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Miscellaneous items: Common lounges

There are currently no common lounges at seaports.

A common lounge allows domestic, intra-EU and 3rd country passengers to mix after securitychecks and prior to departure. The common lounge forms part of the examination stationapproval, which specifies what part of an airport is subject to customs controls. It willinclude the departure lounges, baggage examination hall as well as the airport apron. Theexamination station approval is authorised by the Customs office responsible for theairport. The assurance of common lounges is a matter for the Customs office and anyconcerns you may have should be passed on to the appropriate Customs office.