UK customs allowances

When arriving in the UK, you may be required to pay customs duty on some goods.
Airport arrivals area
Airport arrivals area
  • British customs laws make a distinction between EU and non-EU goods. 

  • If you're travelling from outside the EU, you can get a VAT refund on some purchases made during your trip.

  • 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 from outside the EU, get up to speed with HMRC'S guidance on customs allowances from outside the EU ahead of your trip. 

VAT refunds

Citizens of countries outside the EU can get VAT (Value Added Tax) refunded on some purchases made within the UK. 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