United Kingdom Duty Free Allowances

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UK Duty Free Allowances

Duty free shopping at UK AirportsWhen travelling from the EU (list of country members below) you do not have to pay any tax or duty on goods you have bought in another EU country as long as tax was included in the price when you purchased the items, the items are for your own use, and have been transported to the UK by you. This includes gifts, but does not include any item that is intended to be used as payment or to be resold.

If you bring back large quantities of alcohol or tobacco a Customs Officer is likely to ask about the purposes for which you are importing the goods.

From some EU countries there are limits on the amount of tobacco products you can bring back without paying UK duty:

  • From ESTONIA - 200 cigarettes or 250g of smoking tobacco*
  • From BULGARIA, HUNGARY, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, POLAND, ROMANIA OR SLOVAKIA - 200 cigarettes*

*There is no limit on other tobacco products as long as they are for your own use.

Duty Free / Tax Allowances for EU Countries:

 

Cigarettes 3200
Cigarillos 400
Cigars 200
Smoking Tobacco 3kg
Beer 110 litres
Spirits 10 litres
Wine 90 litres
Fortified Wine (ie: port of sherry) 20 litres
Perfume 60cc/ml
Toilet Water 250cc/ml
Value of goods, gifts and souvenirs €300 if entering EU country by land or sea and €430 for air passengers

 

Duty Free / Tax Allowances for Non EU Countries:

 

Cigarettes 200
Cigarillos 100
Cigars 50
Smoking Tobacco 250gms
Spirits 1 litre
Wine 2 litres
Fortified Wine (ie: port of sherry) 2 litres
Perfume 60cc/ml
Toilet Water 250cc/ml
Value of goods, gifts and souvenirs €200


The EU Countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, The Irish Republic, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (but not the Canary Islands), Sweden and the UK.

The official website for the UK Customs & Excise is www.hmce.gov.uk


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