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you may be asked to pay the duty difference in the country of your destination.

Albania

Overview

The following items may be imported into Albania without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of spirits with an alcoholic content of 22% or 2L of spirits containing less than 22% alcohol and 2L of wine.
• 250ml of eau de toilette or 50ml of perfume.
• Personal goods, gifts and souvenirs up to a value of Lek30,000 (up to Lek15,000 for children under 15).

Tobacco allowances apply to travellers aged 15 or over. Alcohol allowances apply to travellers aged 18 or over.

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include firearms and ammunition, narcotics and goods which threaten public order.

Banned Exports

You need to obtain a permit to export precious metals, ancient coins and scroll, antiques, books or works of art which form part of Albania's cultural and historical heritage.

Algeria

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Algeria by persons over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of spirits or 2L of wine.
• 250ml of eau de toilette or 50ml of perfume.
• Goods to the value of DZD50,000.

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports to Algeria include arms and ammunition, narcotics and counterfeit goods.

Banned Exports

Prohibited exports from Algeria include gold exceeding 150g in weight, firearms, ammunition and narcotics.

Antigua and Barbuda

Overview

The following items may be imported into Antigua & Barbuda without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of wine or spirits.
• 170ml of perfume.

Banned Imports

Prohibited items include arms and non-prescription drugs. Restricted goods requiring a licence include vehicles, meat, plants, fruits and vegetables, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and firearms.

Argentina

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Argentina by travellers over 16 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• US$300 in personal or new goods if arriving by air, plus an additional US$300 of goods purchased in duty-free shops upon arrival.
• US$150 in personal or new goods if arriving by land or waterway, plus an additional US$150 of goods purchased in duty-free shops upon arrival.

Travellers under 16 may import half these amounts.

You should declare upon arrival items that might not be considered part of normal luggage (such as expensive camera equipment or musical instruments) and show the declaration on departure. A licence is required for firearms and ammunition for hunting purposes. You must declare gold.

Banned Imports

Firearms (unless under licence from the National Arms Registry), explosives, flammables, narcotics, and goods considered a risk to health or safety.

Australia

Overview

The following items may be imported into Australia by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 50 cigarettes or 50g of tobacco or cigars.
• 2.25L of alcoholic drinks.
• Personal belongings that you've owned and used for at least 12 months.
• Other goods to a value of A$900 (A$450 if under 18).

Banned Imports

There are very strict regulations against the import of non-prescribed drugs, weapons, firearms, wildlife, domestic animals and foodstuffs (including meat, poultry and dairy; plants or parts of plants [including fruit, nuts and seeds]; animal products [including wool, skins and eggs] and any equipment used with domestic animals) and other potential sources of disease and pestilence (such as vaccines or viruses). There are severe penalties for drug trafficking.

For further details on customs regulations, contact the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (www.customs.gov.au).

Banned Exports

The export of protected wildlife and associated products is strictly controlled, including the export of coral, turtle shell, snake or reptile skin, orchids, caviar, ivory products, hunting trophies and traditional medicinal products.

If you plan to export any heritage-listed goods, including works of art, stamps, coins, archaeological objects, minerals and specimens, you need to apply for a special permit.

The export of Australian native animals and plants is either prohibited or restricted.

Also prohibited are firearms, pornography and narcotics.

Austria

Overview

Austria is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices. There are no allowance restrictions on these tax-free items.

If arriving from within the EU, you must prove your goods are for personal use if you bring in more than the following quantities:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22% or 20L of fortified wine or spirits up to 22%.
• 90L of wine (including up to 60L of sparkling wine).
• 110L of beer.

However, if you enter Austria from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania or Romania, the tax-exempt allowance for cigarettes is 300; any cigarettes in excess of this quantity are subject to tobacco duty.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Austria by travellers over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco or a proportional mix of these products.
• 1L of spirits over 22% or 2L of fortified wine or spirits up to 22% or a proportional mix of these products.
• 4L of non-sparkling wine.
• 16L of beer.
• Medicinal products sufficient for your visit.
• Other goods up to a value of €430 for airline travellers or €300 for other travellers per calendar day (reduced to €150 for children under 15).

Banned Imports

Restricted imports include plant and animal products and endangered species.

Travellers may not import medicines other than prescribed drugs for personal use.

If bringing a weapon and ammunition into Austria, you must hold a European Firearms Pass. The import of certain weapons, such as knuckle dusters or pump-action guns, is banned.

Azerbaijan

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Azerbaijan by persons over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 600 cigarettes.
• 3L of alcohol.
• Goods up to a value of US$1,500.
• 10kg of food products.
• 125g of caviar.

Banned Imports

Weapons and ammunition, narcotics, and material inciting violence or terrorism.

Plants, animals and their products must be accompanied by the appropriate import certificate from the State Sanitary Service or State Veterinary Service.

Banned Exports

Weapons and ammunition, cultural artefacts (unless permission has been granted by the Ministry of Culture), zoological collections, protected plant and tree species, and documents of state importance.

Bahamas

Overview

The following goods may be imported into the Bahamas by persons aged over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 454g of tobacco.
• 1L of spirits.
• Goods up to the value of B$100 (up to B$300 for residents).

All beer imported into the country is subject to duty.

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include indecent or obscene material, counterfeit currency and underwater guns.

Restricted imports include firearms, fireworks and firecrackers.

Banned Exports

Goods manufactured or produced more than 100 years ago are subject to export restrictions (eg historical and archaeological artefacts or zoological/botanical specimens).

Bahrain

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Bahrain by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars and 250g of tobacco in opened packets.
• 1L of alcoholic beverages and six cans of beer (non-Muslim passengers only).
• 240ml of perfume.
• Gifts up to the value of BHD250 (approximately US$660).

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include narcotics, cultured pearls, advertisements for cigarettes, radio-controlled model aircraft, children's toy guns, goods of Israeli origin, publications that contradict Islamic teachings, asbestos and ivory.

Restricted imports requiring authorisation include animals, animal products, plants, fruit and vegetables, firearms and ammunition, films and publications, and telecommunications equipment.

Banned Exports

Prohibited exports include fuel, flour, red meat and fresh chicken bearing the trademark 'Delmon'.

Restricted exports requiring authorisation include palm tree seedlings and antiquities.

Barbados

Overview

The following items may be brought into Barbados by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 1L of spirits or wine.

All other articles are subject to import duty, other than personal effects required during your visit.

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include illegal drugs and pornography.

Restricted imports include fruit, vegetables, plants and seeds, which may require a permit.

Belarus

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Belarus by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco or an assortment of these weighing up to 250g.
• 3L of alcoholic beverages.
• Goods for personal use up to a value of €1,500 and weighing no more than 50kg.

Banned Imports

Weapons and ammunition of any kind, narcotics, and printed and audiovisual material banned by Belarus.

Banned Exports

Weapons and ammunition, narcotics, raw precious metals, minerals, wild herbs, wild animals and some wild plants.

Items of cultural value require authorisation.

Belgium

Overview

Belgium is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22%, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Belgium by travellers over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers (reduced to €175 for children under 15).

Banned Imports

Restricted imports include firearms, narcotics, plants, animals and their products. Endangered species must be accompanied by a CITES permit.

Bermuda

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Bermuda by persons over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars and 500g of tobacco.
• 1L of spirits and 1L of wine.
• Gifts up to a value of BD$30 (visitors) or BD$200 (residents).

You may carry prescribed drugs on arrival provided they are for your own personal use, prescribed by your own doctor and in the original pharmacy packaging, bearing the prescription label and containing supplies only sufficient for your length of stay.

Banned Imports

Illegal drugs, offensive weapons, self-defence sprays, stun guns, soil, and indecent or obscene materials.

You must obtain a permit in advance to import firearms and ammunition, live animals and plants, endangered animals and plants, fruit, vegetable and plant products, certain meat and dairy products, and certain radio transmitters.

Bolivia

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Bolivia by persons over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 500g of tobacco.
• 3L of alcoholic beverages.
• New articles up to a maximum of US$1,000.

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include illegal drugs, unauthorised guns, explosives and ammunition, knives and deadly weapons, counterfeit money and goods, and pornographic material.

Restricted imports include pharmaceutical and medical products, live animals and animal products, wild products, cheese, milk, raw meat, and other food and drinks. You must declare these, and cannot import them without authorisation.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Bosnia and Herzegovina by travellers aged 17 and over without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of spirits over 22% and 2L of wine.
• 60ml of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette.
• Gifts and souvenirs to the value of KM200 (around US$115).

Banned Imports

You must apply for a permit to import sporting or hunting weapons and ammunition.

Banned Exports

Works of art.

Brazil

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Brazil by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 12L of alcohol.
• 200 cigarettes and 25 cigars and 250g of tobacco.
• 20 items (such as small gifts) worth up to US$10 each (or US$5 if arriving via land).

The total value of the above items should not exceed US$500 if arriving via air or sea or US$300 if arriving via land, river or lake. In addition to the US$500 limit, travellers can buy goods up to US$500 in value at the duty-free shop on arrival in Brazil. The following limits apply:

• 24 units of alcohol.
• 20 packs of cigarettes made outside Brazil and 25 cigars and 250g of tobacco.
• 10 toiletry items including cosmetics.
• 3 of the following: watches, toys, games or electronic items.

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include toy, replica and imitation firearms, illegal drugs, cigarettes and drinks manufactured in Brazil intended for sale abroad, unlicensed wildlife species, and counterfeit and pirated goods.

Restricted items which you must declare and have prior authorisation for include firearms and ammunition, drugs (other than prescribed drugs for personal use), animals, animal products, plants and seeds.

British Virgin Islands

Overview

The following goods may be imported by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 230g of tobacco.
• 0.95L of wine or spirits.

Banned Imports

Prohibited and restricted goods include firearms, air guns, motorcycles with 125cc engines or bigger, caravans, jet skis, motor vehicles weighing over 5,000kg and video game machines.

Banned Exports

The list of prohibited and restricted exports is identical to the list of prohibited and restricted imports.

Bulgaria

Overview

Bulgaria is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Bulgaria by persons over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco (if arriving by air).
• 40 cigarettes or 20 cigarillos or 10 cigars or 50g (if arriving overland).
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers.

Canada

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Canada without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars and 200g of loose tobacco and 200 tobacco sticks per person over 18 years of age.
• 1.5L of wine or 1.14L of spirits or 8.5L of beer or ale per person over 18 years of age if entering Alberta, Manitoba and Québec, and over 19 years if entering British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Yukon.
• Non-residents can bring gifts to the value of C$60 per gift (excluding advertising matter, business-related materials, tobacco or alcoholic beverages).
• Canadian residents can bring goods to the value of C$200 for trips out of the country of 24 hours or more (excluding alcohol and tobacco) and C$800 for trips of 48 hours or more (including alcohol and tobacco).

Banned Imports

The import of firearms, explosives, endangered species of animals and plants, animal products, meat, dairy, and food and plant material is subject to certain restrictions and formalities. Check the Canada Border Services Agency website (www.cbsa.gc.ca) for further details.

Banned Exports

Some products made from endangered animals may require an export certificate.

Cape Verde

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Cape Verde without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of spirits and 2 x 1L of wine.
• 250ml of eau de toilette and 50ml of perfume.

Banned Imports

Plant and animal products must be accompanied by a phytosanitary or sanitary certificate..

Chile

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Chile without incurring customs duty:

• 400 cigarettes and 500g of tobacco and 50 cigars.
• 2.5L of alcoholic drinks.
• Gifts to the value of US$300.
• Items bought on arrival in the duty-free shop to the value of US$500.

Alcohol and tobacco allowances apply to travellers aged 18 and over only.

Banned Imports

Used cars and motorbikes, asbestos and pornography.

Restricted imports requiring authorisation include firearms and ammunition, food, plants, animals (and their products), drugs and pharmaceutical products.

China

Overview

The following items may be imported into China without incurring customs duty:

• 400 cigarettes and 100 cigars and 500g of tobacco.
• 1.5L of alcoholic beverages with 12% or more alcoholic content.
• Personal articles up to a value of ¥5,000 for Chinese residents.
• Personal articles which will be left in China up to a value of ¥2,000 for non-residents.

Banned Imports

Arms and ammunition, imitation arms, narcotics, fruit, animals and animal products, and any publication (print, audio or video) directed against the public order and the morality of China.

Customs officials may seize audio and videotapes, books, records and CDs to check for pornographic, political or religious material. You must complete baggage declaration forms upon arrival noting all valuables (such as cameras, watches and jewellery); this may be checked on departure. You should keep receipts for items such as jewellery, jade, handicrafts, paintings, calligraphy or other similar items in order to obtain an export certificate from the authorities on leaving. Without this documentation, you cannot take such items out of the country.

Banned Exports

All articles banned from import as well as publications or media containing state secrets, valuable cultural artefacts, and endangered/rare animals and plants (and their seeds).

Colombia

Overview

The following items may be taken into Colombia by travellers 18 years of age and older without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars and up to 50g of tobacco.
• 2 bottles of alcoholic beverages.
• Goods for personal use to the value of US$1,500.

Banned Imports

Ammunition and firearms (unless prior authorisation has been obtained), vegetables, plants or plant material, and meat and animal food products.

Banned Exports

Taking cultural artefacts out of the country is prohibited, so if tour guides offer to sell you goods from tombs, politely decline. Colombian coffee is not prohibited, but will most likely be opened and checked. Drugs are absolutely forbidden, with harsh penalties for non-compliance.

Croatia

Overview

Croatia is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22%, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Croatia by persons over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%.
• Other goods up to the value of Kn3,200 for air and sea travellers and Kn2,200 for other travellers (reduced to Kn1,100 for children under 15).

Banned Imports

Unauthorised firearms and ammunition and non-prescription drugs.

There are restrictions on the import of plants, animals and food.

Banned Exports

Articles of archaeological, historical, ethnographic, artistic and other scientific or cultural value require an export licence issued by the Croatian authorities.

Cuba

Overview

The following items may be imported into Cuba by travellers aged 18 years and over without incurring customs duty:

• 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 500g of tobacco.
• 2.5L alcoholic beverages.
• Gifts up to a value of CUC$50.99.
• Medicines required for personal use.

Banned Imports

Prohibited items include animal products, explosives, certain household appliances, and all pornographic material and drugs.

Restricted items requiring authorisation include firearms and ammunition, live animals and plants and their parts, certain foodstuffs, and works of art.

Note that electrical items with heavy power consumption may be confiscated and returned upon departure.

Banned Exports

Drugs, explosives, pornography, items of cultural value, manuscripts dating from between 1440 and 1500, library books, books edited by Libros Cubanos under the 'R' imprint, foreign editions published between the 16th and 18th centuries, Cuban editions published in the 18th century, and lobster in any form or quantity.

Note that if taking cigars out of Cuba, you may take up to 50 cigars. These must be unopened and sealed in their original packaging and you must be able to show a receipt proving you bought them in an authorised shop, otherwise they will be seized.

Cyprus

Overview

Cyprus is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices. There are no allowance restrictions on these tax-free items.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Cyprus by travellers over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of spirits (over 22% volume) or 2L of fortified wine or sparkling wine.
• 4L of still wine.
• 16L of beer.
• Goods in addition to the above up to the value of €430 (reduced to €175 for travellers under 15 years of age).

Banned Imports

Drugs, obscene materials, flick knives and daggers, counterfeit and pirated goods, goods used for illegal hunting of game, and firearms and ammunition.

Restricted goods requiring authorisation include plants, animals and animal products, meat, fish, cheese, honey, precious metals, hunting guns and cartridges, sporting pistols and telecommunications equipment.

Banned Exports

All items prohibited from import are also prohibited from export.

Restricted exports include antiquities and wild flora and fauna.

Czech Republic

Overview

The Czech Republic is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Czech Republic by travellers over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages up to 22% volume.
• 4L of wine.
• 16L of beer.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air travellers and €300 for other travellers (reduced to €200 for children under 15).

Banned Imports

Explosives are prohibited. Firearms and ammunition are only permitted with a licence.

Banned Exports

Prohibited or restricted exports include veterinary goods, items of cultural value, weapons, ammunition, explosives and narcotics.

Denmark

Overview

Denmark is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices. There are no longer any allowance restrictions on these tax-free items.

Note: The Faroe Islands and Greenland are not part of the EU.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22%, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%, 90L of wine and 110L of beer.

Tobacco and spirit allowances apply to travellers aged 18 and over. Beer and wine allowances apply to travellers aged 16 and over.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Denmark by travellers aged 17 or over without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%.
• Other goods up to the value of kr3,250 for air and sea travellers and kr2,250 for other travellers.

Banned Imports

Prohibited and restricted goods include narcotics, meat and dairy products, medicine, pets, wild animals and plants and their products, weapons and explosives, fireworks and pesticides.

Dominican Republic

Overview

The following goods may be imported into the Dominican Republic by travellers over 16 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200g of tobacco.
• 3L of alcoholic drinks.
• Gifts to the value of US$500.

Banned Imports

All animal products, agricultural and horticultural products and drugs.

Firearms and ammunition must be accompanied by an import licence.

Ecuador

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Ecuador without incurring customs duty:

• 400 cigarettes and 25 cigars and 500g of tobacco (if arriving by air) or 60 cigarettes (if arriving overland).
• 3L of alcoholic drinks (no alcohol allowance if arriving overland).
• 300ml of perfume or 600ml per family.
• Gifts and personal effects up to US$500.

Banned Imports

Prior permission is required for the import of fresh or dry meat, uncanned meat products and all plants and vegetables.

Banned Exports

Gold bars, antiques, narcotics, and wild animals and their parts.

Egypt

Overview

The following items may be imported into Egypt by travellers over 18 without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200g of tobacco.
• 2L of alcoholic beverages.

Note: You should declare currency over E£500 on arrival.

Banned Imports

Drugs, firearms and cotton.

Banned Exports

Drugs, firearms and cotton.

You may only export small quantities of locally bought gold and silver for personal use.

If exporting antiquities over 100 years old, you must obtain a licence.

Estonia

Overview

Estonia is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22% volume, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Estonia by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 40 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 50g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine (excluding sparkling wine) and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers.

Banned Imports

It is not permitted to import meat or milk products into Estonia from outside the EU member states. Contact the Estonian Tax and Customs Board (www.emta.ee) for further information.

Also prohibited are unlicensed firearms and ammunition, dangerous weapons, pirated goods, counterfeit goods, narcotics, pornographic materials featuring children, and alien species which may pose an ecological threat.

Banned Exports

Prohibited exports include unlicensed firearms and ammunition, dangerous weapons, pirated goods, narcotics, pornographic materials featuring children, and alien species which may pose an ecological threat.

You must obtain a licence to export cultural artefacts.

Ethiopia

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Ethiopia by passengers aged 18 and over without incurring customs duty:

• 2 packets of cigarettes.
• 2 bottles of alcoholic drinks.
• 600 ml of perfume.

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include narcotics, firearms, explosives, counterfeit currency, pornography and materials which infringe upon intellectual property rights.

Restricted imports requiring permits include hunting guns, air guns, swords, endangered plants and animals, live plants and animals, fruit and vegetables, seeds, ivory, medicines and satellite cameras.

Banned Exports

Prohibited or restricted exports include ivory (even if already processed into jewellery), precious metals, precious gems, religious artefacts, antiques and animal hides.

Finland

Overview

Finland is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. However, if you are importing alcohol, you must be able to show it is for personal use when amounts exceed the following:

• 20L of alcoholic drinks up to 22% volume.
• 90L of wine (including a maximum of 60L of sparkling wine).
• 110L of beer.
• 10L of alcoholic drinks over 22% volume.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Finland without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers.

Alcohol limits apply to travellers aged 20 and over for spirits and aged 18 and over for other alcoholic drinks. Tobacco allowances apply to travellers aged 18 and over. Passengers importing tobacco products from inside or outside the EU must ensure each unit has a health warning printed on it in Finnish and in Swedish as well as the tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide quantities; passengers may only import 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars and 250g of tobacco not labelled in this way.

Banned Imports

Electric-shock batons, radar detectors, knuckle dusters, stiletto blades, endangered plant species (unless licensed in certain cases), pirated goods and certain plants from Russia (eg apple and pear trees).

Restricted imports include narcotics, firearms and ammunition, pets, pot plants and nursery plants, and endangered animal species.

Banned Exports

Endangered plant species.

France

Overview

France is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22%, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into France by persons over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers (reduced to €150 for children under 15).

Banned Imports

Items which are either prohibited or require a licence include weapons and ammunition, drugs (other than those prescribed for personal use), live animals, plant products, cultural artefacts and endangered species.

French Overseas Possessions

Overview

Georgia

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Georgia without incurring customs duty:

• 400 cigarettes or 50 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of alcoholic beverages.
• Goods up to the value of GEL500 per 30 calendar days or GEL3,000 if arriving by air, up to 30kg in weight.

Banned Imports

Prohibited or restricted imports include weapons or explosive materials, narcotics, antiques and art, plants and animals.

Banned Exports

Authorisation is required to export art and antiques.

Germany

Overview

Germany is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices. There are no allowance restrictions on these tax-free items.

Büsingen and the Isle of Heligoland are treated as being outside of the EU for duty-free purposes.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22%, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

Note: Until 31 December 2017, travellers arriving from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania or Romania may only import up to 300 cigarettes.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Germany by travellers over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers (reduced to €175 for children under 15).

Banned Imports

Unauthorised firearms and ammunition, unapproved fireworks, unconstitutional literature, pornography which is violent or involves children, any food considered a health hazard, narcotics, dangerous dogs, endangered species and counterfeit goods.

Ghana

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Ghana by travellers aged 18 and over without incurring customs duty:

200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
2L of wine and 1L of spirits.
• 50ml of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette.

Gifts and souvenirs are subject to duty.

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include infected animals and carcasses, beads of inflammable celluloid, raw coffee imported overland, coins not up to standard, contaminated food, knuckle dusters, literature considered scandalising, defamatory or demoralising, counterfeit money, obscene articles and dangerous weapons.

Restricted imports include diamonds, films, gambling devices, plants and plant products, arms and ammunition, milk deficient in fat, animal traps and nets, and certain spirits (eg brandy, whisky and rum must have been stored in wood for at least three years).

Greece

Overview

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

• 800 cigarettes or 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits (over 22%), 20L of spirits (under 22%), 90L of wine and 110L of beer.

If you're arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Greece by travellers over 17 years of age:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250g of tobacco (if arriving by air).
• 40 cigarettes or 20 cigarillos or 10 cigars or 50g of tobacco (if arriving by other means).
• 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of spirits up to 22% volume.
• 4L of wine.
• 16 L of beer.
• Gifts up to a value of €430 if arriving by sea or air or €300 if arriving by other means (reduced to €150 for children under 15).

Banned Imports

The import of soil (as well as plants) and certain animals is restricted. The import of meat, meat products, milk and milk products from outside the EU is also restricted. Firearms, explosive and drugs are very tightly controlled.

Banned Exports

The export of antiquities is prohibited without the express permission of the Archaeological Service in Athens; those who ignore this will be prosecuted.

Grenada

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Grenada by travellers aged 18 and over without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of wine or spirits.
• 300ml of perfume.
• Goods to the value of EC$300.

Banned Imports

Narcotics, arms and ammunition (unless you obtain a police licence), fruit and vegetables.

Banned Exports

Narcotics and unlicensed arms and ammunition.

Guam

Overview

See the USA section for duty-free allowances.

Banned Imports

Narcotics and deadly weapons are prohibited. The import of plants, fruit and animals is restricted and must be accompanied by the appropriate documentation.

Hungary

Overview

Hungary is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragrance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22%, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%, 90L of wine (including a maximum of 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Hungary by travellers over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco (if arriving by air).
• 40 cigarettes or 20 cigarillos or 10 cigars or 50g of tobacco (if arriving by other means).
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air travellers and €300 for other travellers (reduced to €150 for children under 15).

Banned Imports

Meat or milk products and potted or rooted plants from outside the EU. Pornography, drugs and unlicensed weapons.

Banned Exports

Raw meat or milk products, potted or rooted plants. You can must obtain a licence to export cultural goods which are more than 50 years old or have a commercial value of more than Ft50,000.

Iceland

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Iceland by persons over 18 years of age (tobacco products) or 20 years of age (alcoholic beverages) without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 250g of other tobacco products.
• 1L of spirits and 1L of wine and 6L of beer; or 3L of wine and 6L of beer; or 1L of spirits and 9L of beer; or 1.5L of wine and 9L of beer; or 12L of beer.
• 3kg of food not exceeding kr25,000.
• Icelandic residents may bring goods up to the value of kr88,000.

Visitors may bring conventional medicines suitable for personal needs during their stay to cover up to a maximum of 100 days. Customs officers can request a doctor's certificate if appropriate.

You can find complete customs information at www.tollur.is.

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include used riding gear (including saddles, bridles, halters and leather whips), uncooked meats, milk and eggs, snuff, narcotics and weapons.

Resticted imports include telecommunications equipment (other than your mobile phone), angling gear and riding clothing (which require disinfection certificates), firearms and ammunition (which require a police permit), animals, plants and medicines.

Banned Exports

Protected plant species, birds, birds' eggs, eggshells and nests.

You must obtain permission from the Icelandic Museum of Natural History to export objects of historical or archaeological value.

India

Overview

The following items may be imported into India by non-resident travellers over 18 without incurring customs duty:

• 100 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 125g of tobacco.
• 2L of spirits or wine.
• Gifts and souvenirs to the value of Rs8,000.
• Reasonable quantities of medicines.

Import by non-residents is only permitted if the national has entered India for a stay of not more than six months within a 12-month period.

Banned Imports

Prohibited items include narcotics, pornography, counterfeit and pirated goods, and antiquities.

Restricted items include firearms and ammunition, live birds and animals, endangered species, gold and silver (other than ornaments), and Indian currency. Indian residents only may import up to Rs25,000.

Banned Exports

Prohibited items include narcotics, pornography, counterfeit and pirated goods, and antiquities.

Restricted items include firearms and ammunition, live birds and animals, endangered species, and Indian currency. Indian residents only may export up to Rs25,000.

Indonesia

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Indonesia by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 100g of tobacco.
• 1L of alcoholic beverages.
• Gifts up to a value of US$250 per person or US$1,000 per family.

Banned Imports

Prohibited and restricted goods include narcotics, firearms and ammunition, air guns, sharp weapons, explosives, pornography, animals, fish, plants, films and video recordings.

Banned Exports

It is forbidden to take tortoise shells, crocodile skins or ivory out of the country.

Iran

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Iran without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.

Importing alcohol is illegal.

Banned Imports

Prohibited items include alcoholic drinks, narcotics, gambling devices, weapons and ammunition, explosives, counterfeit goods, anti-Islamic publications, and publications, photos and films considered to be against the religious and national dignity of Iran.

Restricted items include animals, fish, plants, medicines (other than those prescribed for personal use), and telecommunications equipment.

Banned Exports

All prohibited imports are also banned from export, along with antiquities and cultural artefacts.

The export of gold is restricted to 150g and the export of silver is restricted to 3kg.

Iraq

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Iraq without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 25 cigarillos or 10 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of spirits.
• 2L of fortified wine.
• 2L of wine.
• 8L of beer.

Residents of Iraq may import goods up to the value of ID500,000 within a 72-hour period. There is no specific value for non-residents, provided the goods are for personal use.

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include magazines, films and videos 'contrary to public norms', arms and ammunition, explosives and narcotics.

Restricted imports include non-military explosives, industrial materials used in explosive devices such as fertiliser, and fowl or poultry products from countries with outbreaks of avian influenza.

Banned Exports

Prohibited exports include magazines, films and videos 'contrary to public norms', historical artefacts, arms and ammunition, explosives and narcotics.

Restricted exports include non-military explosives, certain foodstuffs (eg sugar, tea and wheat), animals (excluding household pets), bar soap and detergents (other than for personal use), and certain manufactured goods (eg steel and wood), and date palm seedlings and shoots.

Ireland

Overview

Ireland is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragrance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22% volume, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

However, you can only import up to 300 cigarettes from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania. There is no limit on other tobacco products from these countries, provided they are for your own personal use.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Ireland by travellers over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 (reduced to €215 for children under 15).

Banned Imports

Drugs, indecent or obscene goods, and certain foodstuffs. In addition, if arriving from outside the EU, you cannot import plants or bulbs, live or dead animals, poultry, birds or eggs, hay or straw, and meat and dairy products.

To import firearms and ammunition, fireworks and explosives, or domestic pets, you must obtain a licence.

Israel

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Israel without incurring customs duty (alcohol and tobacco can only be imported by persons aged 17 years and over):

• 250g of tobacco products.
• 1L of spirits and 2L of wine.
• 3kg of food (each item may not weigh more than 1kg).
• Gifts and other goods to the value of US$200.

Banned Imports

Prohibited and restricted items include firearms, plants, raw meat, raw material, counterfeit currency or documents, and knives not intended for professional use.

Italy

Overview

Italy is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragrance, skincare, cosmetics, champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22% volume, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Italy by persons over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers (reduced to €150 for children under 15).

Banned Imports

Meat and milk and any derivative products from most non-EU countries, protected animal and plant species, unlicensed firearms and weapons, and counterfeit goods.

Banned Exports

Cultural artefacts which are more than 50 years old must be accompanied by an export licence.

Ivory Coast

Overview

The following goods may be imported into the Ivory Coast by passengers over 15 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 250g of tobacco or 100 cigarillos.
• 1 bottle of wine.
• 1 bottle of spirits.
• 500ml of eau de toilette.
• 250ml of perfume.

Jamaica

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Jamaica without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 230g of tobacco.
• 1L of alcoholic drinks.
• 170ml of perfume and 340ml of eau de toilette.
• US$500 of other goods (Jamaican passport holders and residents only).

Banned Imports

Prohibited items include narcotics, indecent or obscene prints and publications, counterfeit coins, and all publications of de Laurence Scott and Company or Red Star Publishing Company of Chicago, USA relating to divination, magic, cultism or supernatural arts.

If you wish to import meat products for personal use, you must obtain an import licence.

Japan

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Japan by travellers 20 years of age and older without incurring customs duty:

• 400 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 500g of tobacco or 500g of a combination of these.
• 3 bottles (approximately 750ml each) of alcohol.
• 60ml of perfume.
• Other goods up to the value of ¥200,000.

Banned Imports

Prohibited items include narcotics, firearms and ammunition, explosives, counterfeit money, obscene material, and articles which infringe upon intellectual copyright.

Restricted items include animals, plants, medicines and cosmetics, hunting guns, air guns and swords.

You should be aware that in Japan cold and flu medication containing stimulants are illegal. You are not permitted to take commonly available nasal decongestant medication such as Sudafed and Vicks inhalers into Japan.

Banned Exports

Narcotics and stimulants, child pornography and goods that violate design copyrights, trademarks, patents, breeding and intellectual copyrights.

Jordan

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Jordan by people 18 years of age and older without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200g of tobacco.
• 1L of alcoholic drinks.
• 1 or 2 opened bottles of perfume.
• Gifts up to the value of JD200.

There are extensive duty-free shops at the airport, both in arrivals and departures, and at every border crossing by land. Within 14 days of your arrival in Jordan, you can also go to the Duty Free Shop on Tunis Street, near 4th Circle in Amman, to buy your permitted allowance of cigarettes, alcohol and other luxury goods without paying duty. Bring your passport with you.

Banned Imports

Narcotics, firearms and ammunition, and pornography.

Banned Exports

Antiquities (classed as items dating from before AD1750).

Kazakhstan

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Kazakhstan by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 200g of tobacco products.
• 3L of alcoholic beverages.
• A reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use.
• Goods up to the value of €1,500 for personal use only.

On entering the country, you must complete a customs declaration form, which you must retain until departure. This allows the import of articles intended for personal use, including currency and valuables, which you must register on the declaration form. You must export these at the end of the stay. Customs inspection can be long and detailed. It is advisable to keep receipts for items bought in Kazakhstan in order to avoid difficulties at customs on departure.

Banned Imports

Photographs and printed matter directed against Kazakhstan, military arms and ammunition, narcotics and live animals.

Food must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate.

Banned Exports

Arms and ammunition, precious metals and stones, and furs.

Antiquities and art objects require an export permit.

Kenya

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Kenya by passengers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 250g of tobacco products.
• 1L of spirits or 2L of wine.
• 500ml of perfume and eau de toilette, of which not more than a quarter may be perfume.

Banned Imports

Prohibited items include counterfeit money and goods, pornography, matches made using white phosphorus, narcotics, soaps and cosmetics containing mercury, and used tyres.

Restricted items include animal traps, unwrought precious metals and stones, arms and ammunition, ivory, hippopotamus teeth, rhinoceros horn, tortoise shell, whalebone, antlers, coral, endangered species, and historic artefacts.

Kuwait

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Kuwait without incurring customs duty:

• 500 cigarettes or 900g of tobacco.

Banned Imports

Alcohol, drugs, unsealed milk products, unsealed salty fish, unsealed olives and pickles, food prepared abroad, fresh vegetables, shellfish and its products, fresh figs and mineral water.

Penalties for attempting to smuggle restricted items are severe.

Latvia

Overview

Latvia is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22% volume, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Latvia by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco (if arriving by air).
• 40 cigarettes or 20 cigarillos or 10 cigars or 50g of tobacco (if arriving by road, rail or water).
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of €400 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers (reduced to €285 for children under 15).

Banned Imports

Meat and dairy products from outside the EU, narcotics, counterfeit goods, and unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

The import of plants and plant products from outside the EU is restricted and in some cases prohibited.

Banned Exports

You must obtain a permit from the State Inspection for Heritage Protection to export art and antiques which are more than 50 years old.

Lebanon

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Lebanon by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 800 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 1kg of tobacco.
• 2L of spirits or fortified wines or 4L of other alcoholic beverages.
• 1L of eau de cologne and 100ml of perfume.
• Personal belongings not exceeding L£2 million or L£500,000 for Lebanese, Syrian and Jordanian passengers or those arriving from Syria or Jordan.

Those aged under 18 years are permitted half the specified quantities for duty free except tobacco and alcoholic beverages, which are forbidden.

Banned Imports

Arms, ammunition, narcotics, and immoral publications and recordings.

Banned Exports

Arms, ammunition, narcotics, archaeological artefacts and currencies.

Antiques require an export licence.

Lithuania

Overview

Lithuania is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22% volume, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Lithuania by persons over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco (if arriving by air).
• 40 cigarettes or 20 cigarillos or 10 cigars or 50g of tobacco (if arriving by other means).
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers (reduced to €150 for children under 15).

Banned Imports

Meat and dairy products from outside the EU, narcotics, and unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

There are restrictions on the import of plants and plant products.

Banned Exports

Drugs, and unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

You need to obtain a permit to export cultural artefacts and antiques.

Luxembourg

Overview

Luxembourg is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to bring in fragrances, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, beer, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22% volume, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Luxembourg by travellers over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air travellers and €300 for other travellers (reduced to €150 for children under 15).

Banned Imports

You can't import products of animal or plant origin which originate from outside the EEA or Switzerland. Normal international restrictions on narcotics, firearms and endangered species apply.

Banned Exports

Normal international restrictions on the movement of narcotics, firearms and endangered species apply. There are also restrictions on the export of cultural goods such as antiques or works of art.

Malaysia

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Malaysia without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 225g of tobacco.
• 1L of alcoholic drinks.
• Food up to the value of RM75.
• 3 pieces of new clothing and 1 new pair of shoes.
• 1 portable electronic item for personal care.
• Other goods up to the value of RM400.

To be eligible for these duty-free allowances, residents must have been out of the country for at least 72 hours and non-residents must plan to visit Malaysia for at least 72 hours.

Banned Imports

Illicit drugs, counterfeit currency, indecent publications (books, films, paintings etc), anything considered prejudicial to the interest of Malaysia, piranha fish, turtle eggs, cocoa pods, daggers or flick knives, articles resembling syringes (eg pens or pencils), and poisonous chemicals.

Also prohibited unless accompanied by an import licence are animals, fish, meat, plants, eggs in their shells, explosives and fireworks, arms and ammunition, imitation arms, soil, rice, coral and pharmaceutical products.

The penalty for drug trafficking is death by hanging.

Banned Exports

Illicit drugs, turtle eggs and rattan from the Malaysian peninsula.

Also prohibited unless accompanied by an export licence are animals, birds, poultry, meat, cockles, plants, over 3kg of vegetables, palm kernels and seeds, military clothing and equipment, arms and ammunition, antiquities, sugar, rice, coral, live prawns/shrimp/fish, and collections of cultural value (eg of zoological or archaeological interest).

Maldives

Overview

The following goods may be imported into the Maldives over 16 years old without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• Goods to the value of MRf6,000.

It’s important to note that while you can drink alcohol in all resorts, it’s illegal to import any alcoholic drinks. A doctor's prescription is required for all medication.

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include religious materials offensive to Islam, idols for worship, pornography, narcotics, live pigs, dogs and dangerous animals.

Restricted imports include alcohol, arms and ammunition, chemicals, pork, live animals and plants, and communications equipment.

Banned Exports

Numerous fish and marine products are banned from export, including coral, black coral necklaces, turtle shell, mother of pearl, conch shell and lobster meat.

Malta

Overview

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import into Malta, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22%, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Malta by persons over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%.
• Other goods up to the value of €430.

Banned Imports

Firearms and ammunition, counterfeit goods, unlicensed drugs, obscene literature and other media, animals and birds (dead or alive), plants, and dairy and meat products from outside the EU.

Mauritius

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Mauritius by travellers aged 18 and over without incurring customs duty:

• 250g of tobacco products.
• 1L of spirits and 2L of wine or beer.
• Other goods to the value of Rp7,500 (Mauritians under 12 years old or foreigners) or Rp15,000 (Mauritians over 12 years old).

Banned Imports

Prohibited items include dangerous drugs, obscene literature and pornographic materials.

Restricted items requiring a permit include arms and ammunition, and endangered species.

You must declare all fruits and vegetables, plants and seeds, handicrafts made from animal parts (eg bone or feathers), wooden items, and outdoor equipment which may contain traces of soil such as camping gear, golf clubs, bikes and sports shoes.

If carrying prescription medicines, you must bring a copy of the prescription and ensure the medicines are in the original, labelled container.

Mexico

Overview

The following goods may be brought into Mexico by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200g of tobacco.
• 3L of spirits and 6L of wine.
• Other goods to the value of US$500 (if arriving by air) or US$300 (if arriving by land). Mexican nationals may bring goods to the value of US$500 if arriving by land during holiday periods such as Easter week.

Banned Imports

Prohibited or restricted items include narcotics, images depicting childhood in a degrading manner, live species of predatory fish, firearms and ammunition, and used clothing that is not part of your personal luggage.

Banned Exports

Archaeological artefacts.

Moldova

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Moldova by travellers aged 18 years or older without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars or cigarillos.
• 2L of spirits and/or wine and 5L of beer.
• Other goods to the value of €200.

Banned Exports

Check with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism before exporting items of cultural value; the export of certain artefacts is prohibited and other goods may require a permit.

Morocco

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Morocco without incurring customs duty:

• 200g of tobacco products.
• 1 bottle of spirits and 1 bottle of wine.
• 150ml of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette.
• Gifts to the value of Dh2,000.

Banned Imports

Firearms and ammunition, narcotics, absinthe, immoral publications, and plants and plant products considered a threat to national flora.

Banned Exports

You must obtain permission to export cultural artefacts.

Myanmar

Overview

The following goods may be taken into Myanmar without incurring customs duty:

• 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 2L of alcoholic drinks.
• 150ml of perfume.
• Other goods to the value of US$500.

Officially, you must declare valuable jewellery; failure to do so may result in you being refused permission to export it on departure.

Banned Imports

Counterfeit currencies and goods, pornography, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, playing cards, and goods bearing the image of the national flag, the emblem of Buddha or the pagodas of Myanmar.

Banned Exports

Arms and ammunitions, pornography, antiques, endangered species, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

You can export gems, jewellery and silverware purchased from authorised shops, but you should obtain paperwork for anything of significant age or value.

Nepal

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Nepal by foreign visitors without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars and 20g of tobacco.
• 1.15L of spirits or wine or 12 cans of beer.
• Medicine not exceeding Rs10,000 in value.
• Canned food not exceeding Rs1,000 in value.
• Fresh fruit not exceeding Rs2,000 in value.
• 50g of gold ornaments and 100g of silver ornaments.

All baggage must be declared on arrival and departure. Certain goods including cameras, videos and electronic goods may only be imported duty-free if they are exported on departure. They may not be left in Nepal.

Banned Imports

Prohibited items include narcotics, beef and plastic bags less than 20 microns thick.

Restricted items include firearms and ammunition, radio equipment and poppy seeds.

Banned Exports

Goods of historical, archaeological or religious importance, wild fauna, narcotics, firearms and ammunition, and certain herbs and woods.

Netherlands

Overview

The Netherlands is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22% volume, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into the Netherlands by persons over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 or €300 if arriving by private aircraft or yacht.

Banned Imports

Counterfeit goods, endangered plant and animal species, arms and ammunition, narcotics, antiques without an export permit from the country of origin, and uncertified plants, meat and dairy products from outside the EU.

Banned Exports

Counterfeit goods, uncertified plant and animal products, endangered plant and animal species, arms and ammunition, and unlicensed cultural artefacts.

New Zealand

Overview

The following items may be imported into New Zealand by persons of 17 years of age and over without incurring customs duty:

• 50 cigarettes or 50g of tobacco or cigars or a mixture of all three weighing no more than 50g.
• 4.5L of wine or beer.
• 3 bottles of 1.125L of spirits or liqueurs.
• Other goods to the value of NZ$700.

Banned Imports

Because of the importance of agriculture and horticulture to the New Zealand economy, it is illegal to import most foodstuffs (meat, meat products, honey, fruit and dairy). Customs and agricultural officers view any breach of the laws extremely seriously and travellers are fined on the spot. Take care when importing wood products, such as golf clubs, shoes and items made from animal skin and feathers. For further information, contact the nearest embassy, high commission or consulate.

The import of the following items is also prohibited: drugs, counterfeit goods, firearms and weapons (unless a special permit is obtained from the New Zealand police), ivory in any form, tortoise or turtle shell jewellery and ornaments, medicines using musk, rhinoceros or tiger derivatives, carvings or anything made from whalebone or bone from any other marine animals, cat skins or coats, and certain drugs (eg diuretics, depressants, stimulants, heart drugs, tranquillisers, sleeping pills) unless covered by a doctor's prescription. The New Zealand Customs Service website (www.customs.govt.nz) contains comprehensive advice for travellers and details all restricted items. There are heavy fines in place for those caught breaking these rules.

Banned Exports

There are export restrictions on firearms and ammunition, drugs, wildlife, plantlife, antiquities and works of art.

Nigeria

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Nigeria by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200g of tobacco products.
• 1L of spirits and 1L of wine.
• 284ml of perfume.
• Gifts to the value of ?50,000 (excluding jewellery, photographic equipment, electronics and luxury goods).

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include birds and birds' eggs, pork, beef, water containing added sugar or sweeteners, certain medicines and mosquito repellent coils. For a full list see www.customs.gov.ng.

Banned Exports

All banned imports as well as maize, timber, raw hides or skin, endangered species, and artefacts and antitquities.

Norway

Overview

The following items can be imported into Norway without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco products and 200 leaves of cigarette paper.
• 1L of spirits over 22% volume and 1.5L wine less than 22% volume and 2L of beer up to 4.7% volume. You can exchange the spirits allowance for 1.5L of wine and beer and can exchange the wine allowance for the equivalent amount of beer. You can also exchange the tobacco allowance for 1.5L of wine or beer.
• Goods to the value of Kr6,000 (if out of Norway for more than 24 hours) or Kr3,000 (if out of Norway for less than 24 hours). Note this includes any alcohol or beer.
• 10kg of meat and meat products, cheese and foodstuffs (except dog and cat food).

You must be over 18 years old to import tobacco and alcohol. You must be over 20 years old to import spirits over 22% volume.

Banned Imports

The following items are prohibited without special permission: drugs and medicines (other than prescription medication), spirits over 60% volume, weapons and ammunition, fireworks, potatoes, meat and dairy products from outside the EEA, mammals, birds and exotic animals, and plants and their parts.

Banned Exports

Endangered species or eggs of endangered species, antiques (except with a permit), or more than 15kg of fish that you've caught yourself (except salmon, trout or Arctic char, for which there is no limit).

Oman

Overview

The following items may be imported into Oman without incurring customs duty:

• Up to 2L or 24 cans of alcoholic beverages (non-Muslims over the age of 21 only).
• 400 cigarettes.
• 100ml of perfume.
• 10 DVDs.

Meat products officially require an Islamic slaughter certificate and import licence. Medicines in their original packaging and with the original label should be accompanied by a prescription or medical certificate. Certain medicines may be illegal in Oman and may be treated as narcotics, so you should check with your nearest embassy before you go.

Banned Imports

The import and use of narcotics and obscene material are forbidden and can lead to imprisonment. There are severe penalties for drug offences including, in some cases, the death penalty. 'Soft' drugs are treated as seriously as 'hard' drugs. The possession of small quantities of cannabis can lead to a 12-month prison sentence and deportation.

The list of banned imports also includes leaves, flowers, seeds and stems of cannabis, raw or prepared opium, weapons, firearms and ammunition, fireworks, and alcoholic drinks (unless you are a non-Muslim).

Banned Exports

All the materials mentioned above are banned for export unless authorised by the General Inspector of Police and Customs.

Pakistan

Overview

The following items may be imported into Pakistan by tourists over the age of 18 without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 500g of tobacco.
• Other goods to the value of US$100.

Banned Imports

Alcoholic drinks, animal feed from BSE-infected countries, anti-Islamic goods, counterfeit or pirated goods, fireworks, Koran translations without accompanying Arabic text, indecent and obscene material, items that infringe intellectual property rights, weapons, and firearms and ammunition.

Banned Exports

Antiques, items that infringe intellectual property rights, certain chemicals, counterfeit and pirated goods, endangered species, indecent and obscene material, intoxicating liquors, and narcotics.

Panama

Overview

The following items may be imported into Panama without incurring customs duty:

• 10 packs of cigarettes or 2 packets of tobacco.
• 5 bottles or 3.8L of alcoholic drinks.
• Goods up to the value of B/.2,000.

You may bring in gifts, as long as you do not have more than six of each item.

Banned Imports

Fruit, vegetable and animal products, weapons, explosives, narcotics and hazardous materials.

Banned Exports

Narcotics.

Peru

Overview

The following items may be imported by visitors over 18 years of age into Peru without incurring customs duty:

• 20 packs of cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 3L of alcoholic beverages.
• Gifts or new articles for personal use up to a value of US$500.

Banned Imports

Unlicensed firearms and narcotics.

You must carry the appropriate certificates if importing plants or animals and their products.

Banned Exports

The export of artistic or cultural articles is prohibited. Taking protected plant and animal species out of Peru is also prohibited – this can include products containing seeds and feathers.

Philippines

Overview

The following items may be imported into the Philippines by travellers aged 18 and over without incurring customs duty:

• 2 cartons of cigarettes or 2 tins of tobacco.
• 2 bottles of alcoholic drinks.
• Goods to the total value of US$1,000 (US$2,000 for overseas-based Filipinos and US$250 for children under 18). You may only import one of each type of non-consumable item worth over US$200.

The total purchase for any calendar year may not exceed US$10,000.

Banned Imports

Firearms and ammunition, explosives, publications inciting treason or rebellion against the government, obscene or immoral materials, and anything related to carrying out or advertising abortions (which are illegal in the Philippines).

Poland

Overview

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Poland by travellers over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco (if arriving by air or sea).
• 40 cigarettes or 20 cigarillos or 10 cigars or 50g of tobacco (if arriving by land or rail).
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers.

Banned Imports

Unlicensed firearms and ammunition, narcotics, meat and dairy products from outside the EU. Endangered species require a permit.

You may only import small quantities of plants, fruit and vegetables for personal use, otherwise they require a phytosanitary certificate.

Banned Exports

Certain arts and antiquities require an export licence, eg archaeological artefacts more than 100 years old or paintings more than 50 years old. Endangered species also require a permit.

Portugal

Overview

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22% volume, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Portugal by persons over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers (reduced to €150 for children under 15).

Banned Imports

Prohibited and restricted imports include drugs, radioactive products, offensive weapons, firearms, explosives and ammunition, and protected plants and animals.

Puerto Rico

Overview

In general duty-free regulations are the same for Puerto Rico as for the USA. The following goods may be imported by visitors over 21 years of age into Puerto Rico without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigars.
• 1L of alcoholic beverages.

Further information on US customs regulations is available online (www.cbp.gov).

Banned Imports

Narcotics and dangerous drugs (unless for medical purposes), absinthe, biological materials, some seeds, fruits and plants (including endangered species of plants and vegetables and their products), unlicensed firearms and ammunition, meat and poultry products (fresh, dried or canned), any fish or their eggs (unless certified as disease free and canned, pickled or smoked), dairy products and eggs, Cuban cigars, wildlife and endangered species, dog and cat fur, some art and artefacts, imports from Iran and leather souvenirs from Haiti (eg drums), some automobiles, counterfeit goods, merchandise from embargoed countries (Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, and most of Sudan), and unauthorised cultural artefacts.

Banned Exports

All visitors leaving Puerto Rico are required to send their checked luggage through US Food and Drug Administration screening, which scans for animals, fruits, vegetables, and current prohibited items by X-ray.

Qatar

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Qatar without incurring customs duty:

• 400 cigarettes.
• Personal items and gifts up to a value of QR3,000.

Banned Imports

Alcoholic drinks, drugs, indecent materials (books, magazines etc), weapons, ammunitions, explosives and radioactive equipment.

Romania

Overview

Romania is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22% volume, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Romania by persons over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 40 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers.

Banned Imports

Ammunition, weapons, explosives, narcotics and counterfeit goods.

There are restrictions on the import of meat and dairy products from outside the EU.

You must obtain a permit to import protected species.

Banned Exports

Articles of cultural, historical or artistic value.

Russia

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Russia by persons aged 18 years and older without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 3L of alcohol.
• Goods to the value of €1,500 weighing up to 50kg.

Banned Imports

Arms and ammunition, undercover surveillance and intelligence gathering equipment, and narcotics.

Banned Exports

Arms and ammunition, undercover surveillance and intelligence gathering equipment, narcotics, objects of cultural value, plants and seeds, vegetables, raw precious metals, minerals, wild plants and animals, and endangered species (unless you have a permit).

Saudi Arabia

Overview

The following items may be imported into Saudi Arabia without incurring customs duty:

• 600 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 500g of tobacco.
• Goods to the value of SAR3,000.

Digital devices can be subject to inspection – and often by officials who may not know how to properly operate such devices. The result can occasionally involve wiped hard drives but is more often just a delay. With the country’s ban on pornography, it is wise to remove risqué images from your devices.

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include pork, dogs, narcotics, alcoholic drinks, anti-Islamic goods and publications, gambling devices, weapons and ammunition, explosives, fireworks, unlabelled medication, nutmeg, goods which prominently display flags of another country, goods bearing names and pictures of celebrities, wild animal hides and counterfeit money.

Restricted imports include live animals, plants, fresh fruit, seeds, eggs, wheat, chemicals, hunting arms, antiques and endangered animals.

Banned Exports

Prohibited exports include livestock, formula milk, animal feeds, natural sand and Zamzam water.

Restricted exports include wild animals, wheat, medication, antiques and endangered animals.

Serbia

Overview

The following items may be imported into Serbia without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of alcoholic drinks.
• 1 bottle of perfume and 1 bottle of eau de toilette.
• Goods up to the value of €100.

Banned Imports

Drugs, and weapons and ammunition, unless they are for hunting purposes and the hunt is organised by the Hunting Association of Serbia.

Banned Exports

You must obtain permission from the Ministry of Culture to export items of artistic or cultural value. Hunting trophies require a shipping document or trophy certificate.

Seychelles

Overview

The following items may be imported into the Seychelles by travellers aged 18 years or older without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco.
• 2L of spirits and 2L of wine.
• 200ml of perfume or eau de toilette.
• Food items not exceeding Rs3,000.

Banned Imports

Prohibited goods (unless prior authorisation has been granted) include dangerous drugs, firearms and ammunition, offensive weapons (including spear guns), plants and plant products, animals and animal products, chemicals, radioactive substances, biological specimens, medicines (unless prescribed), poisons, fireworks and explosives.

Pornography is completely prohibited.

Banned Exports

Endangered species.

Singapore

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Singapore by travellers aged 18 years and older without incurring customs duty:

• 1L of spirits.
• 1L of wine.
• 1L of beer.
• Goods to the value of S$600 (if out of the country for more than 48 hours) or S$150 (if out of the country for less than 48 hours).

There is no duty-free allowance for cigarettes and tobacco products.

These allowances do not apply if arriving from Malaysia or if you've spent less than 48 hours out of Singapore. If you don't use your allowance of spirits, then you may import an additional 1L of either wine or beer without incurring customs duty. Alcohol is expensive in Singapore, so bringing in duty-free drinks within these limits is a popular way to save a little money. You can find further information on the Singapore Customs website (www.customs.gov.sg).

Banned Imports

Chewing gum, chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes and other ‘imitation tobacco products’, cigarette lighters of revolver or pistol shape, controlled drugs or psychotrophic substances, firecrackers, endangered species of wildlife and their byproducts, all pornographic films and literature, reproduction of copyright material, and seditious or treasonous material. The penalties for possession of narcotics are severe and visitors not complying with drug regulations do so at the risk of death.

A permit is required in order to import various restricted items. These include animals and their byproducts, meat, fruit, vegetables, fish, arms, explosives, bullet-proof clothing, toy guns, weapons, films, videos, video games, publications, audio records, pharmaceuticals, poisons, telecommunication and radio communication equipment and radioactive materials.

Banned Exports

Export permits are required for items including arms, ammunition, explosives, animals, telecommunications equipment, film, videotapes and discs, precious metals and stones, and drugs and poisons.

Slovenia

Overview

Slovenia is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22% volume, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Slovenia by persons over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers (reduced to €150 for children under 15).

Banned Imports

Meat and dairy products from outside the EEA, endangered species (unless you have a permit), narcotics, unlicensed weapons and ammunition, explosives, medicines (unless for personal use), and some plants.

Banned Exports

Endangered species (unless you have a permit), narcotics, unlicensed weapons and ammunition, and fresh or processed mushrooms.

South Africa

Overview

The following goods may be imported into South Africa by passengers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes and 20 cigars and 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of spirits or liqueurs and 2L of wine.
• 50ml of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette.
• Other goods up to a value of R5,000 (R25,000 if arriving from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia or Swaziland); this allowance is valid once per person in a 30-day period and only if you have been out of the country for at least 48 hours.

Banned Imports

Prohibited goods include narcotics, firearms, weapons and ammunition, poison, cigarettes with a mass of more than 2kg per 1,000, counterfeit goods, unlawful reproductions of any works subject to copyright, and prison-made goods.

Restricted goods requiring an import permit include South African bank notes in excess of R25,000, gold coins, coin and stamp collections, unprocessed gold, endangered species, food, plants, animals, biological goods, and medicines (excluding three months' personal supply accompanied by a letter or certified prescription from a registered doctor).

Banned Exports

You may require a licence to export precious stones or minerals.

South Korea

Overview

The following goods may be imported into South Korea by travellers aged 19 and over without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes.
• 1 bottle of alcohol up to 1L.
• 60ml of perfume.
• Other goods to the value of US$400.

Banned Imports

Prohibited and restricted goods include weapons, food (small quantities allowed, but you must declare it), counterfeit goods and money, publications infringing upon the constitution and public peace, narcotics and endangered species.

Banned Exports

The export of counterfeit goods is taken very seriously and can be subject to a prison sentence.

Spain

Overview

Spain is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragrance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22% volume, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Spain by persons over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers.

Banned Imports

Meat and dairy products from outside the EU, and unauthorised firearms and ammunition.

Banned Exports

Endangered species require an export permit.

Sri Lanka

Overview

The following items may be imported into Sri Lanka by persons over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 2 bottles of wine and 1.5L of spirits.
• A small quantity of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette.
• Souvenirs up to US$250 in value.

There is no duty-free allowance for tobacco products. You must declare valuable items such as cameras and laptops on arrival and must take these out of the country again when you leave.

Banned Imports

Non-prescription drugs and pornography.

Banned Exports

Wild animals and their parts, coral, shells and protected marine products. Over 450 plants can only be exported with a licence.

You may only export antiques (items over 50 years old) with a permit from the Director of National Archives and the Director General of the Department of Archaeology.

St Lucia

Overview

The following items may be imported into St Lucia by travellers over the age of 18 without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 225g of tobacco.
• 1.2L of alcoholic beverages.
• Other gifts or souvenirs to the value of US$250.

You may only claim this allowance once a year.

Banned Imports

The following items may not be brought into the St Lucia:

• Counterfeit currency and coins.
• Indecent or obscene photographs, painting or objects.
• Any narcotics including marijuana, morphine, LSD, opium and morphine.
• Flick knives and blades.
• Shaving brushes made in or exported from Japan.
• All matter associated with black magic and occultism.

Banned Exports

The following items may not be exported from St Lucia without the correct consent:

• Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
• Ginger and dry coconuts.
• Any goods that have the coat of arms or the flag of St Lucia.
• Rare or threatened species of animals or plants, their products and derivatives.

For a comprehensive list of prohibited imports and exports see the St Lucia Customs departmental website www.customs.gov.lc.

Sweden

Overview

Sweden is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragance, skincare, cosmetics, champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22%, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Sweden without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of Kr4,300 for air and sea travellers and Kr3,000 for other travellers.

You must be at least 20 years old to import alcohol and 18 years old to import tobacco.

Banned Imports

Unlicensed firearms and ammunition, meat and dairy products from outside the EEA, and medicines and narcotics (unless prescribed).

Banned Exports

Unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

Switzerland

Overview

The following items may be imported into Switzerland by travellers over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 250 cigarettes or 250g of other tobacco products.
• 5L of alcoholic drinks up to 18% volume and 1L of alcoholic drinks over 18% volume.
• Goods to a value of SFr300.

Banned Imports

Prohibited or restricted goods include endangered species, cash and foreign currency, narcotics, counterfeit goods, cultural property, medicines, plants, radar warning devices, animals and animal products, and weapons.

Banned Exports

Unlicensed firearms, counterfeit goods and narcotics. You must declare any cultural property.

Taiwan

Overview

The following items may be imported by persons over 20 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 454g of tobacco.
• 1L of alcoholic beverages.
• Other goods for personal use up to the value of NT$20,000.

Banned Imports

Fruit, live animals (other than pets with permits), plants and their products, narcotics, arms and ammunition, endangered species (unless you have a permit), and articles infringing upon the rights of patents, trademarks and copyrights.

Tanzania

Overview

The following items may be imported into Tanzania by travellers over 17 without incurring customs duty:

• 250g of cigarettes, cigars and tobacco (combined weight).
• 1L of spirits or wine.
• 500ml of perfume and eau de toilette, of which no more than a quarter may be perfume.

Banned Imports

Unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

Plants and plant products require a phytosanitary certificate.

Banned Exports

The export of gold, diamonds and tanzanite unless bought from a licensed jeweller is prohibited. Exporting souvenirs made from wildlife skins (this includes reptiles), shells and coral is forbidden.

Thailand

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Thailand without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 250g of cigars or tobacco.
• 1L of alcohol.
• Goods to the value of ?10,000.

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include obscene and pornographic objects and publications, goods displaying the Thai national flag, narcotics, counterfeit currency, fake Royal/official seals, and pirated and counterfeit goods.

Restricted imports include drugs, food, weapons and ammunition, antiques and artworks, and endangered species.

Any drug-related offences are severely punished and may result in life imprisonment or even the death penalty.

Banned Exports

There are restrictions on the export of illegal drugs and all firearms and ammunition. The export of antiques or artworks requires a certificate of authorisation from the Department of Fine Arts in Thailand.

Trinidad and Tobago

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Trinidad and Tobago by persons over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1.5L of wine or spirits.
• Goods up to the value of TT$3,000 (you can only claim this limit once a year; if you make multiple trips, a record will be made of each claim until you meet the limit).

Banned Imports

Prohibited and restricted imports include firearms, honey, some toy guns and pornography.

Tunisia

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Tunisia without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 500g of tobacco.
• 1L of alcoholic drinks over 25% volume and 2L of alcoholic drinks less than 25% volume.

Banned Imports

Prohibited items include local currency, firearms (other than authorised hunting weapons), explosives, narcotics, counterfeit goods, used clothing (other than for personal use), palm trees and branches, henna, dangerous dogs, and anything considered harmful to good morals, health, public safety or state security.

Restricted items include professional audiovisual material, some telecommunications equipment, plants and animals, hunting rifles, and weighing and measuring instruments.

Banned Exports

Local currency, antiquities and artworks, firearms (other than authorised hunting rifles), explosives, narcotics, counterfeit goods, endangered species, and anything considered harmful to good morals, health, public safety or state security.

Turkey

Overview

The following goods may be imported into Turkey by travellers aged 18 and over without incurring customs duty:

• 400 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars and 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of alcohol over 22% volume or 2L of alcohol under 22% volume.
• 600ml of perfume and eau de toilette.
• 2kg of food products (eg tea, coffee or confectionery).
• Souvenirs to the value of €430 (reduced to €150 for children under 15).

Banned Imports

Narcotics. Sharp implements (including camping knives) and weapons require a special permit.

Banned Exports

The export of souvenirs such as carpets is subject to customs regulations regarding age and value. The export of antiques is strictly forbidden, with harsh penalties for those caught doing so. Minerals may only be exported under licence from the General Directorate of Mining Exploration & Research. You can't export tea, coffee, grain products or spices.

Ukraine

Overview

The following items may be imported into Ukraine by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of spirits and 2L of wine and 5L of beer.
• Food products to the value of €200, weighing no more than 2kg.
• Other goods to the value of €1,000 if arriving by air or €500 if arriving by land or sea, weighing no more than 50kg.

Banned Imports

Illegal drugs and unlicensed firearms.

Banned Exports

Illegal drugs and unlicensed firearms.

You must obtain authorisation to export cultural goods.

United Arab Emirates

Overview

The following items may be imported into the United Arab Emirates without incurring customs duty:

• 400 cigarettes and 50 cigars and 500g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine or spirits or 24 cans of beer.
• Goods to the value of AED3,000.

Banned Imports

Narcotics, goods from boycotted countries (eg Israel), ivory, rhino horn, gambling devices, original engravings, prints or sculptures, any immoral publications or media contradicting Islamic teachings, counterfeit currency, and cooked or homemade food.

If you are planning to carry medication into the country, check with your embassy in advance, as some common, over-the-counter medicines that are freely available elsewhere in the world are prohibited in the UAE. Penalties are severe - you could go to prison if you’re caught.

United Kingdom

Overview

Goods obtained duty and tax paid in the EU are unlimited, as long as tax was paid in the country and they are for your own use. If you bring in more than the following, customs officials are more likely to ask the reason for holding the goods:

• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 90L of still wine.
• 110L of beer.
• 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22% or 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into the UK by persons over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco. These can be combined provided travellers do not exceed their total tobacco allowance.
• 4L of still wine.
• 1L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22% or 2L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%. These can be combined provided travellers do not exceed their total alcohol allowance.
• 16L of beer.
• Other goods including souvenirs up to the value of £390 (or £270 if arriving by private plane or boat).

The Channel Islands and Gibraltar are treated as being outside of the EU for duty-free purposes.

Banned Imports

Prohibited items include illegal drugs, offensive weapons, self-defence sprays, indecent and obscene material, counterfeit and pirated goods, and meat, dairy and other animal products from outside the EEA.

Restricted items include firearms, explosives and ammunition, live animals, endangered species, rough diamonds, and certain radio transmitters.

United States of America

Overview

The following goods may be imported by visitors over 21 years of age into the USA without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigars.
• 1L of alcoholic beverage.
• Goods up to a value of US$800 (returning residents who have been out of the country for at least 48 hours; this limit is applicable once every 30 days and is reduced to US$200 for travellers who have already used the allowance or have been out of the USA for less than 48 hours).
• Goods up to a value of US$100 (non-residents visiting the USA for at least 72 hours).

Travellers arriving from certain Caribbean and Latin American countries may import up to 2L of alcoholic beverages, as long as at least 1L was produced in one of the applicable countries.

US residents returning from a US insular possession (American Samoa, Guam or US Virgin Islands) have a duty-free allowance of US$1,600, including up to 1,000 cigarettes (at least 800 of which must have been bought in the insular possession) and 5L of alcoholic beverages, one of which must be a product of the insular possession.

Further information on US customs regulations is available online (www.cbp.gov).

Banned Imports

The following are either banned or may only be imported under licence:

• Narcotics and dangerous drugs, unless for medical purposes (doctor's certificate required).
• Absinthe.
• Biological materials, some seeds, fruits and plants (including endangered species of plants and vegetables and their products).
• Firearms and ammunition (with some exceptions - consult the customs website).
• Meat and poultry products - fresh, dried or canned.
• Certain fish (unless certified as disease free).
• Dairy products and eggs.
• Wildlife and endangered species, including crustaceans, molluscs, eggs, game and hunting trophies and crafted articles of any part thereof.
• Dog and cat fur.
• Some art and artefacts.
• Haitian animal hide drums.
• Some automobiles.
• More than one article (limited to once every 30 days) displaying a counterfeit or confusingly similar logo to trademarked and copyrighted articles.
• Merchandise from embargoed countries: Cuba, Iran, Myanmar and most of Sudan; information materials (pamphlets, books, tapes, films and recordings) are permitted.

Banned Exports

Weapons and drugs.

Uruguay

Overview

The following items may be imported into Uruguay without incurring customs duty:

• Goods to the value of US$150 (travellers arriving by land), US$300 (travellers arriving by air or sea from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay) or US$500 (all other travellers arriving by air or sea).
• An additional US$500 of goods purchased at the duty-free shop on arrival, including 4L of alcohol (including 2L of spirits) and 4 cartons of cigarettes.

Travellers under 18 receive 50% of the usual allowance.

Banned Imports

Prohibited items include flammable objects, narcotics and obscene or pornographic materials.

Restricted items include firearms, plants, fruit, vegetables, seeds, flowers, and animals and their products.

Venezuela

Overview

The following items may be imported into Venezuela without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes and 25 cigars.
• 2L of alcoholic drinks.
• 4 small bottles of perfume.
• Goods up to a value of US$1,000.

Banned Imports

Narcotics are prohibited.

Restricted items include dairy products, flowers, animals, birds, weapons and artworks.

Vietnam

Overview

The following items may be freely imported into Vietnam by travellers without incurring customs duty:

• 400 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 500g of tobacco.
• 1.5L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of fortified wines or liqueurs under 22% volume or 3L of other alcoholic drinks.
• 5kg of tea and 3kg of coffee.
• Other goods to the value of ?5,000,000.

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include weapons, ammunition, explosives, military equipment, antiques, drugs, toxic chemicals, immoral products, firecrackers, more than 400 cigarettes, and raw gold.

Banned Exports

Prohibited exports include weapons, ammunition, explosives, military equipment, antiques, drugs, toxic chemicals, wild animals, endangered plants and animals, documents related to national security, and raw gold.

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