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Security checks

Security checks

Security checks

We value your security! Passengers must undergo a security check prior to moving to their gate. We would like to thank you for your understanding in this respect. Security personnel will check you for metal objects with a detector. Your handbag and hand baggage are checked in an X-ray machine. But there's no need to worry: your films will not be damaged as a result. Just one more tip from us: place your coat or jacket and any objects containing metal (e.g. keys or loose change) in the containers provided - this will speed up your inspection! And make sure you are not in possession of prohibited articles! Detailed information in this respect is available in the baggage regulations section of the Departures menu.

Please note that any notebook, video camera or photo camera in your possession will be subject to close examination.

Passengers with a cardiac pacemaker should contact personnel prior to the security check!

Passport and customs checks

Passport and customs checks

European Union (Schengen states*)
There are no passport and customs inspections for arrivals from states which are signatories to the Schengen Agreement. Use the exit marked with the Europe symbol when leaving the baggage reclamation area. Please have your passport or identity card at hand for any eventuality.

Non-European states/Non-Schengen states
If you are arriving from a non-European state or a state which is not a signatory to the Schengen Agreement, please proceed to the desk provided for passport inspection (for EU citizens or citizens of other countries). You can automatically access the baggage reclamation area and customs control after passport inspection.

Requiring registration and free goods


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Choose the green exit if you have nothing to declare.

Please use the red exit if you have goods with you which should be declared or are carrying more than the approved quantity of such goods.

Goods intended for retail, trade or commercial use should always be declared, regardless of their value. This also applies to goods subject to prohibitions or limitations (e.g. narcotics, weapons, ammunition, protected animals and plants). Infringements of the Washington Agreement on the Protection of Species will be strictly dealt with and can entail severe fines or custodial sentences. Product piracy is also not regarded as a minor offence! Please do not purchase any counterfeit products. Even the smallest quantities of such will be confiscated by customs officers and can result in prosecution.

More information

Please visit www.zoll.de for further information. You can download the brochure "Reisezeit - Ihr Weg durch den Zoll" (Travelling - Your Journey through Customs) here, containing many tips and information.

*Schengen states: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic, Malta, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Slovenia, Switzerland and Slovakia

Important for travellers to the USA:
As of 12 January 2009 all citizens of VWP-countries, who travel to the United States for business or private reasons, must request an ESTA-permission. For further information, please take a look at the website of the US-embassy.

There are no regular customs checks for departures from Germany. Please note however that goods subject to export limitations must be declared in all cases. Customs officers conduct random inspections to prevent any abuses. Please contact your nearest customs office in good time prior to your journey if you are in any doubt as to whether goods which you wish to take abroad are subject to any permit regulations.