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Published on September 13th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer

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Dublin Airport Publishes Brexit FAQs

With just seven weeks to go until the latest Brexit Deadline, Dublin Airport have published a Brexit Frequently Asked Questions section on their website to allay the fears of any travellers post 31st October. Generally there appears there will be little impact. The EU Channel at Passport Control will be re-designated the EU/UK channel and passengers arriving on UK flights (regardless of nationality) will no longer be able to use the Blue Channel at Customs. Apart from that, there appears to be little impact. The full FAQs are reproduced below.

Brexit – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will flights be cancelled or delayed if there is a no deal Brexit?

A no deal Brexit is not expected to have any impact on flight operations at Dublin Airport. The EU has introduced new laws to ensure that flights between the UK and Ireland will continue as normal if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The UK has confirmed that it will mirror these arrangements.

What queue should UK passport holders use at airport immigration if the UK leaves without a deal?

At present, UK passport holders are processed through the EU channel at Dublin Airport. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS), which operates immigration, has confirmed that UK passport holders will continue to be processed through the EU channel – however, this EU channel will be re-designated as an EU/UK channel. This means there is no real change at Irish immigration for UK passport holders.

In the event of a no deal Brexit, we will be changing the signs at immigration to make things clear for passengers. Dublin Airport will also have customer services staff on hand to help passengers and to deal with any queries or confusion that may arise.

If the UK leaves without a deal, what customs channel should UK arrivals use?

In the event of a no deal Brexit the UK will no longer be in the European Union and ALL passengers arriving from UK airports will have to use the Green customs channel or the Red channel if they need to make a customs declaration.

No passenger arriving from a UK airport is entitled to use the Blue channel post Brexit, irrespective of their nationality. We will have customer services staff on hand to help passengers and to deal with any queries or confusion that may arise.

Will duty-free shopping return for passengers flying to the UK in a no deal scenario?

Duty-free shopping will return on alcohol and tobacco products if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The UK government has said it will reintroduce duty-free for passengers travelling to EU countries in the event of a no deal Brexit. In that context, the Irish government has said duty-free will be available on alcohol and tobacco products for passengers travelling on flights to UK from Irish airports in the event of a no deal Brexit.

What allowances will people have if duty-free returns on flights to the UK? 

The duty-free allowances are likely to be the same as those currently in place for non-EU countries. These are as follows – 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of smoking tobacco; 1 litre of spirits; 2 litres of liqueur, port or sherry; 4 litres of wine, and 16 litres of beer.

Will passengers travelling to the UK from Dublin Airport be able to buy duty-free perfume and cosmetics?

No. The Irish Government has said that under a no deal Brexit scenario only duty-free alcohol and tobacco will be available for passengers on flights to the UK. The Loop at Dublin Airport will continue to offer Ireland’s best deals for beauty and cosmetics for all passengers, regardless of their final destination, with prices that are at least 15% cheaper than downtown.

Will there be any impact with respect to security screening for Irish or UK passengers in a no deal scenario? 

No. We’re not expecting any security changes for UK passengers or for any other nationalities travelling to the UK from Dublin Airport. UK citizens and those travelling to the UK should continue to comply with all existing security processes and requirements.

I am a UK passport holder living in Northern Ireland, and I use Dublin Airport regularly, will there be any changes for me when using Dublin Airport in the event of a no deal Brexit?

You will depart as normal, with no change in security screening.

When you arrive in Dublin as a UK passport holder you will use the new EU/UK channel at airport immigration. There will be clear signage in place, and we’ll have staff to assist you.

If you are arriving in Dublin from a UK airport you should use the Green channel at customs (unless you have goods to declare when you use the Red channel). If you are a UK passport holder arriving in Dublin Airport from an airport located in the EU post Brexit, you still use the Blue customs channel.

I am an Irish passport holder living in Northern Ireland, and I use Dublin Airport regularly, will there be any change for me when using Dublin Airport in a no deal Brexit?

If you are arriving at Dublin Airport from a UK destination after Brexit all passengers – regardless of their nationality – need to use the Green channel at customs (or the Red channel, if you have something to declare). Otherwise, the current airport processes will remain unchanged for Irish passport holders.

What about the Common Travel Area (CTA) between Ireland and the UK, does it still apply?

Both the Irish and British governments have said the Common Travel Area (CTA) will continue to apply. Under the CTA, Irish and UK citizens can move freely and live in either jurisdiction and enjoy associated rights and entitlements.

The Government of Ireland, the UK Government, and the EU have committed to maintaining the CTA and its associated rights and entitlements in all circumstances, including in a no deal Brexit.

Some airlines let me use just a driving licence as ID for flying to Britain, will that change after Brexit? Will I need to have a passport?

The Common Travel Area (CTA) will continue to operate between Ireland and the UK in a no deal Brexit.

However, passengers will still have to present proof of their identity to avail of CTA arrangements, and therefore will need official photo identification. Passengers should check with their airline to clarify the type of identification the airline requires and should travel with their passport if there is any uncertainty.

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Mark Dwyer

Mark is an airline pilot by profession flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He also instructs on them including tailwheel differences training and is a UK CAA Examiner. He also flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.



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