Getting to Britain

Customs information for entering and leaving the UK

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UK customs regulations

You can bring some goods from abroad without having to pay UK tax or ‘duty’ (customs charges), as long as they’re for your own use. It depends on the type of goods you're bringing in and where you're travelling from.

If you are travelling to the UK from the EU, you can bring an unlimited amount of most goods (such as cigarettes and alcohol) for your own use without paying tax or duty. This legislation does not apply to some new member states. Check the full duty-free regulations.

If you are travelling to the UK from outside the EU, you're allowed to bring a certain amount of goods such as alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs for your own use or as gifts. Your personal allowance includes up to 1 litre of spirits, 200 cigarettes and up to £390-worth of other goods. 

Find out more about UK customs regulations on the official UK government website.

VAT refunds

Non-EU residents can apply for a VAT refund on goods bought in Britain on departure. 

Find out more about VAT refunds and tax-free shopping in the UK.