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Duty Free Allowance

Duty Free Allowances

Cigarettes 200
Cigarillos 100
Cigars 50
Smoking Tobacco 250g
Wine, Spirits and other liqueurs 1 litre of spirits or strong liqueurs over 22 per cent volume. 2 litres of fortified wine (such as port or sherry), sparkling wine or any other alcoholic drink that's less than 22 per cent volume. 4 litres of wine (not sparkling)
All other goods ( including perfume, gifts and souvenirs) £390

Arriving Customs Procedures

Go to the Green Channel if you have nothing to declare

If your journey started in a non EU country and you either:

Arrived directly in the UK, or

Arrived via an airport in another EU country where you did not pass through customs controls with ALL your baggage

Only go through the Green "nothing to declare" Channel if you are sure that you have no more than the Customs Allowances and no prohibited or restricted goods.

Go to the Red Channel if you have something to declare. You must declare any goods in excess of the allowances shown above.


Customs carry out selective checks to look for the following prohibited (that is banned) or restricted goods:

  • Drugs
  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Offensive weapons (such as flick-knives)
  • Obscene materials
  • Indecent and obscene material featuring children
  • Items that threaten health and the environment

Any traveller arriving in the UK may still be asked some questions to help protect the UK against illegal import of these items. HM Customs and Excise needs your help to prevent smuggling.

Meat Food and Plants

There are strict controls on the import of meat food and plants and the guidelines should be adhered to, if you bring items that are not allowed or exceed the allowances there are penalties. To check allowances please visit

Departing Duty Free Allowances

You can take advantage of tax and duty free shopping if you are travelling to the following NON EU countries:

  • Africa
  • Algeria
  • Asia
  • Australasia
  • Canada
  • Canary Islands (Tenerife, Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Fuerteventura)
  • Channel Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Morocco
  • North America
  • Norway
  • South America
  • Switzerland
  • The Far East
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey (Istanbul, Dalaman, Bodrum, Antalya, Izmir)

We are not restricted as to the amount of products we sell, but passengers are advised to consult the duty free allowance charts situated in the duty free shop. These charts list limits for all non EU destinations.

Via the EU

If you're flying via an EU airport to a country outside the EU (eg Manchester to Johannesburg via Amsterdam), and you are in possession of a boarding card for your final destination, you can still buy goods at both duty and tax free prices at Manchester Airport.

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