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Dublin Airport Travel Advice

If you have any specific queries on travel requirements by country, please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs here.

Watch our latest video below on preparing for Security at Dublin Airport.

FAQs

Please see below the current frequently asked questions for travel.

 
  • We advise that you allow 2 hours before a short-haul flight, and 3 hours before a long-haul flight. 
  • If checking a bag, verify your airline’s check-in & bag drop desk opening times, and if possible, allow up to one hour of additional time to check-in luggage.
  • Security in T1 is now open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 
  • Security in T2 opens at 04.00, so people flying from T2 should factor this in. 
  • You can also view check-in times by airline and by terminal below.

VIEW CHECK-IN TIMES T1

VIEW CHECK-IN TIMES T2

  • Ideally only 1 piece of hand baggage per person. Check with your airline their cabin hand baggage allowance.
  • Separate out liquids, gels, and pastes from your hand baggage into one single, clear one-litre plastic bag with each container no bigger than 100ml.
  • No sharp objects and have all electronic devices out and in the tray, along with shoes, jackets, coins, and jewellery. If you need to remove jewellery, please put it in your bag.
  • More information including a video on how to prepare for security is available here

 

  • Security in T1 is now open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 
  • Security in T2 opens at 04.00, so people flying from T2 should factor this in. 
  • We advise that you allow 2 hours before a short-haul flight, and 3 hours before a long-haul flight.
  • If checking a bag, verify your airline’s check-in & bag drop desk opening times, and if possible, allow up to one hour of additional time to check-in luggage.  
  • Security Queue Times can be viewed by clicking here
  • You can also view check-in times by airline and by terminal below.

VIEW CHECK-IN TIMES T1

VIEW CHECK-IN TIMES T2

  • Airline check-in desk and bag drop opening times vary, so please contact your airline to confirm and plan your journey accordingly.
  • You can also view check-in times by airline and by Terminal below. 

VIEW CHECK-IN TIMES T1

VIEW CHECK-IN TIMES T2

  • Security in T1 is now open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 
  • Security in T2 opens at 04.00, so people flying from T2 should factor this in. 
  • We advise that you allow 2 hours before a short-haul flight, and allow 3 hours before a long-haul flight.
  • If checking a bag, verify your airline’s check-in & bag drop desk opening times, and if possible, allow up to one hour of additional time to check-in luggage.

At the moment, peak times at Security can occur in Terminal 1 05.00 to 08.00 for morning flights, and in Terminal 2 at 05.00 to 12.00 for morning and early afternoon flights. Terminal 1 has a second peak time at Security between 15:00 to 19:00 for evening flights. Weekends (especially bank holiday weekends) can be busy all day (weekends include Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday).

For passengers on the earliest morning departures, please note that Security in T1 is now open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while Security in T2 opens from 04.00, so people flying from T2 should factor this in. 

Airline check-in desk and bag drop opening times vary, so please contact your airline to confirm and plan your journey accordingly. You can also view check-in times by airline and by Terminal below. 

VIEW CHECK-IN TIMES T1

VIEW CHECK-IN TIMES T2

 

The security queue times displayed are not fully real-time, they represent the median queue time that it took passengers to complete the Security screening process in the previous 15 minutes. This means individual passengers can experience queue times that can be either longer or shorter than the time displayed. However, showing this median time can give an indication of the queue time that passengers can expect.

In Terminal 1, the queue time shown covers the Security queue within the departures floor. However, if the queue goes outside of the Terminal, this queue time is not captured.

In Terminal 2, the queue time shown is measured from the top of the escalators on the Level 2, i.e. it covers queuing across that area.  However, if the queue goes beyond this point, that part of the queue time is not captured.
Yes, please approach a member of staff for assistance when you get to Dublin Airport departures level. Look out for our pink-purple vest team and you will be directed to the appropriate channel. If you are pregnant and concerned about long queues, again please approach a member of staff for assistance and explain your circumstances and you will be directed to the appropriate channel.
  • Yes, baby food or food for people on special diets is allowed, as are medicines.
  • Passengers are allowed to bring these items through the screening points in the quantities needed during their trip and should ask for the red tray where these items can be placed separately from hand baggage and other liquids, gels or pastes at Security screening.
  • Passengers may be required to demonstrate that what they are carrying is for genuine purposes, such as a medical/doctor/physician’s note. 
Normal food stuffs, such as crisps and chocolate, are fine to bring in your hand baggage. Packs or tubs of butter and margarine are not allowed as they are considered a paste.

Covid 19 Travel Advice 

  • If you have any queries regarding COVID-19, please consult with gov.ie, and if you have any queries on COVID-19 travel requirements, please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs here.

COVID-19 tests 

  • If you require a COVID-19 test for your travel destination, you can use a local test centre near you or Randox is a private company operating at Dublin Airport. To find out more, click here.

Face masks 

  • As of the Monday 16 May 2022, face coverings are not mandatory in airports in Ireland or on-board aircraft, although we continue to advise the wearing of face coverings. For more information, please see gov.ie

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