Duty Free Personal Allowances
- PERSONS UNDER 17 ARE NOT ENTITLED TO THE TOBACCO OR ALCOHOL ALLOWANCES.
Other tobacco 250g
over 22% by volume (spirits/strong liqueurs) 1 litre
under 22% volume (including fortified and sparkling wine, and other liqueurs) 2 litres
still table wine 4 litres
plus four extra litres of still table wine if no spirits, liqueurs, fortified or sparkling wines
beer or cider (or a combination) 50 litres
Alcohol and tobacco products in excess of the Duty Free allowances imported from countries outside the Customs Union of the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands may incur both Excise and Import duties (taxes).
(a) If brought in from a place within the customs union of the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands, and provided all duties have been paid, goods to an unlimited value.
(b) If brought in from a place outside the customs union of the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands by a person:
- travelling on a commercial air or sea service, goods to a value of £390
- travelling by private aircraft or private vessel, goods to a value of £270
- If you bring in something worth more than the limits, you will have to pay duty on the full value, not just on the value above £390 or £270.
If you are travelling as a family or group, you cannot pool your individual allowances towards one item worth more that the limit. You will have to pay duty on the full value of the item.
- From the 1st January 2021, the 'Other Goods' allowances will also apply to passengers importing goods from any place other than the UK, Isle of Man and Jersey.
Why are the public not told about their Duty Free Allowance when they purchase duty free items?
- It is the responsibility of every member of the public to be aware of the relevant laws and customs duties that are applicable to whatever jurisdiction or country they are travelling to.
All carriers travelling to and from the Channel Islands display the duty free allowances either on the boarding passes or in their individual on-board/in flight magazines. Allowances are also prominently displayed at all points of sale.
In addition, notices advising the public of their allowances are posted in the arrival halls at the airport and harbour.