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Duty Free Shopping - UK
Duty Free is the term commonly used to products that are exempt of excise duty (& tax); these are exclusively available to international passengers who are travelling outside of the European Union (EU).
In-store these items are identified with tickets which have a green box on them with the wording ‘Only available to passengers flying OUTSIDE the European Union’.
These items include cigarettes, machine-made cigars, rolling tobacco and a range of selected spirits, typically there are savings of up to 50% off these products.
Flying within the UK & European Union
The good news for those travelling within the EU & UK, there are great many products still available to purchase including an extensive range of spirits, wine, champagne, fragrance, skincare and confectionery – in fact everything in-store is available to purchase with the exception of cigarettes, tobacco and select range of spirits designated as ‘duty free’ for those passengers flying outside the EU.
Additionally, unlike duty free purchases, there are no allowance restrictions on the amount that can be purchased for personal use.
The countries which are part of the European Union
The EU includes the following 27 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including the Balearic Islands - Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca), Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK.
Please note: There are a number of other islands or territories which, despite being within the “footprint” of the EU, or being sovereign states of those 27 members of the EU, are not within the tax territory of the EU. This means that whenever you are flying to those countries/areas listed below, you can buy relevant goods at “Duty Free” prices. The destinations are: The Canary Islands - Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura (these are part of Spain), the Channel Islands - Jersey & Guernsey and Gibraltar (these are part of the UK).