Know your cigarette and alcohol limits before you go

Friday, 28 July 2006 12:00 AM

Airport passenger with luggage

Airport passenger with luggage

With three different levels of travellers' allowances, taking full advantage of the great exchange rates and tax free shopping on offer on holiday is not always easy.

That is why the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has launched its "know before you go" campaign, reminding travellers what the limits are for cigarettes, alcohol, tobacco and other goods brought back from abroad.

Non-EU countries have limits of 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco, 60cc of perfume, two litres of still table wine, 250cc of eau de toilette, and a litre of spirits or strong liqueurs over 22 per cent volume.

However, though EU countries have no limits on alcohol or tobacco products, new EU countries such as the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary and Poland still have a 200 cigarette limit on tobacco.

HMRC is also reminding travellers that some goods freely available in other countries are barred from entry into the UK, particularly meat and other animal products.

Full details of travellers' allowances are available from the HM Revenue & Customs website www.hmrc.gov.uk

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