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 again, there are still strict 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

Face coverings at Manchester Airport - Monday 19 July

Manchester Airport strongly recommends the wearing of face coverings at all times in the terminal building.

This is in line with government guidance, which states that it expects and recommends face coverings to be worn on public transport and where crowds can gather.

Many airlines are continuing to make face coverings mandatory, so passengers are advised to check with their carrier before flying.

Airline contact details.

Amber list countries isolation update

From Monday 19 July, under 18s and people that have had both COVID-19 vaccinations* will no longer have to self-isolate on returning to England from an amber list country.**

They will still have to take a pre-departure test three days before they return and a PCR test on or before day two once returned. Children between the ages five and ten will have to do the same, however children of four and younger will be exempt from testing.

*14 days must have passed since final dose of the vaccine

**Excluding France.

Manchester Airport COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Travel Testing

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

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COVID-19 Special Assistance FAQs

Information for special assistance passengers travelling through Manchester Airport

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Special Opening Hours

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

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COVID-19 Travel Information

The UK government is now operating a traffic light system for international travel, with countries classed as green, amber or red. This is to help passengers understand what will be involved in travelling to a particular destination, and the level of risk involved.

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.

Make sure you arrive at the airport with a suitable face covering, as these must be worn throughout your journey, including on airport buses and in the terminal building. 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 require 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.

Passengers being dropped off by friends or family can use the free drop off area, located in JetParks One, from where passengers can take a short shuttle bus ride to the terminals. Please note, the bus is currently only available on demand by calling 0161 489 8666. Alternatively, passengers can choose to be dropped off directly outside the terminals and train station. The charge for this is £5 for five minutes and £6 for 10 minutes and is payable at the exit barrier.

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.

Please 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 international arrivals must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure for entry into the UK. You will still need to self isolate if you have arrived from a country on the amber or red lists. All UK arrivals must complete a Passenger Locator Form. Find out more about the government requirements here.

Before returning to the UK, please check the latest advice and ensure you have completed the necessary forms.

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.