Stansted Airport rules from May 17 as overseas travel restarts

Monday marks the first day international travel is able to resume to a select number of countries.

The government has designed a traffic light system – imposing strict quarantine rules on ‘red list’ and ‘amber list’ countries while allowing quarantine-free travel to and from ‘green list’ countries.

It means that London Stansted Airport will once again welcome travellers from next week.

Operators at the airport, run by MAG, are streamlining the process to give travellers an easy experience.

However, travelling will be significantly different from what most people normally experience, with new rules in place to keep everyone safe.

The departure lounge at London Stansted Airport
The departure lounge at London Stansted Airport

Currently, the only flights passengers can take out from Stansted Airport are those to Portugal, despite 11 other areas listed on the government’s ‘green list’.

Passengers are being asked to check airline companies’ websites for the latest information on travel prior to their trip to Stansted.

There will also be alterations to public transport to and from the airport, and a reduced number of car parking spaces.

The airport are also carrying out ‘enhanced cleaning’ with Perspex screens installed in customer facing areas.

Face coverings are mandatory while at the airport, and sanitizer stations are dotted throughout.

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And whilst there will be some shops and restaurants open from next Monday, many will still be shut, including the Wetherspoon pub The Windmill.

London Stansted Airport say the following businesses will be open:

Landside:

  • Boots
  • WH Smith
  • ICE

Airside:

  • Boots
  • WH Smith
  • Pret A Manger
  • WDF and WDF Express
  • Leon
  • Accessorize
  • JD Sports
  • Hamleys
  • Harris & Hoole
  • Cabin

Steve Griffiths, London Stansted’s managing director, said: “The resumption of international travel and launch of the green list is an important step to easing Covid-19 restrictions, and Monday will be an important milestone for us as we begin to welcome more passengers back to the airport.

“We understand many people haven’t flown in a long time due to the pandemic, but our passengers can be reassured we have committed to implementing the highest quality Covid-19 safety measures across London Stansted.

“Assisted by the CAA and Public Health England, we recently received recognition for the measures we have implemented in line with guidance set out by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

“This recognition is great testament and credit to the hard work of our teams across the business to keep our passengers and colleagues safe, and ensure we’re ready for the restart of international travel.

“As we start the road to recovery, we will continue to work closely with all our partners across the airport to ensure passengers have the best possible experience as they fly off on well-earned holidays or finally get to see family and friends.

“We will also continue to work closely with government to unlock a more meaningful restart for international travel, by taking advantage of the UK’s vaccination programme to increase the number of countries on the green list and work towards the removal of restrictions altogether over time.”

Essex Live