United Kingdom Customs, Currency and Airport Tax regulations details

Import regulations:

Free import to passengers arriving with goods purchased within the EU which are for personal use only. Goods obtained duty and tax paid in the EU; unlimited if being for personal use, which includes personal consumption and gifts for family and friends. However, if bringing large quantities of alcohol or tobacco and stopped by Customs, questions may be asked regarding journey, purchases and purpose of the goods, particularly if the amounts exceed:

1. tobacco products:
- 800 cigarettes;
- 400 cigarillos (max. 3 grams each);
- 200 cigars;
- 1 kilogram of pipe or cigarette tobacco;
2. alcoholic beverages:
- 10 liters of spirits over 22%;
- 20 liters of alcoholic beverages less than 22%;
- 90 liters of wine (though no more than 60 liters of sparkling wine);
- 110 liters of beer.


Free import to passengers arriving from non-EU Member States (including the Canary Islands, Channel Islands, Gibraltar and similar territories):

1. tobacco products, for passengers 17 years of age and over:
- 200 cigarettes; or
- 100 cigarillos (max. 3 grams each); or
- 50 cigars; or
- 250 grams tobacco; or
- a proportional assortment;
2. alcoholic beverages, for passengers 17 years of age and older:
- 1 liter of spirits over 22% volume, or non-denatured ethyl alcohol with more than 80% volume; or
- 2 liters of spirits or aperitifs made of wine or similar beverages less than 22% volume, or sparkling wines or liquor wines; or
- a proportional mix of these products; and in addition
- 4 liters of wine; and
- 16 liters of beer;
3. other goods (for air travelers) up to a value of GBP 390.

Prescription drugs: Passengers carrying medication upon entry to the UK do not have to declare them by entering a red channel or present their license, but should be able to produce this if questioned.


Anabolic steroids and certain other performance-enhancing drugs, in the form of medicinal products, are prohibited unless they are imported by an individual for self-administration.
Products of animal origin, not originating from an EU Member State , Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino or Switzerland, are not permitted to be imported into an EU Member State, with the exception of limited amounts from Andorra, Faroe Isl., Greenland, Iceland and small amounts of specific products from other countries.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

Import of firearms (incl. sporting guns and shotguns) and ammunition must be supported by an appropriate license/certificate plus a permit. This permit can be obtained at the relevant police authority by a sponsor who is resident in the UK. The sponsor may be an individual or a representative of a club, shooting syndicate, country estate or national shooting organization. The completed permit will be sent to the sponsor who can forward it to the visitor. The sponsor may also produce the permit at the time and place of the importation by arrangement. If a visitor has no permit, then the weapon will be detained by UK Border Agency until a permit is produced. Weapons taken from passengers prior to embarkation for safe stowage in the aircraft must be returned to the passenger by a responsible officer of the airline or handling agent in the presence of an officer of UK Border Agency in the red channel of the arrival customs hall. Furthermore such items must be clearly "identified" so that they can be presented to UK Border Agency for clearance in accordance with the prevailing instructions. The use of a sticker/label will ensure that all firearms and ammunition therefore are quickly and easily identified on arrival, thus obviating difficulties with customs clearance. Passengers are allowed to transship sporting guns and ammunitions via the United Kingdom under the open general transshipment license subject to the following: - weapons must travel with passenger as checked personal baggage; - if there is a stopover in the United Kingdom, weapons must be declared and must not remain in the United Kingdom longer than 30 days. However, passengers are not permitted to transit through the United Kingdom with checked baggage containing sporting guns to the following destinations: Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro, Myanmar, Rwanda, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Sudan.

Foodstuffs (for personal consumption):

the following may be brought into the UK if arriving from: - an EU Member State , Andorra, the Canary Islands, the Isle of Man, Norway and San Marino:
meat and meat products, milk and dairy products (not applicable to unpasteurized milk and its products) and other animal products (e.g. fish, shellfish, honey, eggs) obtained in the EU and free from disease; - the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland: 5 kilograms max. combined total weight of meat and meat products, milk and dairy products (not applicable to unpasteurised milk and its products) obtained in these countries and free from disease; generally 1 kilogram (rules vary per product/country) of other animal products (e.g. fish, shellfish, honey, eggs) free from disease;- all other countries:
generally 1 kilogram (rules vary per product/country) of other animal products (e.g. fish, shellfish, honey, eggs) free from disease. No meat and meat products, milk and dairy products are permitted. All travelers may carry a limited quantity of powdered infant milk, infant food and special foods required for medical reasons, if items do not require refrigeration prior to opening and must be in commercially branded packaging, unopened unless in current use.


Pet cats, dogs (incl. assistance dogs) and ferrets entering the UK must meets the rules of Regulation (EC) 998/2003 and Regulation (EU) 576/2013 . This regulation is operated in the UK as the Pets Travel Scheme (PETS). At present, carriers on certain routes are participating in PETS to transport pets.Pet cats, dogs and ferrets, which do not comply with the Regulation are subject to rabies control measures (quarantine). They must not be shipped as baggage and must be carried in the hold of the aircraft in a "nose and paw proof crate or container" as manifested cargo covered by an Air Waybill. Prior advice by telex or other suitable means to the Cargo Department of the airline concerned at the station of arrival is mandatory prior to shipment. It should quote license number shown on "boarding document", name of shipper and owner, species of animal, date and flight of arrival and departure. Cats, dogs and ferrets must be accompanied by a "boarding document" as an indication that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has issued an import license. When they enter UK , they will be vaccinated against rabies. This may be waived if they have already been vaccinated.

Baggage Clearance regulations:

If Aberdeen (ABZ) is the first airport of entry, baggage is cleared at Aberdeen. Baggage of transit passengers with a final destination of Heathrow (LHR) or Gatwick (LGW) will be cleared at the first airport of entry. In all other cases, baggage is cleared at the airport of final destination or at an International Community Airport (ICA) in the United Kingdom if it is labeled accordingly.

Currency rules

Import and Export: local currency (Pound Sterling-GBP) and foreign currencies: no restrictions if arriving from or traveling to another EU Member State . If arriving directly from or traveling to a country outside the EU: amounts exceeding EUR 10,000.- or more or the equivalent in another currency (incl. banker’s draft and cheques of any kind) must be declared.

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