Arriving in the UK (Passport Control and Customs)
Everyone arriving from overseas at Bristol Airport has to go through Passport Control. UK Border Force officers scan passports and cross-check passenger details to ensure that only those eligible to enter the country can do so. New technology enabling all passports to be scanned on entry into the UK has enhanced border security, but can result in slightly longer waiting times at ports across the country. You can help UK Border Force officers by having your passport open to the photograph page and being ready for examination by the time you reach the inspection point.
Passengers not holding a British, EU or European Economic Area passport must complete a landing card provided by the airline they are travelling with. This should be provided by the airline during the flight to the UK.
If you are travelling with €10 000 or more, please declare it to customs before entering or leaving the EU. For more information, please visit: ec.europa.eu/eucashcontrols.
We endeavour to provide both a warm welcome to visitors to the South West and a convenient return home for local passengers after a trip away. However, the UK Border Force manages all border control points, enforcing immigration and customs regulations, and the safety and security of the UK must, understandably, be its top priority.
Automated Passport gates
By using the latest technology the UK Border Force can now provide faster checks for some passengers while maintaining border security. An automated gate system is in place at Bristol Airport and can be used by passengers over the age of 18 with an ePassport containing an electronic chip.
The ePassport gates are operational at specific times on a daily basis, to coincide with our inbound passenger peaks. These opening hours are subject to staffing levels with the UK Border Force.
Over 18? Use the ePassport gates this summer and speed through immigration for a faster return to the UK.
How to use ePassport gates
- Have your passport ready and remove it from the cover
- Remove your sunglasses or hat
- If you are travelling as a family, please go to passport control together.
- Open your passport on the photo page
- Hold the photo page down on the reader and hold it in position
- Look ahead at the screen until it turns green, then remove your passport and walk through the gate
For more information visit the UK Border Force website.