Security & Customs

Hand Baggage Allowances

Cabin baggage guidelines – Hand luggage dimensions must not exceed 56cm long, 45cm wide, 25cm deep (including wheels, handles, side pockets etc). Please check directly with your airline prior to your flight as some airlines have more restrictive dimensions.

Prohibited Articles

The European Union has drawn up a list of prohibited articles that you may not take aboard your aircraft. The list contains obvious dangers for flight security, such as explosives and weapons, but also articles that could cause serious injuries, such as baseball bats or items that could be mistaken as real weapons, such as toy guns.

When packing, you should bear in mind that certain articles, that may appear harmless, are not allowed in your hand luggage for security reasons, these include gases and sprays such as pepper sprays; sharp objects such as knives (with blades over 6cm); drill bits; saw blades or screwdrivers; baseball bats or clubs. These items will either have to be surrendered at the security checkpoint or will have to be packed into your hold luggage. Click Here for more information >>

To protect you against the threat of liquid explosives, we are goverened by EU security rules. These restrict the amount of liquids that you can take in your hand luggage through our security checkpoints as liquid explosives can be disguised as everyday looking items, such as hair gel, toothpaste, and jams. Under the current rules, you can carry liquids in individual containers with a capacity not greater than 100 ml and contained in one transparent re-sealable plastic bag of a capacity not exceeding one litre as hand luggage. Liquids include gels, aerosols, pastes, lotions, liquid/solid mixtures and other items of similar consistency, such as drinks, toothpaste, soups, syrups, perfumes, shaving foam, etc.

Essential medicines including baby food and milk are permitted in quantities larger than 100 ml, but must be declared to security staff and will be subject to additional specific screening at the checkpoint.

Safety & Security

To save you time and make your journey more enjoyable, please follow our advice to prepare for the security process.

  • Have travel documents ready for inspection.
  • Comply with your airline’s guidelines on cabin baggage allowance.
  • Remove jackets and coats, these will be screened separately through the x-ray scanner.
  • Remove laptop computers, tablets (ipads etc), kindles/e-readers and other large electrical devices from your cabin baggage to be screened separately.
  • Be prepared to remove your shoes and belt if instructed to do so.
  • Have all toiletries, aftershaves, perfumes and cosmetics (in containers of 100ml or less each) in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag  (capacity 1 litre or less) and be ready for security staff to x-ray separately to your cabin baggage.

Passports & Visas

Departing from Ireland:
If you are travelling internationally, a valid passport is normally required. For some countries your passport will need to be valid for at least six months after your intended return, and you may also need a visa. Before travelling you should always check your destination country’s entry requirements and allow enough time to renew your passport and/or apply for a visa at the relevant embassy or consulate.

If your passport is lost or stolen you must report it to the Passport Office or your nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate. It may also be worth carrying additional photographic ID separate from your passport.

Entering Ireland:
Passports must be valid for at least three months beyond your length of stay by all passengers entering Ireland except: Persons born in the UK travelling direct from the UK (applicable to British passport holders only).

Note: Whilst UK citizens do not require a passport or visa to enter Ireland, most airlines require some form of identification with photograph, usually a passport or driving licence with photo. EU nationals holding a valid national ID card. Note: EU nationals are only required to produce evidence of their EU nationality and identity in order to be admitted to any EU Member State. This evidence can take the form of a valid national passport or national identity card. Either is acceptable.

Visitors should check what form of ID is required with the individual airline before travelling.

Aer Lingus link >>
Ryanair link >>

Imports & Customs

There are three customs channels in operation at Kerry Airport:

Blue Channel:

Passengers whose journey and flight commenced in another EU country do not have to make any declaration to customs on arrival and may proceed directly through the Blue Channel.

Green & Red Channels:
Passengers who arrive on flights from non-EU countries, the Canary Islands or Channel Islands from an EU airport on a flight that originated outside the EU must clear customs in Ireland by going through either the Green or Red Channel.

For Irish Customs and Excise regulation information (including allowances and details of prohibited and restricted goods), click here >>

You should go through the Green Channel if you are sure that you have:

  • No more than the allowances to which you are entitled. These are posted on notices around the baggage hall.
  • No prohibited or restricted goods.

You should go through the Red Channel if you:

  • Are in doubt
  • Have more than the allowances to which you are entitled
  • Have any prohibited or restricted goods