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Shopping Bag Allowance

Duty Free Allowances







Smoking Tobacco


Wine, Spirits and other liqueurs

1 litre of spirits or strong liqueurs over 22 per cent volume. 2 litres of fortified wine (such as port or sherry), sparkling wine or any other alcoholic drink that's less than 22 per cent volume.

All other goods ( including perfume, gifts and souvenirs)



  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Offensive weapons (such as flick-knives)
  • Obscene materials
  • Indecent and obscene material featuring children
  • Items that threaten health and the environment

Any traveller arriving in the UK may still be asked some questions to help protect the UK against illegal import of these items. HM Customs and Excise needs your help to prevent smuggling.

Meat Food and Plants

There are strict controls on the import of meat food and plants and the guidelines should be adhered to, if you bring items that are not allowed or exceed the allowances there are penalties. To check allowances please visit

Departing Duty Free Allowances

You can take advantage of tax and duty free shopping if you are travelling to the following NON EU countries:

  • Africa
  • Algeria
  • Asia
  • Australasia
  • Canada
  • Canary Islands (Tenerife, Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Fuerteventura)
  • Channel Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Morocco
  • North America
  • Norway
  • South America
  • Switzerland
  • The Far East
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey (Istanbul, Dalaman, Bodrum, Antalya, Izmir)

We are not restricted as to the amount of products we sell, but passengers are advised to consult the duty free allowance charts situated in the duty free shop. These charts list limits for all non EU destinations.

Via the EU If you're flying via an EU airport to a country outside the EU and you are in possession of a boarding card for your final destination, you can still buy goods at both duty and tax free prices at Stansted Airport.