Customs | Gatwick Airport


Everyone arriving in the UK has to clear Customs

For your safety and quick journey through the airport, please note the following:

  • Never carry anything into the UK for somebody else.
  • Never bring prohibited goods into the UK. If in doubt, ask at the Customs information point.
  • If you are unsure about your duty/tax free entitlement, go to the Customs information point.

There are three different channels to choose from red, green or blue.

Blue customs channel: Flying from a country within the European Union (EU), nothing to declare (hold baggage has a white tag).


Green customs channel: Flying from a non-EU country, nothing to declare (hold baggage has a white tag).


Red customs channel: Flying from anywhere with goods to declare. 


If your journey started in a EU country: your hold baggage will have a green-edged tag, and you should use the blue exit, or the red one if you have goods to declare.

If your journey began in a country outside the EU: your hold luggage will have a white tag and you should use the red channel if you have goods to declare or the green channel if you don't.

Find out what you can take through Customs or watch a video by the Home Office.

Connecting passengers

If you're transferring between two international flights at Gatwick, you may be able to have your baggage tagged through to your final destination. You will still need to declare any items in your hand baggage which are liable for duty.

If you are connecting from an international flight to a UK flight you must clear Customs and Immigration.

More information about connecting at Gatwick.

EU cash controls

Are you travelling with €10,000 or more, or its equivalent in other currencies or assets? That’s no problem, but you must declare it to customs before entering or leaving the EU.

Find out more about EU cash controls.