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 two channels to choose from; red or green.

Green customs channel: Flying from anywhere with nothing to declare.


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


Find out what you can take through Customs.

From 1 January 2021 arrivals from the EU will no longer have a dedicated blue customs channel. If you arrive from the EU you must comply with UK customs allowances and declare any goods. Find out more on our dedicated Brexit FAQs.

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.

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 UK.

Find out more about UK cash controls.