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General aviation operators and pilots notification of flights

Submit a general aviation report (GAR) online if you are a pilot or carrier of a general aviation aircraft intending to travel to or from the UK.

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Submit a general aviation report (GAR) online

General aviation report form

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General aviation report guidance

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Border Force expectations of airfield operators

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General aviation reporting poster

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Emergency general aviation report telephone line poster

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Reporting requirements

An operator or pilot of a general aviation aircraft is required to report international or Channel Islands journeys to or from the UK, unless they are travelling outbound directly from the UK to a destination in the European Union as specified under sections 35 and 64 of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979.

Even if pilots and operators are not required to provide notification of a flight, it is helpful if they do provide this notification.

You should read the guidance before you submit your report.

An operator or pilot of a flight between Great Britain and Northern Ireland or between Great Britain or Northern Ireland and Ireland, the Channel Islands or Isle of Man is required, in the circumstances specified in paragraph 12 of schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000, to provide a notification of the flight to the police.

Apply online

Pilots and carriers can submit a GAR online to provide details of flights.

Submit your form by email

You can also download the attached GAR form, complete it electronically and submit by email to the national co-ordination unit (NCU) to send to Border Force or the police.

You should title your email: ‘GAR, airfield registration, name of airfield, postcode of airfield (if known)’. Please check the attached guidance before completing and submitting the GAR form.

Alternatively, you can use the following approved websites to submit the information contained in the GAR form. These are not government services and you may incur a service charge.

Published 21 March 2013
Last updated 13 March 2019 + show all updates
  1. You can now submit a GAR online.
  2. General aviation report guidance updated.
  3. Updated general aviation report guidance published.
  4. Removed general aviation reporting flyer.
  5. Updated general aviation report guidance.
  6. Updated aviation poster.
  7. Updated guidance.
  8. Updated guidance.
  9. Updated guidance.
  10. New document on expectations of airfield operators
  11. Updated general aviation report guidance
  12. Updated documents
  13. Updated guidance.
  14. Updated general aviation report (GAR) form which can be sent to the police through the HMRC national co-ordination unit (NCU) providing a single submission point for general aviation report forms. The GAR guidance is also updated to include a summary describing Border Force’s expectations of airfield operators in relation to general aviation flights.
  15. First published.