Worried about taking cash in and out of the UK? Travelling with cheques or notes and coins could mean you may need to declare it – or face a penalty of up to £5,000. Find out all the essential information you need with this easy-to-use guide.
Travelling within EU countries
If you’re travelling with cash to the UK from another EU country, then you will not need to declare it – no matter what amount.
However, if you’re travelling with cash to other EU countries then you will need to check with the authorities in your intended destination.
Travelling to and from non-EU countries
For those travelling with cash of €10,000 or more (or the equivalent in another currency) between the UK and any non-EU country, then you must declare it. This also applies to families travelling with the same amount or more when combined – it must be declared.
What counts as cash?
‘Cash’ is not only limited to notes and coins, it also includes:
- Bankers’ drafts
- Cheques of any kind – including travellers’ cheques
How to declare cash
If you need to declare cash then follow these simple steps:
- Download and fill in form C9011– or you can get a copy at the airport or port
- Make a copy – if you complete the form at the airport or ferry port, it automatically makes a carbon copy.
- Deposit a copy in the drop-box at the ferry port or airport and keep hold of the other copy to show custom officers.
If I don’t declare my cash, will I receive a penalty?
If you provide misinformation or do not declare your cash then you could be hit with a penalty of up to £5,000.
Your declared cash could also be seized by customs officers if they have reasonable grounds to suspect a crime. They can keep the cash for 48 hours – after that they need a court order, according to the Gov.UK website.