Duty Free Allowances for Alcoholic Beverages for Passengers travelling to UK

The Alcohol allowance for passengers arriving to UK from outside the EU is

  • beer – 16 litres
  • wine (not sparkling) – 4 litres


  • spirits and other liquors over 22% alcohol – 1 litre
  • fortified wine (eg port, sherry), sparkling wine and alcoholic drinks up to 22% alcohol – 2 litres

You can split this last allowance, eg you could bring 1 litre of fortified wine and half a litre of spirits (both half of your allowance).

Duty Free Allowances for Alcohol if you are under 17 years

  • No duty-free allowances for alcohol
  • You can bring for your own use by paying tax to the customs

Allowance for other goods

You can bring in other goods worth up to £390 (or up to £270 if you arrive by private plane or boat).

Cost to pay when the item is over allowance

If the item is over your allowance, you should pay 2.5 % for goods worth up to £630.

For more information, you contact “VAT, Customs and Excise ” department

VAT registration number: 0300 200 3700

Textphone: 0300 200 3719

Outside UK: +44 2920 501 261

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday

Closed weekends and bank holidays

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