UK airport customs regulations, prohibited items & food in 2024

UK airport customs regulations, prohibited items & food in 2024

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Get import & export customs regulations, restricted items and food restrictions before travelling to UK. Items allowed to import is Medicines for personal use. Prohibited items is Controlled drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, MDMA, and cannabis. Some of restricted items are Firearms, explosives, and ammunition may be imported with a permit.

Import Regulations

Free to import items into UK

Tobacco

  • 200 cigarettes;
  • 100 cigarillos;
  • 50 cigars;
  • 250g of smoking tobacco; or
  • A proportional combination of these goods (such as 100 cigarettes and 50 cigarillos).

Alcohol

  • There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
  • Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.

Currency

  • There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
  • Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.

Other items

  • Medicines for personal use. Travellers may be asked to provide a prescription for certain medications.
  • Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €390 when travelling by air or sea.
  • Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €270 when travelling by land.

Prohibited items into UK

  • Controlled drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, MDMA, and cannabis.
  • Weapons, such as flick knives, knuckledusters, truncheons, and blowpipes.
  • Self defence sprays and electric shock devices, such as stun guns.
  • Indecent and obscene materials such as books, magazines, and other media.
  • Counterfeit and pirated goods.
  • Meat and dairy products from outside the EU.

Restricted items into UK

  • Firearms, explosives, and ammunition may be imported with a permit. Realistic imitation firearms may only be imported for an authorised purpose or function, such as participating at an historical re-enactment.
  • Samurai swords require a permit, and may only be imported for an authorised purpose, such as participation in martial arts events or religious ceremonies.
  • Cats, dogs, and ferrets are subject to a mandatory health inspection at the first point of entry on EU territory. They must also have a microchip or tattoo, and have been properly vaccinated against rabies. A Common Veterinary Entry Document certifying the healthy inspection must be provided with the customs declaration. Pets travelling within the EU must have a valid pet passport. For further information, please visit theDepartment for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs.
  • Endangered animals, plants, and their derivative products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) may require protected species permits. For further information, please visit theDepartment for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs.
  • Certain radio transmitters may be imported with a permit.
  • Rough diamonds may only be imported with a valid Kimberley Process Certificate.
  • Plant products from the UK, including fruit and vegetables, require a phytosanitary certificate, and are subject to certain restrictions. For further information, please visitBringing fruit, vegetables and plants products into the UK.
  • 2kg of products of animal origin such as milk powder, baby food, and food for medical purposes can be brought in personal baggage as long as they are still packaged and do not require refrigeration.
  • Food products of animal origin, such as honey and eggs, may be brought in from outside the EU in small quantities. For further information, please visitBringing food products into the UK.

Export Regulations

Free to export items from UK

No rules present

Prohibited items from UK

  • All items on the prohibited import list.

Restricted items from UK

  • There are no restrictions on the export of currency if leaving for another EU country. Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared when leaving the EU.
  • Protected species and products protected under CITES. A permit is required for export.
  • Cultural goods may require a licence for export. For further information, please visitArts Council England.

UK visa advice

If you're considering exploring UK beyond the usual transit spots, our comprehensive guide on UK transit visa offers deeper insights and broader options for travelers of different nationalities. For those transiting through other countries en route to UK, understanding UK Transit Visa requirements is crucial to ensure a smooth journey.

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