Take Cash in and out of the UK

Travelling in the UK

If you bring cash to the UK from an EU country, you do not need to declare it.
You may need to declare cash you take in to EU countries - check with the authorities in the country you are travelling to.
 

Travelling outside the EU

You must declare cash of €10,000 or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you take it between the UK and any non-EU country.
Cash includes:
  • notes and coins
  • bankers’ drafts
  • cheques of any kind (including travellers’ cheques)
 
If you are travelling as a family you need to declare cash over €10,000.

Declare cash

Make a cash declaration online.
You should do this up to 72 hours before you arrive in the UK.
 

Penalties

You could face a penalty of up to £5,000 if you do not declare your cash or give incorrect information.
Your declared cash can be seized by customs officers if they have reasonable grounds to suspect a crime. They can keep the cash for 48 hours - after that they need a court order.
 
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