Important Updates

Latest Covid-19 guidance for passengers

On site safety 

Customer and employee safety has been the foremost priority throughout the pandemic and this will not change. Whilst legal restrictions for wearing face coverings have been lifted, Birmingham Airport anticipates an increase in passenger volumes in its terminal and therefore some restrictions will remain in place for the safety of its passengers and employees. 

Each area of the airport has been risk assessed according to where high volumes of people may congregate inside airport facilities, such as check-in, security, immigration, the Air-Rail link and on airport buses.  

It is highly recommended to wear face coverings throughout the airport. However, we have kept mandatory face coverings in areas where close interaction between our staff and customers occurs. Therefore, it is mandatory to wear face coverings when going through security, at the gate to board your aircraft, onboard your aircraft, on all airport buses, during the arrivals process – including immigration, baggage reclaim and on our car park buses. 

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

In all other indoor spaces, the airport strongly recommends the wearing of face coverings. 

It is mandatory on many airlines to wear a face covering, so passengers are advised to check this with their carrier before flying. 

Social distancing will be encouraged where possible, but the airport recognises that as the airport becomes busier this will be more challenging, hence the continuation of mandatory face coverings in many indoor airport spaces. 

Enhanced cleaning protocols and advice on hand hygiene will remain in place, with sanitiser stations located throughout the airport. 

Changes to the traffic light system: 

From Monday 4th October, the Government’s travel traffic light system was replaced by a single red list of countries and territories for international travel to England. If you are arriving from a red list country, follow separate guidance.  

Information for fully vaccinated passengers travelling to the UK

You will qualify as fully vaccinated if you are vaccinated either:

  • under an approved vaccination programme in the UK, Europe, USA or UK vaccine programme overseas
  • with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan or the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Formulations of the 4 listed vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, qualify as approved vaccines.

You must have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England.

More guidance here.

If you qualify as fully vaccinated, you will have to: 

  • book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England
  • complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England

Information for those not fully vaccinated travelling to the UK

Before you travel to England you must:

  • take a pre-departure COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 3 days before you travel to England
  • book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests – to be taken after arrival in England
  • complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

After you arrive in England you must:

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

Information for travelling from England

Before you travel from England, you need to:

To check the COVID-19 travel requirements in the country you’re travelling to, check our Travel Made Easy Page

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