East Midlands Airport & Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What you need to know

At East Midlands Airport we have been working hard to put measures in place to help make air travel safer for passengers and airport staff.

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.

Although international travel is permitted, there are testing and quarantine restrictions in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.

For more information, see the latest government guidance.

Latest Updates

UK arrivals test update

From Friday 7 January, passengers who are travelling from non-red countries and are fully vaccinated under an eligible vaccination scheme do not have to take a COVID-19 pre-departure test in their country of origin before travelling to England.

From Sunday 9 December, the Day 2 PCR test for fully vaccinated travellers will be replaced with the Day 2 Rapid Antigen (lateral flow) test. This must be private tests from a provider on the UK Government’s approved list.

Unvaccinated passengers from non-red countries will continue to require pre-departure tests, as well as day 2 and day 8 PCR tests, and Test to Release remains an option to reduce the 10-day self-isolation period.

Find out more on our arrivals testing page.

Update to red list countries

There may be countries on the red list. Travellers who have visited these countries in the last 10 days must book a quarantine hotel package for their arrival to England.

East Midlands Airport is not currently accepting passengers from red list countries or offering a quarantine package.

Countries and territories can be moved between lists at short notice, so please monitor gov.uk for information on which list your country is on.

East Midlands Airport COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Travel Testing

Everything you need to know about test for travel and test to release

Special Opening Hours

What shops, restaurants and facilities are currently open at East Midlands Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 Travel Information

Find out more about the current testing and quarantine requirements for each classification of country in our guide to where you can travel now.

People displaying symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, persistent cough, loss of taste or smell) should not fly.

Passengers should check the flight status before they leave home as some schedules are still subject to change. For any questions about your flight, please contact your airline.

Only those who are flying will be allowed inside the terminal building.

It is recommended that face coverings be worn inside the terminal.

Plenty of time must be allowed for check-in and security, as this may take longer than normal.

Passengers should check the latest government travel advice and any requirements for returning passengers to quarantine or complete relevant documentation.

Whether you’re planning to travel by train, car or coach, there are plenty of ways to get to and from the airport stress-free.

Please check in advance as some operators  may be operating reduced schedules.

Anyone driving to the airport should note that only a limited number of car parks will be in operation. Drivers are advised to familiarise themselves with booking details and follow the signs to the correct car park.

Drivers dropping off passengers are not permitted to enter the terminal.

East Midlands Airport strongly recommends the wearing of face coverings in all areas of the terminal building. Many airlines are also making face coverings mandatory, so passengers are advised to check this with their carrier before flying. Passengers who forget a suitable covering will be able to purchase one inside the terminal.

Passengers should maintain social distancing as far as possible throughout their journey.

Hands must be cleaned regularly using sanitising stations which have been installed throughout the airport.

The airport is trialling the use of temperature screening technology which passengers will see on entry to the departure hall.

An enhanced cleaning regime is in place throughout the airport

Protective screens have been installed at check-in desks, in security and at boarding gates to protect staff.

We continue to provide a full Assisted Travel service to passengers but with additional measures in place to ensure a seamless and safe experience. These include:

  • Additional and frequent cleaning of seats, wheelchairs, vehicles and help points.

  • Distancing measures in waiting areas and throughout the terminal.

The Passenger Services team wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including face coverings, face visors and gloves while health guidance remains in place.

Questions: If you have further questions, please contact a member of the Passenger Services team by phone on 0808 1697032. As we’re currently open only when flights are operating, please leave a message including your flight details and we will respond to you within 72 hours.

Bookings: Please note that we are unable to take direct bookings for Assisted Travel. This must be done via your airline prior to travelling.

Passengers who are travelling from non-red countries and are fully vaccinated under an eligible vaccination scheme do not have to take a COVID-19 pre-departure test in their country of origin before travelling to England.

From Sunday 9 December, the Day 2 PCR test for fully vaccinated travellers will be replaced with the Day 2 Rapid Antigen (lateral flow) test.

Unvaccinated passengers from non-red countries will continue to require pre-departure tests, as well as day 2 and day 8 PCR tests, and Test to Release remains an option to reduce the 10-day self-isolation period.

Children aged 5 to 17 who are resident in the UK, or in a country with an approved proof of vaccination, are to be treated as ‘fully vaccinated’. This applies whether the child is vaccinated or not.

Children aged 5 to 17 who are resident in any country that is not on the approved proof of vaccination list must take travel tests and quarantine.

Children of ages four and under are exempt from testing.

If you are unsure on the classification of the country you’re arriving from, eligible vaccination schemes, or the test which you require, please consult the UK Government COVID-19 travel advice. Countries and territories can be moved between lists at short notice, so please monitor Gov.uk for information on which list your country is on.

Make sure that your chosen testing provider is on the UK Government’s approved provider list.

You must also fill in a Passenger Locator Form for travel to the UK. Your form must include your test booking reference number.

Please keep your face covered in the terminal except if asked to remove it by Border Force officers.

Remember to keep your distance 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 picked up, please arrange to be met at the car in the designated area.

COVID-19 FAQs

East Midlands Airport (EMA) is open for business and some airlines have resumed passenger flights. For detailed information about your flight please contact your airline.

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. We recommend that you take out appropriate travel insurance as soon as you book your trip.

If you booked parking direct with East Midlands Airport, you can amend or cancel your booking online. Please visit our Car Parking FAQs for more information. If you booked with another provider, please contact them to amend or cancel your parking booking.

Bus services are operating to and from the airport. In line with government advice, please wear face coverings and observe social distancing on all public transport. To plan your journey to EMA visit our Getting To And From pages or public transport providers' websites.

We recommend giving yourself plenty of time to go through security and reach your gate. We also, as always, have access to our FastTrack service for access to a dedicated lane at security.

Yes, you can take hand sanitiser gel through airport security with your hand luggage, as long as the bottle size is under 100ml, and it is in a sealed, clear plastic bag with your other liquids. This bag must be taken out of your hand luggage and placed in the tray separately. Please check your bags and pockets carefully before going through security to make sure you aren’t accidentally carrying any other liquids. Read more about airport security

Yes, you can pack bottles of hand sanitiser in your hold luggage, subject to your airline’s baggage allowance and the hold baggage restrictions.

Yes you can. Anti-bacterial wipes are not considered liquids and can be taken through security. You do not need to put wipes in your liquids bag.

Shops and food and beverage provision will gradually begin to open in line with relevant Government advice. Initially, there is a take-away service providing light refreshments.