Overview

You can bring some goods from abroad without having to pay UK tax or duty, as long as they’re for your own use. This is commonly known as your ‘personal allowances’.

The amount of goods you can bring in without paying tax or duty on them depends on:

Declaring goods to customs

Before crossing the UK border you must tell customs about (‘declare’) any goods:

If you go over an allowance, you will have to pay tax and duty on all the goods in that category.

You can declare goods online from 72 hours before you are due to arrive in the UK.

Your goods and any vehicle you use to transport them may be seized if you break the rules. You may also be fined or prosecuted.

You can report someone for breaking the rules to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

  1. Step 1 Plan your trip during coronavirus (COVID-19)

  2. Step 2 Get your passport ready

    How much time you need on your passport depends on the country you're visiting. Check the entry requirements for the country you want to travel to.

    1. Check your passport has enough time left on it for the country you're visiting
    2. Renew or replace your passport
    3. Get a passport for your child
  3. and Check if you need a visa or permit

  4. and Check how to drive abroad

  5. and Check how to take your pet abroad

  6. Step 3 Get travel insurance and check if you need vaccinations or inoculations

  7. Step 4 Travel safely and check for travel disruption

  8. Step 5 Going through border control

    You may need to show paperwork such as your passport or visa, or a negative coronavirus test result at the point of entry.

    1. Check the entry requirements for the country you are travelling to or transiting through
  9. Step 6 When you are abroad

  10. and If you are unable to return to the UK

  11. Step 7 Return to the UK

  12. and When you arrive in the UK