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Customs from Ireland to UK

We'll be flying from Dublin to Edinburgh, and then from London back to Dublin. What is the customs process like? Just thinking about planning other activities on those travel days.
Thank you!

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Just a bit of information.....customs is for goods, immigration/passport control is for people. I'm not being petty but there is a difference.

There is no immigration or customs flying from Dublin to Edinburgh. Flying back to Dublin, if you are not from Ireland or the UK, you will have to go through immigration in Dublin. Don't worry about customs.

The UK and Ireland are in a Common Travel Area that permits free travel between the two for residents of those countries.

I've done the trip many times.

Posted by
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Thank you! Good to know it's not much of a hassle

Posted by
3189 posts

There is no immigration or customs flying from Dublin to Edinburgh.
Flying back to Dublin, if you are not from Ireland or the UK, you will
have to go through immigration in Dublin. Don't worry about customs.
The UK and Ireland are in a Common Travel Area that permits free
travel between the two for residents of those countries.

As you mentioned, customs is for goods, immigration is for people. The CTA is about people, no passport checks between Ireland and UK. But, since the UK left the EU there is a customs border between the countries. I'm not sure what the UK rules are but on the way back you are arriving in the EU from a non-EU country meaning strict rules on what you can bring with you.

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Blockquote you are arriving in the EU from a non-EU country meaning strict rules on what you can bring with you.

Thank you I will be sure to read up on what’s allowed, although I’m not much of a souvenir person!

Posted by
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Thank you I will be sure to read up on what’s allowed, although I’m
not much of a souvenir person!

For a tourist it is not that hard actually. No food or drink of animal origin (meat, fish, dairy), no fresh fruits or vegetables and no living plants. That is a good rule of thumb. The same rules as when arriving from North America.