Duty free changes:  Increased allowances & duty free from EU

Added 04/01/2021

On 1st January 2021 the rules for duty-free shopping in the UK changed.  

As we have now come to the end of the Brexit transition period and started our new relationship with the EU, the government has brought the rules for duty free shopping in line with the rest of the world.  

This means that passengers to and from the EU will be able to buy duty free alcohol and tobacco products, where available, in British ports, airports, and international train stations, as well as onboard ships, trains and planes.

The amount of duty-free that passengers can bring back with them has also been significantly increased for all destinations.

Travellers arriving in the UK will now be able to bring back 3 crates of beer, 3 cases of still wine and 1 case of sparkling wine without having to pay UK duties.

Duty-free allowances from 1st January 2021


  • 42 litres of beer
  • 18 litres of still wine
  • 4 litres of spirits OR 9 litres of sparkling wine, fortified wine or any alcoholic beverage less than 22% ABV



  • 200 cigarettes OR
  • 100 cigarillos OR
  • 50 cigars OR
  • 250g tobacco OR
  • 200 sticks of tobacco for heating

or any proportional combination of the above

Any other goods

  • £390 or £270 if travelling by private plane or boat

Find the full information on bringing goods into the UK here:

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