Changes to travel on Monday 19th July
As Covid-19 measures are lifted in England and quarantine restrictions for double-jabbed travellers arriving from amber countries end at 4am on the 19th July, below are the details of what you should expect when travelling through the airport this summer.
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 will be lifted from the 19th July, 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 and on airport buses.
Measure in place from the 19th July will continue as follows:
- Face coverings will continue to be mandatory in:
- all terminal landside areas, prior to and including the security search area (before departing),
- in World Duty Free;
- the entire arrivals process after aircraft disembarkation until exiting the airport terminal; and
- on all airport 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.
- Many airlines are continuing to make the face coverings mandatory, so passengers are advised to check this with the 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 on 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.
Travelling to and from Green and Amber Countries:
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.
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.
Thank you and we can’t wait to welcome you back to Birmingham Airport soon!
Covid-19 testing available in the terminal
There is a Covid-19 testing facility within the terminal. Our partner ExpressTest offers fast and accurate lateral flow and PCR testing and is available for passengers who are legally permitted to travel, staff and the general public. Tests are available to both departing and arriving passengers depending on their requirements.
For more information on the tests available and details of how to book, please visit our page here.