Duty Free Restrictions

Spain – UK / UK – Spain

You can purchase any amount of tax free goods from the EU as long as:

  • You’ll use them yourself or give them as a gift
  • You will transport the goods yourself
  • You have paid the duty and tax of the goods in the country where they were purchased.

Although if you bring in more than whats on the list below, officials at customs will probably want to question you in order to find out the reason you are carrying that amount.

  • 90 litres of wine
  • 110 litres of beer
  • 800 cigarettes
  • 200 cigars
  • 1 kg of tobacco
  • 10 litre of alcoholic drinks stronger than 22% alcohol.
  • 20 litres of liqueurs up to 22% strength

Getting stopped by customs can be nerve racking for many, especially for the newer traveller. 

We’ve put the following list together to help prepare you with the things that you will be asked.

  • Description and amount of goods you’re carrying
  • The reason you have bought them
  • How did you pay for the items.
  • How many times do you travel in a week, month, year.
  • The amount you smoke or how much do you drink.

Remember to declare any goods that you carry that are over your allowance. 

They could be seized if you don’t declare them.

Alcohol & tobacco allowances for under 17’s

If you are under 17 years old, there are no duty-free allowances for alcohol or tobacco. 

You are quite welcome to bring alcohol and tobacco into the United Kingdom as long it is for your own use. However, you’ll have to pay the duty tax on them when you arrive at the customes desk.

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To & From NON EU Countries

You can bring in a certain amount of goods for your personal use from outside Non EU countries without needing to pay any tax.

When you’re carrying goods you:

  • Must use them yourself or give them as a gift to someone.
  • Must transport the goods yourself

Note: You cannot mix or combine your allowances with other people in attempt  to transport more than your individual allowance states.

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Tobacco Allowance

You are allowed to carry either one from the following list:

  • 250 grams of tobacco.
  • 50 cigars
  • 100 cigarillos
  • 200 cigarettes

Alcohol Allowance

You are allowed to carry the following alcoholic items with you:

  • Non sparkling wine – 4 litres
  • .16 litres of beer
  • Spirits over 22% strength – 1 litre
  • Sparkling & fortified wines / alcoholic drinks upto 22% in strength.
  • 200 cigarettes

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