Customs and Excise – Cash Controls - CDPN22

Information for Travellers Entering or Leaving the Community

pdfRegulation (EU) No 1889/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council introduces controls on cash entering or leaving the Community. With effect from the 15th of June 2007, individuals entering or leaving the European Union and carrying cash of a value of €10,000 or more are obliged to make a declaration to the Customs authority of the Member State through which they arrive or depart.

For the purposes of this Regulation "cash" means: -

  • currency (banknotes and coins that are in circulation as a medium of exchange).
  • bearer-negotiable instruments including monetary instruments in bearer form such as travellers cheques, negotiable instruments (including cheques, promissory notes and money orders) that are either in bearer form, endorsed without restriction, made out to a fictitious payee, or otherwise in such form that title thereto passes upon delivery and incomplete instruments (including cheques, promissory notes and money orders) signed, but with the payee's name omitted.

Individuals entering or leaving the Community via an Irish port or airport must present a completed declaration form to Customs. Customs may check the form and cash to ensure that the amount declared is correct. The individual making the declaration may request a stamped copy of the completed declaration.

Individuals travelling to or from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands and carrying cash of a value of €10,000 or more must also make a declaration.

Common Declaration Form

The declaration must be made on the Common Declaration Form, which has been adopted by and may be used in a number of Member States of the Community.

pdfDeclaration Form - C&E 1889 (PDF, 927KB).

The declaration form is also available from Customs offices at all ports and airports.

An Irish version of thepdfdeclaration form (PDF, 866KB) is also available.

Other EU language versions of the declarations form are available on the europa WebsiteExternal link:

Who Must Make a Declaration?

  • Any person entering or leaving the EU and carrying cash of a value of €10,000 or more.

Why Must I Make a Declaration?

  • To comply with European and national legislation and to deter illegal activities such as money laundering.

Where Must I Make the Declaration?

  • The completed declaration must be lodged with Customs at the port, airport or land frontier through which you enter or leave the Community.

What if I Fail to Complete the Declaration or Submit an Incorrect / Incomplete One?

  • Your cash could be detained and you could be subject to penalties. In order to check compliance with the Regulation, Customs can question any person and search their baggage and their means of transport. Customs can also detain cash that has not been declared. Failure to make the declaration as required or the making of an incorrect or incomplete declaration is an offence and a penalty of up to €5,000 can be imposed by the Courts. pdfS.I. No. 281 of 2007 (PDF, 47KB) - European Communities (Controls of Cash Entering or Leaving the Community) Regulations 2007 refers.

Dublin Airport

At Dublin Airport cash declarations can be made on departure in the same way as VAT Refunds are certified i.e. the courtesy phone in the public area of the arrivals hall can be used to contact the main Customs Office for service.

Cash Declarations on arrival should be made to Customs Officers in the Red Channel.

Shannon Airport

At Shannon Airport outgoing passengers, who wish to make a cash declaration, should do so in the Customs booth in the Transit Lounge. If the Customs booth is unattended, passengers should put the declaration in the box provided.

Arriving passengers, who wish to make a cash declaration, should do so in the Customs Hall. If Customs officers are not present, passengers should put their declaration in the post box provided.

Knock Airport

At Knock Airport the cash declaration forms are available in the arrivals hall on the wall opposite baggage belt No 1 in the baggage reclaim area.

In the departures area the declarations are available in the screening area at the entrance to the departure lounge.

If Customs Officers are not present, passengers should place the completed declarations in the post box which has been provided.

Other Airports and Ports

Travellers entering or leaving the Community through other airports or ports and who are required to make a cash declaration should contact the customs authorities at the specified port or airport or contact Corporate Affairs and Customs Division, Customs Policy, Dublin (01) 674 4329.

Further information may be obtained from: -

Corporate Affairs & Customs Division,
Customs Policy
Dublin Castle.

E-mail:, or

The European Commission websiteExternal link,

pdfCash Controls Leaflet (PDF, 1.7MB)External link

Intra-Community Cash Controls

Please note that some Member States operate separate control and declaration provisions for intra-community cash movements, which are applied in addition to the EU controls mentioned above. The europa websiteExternal link gives background information and contains links to the websites of individual Member States.

(Adobe Acrobat Reader PDFExternal link)

Last Updated: October 2016

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