Aviation security if there’s no Brexit deal

How possible changes to aviation security would affect businesses and passengers if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no deal.

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After 31 January 2020 there will be a transition period until the end of 2020, while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.

The current rules for aviation security will continue to apply during the transition period.

For current information, read: hand luggage restrictions.



If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect:

  • passengers on direct flights
  • passengers from the UK and EU transferring through UK airports
  • passengers from the UK transferring through EU airports
  • cargo from the EU to the UK
  • cargo from the UK to the EU
  • cargo from the rest of the world into the UK and the EU

This guidance is part of a series of guidance on aviation, which includes guidance about:

Published 24 September 2018