival. These must be private tests from a provider on the UK Government’s approved list. Upon receiving a negative test result of the day 2 test, travellers who are fully vaccinated under an eligible vaccination scheme may leave quarantine.

Unvaccinated passengers require pre-departure tests, day 2 and day 8 RT PCR tests, and must quarantine for 10 days. Test to Release remains an option to reduce the quarantine period.

Find out more on our arrivals testing page.

Update to red list countries

Some countries are currently on the red list. Travellers who have visited these countries in the last 10 days must book a quarantine hotel package for their arrival to England.

Manchester Airport is not currently accepting passengers from red list countries or offering a quarantine package.

Countries and territories can be moved between lists at short notice, so please monitor gov.uk for information on which list your country is on.

Manchester Airport COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Travel Testing

Everything you need to know about test for travel and test to release

COVID-19 Special Assistance FAQs

Information for special assistance passengers travelling through Manchester Airport

Special Opening Hours

What shops, restaurants and facilities are currently open at Manchester Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 Travel Information

Find out more about the current testing and quarantine requirements for each classification of country in our handy guide to where you can travel now.

Please do not travel if you are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, persistent cough, loss of taste or smell).

Check the status of your flight with your airline as some schedules are still subject to change.

Please only travel to the airport if you have a flight booked. Only those people who are flying will be allowed inside the terminal building.

It is recommended that you wear a face covering in the airport terminal buildings. Additional masks can be purchased at the airport.

Please only arrive two-three hours before your flight. Only passengers travelling should come to the airport, non-flying members of the public are not permitted inside, unless they are escorting a passenger that needs special assistance (further information can be found below).

To help people keep their distance from each other and limit the number of people in security at any one time, we are giving you the opportunity to book a dedicated slot. This can be done here.

Make sure you check the latest government advice regarding travel to your destination and any requirements for returning passengers, such as quarantine.

Government guidelines currently recommends that all users of public transport to wear face coverings. This includes all trains and the Metrolink, plus all buses and coaches serving the airport. Official guidance from TfGM can be found here.

Manchester Airport’s ground transport interchange, which is open 24 hours, offers vast rail, tram, bus and coach services. Taxis and private hire companies also operate on site. Please check in advance as some operators may be operating reduced schedules.

If you are driving to the airport, please note we are currently operating a limited number of car parks. Please check your booking and follow the signs to the correct car park.

To help reduce the risk of infection and to keep you and our colleagues safe, we have introduced a number of additional measures at the airport. We know social distancing won’t always be possible in an airport environment, but we ask you to keep a safe distance between you and other people whenever possible. The following other measures are in place to keep you safe:

  • Manchester Airport strongly recommends the wearing of face coverings in all parts of the airport campus, including on airport buses, so please bring a face covering with you. Many airlines are continuing to make face coverings mandatory, so passengers are advised to check this with their carrier before flying. Additional masks will be available to purchase inside the terminal. All our staff will also be wearing a face mask or covering in passenger areas of the terminal.

  • Please clean your hands regularly. We have installed a large number of hand sanitiser stations throughout the terminal, and other places where you can wash your hands with soap and water are clearly marked.

  • Seating arrangements have been changed to ensure social distancing measures can be observed. In some areas of the airport, one-way flows will be in place.

  • We have installed protective screens at various locations throughout the terminal, including check-in desks, security and boarding gates, to protect both customers and staff.

  • We are trialling the use of temperature screening technology which you will see on the entry to security.

  • We have an enhanced cleaning regime in place throughout the airport – you may see these teams in operation.

  • We are trialling the use of UV cleaning technology on some of our escalators to keep handrails as clean as possible.

  • All communal surfaces (lifts, door handles, handrails, escalator rails etc.) have been sanitised and sealed with Citrox.

If you have booked special assistance, please head to the special assistance area within the check in hall. Our colleagues are all equipped with protective clothing and our wheelchairs are cleaned thoroughly after each use. Those requiring special assistance are permitted to bring one other non-flying member of the public with them to help them get to the assistance point. For more information, check our FAQs for special assistance passengers travelling through the airport.

The rules on hand luggage have not changed, so please ensure any liquids are in containers of less than 100ml (including hand gel) and placed in a clear plastic bag before entering security. Laptops and tablets should also be outside your bag. However, in light of COVID-19 some airlines have changed their cabin baggage policy so please check with your airline as there is nowhere to store left luggage.

We recommend that you keep your face covering on as you pass through security, although you may be asked to remove it if you are selected for an additional search.

Please bear with us if things take slightly longer at security as our teams adapt to new ways of working. We’ll have you on your way as quickly as possible.

Please observe any signage regarding queueing systems which may be in place and keep your distance from others where possible. This includes our seating area and in the toilets.

As more and more passengers and flights return, as has the airport’s retail offering. In addition to passengers being able to purchase food and drink, they can also take advantage of the free water fountains across the site to fill up empty bottles. 

Where possible we are trying to park aircraft at stands which are apart from each other to help people keep their distance.

We are also trying to limit the number of flights which require a bus journey between the terminal and the aircraft. However, where this is not possible, we are keeping bus journeys as short as possible and limiting the number of people onboard. Please remember to keep your face covered at all times.

All passengers (aged 12+) travelling from non-red list countries are required to take a pre-departure test in the 48 hours before travelling to the UK. On arrival into the UK, all passengers (aged 5+) are required to take a RT PCR test on or before day 2. Passengers who are fully vaccinated under an eligible vaccination scheme must quarantine until receiving a negative result.

Unvaccinated passengers are required to take RT PCR tests on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 and must quarantine for 10 days. Test to Release remains an option to reduce the 10-day quarantine period.

Children aged 5 to 17 who are resident in the UK, or in a country with an approved proof of vaccination, are to be treated as ‘fully vaccinated’. This applies whether the child is vaccinated or not.

Children aged 5 to 17 who are resident in any country that is not on the approved proof of vaccination list must take travel tests and quarantine.

Children of ages four and under are exempt from testing.

If you are unsure on the classification of the country you’re arriving from, eligible vaccination schemes, or the test which you require, please consult the UK Government COVID-19 travel advice. Countries and territories can be moved between lists at short notice, so please monitor Gov.uk for information on which list your country is on.

Make sure that your chosen testing provider is on the UK Government’s approved provider list.

You must also fill in a Passenger Locator Form for travel to the UK. Your form must include your test booking reference number.

Please keep your face covered in the terminal except if asked to remove it by Border Force officers.

Remember to keep your distance as far as possible when collecting your baggage and leaving the airport.

Please leave the terminal as soon as you have collected any baggage. If you are being picked up, please arrange to be met at the car in the designated area.