Arriving passengers FAQs

1. Do I have to self-isolate for 10 days upon return?

Travelling to and from Green and Amber Countries: 

Quarantine

All passengers should complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF)  before travelling to England, which will be checked by airline ground staff.  

The PLF will contain a section for passengers to confirm if they have been double vaccinated, in order to avoid quarantine on return from amber list countries. Those who have not been double vaccinated arriving from amber list countries will have to quarantine on return for 10 days. To avoid quarantine on return from amber list countries, a second vaccine must have been received 14 days before travel.  

There is no requirement for quarantine on return to England regardless of vaccine status if you are arriving from a green list country 

Children under the age of 18 will not have to isolate when returning to England from green or amber list countries. 

Testing

The requirement to take a Covid PCR test prior to arriving back to the UK and before the end of day 2 for passengers arriving from green and amber countries will continue from the 19th July.  

Children up to the age 4 will be exempt from any travel testing. Children aged 5 to 10 will need to do a day 2 PCR and 11 to 18 year olds will need to take both a pre-departure test before returning to England and a day 2 PCR.  

Birmingham Airport has two travel testing centres on site: a facility in South Terminal and a Drive Through centre in car park 7. 

Passengers should also check the testing requirements in the country they are travelling to abroad as rules vary by country.  

Travelling from Red List Countries: 

Those travelling from red list countries must book a hotel quarantine and testing package before travelling to the UK.  

2. Do I have to wear a face covering upon arriving at the airport?

It continues to be mandatory to wear face coverings throughout the airport. For further details please see here. 

Children/people with disabilities including hidden disabilities may be exempt. Please see here for more details.

3. Upon arrival will I have to board a bus to take me to the terminal? How are these cleaned and how often?

You will still be required to wear a face covering on board all airport buses. please ensure self-distancing is adhered to while on our buses. All our buses are part of our enhanced cleaning system. 

4. Are the pushchairs still available to use when I land? How are these cleaned?

Yes, the pushchairs are still available. Again, these are part of our advanced cleaning regime. However, with any customer touchpoints please use the hand sanitiser before and after use.

5. What is the process in immigration, can I use the e gates? Do I have to queue, will the 2 metres social distancing be adhered to?

Over 12-year olds can use the e-gates. Social distancing markers are in place. It is mandatory to wear face coverings in the immigration hall. Where you can social distance please ensure you do.

6. How do I get my bag from the carousel?

Please only approach the carousel when you can see your bag, remember social distancing. 

7. Can I be met by friends and family in the arrivals area?

Yes they can however as they are in the arrivals area please note face coverings are mandatory. 

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