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UK Customs Regulations Find out what you can or can't bring back in to the UK You arrive back to the airport after a great holiday and the last hurdle to get through once you've collected your luggage is getting through customs checks. It's not as complicated as you may think-when making your way towards customs you will be faced with three exits: Blue Channel — use this exit if you are travelling from a country within the EU with no banned or restricted goods Green Channel — Use this exit if you are travelling from a country outside of the EU with goods that do not go over your allowance and are not banned or restricted Red Channel — You must use this exit if you have goods or cash to declare, you are carrying commercial goods, or if you are not sure about what you need to declare.
Travelling within the European Union If you are coming back into the UK from a European country you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods back with you, as long as they are for your own use. Travelling from outside the European Union If you are returning back to the UK from a country outside of the EU the rules are very different.
In addition to the above you may also bring back both of the following: 16 litres of beer 4 litres of still wine If you are bringing tobacco back into the UK you will be allowed to bring in one from the following list: cigarettes cigarillos 50 cigars grams of tobacco You are allowed to combine your tobacco allowances, for example, if you bring in cigarettes you can also bring in 25 cigars.
You are not allowed to combine alcohol and tobacco allowances. Food and plants You are not allowed to bring in any meat or dairy products from most countries outside the EU. Souvenirs and gifts You might want to think twice before buying a souvenir made from an endangered species, as you may not be allowed to bring it back to the UK and may even face prosecution.
Endangered species include: Animals such as elephants, rhinos, whales, turtles, coral and many reptiles Plants such as orchids, cacti and mahogany and ramin trees Items to avoid where international trade is prohibited Elephant ivory including carvings and jewellery Traditional medicine containing endangered species Sea turtle shells Products made from big cats such as jaguars, leopards and tigers Shahtoosh type of shawl woven from the hair of the Tibetan antelope Bushmeat.