Northern Ireland in detail

Entry & Exit Formalities

If you're arriving from a country outside the UK and Ireland, you'll need to show a passport valid for entry to the UK when you arrive in Northern Ireland.

Customs Regulations

Travellers arriving in the UK from EU countries don't have to pay tax or duty on goods for personal use, and can bring in as much EU duty-paid alcohol and tobacco as they like. However, if you bring in more than the following, you'll probably be asked some questions.

  • 800 cigarettes
  • 1kg of tobacco
  • 10L of spirits
  • 90L of wine
  • 110L of beer

Travellers from outside the EU can bring in, duty-free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
  • 16L of beer
  • 4L of nonsparkling wine
  • 1L of spirits or 2L of fortified or sparkling wine
  • £390 worth of all other goods, including perfume, gifts and souvenirs

Anything over this limit must be declared to customs officers on arrival. For further details, and for information on reclaiming VAT on items purchased in the UK by non-EU residents, go to and search for 'bringing goods into the UK'.


Generally not needed for stays of up to six months.

The UK is not a member of the Schengen Area.