Entry to the UK is generally straightforward. However, the UK's withdrawal from the EU on 29 March 2019 means that information on entry and exit requirements is liable to change; it's important to check the current regulations before travel.

Customs Regulations

The UK's withdrawal from the EU on 29 March 2019 renders information in this section liable to change; it's important to check the current regulations before travel.

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 the following, duty-free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
  • 16L of beer
  • 4L of non-sparkling wine
  • 1L of spirits or 2L of fortified wine 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. Check www.gov.uk/duty-free-goods for further details, and for information on reclaiming VAT on items purchased in the UK by non-EU residents.

Visas

Generally not needed for stays of up to six months. Not a member of the Schengen Zone.

Further Information

The UK's withdrawal from the EU on 29 March 2019 means it's important to check current visa regulations before travel as they're liable to change.