I’m travelling to Dublin via ferry in Easter, and I’m going on the ferry between Holyhead port and Dublin port. I’ve crossed in a car so I know how the security works with vehicles, but I’m going to be travelling as a foot passenger. What are the security checks like as a foot passenger? Are bags X-rayed or searched?


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    What were you thinking of smuggling? The less suspicious version of this question would be "what items or substances are prohibited on the Dublin/Holyhead ferry"
    – user16259
    Feb 24, 2018 at 13:06
  • @SJuan76 That's what "checkin X minutes before departure" rules are for.
    – gerrit
    Feb 24, 2018 at 13:33
  • @SJuan76 yh ur funny fam bored internet wasteman
    – oisinvg
    Feb 25, 2018 at 13:42

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I travelled westbound with Stena Line and eastbound with Irish Ferries in 2017, between Holyhead and Dublin. I was a foot passenger with a bicycle. Westbound, I had to check in my bicycle. I don't know if there was a scan after check in. Eastbound, I rode my bicycle + luggage onto the ferry with the cars. Either way, none of the luggage I carried on-board was scanned, but when I arrived as a foot passenger there were some officials who could have stopped people for a check, but didn't.

Incidentally, in neither direction did anybody ask me to identify myself at any moment.

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