Border Force (UKBF), Customs & Special Branch (Kent Police)
As a fully licensed port of entry, Lydd Airport has direct contact with Border Force, Customs and Special Branch throughout our operational hours. All pilots are required to fill out a General Aviation Report (GAR / Gendec) for themselves and all passengers on board the aircraft for departing and arriving flights from abroad, Isle of Man, Channel Isles, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Flight planning apps such as Rocketroute and Skydemon also have a facility to file an electronic GAR. Alternatively Pilots may submit GARs using an online system available at www.aopa.co.uk it is also available on the main types of smartphones (Android / iphone / WP7) by searching for 'Border Force GAR' at the app store.
For those pilots who do not have access to the electronic methods above then you can complete the email version and forward directy to UKBF.
Border Force - Folkestone
F: +44 (0) 1303 299271
F: +44 (0) 1797 322419
T: +44 (0) 1797 322400 (Op 1)
For further details on the above please click here
DO NOT SEND THIS FORM TO ATC
T: +44 (0) 1303 297320
Paper forms for departing flights may still be completed in the Flight Breifing Area at Lydd Airport and handed to Customer Services who will then fax to the authorities.
***NEW*** please note from Tuesday 1st December 2015 UKBF are introducing the premium clearance service at Lydd Airport. This service enables mandatory checks to be carried out onboard the aircraft, but is optional to the client. This service will entail an additional charge - for further details and fees applicable to your flight please contact our customer service team on +44 (0) 1797 322400 (option 1).
PLEASE NOTE: From 1st March 2015 UKBF are pleased to announce the launch of an Emergency General Aviation Report (GAR) telephone line for General Aviation (GA) pilots, operators and owners. If you need to submit or amend a GAR to Border Force in an emergency situation, you may call the GAR Emergency Telephone Line on +44 (0) 845 723 1110. The emergency telephone line may only be used for a flight that is:
- Not required to make a Terrorism Act 2000 report; and
- Outside the GAR reporting timescale.
An emergency may be described as:
- Medical emergency of a pilot/passenger; or
- Air Ambulance with a critical passenger; or
- Other emergencies requiring a change to information contained within an already submitted GAR; or
- Last minute changes to a submitted GAR, only when changes to the online version are not possible