COVID-19 Latest Information

COVID-19 Latest Information

Belfast International Airport continues to follow all government guidance regarding the Coronavirus outbreak. If you plan to travel in the weeks and months ahead, keep up-to-date with the latest advice for the country you plan travelling to. Please find below useful links for the most up to date information:

 

Our Operations

Belfast International Airport is open and easyJet, Ryanair, Jet2.com and Wizz are now operating. Please check with your airline for latest updates. We urge all passengers to adhere to the Government guidance regarding essential travel and only come to the airport if it is absolutely necessary to do so.

easyJet Ryanair Jet2.com Wizz TUI Virgin Atlantic

 Click here for the latest restrictions imposed by the UK Government.  Please do not travel if feeling unwell and always follow the latest Government guidance regarding safer air travel.

Passengers arriving in the UK will be required to share contact details, travel information and may be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Click here for more information.

Click here for Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice

The safety and well-being of our staff and passengers is our number one priority. We are continuing to rigorously implement all guidance from the Public Health Agency and remain in regular contact with all relevant authorities. The measures which are currently in place at the airport include:

  • Enhanced cleaning in the terminal
  • Installation of hand sanitiser units
  • Installation of floor markings and signage so that passengers can maintain a safe distance
  • Displaying the latest public health information throughout the airport including regular announcements
  • Passengers should wear a face covering, wash their hands regularly and keep a distance wherever possible

 Getting to and from Belfast International Airport

  • The Airport Express 300 is operating on a reduced schedule – please visit here for timetable information.
  • The 109A service between Crumlin and Antrim remains operational.  For timetable information visit here
  • The Airporter service operates between Derry and Belfast - www.airporter.co.uk  
  • The airport Taxi Company is operational

 Car Parking

  • Our car parks are currently open.
  • To comply with government safety guidelines we have implemented some changes to the parking at Belfast International Airport.
  • All available car parks are within walking distance of the terminal negating the need for any bussing and offering greater convenience and better compliance with the government advice in relation to maintaining social distancing.
  • Our car parks are the only facility in the locality where drivers park and secure their own vehicles and they are not driven and parked by a third party.
  • A number of other measures including more regular disinfecting all equipment and increased contactless payment options have also been introduced. For all available options and to prebook online click here
  • For information on how to cancel or amend your car park booking please click here

 Simple steps to avoid catching or spreading COVID-19 include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water often and for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What procedures are in place to help protect passengers and colleagues?

Like all UK airports, we are implementing the latest government guidance from the Public Health Agency (PHA)). This includes:

  • All passengers should wear face coverings in the terminal.
  • Where possible, only passengers with boarding passes will be allowed into the airport at this time. Clear markings on social distancing throughout the terminal.
  • A one way system for passengers entering and exiting the building  will be operating throughout the airport to manage social distancing regulations
  • Hand sanitizer and hand washing facilities will be available at various points throughout the airport.
  • Hygiene screens installed at close contact points
  • Seating areas distanced with space markings
  • Some catering and retail outlets have reopened on a limited basis 
  • Drinking water is available via water refill stations and vending machines. (please bring your own water bottle.)
  • Specific measures to ensure the safety of all staff
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We remain in constant contact with PHA and will implement any new measures as and when directed.

Please help us by ensuring you:

  • do not travel if you are unwell
  • only travel if you have an essential reason to do so
  • respect social distancing guidelines
  • wash hands/use hand sanitiser regularly
  • catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue and dispose of after use

Will I be quarantined when I land?

Passengers arriving in the UK will be required to share contact details, travel information and may be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Click here for more information.

You may not have to self-isolate when you arrive in Northern Ireland, if you are returning from certain countries.  

That is because these countries or territories are: exempted countries or British overseas territories.

This list is continually under review and self-isolation requirements could be reintroduced at any time for public health reasons.

The list of exempted countries is available here

 

 

 

Are there any health checks on passengers?

Public Health Agency is the UK Government’s lead agency on Coronavirus. BIA is implementing all its latest guidance.

PHA has implemented a number of measures including early warning of illnesses on flights and a UK wide public information campaign.

All passengers must follow the latest guidance issued by the UK Government. Click here for more information.

Are there any temperature checks?

Not currently as the latest government advice is that temperature screening is not effective on its own.

Should I wear a facemask or face covering when I travel?

Yes, passengers must wear a face covering while in the terminal building.

Crucially, you should not  get a false sense of security about the level of protection provided by wearing a face covering. It is essential that everyone continues to:

  • practice social distancing as much as possible
  • wash their hands thoroughly throughout the day
  • ‘catch it, kill it, bin it’ when they sneeze or cough

That’s still the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. For more information and exemptions click here.

Are there exemptions to wearing a face mask or covering??

Yes, however this only applies within the terminal building.  You MUST check with your airline for their rules on the wearing of face masks / coverings

  • If you are under the age of 13
  • if you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
  • if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
  • if you are travelling with, or providing assistance to, someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • if you need to remove it during your journey to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others
  • if you need to eat, drink, or take medication you can remove your face covering
  • if you are asked to remove your face covering by a police officer or other official

There is no need to get a letter from a doctor or government to show that you do not need to wear a face covering.

For further information please visit NI Direct website

Where can I find hand sanitiser?

We have several hand sanitisers dispensers across the terminal but would also encourage passengers to use the toilet facilities to wash their hands.

Are there any shops or restaurants open?

Aelia Duty Free - offering a limited range of products.

Sip and Stone - located just after security, is open selling a range of hot food, snacks and drinks, operating Monday to Friday 6am to 6pm and Saturday to Sunday 7am to 7pm.

WHSmith - located in our departures is your one-stop shop for books, magazines, food, drinks, snacks, confectionery, travel accessories and health & beauty essentials. From the latest novels to the hottest magazines, tasty food to thirst-quenching drinks and from travel essentials to the latest digital accessories, WHSmith has got that special something for everyone. Currently open 6am to 6pm Monday to Friday and then 6am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday

Starbucks - located in the departure lounge open 5am - 6pm

Vending machines are available for passengers wishing to purchase drinks or snacks and are coin operated only.

Water refill stations are available in the departure lounge but you must bring and refill your own bottle.

Are toilet facilities available?

Yes.  Toilet facilities are available.

Is the Causeway Lounge open?

In line with government advice and guidance the Causeway Lounge will remain closed until further notice

How do I know if my flight will operate?

All queries regarding your flight or holiday booking should be made directly to your airline or tour operator. If your flight is cancelled the airline will be in contact with you directly. Please note that both airline and airport phone lines are busy so we ask for patience at this time.

I have booked parking, what happens if my airline cancels my flight?

 

If your plans change and you have booked directly with Belfast International Airport  you can amend or cancel your car park booking completely free of charge.

You can do this online via Manage my booking here.

I have booked the Causeway Lounge, what happens if my airline cancels my flight?

You may cancel your booking, for any reason, at any time up to 2 hours before the start of the booking period. You can do this online via Manage my booking here.


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