Tips to people travelling to Mecca for Hajj from West Midlands Police
Remember to keep your money safe.
If you are making the pilgrimage via a British airport, and are carrying large amounts of cash, it is possible you may be questioned by police officers or UK Border Agency staff. This is for the safety and security of all passengers and your cooperation will be much appreciated.
If you are travelling to or from any country outside the European Union, customs regulations require individuals holding cash sums equivalent to 10,000 euros or more (approx £8,730) to declare this to the UK Border Agency.
Even if all the money does not belong to you, you must declare it to UKBA.
In addition, any amount over £1,000 can be seized if police or border officials suspect it may be the proceeds of crime or intended to fund crime.
If you are taking large amounts of cash with you, documentation such as bank receipts, statements and proof of withdrawal may speed up enquiries if you are stopped. If you are carrying money on behalf of someone else please bring details of their name, contact number and amount. These items do not guarantee seizure of cash will not take place.
‘Cash’ includes all types of bank notes, coins, bank drafts, and cheques – plus travellers cheques.
Please also be mindful of the risks of holding large sums. Your journey of a lifetime could be ruined if your money is lost or stolen.
Once again, we are grateful for your support and understanding.
We wish you a safe and happy Hajj.
More Hajj travel information and safety advice can be found at:
www.fco.gov.uk > Travel advice by country
www.direct.gov.uk > Travel and transport > Bringing goods or cash into the UK > Declaring goods or cash when entering or leaving the UK