Arriving at Bristol Airport
Here are a few handy tips if you're arriving in to Bristol Airport:
- If you’re aged 12+ with a chipped UK/EU passport, please use our ePassport gates when available (those aged 12-17 must be travelling with an adult)
- Remove your passport from any cover and have it ready on the photo page
- Remove all hats and sunglasses in advance
- For more information visit the UK Border Force website.
Download UK Border Force's handy travel check list
New ePassport gates
We’ve now opened 10 brand new ePassport gates at Bristol Airport. This is one of many developments that have been made for a quicker and more efficient experience for passengers arriving back to our airport.
By using the latest technology the UK Border Force can now provide faster checks for some passengers while maintaining border security. The automated gate system is in place at Bristol Airport and can be used by passengers over the age of 12 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. See below for information on travelling as a family and general information on arriving in the UK.
Travelling as a family?
Please stick together and go directly to passport control, as families can often receive their ID checks as a group.
Non EU & Non EEA passport holders
Passengers not holding a British, EU or European Economic Area passport need to 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.