Flights abroad for holidays are currently illegal, with Brits only allowed to travel for Government permitted reasons such as essential work.
The travel industry is one of the sectors which has been worst-affected by the pandemic with thousands of flights cancelled from major airports since the first lockdown.
Many holidaymakers have had their travel plans scrapped to reduce the spread of the virus, especially now with the new variant, and travel corridors are now closed.
There may be some confusion around travelling and airport guidelines, so we have simplified the rules and listed what you need to know and follow.
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These are the latest rules in place at both London Stansted and London Luton airports, as of 9am on Sunday (February 21).
- All travel corridors for people arriving in England are suspended – only essential travel (for work) is permitted
- You should not travel if you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19, for example, high temperature, persistent cough, loss of taste or smell
- You should only travel to the airport if you have a flight booked. Those who are flying will be allowed inside the terminal building
- A face covering is required at all times in the airport
- There are currently a limited number of car parks operating at the airport, so check your booking to get to the right one if driving
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
Observe any signage regarding queuing systems and maintain social distancing
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 travelled from a country not on the Travel Corridors list. All UK arrivals must complete a Passenger Locator Form.
All passengers are required to complete a Passenger Locator Form and provide evidence of a negative Covid test result taken no more than 72 hours before departure
Those arriving within ten days of travelling from countries on the ‘banned travel’ list will be required to self-isolate in a Government quarantine hotel for 10 days and will be required to pre-book two further Covid-19 tests in advance
Those arriving from any other country will be required to self-isolate at home for 10 days and will be required to pre-book two Covid-19 tests before arrival
Passengers should wear a face covering, wash their hands regularly and keep a distance wherever possible
Getting to the airport – National Express has temporarily suspended all services. All other bus operators are running a reduced service
Rail services, including the shuttle bus to the airport are operating with a reduced schedule
Terminal Car Park 1 and Terminal Car Park 2 remain open and are accepting card payments only
The Long Stay and Mid Stay car parks are temporarily closed to new entrants. If you have a booking in either of these car parks LLA will contact you with further information
If you are returning to the Long Stay Car Park to collect your vehicle, you need to go to Bus Bay B where further instructions will be provided. There is no bus service to and from the Mid Stay Car Park until further notice. It’s just a 10-minute walk to the terminal.
The 1 hour free parking usually available in Long Stay and the 15 minute free drop off in Mid Stay will be honoured in both Terminal Car Park 1 and Terminal Car Park 2. In order to take advantage of these options, simply speak to a member of the parking team using the intercom on the pay on foot machines or at the exit barrier
You should only drop off/collect people who live in the same household as you or those in your support bubble
Fast track service is closed
The latest Government guidelines state that you must stay at home and must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes under the current lockdown rules.
If you intend to travel to the UK from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 test result taken up to three days before departure.
If you do not comply – and you do not have a valid exemption – your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.
Before you enter the UK you must provide your journey and contact details.
You must also self-isolate/quarantine when you enter the UK from any foreign country, except Ireland, unless you have a valid exemption.
If you are travelling from a country on the banned travel list you must quarantine in a hotel.
Some other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning.
For more information around the latest Government travel advice, click here.