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Arriving passengers

If you arrive into Edinburgh Airport on a domestic flight you will be able to proceed straight into the terminal building to collect your luggage or exit the airport.

If you have arrived on an international flight you will follow these steps:

Step one: Immigration and Passport Control

Border Control

There are three separate areas in our immigration hall:

  • European Economic Area (EEA)* and Swiss nationals
  • Non-EEA (all other nationalities)
  • EEA and Swiss nationals with chipped passports (eligable to use an electronic passport gate)

When you present yourself at one of the Border Control desks you will be asked for your passport or travel documents and any additional supporting documentation necessary for your visit.

Please remember that your passport must not expire during your visit to the United Kingdom.

To make sure you pass through Border Control as easily as possible, follow these steps:

  • If you are a non-EEA national, you must fill out a landing card before arriving at one of the passport desks
  • Please remove passport covers before presenting your passport to a Border Force Officer
  • If your passport has an electronic chip you can use one of our electronic passport gates. A member of airport staff will be able to direct you.

For more information about necessary requirements for access into the UK, visit the UK Government website.

*EEA includes all EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

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

The arrivals areas for domestic and international passengers are on the ground floor of the terminal building.

Using an electronic passport gate (eGate)

Passengers travelling an an EU passport with a chip can use an electronic passport gates* in our immigration hall. Simply follow the instructions on the overhead screen to scan your passport. Passengers under the age of 18 are unable to use this facility.

*Please note ID cards will not be accepted by electronic passport gates.

Stopping over in the UK

Edinburgh Airport does not have facilities for passengers to spend the night. If your booking includes a stopover in a local hotel, you will need to exit through passport control*, baggage reclaim and Customs. You will need to check-in as normal when continuing your journey.

*It is a UK Border Force requirement that all passengers entering the UK must present themselves to Border Control upon arrival. Please ensure your passport/visa allows you entry into the UK.

Connecting flights

We do our best to make your transfer trouble-free but please help us by allowing plenty of time between your connecting flights, especially if your baggage has not been checked through to your final destination.

If you are connecting from an international flight to a UK flight you need to pass through passport control/immigration. Please remember to collect your baggage from the baggage reclaim belts in the arrivals hall before proceeding to check in.

If you are connecting from a UK flight to an international flight please remember to collect your baggage from the baggage reclaim belts in the arrivals hall before proceeding to check in.

There is nowhere to sleep in the airport. However, there are a number of hotels, including Hilton and Holiday Inn Express, nearby. With many providing courtesy transport to and from the airport.


ePassport gates

This video explains who is eligible for ePassport gates and how to use them.

UK Border Control

This video provides passengers with general information on how to prepare for the UK Border, such as having landing cards ready and who is eligible to use ePassport gates.

Customs allowances

For full information on Customs allowances when entering the UK visit the Home Office website This video provides passengers with important information on what goods they can and cannot bring into the UK.

Step two: Baggage reclaim

If you have arrived on an international flight baggage reclaim is located after passport control. Once you have passed through passport control please follow the arrivals signs to the baggage reclaim area. Information will be displayed on screens to advise which belt your luggage will be on. Free trolleys are provided in the baggage reclaim hall and in other areas around the airport.

Please note that there may be luggage from more than one flight on each belt so please be patient and try not to block access for others.

*If you are connecting to another flight, please remember to collect your baggage from the reclaim area to check it in again.

Step three: UK Customs

For more information on what items are permitted through Customs please visit the Home Office website.

For your safety please do not carry anything through Customs for anyone else or bring goods into the UK which are prohibited. If you are unsure about your duty/tax-free entitlement please go to the Customs enquiry point located in the baggage reclaim hall.

There are three different ways to exit Customs:

  • Red — If you have goods to declare
  • Blue — If you are arriving from an EU country
  • Green — If you have travelled from a non-EU country