Take cash in and out of the UK

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, you’ll need to declare cash of £10,000 or more (or the equivalent in another currency) up to 72 hours before arriving in the UK.

Travelling in the EU

If you bring cash to the UK from another EU country, you do not need to declare it.

You may need to declare cash you take in to other EU countries - check with the authorities in the country you’re travelling to.

Travelling outside the EU

You must declare cash of €10,000 or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you take it between the UK and any non-EU country.

Cash includes:

  • notes and coins
  • bankers’ drafts
  • cheques of any kind (including travellers’ cheques)

If you’re travelling as a family you need to declare cash over €10,000.

Declare cash

  1. Download and fill in form C9011 or get a copy at the port or airport.

  2. Make a copy - if you fill in the form at the port or airport, it automatically makes a carbon copy.

  3. Leave a copy in the drop-box at the port or airport and keep the other to show custom officers.


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

Your declared cash can 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.