UK Prohibited and Restricted Items

Countries have there restrictions, especially travel restrictions and bans, there are somethings that are not allowed in countries and they have their custom officers on ground to checkmate that. if you are relocating or visiting the UK here are some items you do not need to carry to avoid harassment.

The following are prohibited:

  • illegal drugs;
  • offensive weapons, meaning that they are intended for the purpose of inflicting mental or physical injury;
  • self-defense sprays (e.g. pepper spray and CS gas);
  • endangered plants and animals;
  • rough diamonds;
  • materials of indecent and obscene nature;
  • meat and dairy products from most non-EU countries.

The following are restricted in UK:

  • A special license is required to bring firearms, explosives and ammunition into the UK.
  • Some food and plant products are also restricted if they are not pest and disease free, are not for personal use, and were not grown in the EU or Switzerland.

What are the UK Custom Allowances?

Irrespective of your country of departure, you can bring some goods without paying UK custom charges, as long as they are for personal use. Though the quantities you are allowed to carry depends on where you are arriving from:

If you are coming from the EU: you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods into the UK.

Even though there are no established limits on the alcohol and tobacco products you bring in from the EU, if a customs officer suspects you may be bringing in goods to sell, they may stop you for questioning. This generally occurs when you have more than the amounts below:

Type of goodsAmount
Beer110 liters
Wine90 liters
Spirits10 liters
Fortified wine20 liters

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