Border Force

Border Force secures the UK border by carrying out immigration and customs controls for people and goods entering the UK.

Border Force is a law enforcement command within the Home Office. Find out more about us and what we do.

We work to secure the UK border; protecting the UK from terrorism, crime, revenue fraud and immigration abuse. We support economic growth by facilitating legitimate trade and travel.

Latest on this topic

4.5 million smuggled cigarettes seized at Felixstowe
Immigration Minister Mark Harper saw first-hand the work of Border Force - including a seizure of 4.5 million smuggled cigarettes
Published 21 March 2013

Border Force stubs out cigarette smuggling attempt
An attempt to smuggle 30million cigarettes into the UK through Southampton has been foiled by Border Force.
Published 7 March 2013

Traveller found with 94 kilos of dried caterpillars at Gatwick Airport
Border Force officers have seized 94 kilos of dried insects at Gatwick Airport.
Published 1 March 2013

Latest drug seizure data
Border Force's most recent drug seizure figures are now available.
Published 28 February 2013

Border Force's response to the Independent Chief Inspector's report on Birmingham Airport
The response is now available.
Published 28 February 2013

Independent Chief Inspector's report on Birmingham Airport
John Vine's findings are now available.
Published 28 February 2013

Before you travel

Find out what you need to do before you travel to or from the UK.

Entering the UK

We check the immigration status of people arriving in and departing the UK  - find out more about entering the UK.


Border Force officers carry out customs checks and controls at air and sea ports, the Channel Tunnel postal centres and international rail stations. Find out more about customs checks.

Counterfeit goods

Our officers are trained to detect imitation goods at the border. Take our quiz to find out how you could spot a fake and how to avoid buying one, and also learn about how the trade in counterfeit goods costs our economy.   

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