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UK customs allowances

When arriving in the UK, you may be required to pay customs duty on some goods.
Airport arrivals area
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  • British customs laws make a distinction between EU and non-EU goods.
  • Tax-free sales at airports, ports and Eurostar stations have now ended as of 1 January 2021.
  • Make sure you check which customs rules apply to you before travelling to the UK.

If you're planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the UK, it is important to be fully aware of the British customs laws.

The rules make a distinction between goods bought in the European Union (EU) and goods bought outside the EU.

Check which rules apply to you before you travel by visiting the HM Revenue and Customs website for full details and customs allowances.

Travelling from Europe

If you are travelling to the UK from the EU, take a look at the HMRC information on customs allowances from the EU before you travel.

Travelling from outside the EU

If you're visiting the UK rom outside the EU, get up to speed with HMRC'S guidance on customs allowances from outside the EU ahead of your trip.

VAT refunds

Since 1 January 2021, the UK government has ended tax-free sales in airports, ports and Eurostar stations.

This means you cannot buy tax-free goods such as electronics and clothing if you are travelling to non-EU countries.

VAT refunds for overseas visitors in British shops have now been removed.

Find out more about tax-free shopping in London.

If you're coming to London from outside the UK, find out everything you need to know about UK visas.