Heathrow Airport is the busiest airport in the UK by far, with over 80 million passengers per year before COVID.
If you are flying from Heathrow, you will still be required to wear a face covering whilst in all terminals, trains, buses, and stations. Social distancing is also enforced around the airport where possible.
Current guidance for passengers arriving at Heathrow is in line with the UK government regulations, which involve different arrival information depending on whether you are vaccinated or not. However, Heathrow regularly updates their COVID policies on their website, so check before you fly.
Even though London Gatwick only sees just over half of the amount of pre COVID passengers as London Heathrow, it is still the second spot for the busiest international airport in the UK.
If you are flying from Gatwick Airport, you will be asked to wear a face covering, follow one-way systems, and use hand sanitisers provided. Most of the duty-free shops and restaurants have reopened, however some are subject to restricted opening hours.
Passengers arriving at Gatwick will be required to follow UK government guidelines, which vary depending on where you have visited and your vaccination status. Gatwick’s COVID policy is updated regularly, so check before you travel.
With over 1,500 passengers on average departing each day, Manchester is the fourth busiest airport in the UK and the busiest airport in the North of England.
Flying from Manchester will require you to follow similar rules as Gatwick and Heathrow, including the wearing of face masks in all airport buildings and transport. However, Manchester airport has also introduced temperature screenings as you pass through security checks.
If you are arriving at Manchester Airport, the COVID rules will depend on where you are traveling from and whether you are vaccinated.
Check Manchester airport’s latest COVID policies before you fly to make sure you are compliant.