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With Duty Free and Tax Free shopping available in the North and South Terminals (after security control) use this guide on allowances and helpful information.

Your Duty Free Allowances ...

Tax free shopping - if a passenger is travelling international long haul or within the EU Tax Free shopping is available at Gatwick Airport. For those travelling outside the EU, they are also able to take advantage of Gatwick Duty Free shopping for even more savings!

Do take a moment to familiarise yourself with the Duty Free allowances at Gatwick Airport - including any items that are restricted and prohibited entry into the UK.


The EU & Duty Free...

When Tax Free shopping the prices are as if Value Added Tax has been deducted (17.5%). When looking at products passengers will be able to see both prices - both the original price and the Tax Free price.

Do note however that passengers may need to pay tax on their purchases when arriving at their final destination outside of the EU. Or when bringing items back into the UK. Purchases from newsagents, bookshops and pharmacies are exempt along with Duty Free items.

Duty Free shopping offers passengers travelling outside of the EU extra savings. Here are the 25 countries where Duty Free shopping applies:
  EU Member Nations  
  Austria Belgium
Czech Rep
The Irish Republic

The Netherlands
* The whole of Cyprus is part of the EU, however, goods from any area in Cyprus not under effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, are treated as non-EU imports
** Not Including the Canary Islands
*** Not including The Channel Islands
Even though Gibraltar is part of the EU it is excluded from the territory of Community Customs, thus customs allowance for outside the EU apply.

Why not check out the whole host of Duty Free shopping before you arrive at Gatwick Airport - click here to visit the World Duty Free website ( You'll get top tips on Duty Free shopping, and an in-depth listing of products available to buy such as alcohol, beauty products, tobacco and fragrances.

What's more it could be that you will be buying the very latest in designer or high street fashion, or purchasing the newest of technology advancements. Why? Because many stores preview their new collections, exclusively at the Duty Free outlet.

Keep your boarding pass on you as you will be asked to show this each and every time you make a purchase inside the departure lounge.

And don't forget - if you are an international traveller flying into Gatwick you can also shop at the tax free World Shopping Arrivals store before you leave the airport's security area. Here you'll find a whole range of electrical goods, fine fragrances, designer cosmetics, along with duty paid tobacco and alcohol.

Customs Allowances in UK Airports...

Duty free and tax free allowances will vary dependant on the final destination.

If you are travelling into the UK from the EU the following items can be bought without customs duty charges :
  • 1 Litre of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22%, or 2 Litres of still table wine, or fortified or sparkling wine, or other liqueurs

  • 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250g of tobacco

  • 250ml of toilet water and 50g of perfume

  • Other goods including souvenirs up to the value of £145

  • Goods obtained duty and tax paid in the EU are unlimited
Note that the Channel Islands are considered as being outside of the EU for the duty free section.

If entering the UK with goods from an EU country, where the purchase price includes tax, no extra duty or tax will have to be paid. Although any alcohol or tobacco being brought into the country must be carried by the passenger and for their own personal use (gifts or own consumption).

Any products, particularly tobacco or alcohol, brought into the country for payment in kind or resale, will be classed as for commercial use.

If you are suspected of bringing goods into the country for a commercial purpose it is likely that you will be asked a series of questions by a Customs Officer. For example you may be asked the type of goods, and quantity, that have been bought in. The quantity of goods that have been bought and why you have bought them. You will be asked how much you paid, your frequency of travel, along with how much alcohol and tobacco you normally consume. They are also likely to make checks into your answers.

Consideration will also be given by the Customs Officer as to whether he/she believes you have tried to conceal the amount or if they are visible.

The following quantities, for example, will arose suspicion:
  • 3,200 cigarettes
  • 200 cigars
  • 400 cigarillos
  • 3kg tobacco
  • 110 Litres of beer
  • 90 Litres of wine
  • 10 Litres of spirits
  • 20 Litres of fortified wine (i.e. port or sherry)
Importing goods illegally is a serious offence, which could result in up to seven years in prison. Goods are likely to be seized and not returned - this applies to all imported goods for commercial use if found guilty.

Do check with each individual country their own allowance as many have their own laws that alter from the UK's. Travelling to some countries will mean you need to carry official documents detailing the goods you are carrying.

NOTE: Some EU Countries have their own special rules for cigarettes and some tobacco products:
  Special Restrictions  
  Czech Republic 200 cigarettes, or
250g smoking tobacco, or
50 cigars, or
100 cigarillos
  Estonia 200 cigarettes, or
250g of smoking tobacco*
Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia & Slovenia 200 Cigarettes*
* From these Countries, there is no limit on other tobacco products as long as they are for the passengers own consumption.

Prohibited / Restricted Items ...


These items are prohibited from being brought into the UK from any destination:

  • Unlicensed drugs
  • Offensive weapons
  • Indecent and obscene material featuring children
  • Counterfeit and pirated goods
  • Meat, dairy and other animal products

These items are restricted from being brought into the UK from any destination:

  • Firearms, explosives and ammunition
  • Pornography
  • Live animals, endangered species, certain plants and their produce
  • Radio transmitters
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