Duty Free and Tax Free
Liquor, Tobacco and Perfume are all classed as Duty Free items, meaning no import duty is added to the cost price. All other items found in airport outlets are classed as Tax Free.
If you’re flying within the European Union, you are entitled to Tax Free prices on fragrances, cosmetics and skincare; photographic and electrical goods; fashion and accessories; gifts, jewellery and souvenirs.
If you are flying outside the European Union you are entitled to your full allowance of goods at Tax and Duty Free prices.
Duty Free Allowance / Tax Free Allowance
When travelling from the EU* to the UK 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, you may be questioned about the purposes for which you hold the goods. This will most likely be the case if you appear at the airport with more than:
* The EU countries currently include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
When travelling from outside the EU to the UK you are allowed to bring in the following, provided you travel with the items and do not intend to sell them.
Please note: You are able to ‘mix and match’ products in both the alcohol and tobacco category, provided you do not exceed your total allowance. For example you could bring in 100 cigarettes and 25 cigars, which is 50 per cent of your cigarette allowance and 50 per cent of your cigar allowance.