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Customs Information for Passengers

Passengers often worry about customs formalities. Here is a simple guide to help you negotiate them. There are three customs channels in operation at Cork Airport - Blue, Green and Red.

Blue Channel

Passengers whose journey and flight commenced in another EU country do not have to make any declaration to customs on arrival and may proceed directly through the Blue Channel

Green and Red Channels

Passengers who arrive in Cork:

  • on flights from non-EU countries, the Canary Islands or Channel Islands
  • from an EU airport on a flight that originated outside the EU

must clear customs in Ireland by going through either the Green or Red Channel.

Irish Customs and Excise regulation information, including allowances and details of prohibited and restricted goods, is available at

You should go through the Green Channel if you are sure that you have:

  • No more than the allowances to which you are entitled. These are posted on notices around the baggage hall
  • No prohibited or restricted goods

You should go through the Red Channel if you,

  • Are in doubt
  • Have more than the allowances to which you are entitled
  • Have any prohibited or restricted goods

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