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 non-essential international travel is allowed again, there are still strict government restrictions on testing and quarantine to curb the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.

For more information, see the current government guidance

Latest Updates

Non-essential international travel returns

From Monday May 17, non-essential international travel from England is permitted again. However, there are still testing requirements (outlined below), and there are currently just 12 countries on the UK government's 'green' list for travel.

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Two test package now available at airport testing facility

From March 11, the two test package that all UK arrivals must book prior to travel can now be taken at the airport testing facility.

Getting a test administered by a medical practitioner reduces the risk of an inconclusive test result and of tests being delayed in the post, giving you the best chance of actually leaving quarantine on Day 10. 

Find out more.

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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 pack a suitable face covering, as this will be required 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 require 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.

  • You must keep your face covered throughout the terminal and will not be permitted to fly if your face is uncovered. 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.

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 on the amber or red lists. All UK arrivals must complete a Passenger Locator Form. Find out more about the government requirements here.

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 observe social distancing 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 collected, please arrange to be met at the car in the designated area.