Take cash in and out of the UK

Taking cash in and out of Great Britain

You must declare cash of £10,000 or more to UK customs authorities if you carry it between Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and another country.

You must declare cash of £10,000 or more if you carry it from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. You do not need to declare any amount of cash if you’re carrying it from Northern Ireland to Great Britain.

Taking cash in and out of Northern Ireland

You must declare cash of €10,000 or more if you carry it between Northern Ireland and any non-EU country.

You do not need to declare cash if you’re carrying it between Northern Ireland and an EU country.

You must declare cash of £10,000 or more if you carry it from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. You do not need to declare any amount of cash if you’re carrying it from Northern Ireland to Great Britain.

Customs authorities may ask you to fill in a cash disclosure form if you send cash of €10,000 or more by freight, post or courier between Northern Ireland and any non-EU country. This includes cash sent from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

Types of cash

The types of cash you must declare are:

  • notes and coins
  • bearer bonds
  • travellers’ cheques
  • cheques (including travellers’ cheques) that are signed but not made out to a person or organisation

If you are carrying cash in or out of Northern Ireland, you must also declare:

  • money orders
  • gold coins, bullion or nuggets
  • prepaid cards

How to declare cash

You must declare cash in the 72 hours before you travel.

You can declare online for:

Declare over the phone or using a form

If you cannot use the online service, you can ask for paper form BOR9011 at the port or airport.

You can also make your declaration over the phone.

Customer Service Group
Telephone: 0300 322 9434
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
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Penalties

You could face a penalty of up to £5,000 if you do not declare your cash or give incorrect information.

If you’re travelling as a family or group with more than £10,000 or €10,000 in total (even if individuals are carrying less than that) you still need to make a declaration.

Your declared cash can be seized by customs authorities if they have reasonable grounds to suspect a crime. They can keep the cash for 48 hours - after that they need a court order.

How to appeal a penalty

You can write to the Fraud Investigation Service if you disagree with a penalty. You must state why you disagree with the decision you’ve been given.

You have 30 days to appeal from the date of the penalty notice.

Fraud Investigation Service
FIS POC Operations - Cash Declaration Penalty Team
S0079
Newcastle
NE98 1ZZ