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Travel Safely: What Airports Are Doing to Keep You Safe

The airport is our first port of call when travelling. Some of us find it exciting, some of us find it stressful, but all are going to find their airport experience a little bit different for the foreseeable future. This is because airports in Ireland (and around the world) are changing things to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport, Cork Airport and Knock Airport have all released information on the extensive measures they are putting in place to make travel safe for passengers.

Safety Measures

Across all airport, many of the measures are broadly similar.

Limitations on Entry to Terminal

It is recommended that only those who hold a valid ticket and are intending to fly enter the terminal, to limit the number of people inside and assist distancing measures.

Masks + Hand Sanitisers

Masks are mandatory on flights, and strongly recommended to be worn from your arrival in at your departure airport. They can generally be purchased on site. Hand sanitisation stations are being put in place and passengers should use them regularly.

Social Distancing

Floor graphics and signage are being put in place to assist and encourage physical distancing. Queue systems have been changed and online check-in and self-service kiosks are encouraged. The number of seats available has been decreased and is being prioritised for passengers with reduced mobility, families with small children and pregnant women.

Plexiglass Screens

Screens have been put in place at points where you will be interacting with staff members including at security points.


Hygiene and cleaning efforts have been redoubled with regular sanitisation of high-contact surfaces and public areas.

Food, Drink & Shopping

Not all restaurants and cafes will be open and those that are will have distancing measures in place. The shopping experience has been changed with distancing measures such as plexiglass and card payments only.

For More Information

The above is a brief overview of the measures that have been put in place across all airports. For more information and answers to the main questions you may have, see the more detailed information released by each airport.

Dublin Airport

Shannon Airport

Cork Airport

Knock Airport

Visit these links for your relevant airport where they have outlined their processes and procedures have been laid out in more detail. You can also watch videos outlining the new measures.

Last updated 03/07/2020

While we make our best efforts to keep travel advice up to date, the COVID-19 pandemic is still a fast developing situation where the official advice can change regularly. If travelling soon, please check the relevant authorities for the newest guidance and advice on safety measures in your destination. Please see relevant authorities for the most up to date advice on this continuously developing situation.

Advice from the International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Travel Advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)

Latest Report from the World Health Organisation (WHO)

For answers to our most commonly received questions on how COVID-19 has affected travel, see our FAQ section here.
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