Immigration in the U.K.

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Taxes and Restrictions On Persons When Going Through Customs

Taxation On Persons
Non-EU arrivals: 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
EU arrivals: unlimited if duty and tax paid.
Non-EU arrivals: 2l of table wine; 1l of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22 per cent or 2l of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs
EU arrivals: unlimited if duty and tax paid.
Non-EU arrivals: 60ml of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette
EU arrivals: unlimited if duty and tax paid.
Foreign Currency
No restrictions on the import or export of foreign currency.
Obligatory Declaration of Foreign Currency
EUR 10,000 or equivalent.
Local Currency
No restrictions on the import or export of local currency.
Obligatory Declaration of Local Currency
EUR 10,000 or equivalent.
How to Refund Consumption Tax
Visitors from outside the EU are entitled to a refund of VAT paid on goods purchased during their stay in the EU provided the goods are produced to Customs on leaving the EU together with the VAT refund documents.

These documents are prepared by the merchant the goods are purchased from, and the refund is made directly by the merchant, rather than the customs service. As the refund scheme is voluntary, travelers should check that the merchant participates in the scheme before the goods are purchased. To qualify, goods must be exported from the EU within 3 months of purchase and visitors must provide proof of their residence status (e.g. non-EU passport).

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