Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK, a National Hajj/Umrah specific charitable organisation has issued a warning to all the prospective British Hajj/Umrah Pilgrims to be aware of UK legislation regarding carrying money while travelling abroad.
According to the information provided by the West Midlands Police, a traveller is allowed to carry up to a £1000. However, if an amount exceeding £1000 is carried, the traveller must carry evidence to show legitimacy of the amount such as bank account statement.
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 to declare this to the UK Border Agency. Even if all the money does not belong to you, if it is in your possession you must declare it to UKBA. Failure to declare could result in a fine.
Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK also advises prospective Hajj/Umrah Pilgrims not to carry a large sum of money on someone else’s behalf. However, if you are carrying money on behalf of someone else, please bring details of their name, contact number, and amount; still this does not guarantee seizure of cash will not take place by the law enforcement authorities.
Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK strongly urges all the overseas travellers to avoid any hardship and difficulties by ensuring compliance of law in this regard.