The latest on Coronavirus: Advice for travellers | Testing at LBA
The latest on Coronavirus: Advice for travellers | Testing at LBA
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Coronavirus advice for travellers

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Information about Leeds Bradford Airport’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Updated 15th April 2021

Leeds Bradford Airport remains open, however flights may be subject to short notice change or cancellation. If you are due to fly, please check with your airline before travelling to the airport.

Leeds Bradford Airport is following guidance from Public Health England relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19), to keep our airport operating safely. We are delighted to have been recognised by the Airports Council International (ACI) Health Accreditation programme, for providing a safe experience for all travellers. An evaluation showed we are reducing risk and providing safe travel, whilst working within best practice guidelines for the industry. 

Let’s travel safely together

Please help each other to stay safe when travelling through Leeds Bradford Airport by:

1. Wearing a face covering in line with government guidelines
2. Maintaining social distancing from others outside your household
3. Keeping hands hygienic with regular washing or sanitising on the go


COVID-19 testing at Leeds Bradford Airport

COVID-19 testing is now available at LBA. We are working alongside NPH Group to provide convenient and affordable testing for departing passengers, returning passengers and members of the community.

View services at NPH Group >

PCR testing

Many countries now require passengers to provide a 'Fit to Fly' certificate to prove a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before travel.

The PCR testing service is also available for returning passengers as part of the Test to Release scheme. From Monday 19th April, this service will be available for Day 2 and 8 testing - which is essential for international arrivals.

This test is also available to those in the community who require testing for other reasons. 

Find out more >

Rapid Antigen testing

For passengers departing to The Netherlands, a Rapid Antigen test will be available to book in-line with KLM re-commencing flights to Amsterdam on Saturday, 24th April 2021.

Find out more >

Local Restrictions

On the 4th January, a national lockdown was introduced across England. 

On the 22nd February, the Government outlined a roadmap out of lockdown. 

  • Domestic overnight stays will be allowed at Step 3 of the Government's roadmap out of lockdown. Step 3 will take place no earlier than 17 May. 
  • The Government will determine when international travel can resume following the Global Travel Taskforce report on 12 April. International travel will resume no earlier than 17 May.

Travel advice: Coronavirus

Travel Restrictions

You are only allowed to travel abroad if you have a legally permitted reason to do so. Anyone travelling abroad from England must complete a form to declare their legally permitted reason for overseas travel.

Declaration form for international travel

Check the rules in place at your destination.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) 

Entering the UK

 All international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, are required to:

There is currently an entry ban on travel from 'red list' countries. If you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK, you will be able to enter. You must quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days. You cannot use the Test to Release scheme.

If you are entering from a country outside of the UK, but not on the 'red list', you will need to quarantine at the place you are staying for 10 days. You are also required to take a test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantining. From 6 April, a bespoke testing regime is available for arrivals exempt from quarantine. If you have a job where you must follow a bespoke testing regime and are staying in England longer than 2 days you will need to take a test on or before day 2, between day 3 and 5 and between day 6 and 8. Bespoke testing regimes >

You can pay for a COVID-19 test to find out if you can reduce your quarantine period after international travel. See Test to Release for more details.

Some people are exempt from these rules due to the jobs they do. See Jobs with testing travel exemptions

Entering the UK

Advice for travellers

Before Flying

Q: Should I travel?

A: If anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus you should self-isolate. In line with government advice, you should not travel if you:

  • Are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms or have in the last 7 days
  • Are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms
  • Are sharing a household with somebody has experienced coronavirus symptoms in the last 10 days
  • Have been advised by the NHS test and trace service that you must self- isolate

Q: Is my flight still operating, and what are my options?

A: If your airline cancels your flight, they will contact you to let you know. For detailed information about flight schedules or flight cancellations, please contact your airline

Q: My plans have changed and I need to cancel or amend my parking, lounge or fast track booking. How can I do this?

A: If you booked direct with Leeds Bradford Airport, you can amend or cancel your booking online, using Manage My Booking. If you booked with another provider, please contact them to amend or cancel your booking.

Q: What should I expect on entry to the airport?

A: To enter the terminal make your way through the preparation zone, ensuring social distancing is observed when queuing. Customer ambassadors will be on hand to support you with your preparation of face coverings, sanitiser and security arrangements.

The security processes remain the same as per Civil Aviation Authority and Department for Transport requirements for the security of all airport users.

You may notice some airport staff wearing personal protective equipment such as visors, masks and gloves. This is appropriate when staff are required to come into close contact with customers, for their own protection and that of others.

Q: Do I need to allow extra time to travel through the airport?

A: We are managing the flow of customers to allow space for social distancing within the terminal and at check points, we recommend allowing plenty of time to go through airport processes. We advise you to check-in online where possible. Airport check-in opening and closing times vary by airline so make sure you are familiar with your airline’s policies.

Please note the airport terminal will be closed outside of operating hours, you will be permitted access into the building only when your airline check-in opens. 

Q: Are the car parks at Leeds Bradford Airport open?

A: Our car parks are open for your convenience. To help keep our customers and colleagues safe, we have made some changes to our car park processes in the short term. If your booking is affected, you will be contacted with further information. Please use card transactions to pay for your parking wherever possible.

Q: Is public transport to / from Leeds Bradford Airport operating as normal?

A: Bus services are operating between Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate with FLYER.

Find out more and view timetables

Q: Are taxis to / from Leeds Bradford Airport operating as normal?

A: Arrow Cars, our official taxi partner operate a private hire service which can be pre-booked or booked on the day. Other taxi providers can be used and can drop off / pick up passengers in Terminal Front Express or One Hour Free.

Q: I'm a blue badge holder, which car parks are open for me?

A: Find out which car parks are available on our dedicated blue badge parking page.

At the Airport

Q: Is social distancing in place at the airport?

A: Yes, please observe social distancing in the terminal, floor markings and signage are in place to assist with this.

Q: Should I wear a face covering whilst in the airport?

A: Unless requested by Border Force, face coverings should be worn in line with Government advice and where social distancing can not be adhered to. Some passengers are not required to wear face coverings as advised by the government, including those under the age of 11. Visit gov.uk for guidance. 

Face coverings are available to purchase before security via self-service machines.

Q. Can I take hand sanitiser and anti-bacterial wipes when travelling?

A. Yes, you can take hand sanitiser gel through airport security with your hand luggage, and we would encourage you to do so. Liquid restrictions apply so ensure the bottle size is under 100ml and place it in a sealed, clear plastic bag with your other liquids then place in the tray separately. You can also pack bottles of hand sanitiser in your hold luggage, subject to your airline’s baggage allowance and the hold baggage restrictions. Anti-bacterial wipes are not considered liquids and can be taken through security without the need for a liquids bag.

Q: Is hand sanitiser publically available in the terminal?

A: You can expect to find hand-sanitising stations throughout the terminal, and we advise washing your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds when possible. Regular hand-washing is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of transmission.

Sanitiser is available to purchase before security via self-service machines.

Q: What additional measures are being taken to ensure the terminal is clean?

A: Deep cleaning is in operation, including the use of UV robotic cleaning and regular use of water-based antibacterial misters on frequent touch-points such as luggage trolleys, security trays and toilet facilities. Washroom attendants are working to ensure cleanliness at all times.

Q: I require Special Assistance for my journey, is this support available at this time?

A: Of course, our Special Assistance team are on hand to support our customers. You must notify your airline, tour operator or travel agent at the time of booking.

Q: Are restaurants, bars and lounges open?

A: Unfortunately, the airport lounges and restaurants are currently closed. 

You can pick up grab and go food and drinks from the shops and vending machines which are still open. 

Q: Which shops and facilities are available in the terminal?

A: Boots and WHSmith are open after security. Please note that all outlets will not be open to serve every flight. Livewell vending machines are available before and after security. 

Travel currency stores are closed, and ATMs are currently unavailable.

Washrooms are available before security near the main entrance, after security on the first floor by the lounges and in the baggage hall in arrivals.

Limited seating is available, please sit together with your household and socially distance from others.

The smoking area in departures is available for use.

Q: What are the aircraft boarding procedures?

A: Airlines may call customers to board in stages, ensure you are listening at all times for announcements regarding boarding for your flight. Find out your airline's procedures before you fly. 

At my destination and landing at LBA

Q: What will happen at my destination?

A: Guidance for British people travelling overseas is available on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.

Q: What can I expect when landing at LBA?

A: All international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, are required to:

Q: Do I need to quarantine after landing at LBA?

There is currently an entry ban on travel from 'red list' countries. If you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK, you will be able to enter. You must quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days. You cannot use the Test to Release scheme.

If you are entering from a country outside of the UK, but not on the 'red list', you will need to quarantine at the place you are staying for 10 days. You are also required to take a test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantining. 

You can pay for a COVID-19 test to find out if you can reduce your quarantine period after international travel. See Test to Release for more details. You can have your Test to Release test at LBA, book with NPH Group.

Some people are exempt from these rules due to the jobs they do. See Jobs with testing travel exemptions

Entering the UK

Q: Can I pick someone up from the airport?

A: You can collect passengers from the airport however we ask that you remain in your vehicle where possible, and practice social distancing. Only travelling passengers should enter the terminal building. You can accompany a passenger requiring assistance, such as a person with reduced mobility or an unaccompanied child.