Allowable items in UK
Don't Risk It All....

Holiday makers and returning travelers are being reminded about what they can and cannot bring back to the UK by Border Force to avoid the risk of losing all of their goods. Travelers are often unaware that if they bring in more duty-free from outside the EU and fail to declare it, Border Force can seize all of their goods and not just those in excess of their allowance. Equally, if Border Force is satisfied that EU duty-paid goods are for a commercial purpose, officers can seize all your goods. The goods seized may include any luggage or vehicle used to transport them so Border Force's message for summer travelers is - 'Don't Risk It All'

The Rules.....Travelling within the EU

You can bring an unlimited amount of most goods into the UK, for example, you can bring in any alcohol, tobacco, meat and dairy products – as long as they are for your own use and transported by you. 'Own use' means for your own consumption or gifts.

Travelling from outside the EU

When travelling from outside the EU (including the Canary Islands, the Channel Islands, and Gibraltar) you can bring in goods up to certain limits without paying duty and/or tax in the UK. These goods must be for your own use or as gifts and transported by you.

Find out more about limits and guideline quantities considered to be above own use. 

Food and plant products

Food and plant product imports pose serious health risks – both to the public and to the environment. There are strict rules about bringing them to the UK to reduce the risk of pests and diseases entering the country.

Find out more about the rules on bringing food products and bringing fruit, vegetables and plant products to the UK.

Endangered animals and plants

You are not allowed to bring internationally protected endangered animals and plants, or products made from them, into the UK unless you have a CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) permit. The illicit trade in animal products is a serious contributory factor in the threat of extinction faced by many endangered species.


Potential tweets

Coming to the UK? Make sure you know what goods you can't bring through the border, see website for more info.

Say cheese! If you're travelling to the UK from outside the EU, you can't bring in dairy products. See website for more info.

What kinds of food can't you bring into the UK from the outside the EU?

Find out what kind of fruit, veg and plants can't be brought into the UK from outside the EU: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/personal-food-plant-and-animal-product-imports