Border Force 

All passengers are required to pass through border controls. Border Force is a law enforcement command within the Home Office.

Border Force at Manchester Airport 0161 489 3576

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Immigration & Customs 

Please note all passengers are required to pass through Customs and Immigration. 

Border Force secures the border and promotes national prosperity by facilitating the legitimate movement of individuals and goods, whilst preventing those that would cause harm from entering the UK.

There are two queues at passport control – one for European Union (EU)*, European Economic Area (EEA), British and Swiss nationals, and a second for all other nationalities.

* The European Union and European Economic Area
EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom. 

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are not members of the European Union (EU) but citizens of these countries have the same rights to enter, live in and work in the United Kingdom as EU citizens.

Travelling with €10 000 or more (or equivalent in other currencies or assets)?
No problem, but declare it to customs before entering or leaving the EU. More information

Passport Control 

 Tips to make your journey easier - your co-operation is greatly appreciated. All checks are done to maintain the maximum safety of all.

  • You will be faced with 2 options EU or NON EU
  • Please do not use mobile phones  in this area
  • Please have you passport open at the photo page ready for scanning. Please note that due to tighter restrictions all passports need to be scanned at the desks, which may take a few minutes.

E- Gates 

If you are travelling into Terminal 1 or 2 and you are British, from the EEA, Switzerland or Liechtenstein and have a new biometric passport, Instead of queuing to go through passport control,  you can make your journey easier by using the e-gates - simply follow the instructions at the gate. 

You will know if you have this passport type if this symbol appears on the front cover:

Please note, you must be over 18 to use these gates and if you are travelling with children you will need to use the regular manned immigration desks.

Onward Travel

Our integrated public transport hub, The Station, is a state-of-the art interchange for rail, tram and bus services across the North West and beyond.  

See our onward travel maps

If you’ve parked at the airport, check how you need to pay. Do you need to visit a pay station before you leave the car park, or have you pre paid?

Courtesy buses to our car parks are signposted outside the terminal buildings.

Read our comprehensive guide to getting from the airport and download a range of useful maps.