Luggage Collection and Customs

If you arrive in Edinburgh on a flight from an airport outside the UK you will pass through Immigration Control before collecting your luggage and going through Customs, where you may be questioned by Customs officials.

If you pass through Immigration Control in London before taking a connecting flight to Edinburgh, your luggage will be transferred directly to your connecting flight.

Passing through Customs

If you have 'goods to declare' you should pass through the red channel. At some airports, this may simply be a telephone which you must use to call a Customs Officer.

If you have 'nothing to declare' and are travelling from outside the European Union you should pass through the green channel.

Use the blue channel if you are travelling from a country in the European Union with no banned or restricted goods.

Customs officials may ask to examine your luggage and see the contents. They can remove items which you are not allowed to bring to the UK, or ask you to pay tax or duty on certain items. Before you arrive you should study the list of items that you may not bring to the UK or for which you may have to pay duty or tax.

Current restrictions include:

  • Food products that you can bring to the UK from outside the European Union, even for personal use. Restrictions apply to products made from meat, dairy, fish, eggs and honey, as well as some fruit, vegetables and plants (e.g. bulbs, seeds, cut flowers and tree bark). 
  • The amount of goods such as tobacco, alcohol and gifts you can bring in the UK.  If you exceed your allowances all of your goods can be taken away from you. 
  • Never bring in counterfeit goods, illegal drugs, firearms (including realistic imitations), offensive weapons (including knives) or indecent or obscene material. 
  • You must declare any sums of cash of €10,000 or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you are travelling from a country outside the European Union.

Find out more from the UK Border Agency website.

Lost luggage

If you cannot find your luggage, speak to your airline. They will arrange to locate your luggage and deliver it to Dundee. They may be able to provide you with a small overnight bag to help you until your luggage arrives. You will need to give the airline your Dundee accommodation address for delivery of your luggage. If you do not know your Dundee address you can give the airline the International Office telephone number: 01382 388111.