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What are the restrictions on liquids in hand luggage on flights into Spain?


Question: What are the restrictions on liquids in hand luggage on flights into Spain?
In the heightened security following the August terrorist threats in the UK, new restrictions have been added regarding the carriage of liquids on flights in Europe, in addition to existing regulations on what cannot be carried onto a flight. On this page you will find details of the restricted materials as well as information on which liquids can be carried onto the flight and how they can be brought on.

Prohibited Materials

The following cannot be carried onto a flight in Europe:

    lighters and matches (when travelling from the USA); explosives (including fireworks, flares, toy guns, caps and party poppers); flammable and non-flammable gas such as aerosols (over 2kg or 2 liters) or camping gas cylinders), carbon dioxide cylinders for soda siphons, lighter refills, butane gas cylinders, filled aqua lung cylinders, mace, deeply refrigerated gases - liquid nitrogen, flammable liquids or solids - paints, thinners, solvents, cooking oil, firelighters, oxidising materials - bleaches; organic peroxides - resin kits poisons - arsenic, cyanide, weed killer, tear gas; infectious substances - viruses and bacteria (which would affect humans and animals); radioactive materials - instruments containing radioactive source radioisotopes for research; corrosive materials - acids, alkalis, metallic mercury, thermometers containing mercury, barometers; magnetised materials, formalin etc; firearms.

Note that this includes cooking oil, so no Spanish olive oil allowed!

Prohibited Liquids

Limited quantities of liquids, gels or pastes must be held in individual containers not exceeding 100ml (approximately 3.5 fl. oz). The containers must be carried in a separate clear plastic, zip-top or re-sealable bag that does not exceed 20 cm x 20cm (8 inches x 8 inches) or equivalent to one litre capacity.

Permitted liquids (as long as they fit the above criteria) may include:

  • Shampoo
  • Creams
  • Hair gel, hair spay
  • Suntan lotions
  • Toothpaste
  • Liquid or aerosol deodorants
  • Perfumes
  • Cosmetics such as mascara and lip gloss
  • Water and other drinks, soups and syrups

The bag must be clear plastic, no bigger than 20 cm x 20 cm (8 inches x 8 inches) or equivalent to one litre capacity and must have a zip top ofr be resealable. The liquids must fit comfortably in the bag and the bag must close. You cannot 'combine allowances' and have, say, 200ml of one liquid. If in doubt, pack it in your checked luggage.

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