Duty Free and Tax Free
Allowances when arriving from a non-EU country:
You will need to bring the goods in yourself, and have bought them for personal use only.
- 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250g of tobacco
- 4 litres of still wine
- 16 litres of beer
- 1 litre of spirits or strong liqueurs over 22% volume; or 2 litres of fortified wine, sparkling wine or other liqueurs
- Up to £390 worth of all other goods including gifts, perfume and souvenirs (£270 if arriving by private plane or private boat). If you exceed this you will have to pay tax.
Allowances when arriving from an EU country:
Again, you can only bring in goods that you are bringing in yourself for personal use. If this is the case then there are no limits to what you can bring in, however you will likely be asked questions if you are bringing in more than:
- 800 cigarettes, or 400 cigarillos, or 200 cigars, or 1 kg of smoking tobacco
- 110 litres of beer
- 10 litres of spirits
- 90 litres of wine
- 20 litres of fortified wine e.g. port or sherry
If a customs officer stops you, it is probably because they think that you are going to sell on the goods that you have brought into the country. The questions you are likely to be asked are:
- What it is and how much you’ve brought.
- The reason you bought them.
- The method you used to pay for them.
- Your travelling frequency.
- Your smoking and drinking habits.
You must choose the red channel to declare goods to customs if you have more than your duty free allowance, or if you have banned or restricted goods, or you are planning to sell them.
Location of Duty Free Stores
After Security - open 24 hours
Arrivals - open 24 hours
After security - open 24 hours
Arrivals - open 04:00-22:00
Collect and Return or Reserve From Home
At Gatwick Airport you can choose from these services to really make your duty free shopping as efficient as possible.
With Reserve From Home, you can reserve selected products by emailing your requests 3 - 7 days in advance of your trip. You can then pick them up at the airport and save a lot of time!
With Collect and Return, you can purchase your goods as normal at the airport, but Gatwick will then store these for you whilst you are away. On your return you can collect these from the Excess Baggage desks in the arrivals hall. No need to worry about space constraints!
When connecting through the EU, as long as when you purchased your duty free liquid items it was packaged into a tamper evident bag and you have kept your proof of purchase, you can take it through the airport to your next flight. If you are connecting within the US or Canada, you will need to place it in your hold luggage as the 100ml liquid rule will apply.
For bringing in dogs, cats, or ferrets, check out our Guide to Pet Travel on our Heathrow Guide.
Other animals that are native to the UK must spend time in quarantine.
For non-native animals, there are other, more specific rules.
If you are travelling from inside the EU, there aren’t any restrictions on what food you can bring in, but if you are travelling from outside of the EU, you cannot bring in meat, dairy products or potatoes. However you can bring in up to 2kg of fresh fruit and vegetables, as long as they are free of signs of pests or diseases and they are for your own personal use (friends and family are included in this, but you cannot sell the fruit or veg you bring in). You can also bring in up to 2kg of eggs, egg products and honey, and up to 20kg of fish, as long as it is fresh and gutted, or cooked, cured, dried or smoked.