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 EU has drawn up a list of prohibited articles that you may not take into the Security Restricted Area of airports or on board the aircraft. The list contains dangerous articles which could jeopardise security, such as explosives and weapons, but also articles that could potentially cause serious injury, such as sharp and blunt items.

When packing your Cabin baggage, you should bear in mind that certain articles, that may appear harmless, are not allowed in your hand luggage for security reasons. These include sprays such as pepper or mace 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 full list of Prohibited Articles >>

Kerry Airport deploys Explosive Detection System equipment for screening Cabin baggage (EDS CB) which means there are no restrictions on the amount of Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs) you can bring in your Cabin baggage. Please leave your LAGs inside your baggage.

Laptops, and any other electronic equipment, can also stay inside your baggage.

Safety & Security

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

  • Arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight;
  • Have travel documents ready for inspection (Boarding passes, passports, etc);
  • Comply with your airline’s guidelines on cabin baggage size allowance;
  • Remove jackets and coats and place them in a tray with your Cabin baggage at Security screening;
  • Be prepared to remove your shoes and belt if instructed to do so at Security screening.

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