At airport

You should arrive at the airport with enough time to be able to check in your baggage, pass through the security checkpoint, and get to the boarding gate at least 35 minutes before your flight departs.

  • Arrive at the airport about two hours before take-off;
  • At the airport, signs, information flyers and airport staff will remind you of the new rules;
  • In the initial period, bags will be available at the airport free of charge, but please regard this as an option of last resort; the more passengers packing correctly before they leave home, the quicker passengers will be able to pass through security;
  • In case you have not packed correctly, you will find packing tables at the airport, where you will be given guidance;

Be prepared at the security checkpoint

  • Have your bag of liquids ready for separate x-raying at the security checkpoint;
  • Remove computers and other large electrical items from your carry-on baggage – such items must be x-rayed separately;
  • Remove your coat at the security checkpoint. It too must be x-rayed separately;

You can buy goods as usual beyond the security checkpoint

  • Articles bought at the airport beyond the security checkpoints (including spirits, perfume and other liquids) are exempt from the new rules;
  • You can buy tax-free goods at the airport as usual, but please be aware that you receive your goods AND the receipt for your purchase, both sealed in a plastic bag. 
The bag must remain sealed until you reach your final destination. 
The receipt is important, since it provides documentation for the origin of your goods, which is required by some airports;

What Can I Bring?

Planning ahead and packing properly can facilitate the screening process and ease your travel experience at the airport. Know what you can pack in your carry-on and checked baggage before arriving at the airport by reviewing the lists below. Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns:

  • Liquids and liquid substances in your carry-on baggage must be packed in containers with a maximum capacity of 100 ml (1/10 litre):
    • water, fruit juice, cordial, soup and syrup;
    • perfume, after-shave lotion, eau de cologne and similar liquids;
    • semi-liquid or gel substances, such as shampoo and toothpaste;
    • oils and lotions, such as hand lotion or sunscreen;
    • contents of aerosol containers, such as deodorant, shaving foam and similar substances;
    • mixtures of solid and liquid substances;
  • You may pack more than one container, but no more than you can fit into a one-litre plastic bag. Passengers are allowed to bring only one of these bags.
  • The bag must be a ‘transparent, re-sealable bag with a maximum capacity of one litre. The closing mechanism must be an integral part of the bag. You may for instance use re-sealable “freezer bags”, available from many major supermarkets;
  • Get hold of a bag that meets the authorities’ requirements – and pack your liquid containers in this;

The European Commission has specified that lipstick, lipgloss, solid deodorants, glue sticks and the like do not come under the new rules on liquids in carry-on baggage.

Banned items

The following items are completely banned from aircraft, and should not be brought to the airport:

  • Explosive and incendiary materials;
  • Flammable items;
  • Gasses and pressure containers;
  • Matches;
  • Oxidizers and organic peroxides;
  • Poisons;
  • Infectious materials;
  • Corrosives;
  • Organics;
  • Radioactive materials;
  • Magnetic materials;
  • Marijuana (cannabis).