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Brexit FAQs

What impact will a no deal Brexit have on flights at Shannon Airport?

Don’t worry, we don’t expect any extra delays as a result of Brexit while flight operations at Shannon Airport will not be affected.

If I have a UK passport, what channel will I go through at immigration?

If you are a UK passport holder, you will continue to be processed through our current channel here in Shannon Airport.The Garda National Immigrations Bureau, which runs immigration at Shannon Airport, has confirmed that UK passport holders will continue to be processed through the existing processing channels.

What customs channel should I use when arriving in from the UK?

As the UK will no longer be part of the European Union if there is a no deal Brexit, ALL passengers arriving from UK airports will now use the GREEN customs channel rather than the BLUE. If you are making a customs declaration, you will continue to use the RED customs channel.

Does the Common Travel Area between Ireland and the UK, still apply?

Yes, the Common Travel Area (CTA) will still apply. This means that Irish and UK citizens can move freely and live in either jurisdiction. Both Irish and UK Governments have committed to ensuring that the agreed CTA rights and entitlements are protected under all circumstances.

Will there be any changes to airport security for Irish and UK passengers?

There will be no changes to security screening at Shannon Airport for passengers travelling to the UK.  Our existing security processes will still apply. You can find out more about airport screening here.

Can I still use my driving licence as my ID when flying to the UK with some airlines?

The Common Travel Area will still apply after Brexit. You will still be required to present proof of your identity with official photo identification to avail of CTA arrangements. We would advise you to check directly with your airline on whether they accept a driving licence as photo I.D. In any case, we would advise you to always travel with your passport if there is any uncertainty

What rights will I have if my flight is cancelled or delayed?

If your flight is delayed or cancelled, existing EU rules will continue to protect you after Brexit.
Note: If you are travelling with a non-EU airline, you will only be covered on flights from the EU to the UK and not on flights from the UK to an EU airport.

Will duty-free shopping return for passengers flying to the UK?

If the UK leaves the EU, duty free shopping will return on alcohol and tobacco products. The UK government said it will reintroduce duty-free for passengers traveling to the EU in the event of a no deal Brexit. In Ireland, duty-free will be available on alcohol and tobacco products for passengers travelling on flights to the UK from Irish Airports.

What allowances will I have if duty-free returns for passengers flying to the UK

Duty free allowances will be the same as those in place for non-EU countries.


Tobacco products Alcohol
200 cigarettes
100 cigarillos
50 cigars
250g of smoking tobacco
1 litre of spirits
 2 litres of liqueur, port or sherry
4 litres of wine
16 litres of beer




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