Getting to Britain

Customs information

UK Customs Regulations

If you are bringing goods in to the UK you may be required to pay customs duties; this will depend on the type of goods and where you are travelling from.

Visiting from the EU

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 regulations here if you are unsure.

Visiting from outside the EU

If you are travelling to the UK from outside the EU, you can 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 maximum of £390-worth of other goods. 

Find out more about UK custom regulations here.

VAT refunds

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

Find out more about VAT refunds and tax free shopping here.