Duty Free – Know before you go
When travelling, how many of us actually know the correct duty free limits to and from EU and non EU countries:
Flying within the European Union.
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 item. The item must be for your own personal use, and not for re-sale.
From Dec 1 2008 you have been able to ‘mix and match’ products in both the alcohol and tobacco categories, provided you do not exceed your total allowance.
The current (2010) duty and tax free allowances when travelling from another EU country to the UK are:
•3 kg of smoking tobacco
•110 litres of beer
•10 litres of spirits
•90 litres of wine
•20 litres of fortified wine e.g. port or sherry.
The 27 EU countries are with the above allowances are
Cyprus (not northern Turkish region),
Spain (but excluding the Canary Islands),
United Kingdom (excluding Channel Islands).
Croatia, Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are the current candidate countries wishing to join.
If you are flying outside the European Union you are entitled to your full allowance of goods at Tax Free and Duty Free prices.
Flying from outside the EU to the UK
If you are flying into the EU from outside the Euro Zone you are allowed to bring in the following, from January 1st 2010, provided you travel with the items and do not intend to sell them.
•200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250g of tobacco
•4 litres of still table wine
•1 litre of spirits or strong liqueurs over 22% volume or 2 litres of fortified wine, sparkling wine or other liqueurs
•16 litres of beer
•60 cc/ml of perfume
•£390 worth of all other goods including gifts and souvenirs
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