Stansted 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 current government guidance

Latest Updates

UK arrivals test update

From Tuesday 30 November, all UK arrivals must take a RT PCR test on or before day 2 of arrival. This must be a private test from a provider on UK Government’s approved list. Upon receiving a negative test result, 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.

London Stansted 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.

Stansted Airport COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Travel Testing

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

Special Opening Hours

What shops, restaurants and facilities are currently open at Stansted 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 face coverings are worn at all times inside the airport.

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

The Stansted Express train service is currently operating a half hourly service between the airport and London Liverpool Street.

The National Express A9 coach service between London Stratford and the airport resumed on Monday 17th May.

Local bus services are in operation but may be operating reduced schedules.

Government regulations currently recommends that all users of public transport to wear face coverings. This includes the Stansted Express and all buses and coaches serving the airport, as well as inside the terminal itself and onboard the aircraft.

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.

If you are being dropped off, please use the designated set down area, and remember that only those with a flight booked should enter the terminal.

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. These are on top of the current guidance regarding social distancing, which passengers should maintain as far as possible throughout their journey.

  • London Stansted Airport strongly recommends the wearing of face coverings in all areas of the terminal building. Many airlines are also making face coverings mandatory, so passengers are advised to check this with their carrier before flying. If you do not have a suitable face covering, masks will be available to purchase inside the terminal. Our colleagues are also being provided with face masks.

  • Please clean your hands regularly. Additional hand sanitising stations have been installed throughout the airport.

  • 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 have installed protective screens at various locations throughout the terminal, including check-in desks and security.

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

If you have booked special assistance, please head to the special assistance area opposite Zone A. Our colleagues are all equipped with protective clothing and our wheelchairs are cleaned thoroughly after each use.

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, along with hair dryers and straighteners.

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 maintain social distancing as far as possible. This includes our seating area and in the toilets.

While our shops and restaurants are starting to reopen, many are still closed. For the most up to date information about what is available at the airport, see our special opening hours page.

Where possible we are trying to park aircraft at stands which are apart from each other to help maintain social distancing.

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 in line with government advice on using public transport.

Passengers who are travelling from non-red list countries and are fully vaccinated under an eligible vaccination scheme do not have to take a COVID-19 pre-departure test in their country of departure before travelling to England. On arrival into the UK passengers are required to take a day 2 RT PCR test and quarantine until receiving a negative result.

Unvaccinated passengers from non-red list countries will continue to require pre-departure tests, as well as day 2 and day 8 RT PCR tests, and 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.