Liquids in your carry-on baggageAny questions?

For which countries are the liquids carriage regulations applicable?


The Regulations are applicable in all Airports in the States which belong to the European Union:

Germany, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Sweden.

And also in the airports of: Morocco, Norway, Iceland, USA, South Africa, Brazil and Switzerland.

The term "European Union"refers to all the countries in which the regulations are applicable.

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For which flights are the liquids carriage regulations applicable?


For all flights leaving European Union airports, whatever the destination or nationality of the airline.

They also apply to passengers transferring from one flight to another in a European Union airport.

The term "European Union" refers to all the countries in which the regulations are applicable.

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What substances do the liquid carriage regulations cover?


All liquids, including all kinds of drinks - even water -, perfumes, soups, lotions, oils, gels, hair gel, pastes, toothpaste, creams, facemasks, mixtures of solids/liquids, sprays, shaving foam, aerosols, deodorants, creams and other articles of a similar consistency.

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What kind of articles does the term "similar consistency" cover?


  • Prohibited articles: Chocolate spread, butter, peanut butter, liquid mascara, liquid lip gloss, yoghourt, cottage cheese, cheese spread, aerosol deodorants, roll-on deodorants.
  • Permitted articles: Cheese, sandwiches made with chocolate spread or with butter or with peanut butter or with cheese. Powder make-up, blusher, lipstick, talcum powder.
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How much liquid can I carry?


All passengers can carry small amounts of these articles (100 ml. per container) in their hand luggage and they must be carried in a closed, transparent, plastic bag (ziplock or similar), with a capacity of no more than 1 litre. These small containers must be placed in the bag in such a way as to be easy to inspect by security staff.

Passengers must show these bags separately from the hand luggage at the security checkpoints.

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What happens to medication and diet products under the liquid regulations?


The following items are not covered by the prohibition: medication and diet products - including baby food, if the baby is flying - which will be used during the trip. Staff may ask you to test these to show that they are real at the security checkpoints.

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Can we still shop liquids at the airports?


Passengers can purchase additional amounts of liquid to the ones described above in the airport shops:

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  • Located after the point at which the passenger's boarding card has been checked and before the security check-point:
    Liquids purchased in these shops must be packaged in closed bags with a special seal which can be checked for signs of tampering. These bags must also contain a till receipt and may not be opened until the final destination.
  • Located after the security check-point:
    Although the shops can sell these items freely here without any special precautions, the airports recommend using the bags indicated in point a) to help passengers who will be transferring to another flight in a different airport.

For their own sake, passengers in transit or transferring to another flight in other airports are advised to take this kind of limitation into account.

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What happens to passengers in transit or transferring from one flight to another regarding the liquid regulation?


If the passengers have purchased liquids on a flight originating in an airport in the European Union, they may take them on later flights, providing that they are kept in closed bags with a special seal which allows staff to check for signs of tampering. These bags must also contain the till receipt.

If passengers have purchased liquids on a flight originating in an airport in another country, there is no guarantee that these liquids have been safely checked and they cannot, therefore, be carried in hand luggage on later flights.

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What happens with on-board purchases regarding the liquid regulations?


If passengers have purchased liquids on a flight operated by a European Union airline they may carry them on later flights, providing they are in closed bags with a special seal which allows staff to check for signs of tampering. These bags must also contain the purchase receipt.

If passengers have purchased liquids on a flight operated by an airline from another country, they cannot be carried in the hand luggage on later flights within the European Union.

To avoid inconveniencing its passengers, Iberia will make all on-board sales of articles subject to these regulations in closed bags with a special seal which allows security staff to check for signs of tampering, and will include the purchase receipt.

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