Travel Advice for Passengers
Last updated: 23rd June 2021
The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and staff is of paramount importance and we remain in contact with the Government and Public Health Agency Northern Ireland to closely follow all relevant directives for airports.
Travel Regulations and Testing
Prior to travel, please make sure you check what tests you require for both the destination you are flying to and for your return back.
Domestic travel within the UK, Isle of Man, and Channel Islands
Departing Northern Ireland:
There are no testing requirements to enter the rest of the UK from Northern Ireland.
Returning to Northern Ireland:
It is recommended that you take a lateral flow test pre-departure and on day two and day eight.
Lateral flow tests are free and can be ordered here.
Please note this relates only to stays within the UK, Isle of Man, and Channel Islands (the Common Travel Area). If you are then travelling internationally you must follow the advice for international travel, detailed below.
Please find the latest regulation advice for domestic travel here.
Departing Northern Ireland:
Many countries require passengers to provide a negative covid -19 test on arrival. The type of test varies dependant on destination. You can find the latest entry requirements for all countries here.
Departing for Spain, Majorca or Ibiza:
Departing for Portugal:
- Check the latest entry and any testing or self isolation requirements here.
- You must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel to or through Portugal. This can be a PCR or a lateral flow test. Onsite and home testing is available through Randox.
- Complete a passenger locator card.
Departing for the Netherlands:
Departing for Italy:
Returning to Northern Ireland:
Testing and self isolation requirements may be in place depending on which country you have returned from.
Countries are currently being classified by the traffic light system (red/amber/green) to indicate what regulations and testing requirements are in place.
Passengers returning from all international destinations must:
Testing must be with a government approved private test supplier. A list of providers can found here.
NHS and workplace test results are not accepted.
Belfast City Airport has partnered with Randox and have a testing clinic onsite in the terminal, located in the main concourse.
Click here to book your test.
Keeping you safe at Belfast City Airport
We recently became the first airport in Northern Ireland to achieve an airport health accreditation certificate by the Airports Council International (ACI) for our extensive hygiene measures, which are detailed below.
Passengers are asked to wear a face covering through the terminal and onto their flight. Reusable masks are available to purchase in terminal.
We ask all passengers to respect these social distancing measures and have employed additional staff to ensure they are adhered to throughout the airport. Please adhere to Government advice re: hand washing/sanitising and social distancing as you would in any other public place at this time.
The most up-to-date official information relating to Coronavirus can be found on NI Direct's website.
Please visit here if you require Special Assistance.
Q. Where can I pre-book my PCR and antigen tests?
A: You can book both your PCR and antigen on Randox's website here.
Q. Is public transport to/from Belfast City Airport available?
Yes, bus and train services to and from Belfast City Airport are operating, but may be subject to a revised timetable.
For trains and buses, contact Translink
For taxis, contact Value Cabs on 02890 809080
For Derry/Londonderry links, contact Airporter.
Q. Should I allow extra time at the airport?
A: Please allow additional time ahead of your flight. With additional measures in place to ensure social distancing, check-in, security and boarding processes may take longer than you are used to.
Q. Where can I find hand sanitising facilities at Belfast City Airport?
A: All our toilets and washroom facilities remain open and stocked with hand soap for your use. Sanitising units can also be found in the in the Main Concourse, Security, the Departure Lounge and in Arrivals.
Q. Where can I find out more about the measures on board?
A: A number of airlines have produced short information videos detailing the measures on board.
These can be viewed at the below links.
Q. Can I take hand sanitiser through airport security?
A: Yes, hand sanitiser under 100ml can be taken through airport security within hand luggage as per usual security restrictions. Bottles containing hand sanitiser must be sealed, in a clear plastic bag, removed from your hand luggage and placed in a separate tray for screening.
Q. Can I take anti-bacterial wipes through security in hand luggage?
A: Yes. Anti-bacterial wipes are not classified as a liquid and therefore can be taken through airport security without having to be removed from the rest of your hand luggage.
Q. My travel plans have changed. Can I cancel or amend my car park booking?
A: Yes, if you have booked Flex Parking directly with Belfast City Airport, you can cancel or amend your car park booking online, free of charge, up to the time you are due to travel.
Simply visit 'manage my booking' to complete your cancellation or amendment.
If you have made a Non-Flex booking or want to cancel or amend your Flex booking after the booked arrival date/time for any FLEX product, you can contact the airport via our Contact Us form, providing your full name and booking reference, for further information and clarity on your options.
Q. Are shops and restaurants still open at the airport?
A: Car hire facilities remain open. Please contact your provider if you have a booking.
World Duty Free, the Artisan bar/restaurant, Starbucks, and WHSmith are open but will be subject to varied opening hours in line with passenger volumes.
The Aspire lounge has also reopened.
Vending machines for food and beverage are available both in the main concourse before security and throughout the Departures Lounge after security.
Q: I am planning a trip to Belfast, where can I find more information about what has reopened?
A: On the Visit Belfast website you can find a list of what has reopened and what measures are in place to keep visitors safe.
All guidance is subject to change. For the most up to date information check NI Direct before travelling.