Safer Travel

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Last updated: 08/10/2021 at 10:03

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COVID-19 Testing
Latest travel restrictions
Arriving in England
Our operation
Your travel plans
Getting to and from LLA
Drop off / Pick up
Car Hire Centre
Inside LLA

Latest travel restrictions

While COVID restrictions have been eased in England, in line with other UK airports and transport operators, LLA will still require passengers to wear a face covering (unless exempt) while inside the terminal and maintain a safe social distance wherever possible. All other health protection measures will remain in place.

From 4 October 2021, new rules for travelling or returning to England come into effect. See Arriving in England.

A number of countries have also added restrictions on passengers travelling from the UK. Departing passengers only require proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, if it is a requirement on entry in the destination. You should look at the rules in place at your destination as well as the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice before you travel.

Please check the status of your flight with your airline

Approved COVID-19 tests can be booked at LLA.

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Arriving in England

From 4 October 2021, new rules for travelling or returning to England come into effect. The traffic light system has been replaced with a single red list of countries or territories and testing requirements have also been reduced for eligible vaccinated travellers. Ensure you read and comply with the new rules before you travel.

Fully vaccinated

If you qualify as fully vaccinated and are not travelling from a red list country you 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

Not fully vaccinated

If you do not qualify as fully vaccinated and are not travelling from a red list country, before you travel to England you have to:

  • Take a pre-departure COVID-19 test within 3 days before you travel to England
  • 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
  • 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.

If you are travelling from a red list country you must follow the red list rules.

Please click here for more details on international travel during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Approved COVID-19 tests can be booked at LLA.


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Our operation

The safety and well-being of our passengers and staff is our number one priority. We continue to implement all Government guidance and follow industry best practice.

LLA has been awarded the Airport Health Accreditation by Airports Council International after a careful assessment of new measures and procedures introduced. Read more here. Our processes have also been audited by the Civil Aviation Authority and Public Health England.

The measures currently in place at the airport include:

  • Enhanced cleaning and regular surface testing
  • Installation of hand sanitiser units
  • Installation of floor markings and signage, so passengers can maintain a safe distance wherever possible
  • Installation of protective screens where appropriate at customer service points such as check-in
  • Displaying the latest public health information throughout the airport including regular announcements
  • Passengers are required to wear a face covering (unless exempt), and should wash their hands regularly and keep a distance wherever possible

Please do not travel if feeling unwell and always follow the latest Government guidance regarding safer air travel.

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Your travel plans

If you are concerned your flight may be cancelled or you wish to discuss changing your travel plans please contact your airline.

You can find the latest country specific travel advice on the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office website.

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Getting to and from LLA

National Express and all other bus operators are running a reduced service. Please visit the operator website using the links below for an up-to-date schedule.

Arriva Local
Stagecoach (route 99) 
National Express

Rail services, please check the operator's website before you travel.

The Addison Lee taxi office has temporarily closed until further notice.

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Terminal Car Park 1, the Mid Stay Car Park and the Long Stay Car Park are open.

Terminal Car Park 2 is temporarily closed to new entrants. If you have a booking in this car park we will contact you with further information.

If you are returning to the Long Stay Car Park to collect your vehicle, please make your way to Bus Bay B where further instructions will be provided. There is no bus service to and from the Mid Stay Car Park until further notice. It's just an 8 - 10 minute walk to the terminal. 

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Drop off / Pick up

The Drop Off Zone is currently only able to accept contactless payment.

We politely request that you avoid entering the terminal to greet or wave off passengers, and only those flying enter the terminal.

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Car Hire Centre

Europcar, Avis and Enterprise have now resumed operations, but Hertz remains temporarily closed.

Opening times

Avis Meet & Greet Meet & Greet Meet & Greet
Enterprise 07:00 - 20:00 07:00 - 20:00 07:00 - 20:00
Europcar 08:00 - 20:00 08:00 - 18:00 08:00 - 18:00
Hertz Closed Closed Closed

A complimentary shuttle service to/from the Car Hire Centre is available. Please make your way to Bus Bay C where you will find further instructions. Face coverings will need to be worn at all times.

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Inside LLA

A list of the shops and restaurants now open is available in our FAQs below. Please note, shops and restaurants may be closed without notice.

There are currently no ATM or currency exchange services available at the airport until further notice. All stores accept contactless payments. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Our Fast Track service is available between 04:15 - 08:45.

The Aspire Lounge current opening hours are:

  Opening hours
Mondays  04:00 - 08:00
Tuesdays 04:00 - 08:00
Wednesdays 04:00 - 08:00
Thursdays 04:00 - 08:00
Fridays 04:00 - 12:30
Saturdays 04:00 - 12:30
Sundays 04:00 - 12:30

Entry is valid for 2 hours prior to your flight departure time. If you need to make changes to your booking, you can do so using Manage My Booking.

Please note, Lounge opening times are subject to change without notice.

Vending machines are also available before and after security.

The following services provided by Luggage-Point are available to use between 05:00-13:00 daily.

  • Lost property enquiries/collections
  • Left luggage
  • Bag wrap
  • Weighing scales
  • Travel retail (limited range)
  • Mail it on (from 10th September)

Lost property can be reported to Luggage-Point here [email protected]

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have put together a list of frequently ask questions below about the impact of Coronavirus on your travel plans and what we're doing to continue to provide a smooth journey through the airport.

What flights are operating?
What precautionary measures are in place at LLA?
What happens when I land?
Are there any health checks on passengers?
Are there any temperature checks on passengers?
Do I need a face covering to travel through the airport?
Do I need a negative COVID-19 test to enter the terminal?
Can I get a COVID-19 test at the airport?
Where can I find hand sanitiser?
Will my flight be affected by changes to travel restrictions?
Will I be subject to checks when I land in the country I am traveling to?
What if I want to change my travel plans?
My airline has cancelled my flight. Can I get a refund for my parking?
What shops and restaurants are open?
Are coach and rail operators operating as normal?
Is the Thameslink shuttle bus to/from Luton Airport Parkway still operating?
Can I come to the terminal if I'm not flying?
I have an early flight. Can I stay in the terminal the night before?
I’m flying into LLA to catch another flight the same day. Will I be subject to the new quarantine rules?
Is the prayer room open?


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Travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

For the latest country-specific travel advice, visit the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) website.

UK Government advice

For more information on the coronavirus, visit the HM Government website.

COVID-19 testing at LLA

A variety of COVID-19 tests are now available at LLA to meet the differing needs of governments worldwide and to enable those arriving in the UK to participate in the UK Government's 'Test to Release' scheme.

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