Gatwick Duty Free

Do you need any clarification on your allowances before you start shopping in duty-free at Gatwick Airport? Confused about the new Brexit rules? Worry not, we’ve got you covered! Read on below and we’ll explain the new rules!

Gatwick duty free

Gatwick Airport Duty Free Locations

North Terminal

After Security – open 24 hours
Arrivals – open 04:00-22-00*

South Terminal

After security – open 24 hours
Arrivals – open 04:00-21:00*

Please note you can only shop at duty-free arrivals if you’re landing at Gatwick as it cannot be accessed  before security 

New Duty-Free Rules

As Brexit has taken place, this means that there are now new rules to duty-free allowances! But worry not, you are still allowed to bring a fair amount of goods and services into the UK without being charged extra tax! We will go over all the new rules and try to make it as simple as we possibly can for you.

When you are bringing the goods to the UK, you must be bringing them in yourself. They can be for your personal use or you could give them away as a gift. You must not go over your allowance and if you do, you have to declare them before arriving in the UK, to whichever category they fit. We will talk about the different categories and the allowances you have below.

Alcohol Allowance

You are allowed to bring a generous amount of alcohol! You may bring in:

Post-Brexit Alcohol Duty Free allowances

Tobacco Allowance

For tobacco allowance, there is a generous amount available too! You may bring in:

Post-Brexit Tobacco Duty Free allowances

Alcohol and tobacco allowances if you’re under 17

If you’re under the age of 17, then, unfortunately, you are not allowed any personal allowance. However, if you still wish to bring it, you will have to pay tax and duty on them before your arrival in the UK.

Allowance for other goods

If you want to bring other goods, you can bring up to £390. If you want to bring more, you will have to pay duty and tax on the total sum, not just the sum that’s gone above the allowance. Make sure that you don’t go over because you may have to pay import VAT too as well as duty and tax. We’re sure you don’t want to do that so ensure your total sum doesn’t go over the limit!

Collect on 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, a selection of the retailers allow you to order products from the comfort of your own home and will have them ready for you to collect from the airport. World Duty Free for example simply need your flight details and you can start shopping! Your items will be waiting for you on the day you fly. Be aware that not all retailers offer this service, so be sure to keep

Collect on Return or Reserve From Home - Gatwick

all retailers offer this service, so be sure to keep an eye out for the Reserve from Home marker on the shopping pages. With Collect on Return, you can purchase your goods as normal at the airport, but Gatwick will then store these for you whilst you are away (given you’re travelling within the UK / EU). On your return, you can collect these from the Excess Baggage desks in the arrivals hall. No need to worry about space constraints! All retailers offer this service, simply ask at the till upon purchasing your items.