This section explains the restrictions on what you can bring into the UK, and how to go through customs controls.
If you are planning to travel into or out of the UK, there are rules about what goods you can bring with you without paying duty or value added tax (VAT) here. Some items are also banned or restricted by law. These restrictions apply even if you are a UK citizen who is returning from abroad.
There are heavy penalties for smuggling, so:
- never carry anything into the UK for someone else;
- never bring banned goods into the UK;
- if you are driving, make sure that everyone travelling with you knows which goods are banned or restricted - if you smuggle goods into the UK in a car, our officers may seize the car;
- if you are in doubt, speak to an officer in the red channel or use the red point phone; and
- do not smuggle an animal into the UK - it could be carrying rabies. A pet may be tame, but rabies is a killer.
This section explains the restrictions on what you can bring into the UK. Some of these restrictions apply even if you are travelling from within the European Union.
This page explains the customs channels at ports and airports in the UK, and which one you should use.
This page explains how some visitors to theUK can qualify for a refund of value added tax (VAT) paid on goods purchased during their stay.
This pagedescribes the customs charges and procedures for items sent to the UK through the postal system.
This page explains where you can find details of the customs requirements for private people who sail pleasure craft (such as yachts) to and from the UK.
MORE NEWS AND UPDATES
- Changes to the Immigration Rules - July 2013
- Welcoming Games Family Members for the Commonwealth Games
- New statistics show net migration has decreased
- Calls for evidence for balance of competences reviews
The United Kingdom (UK) includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are considered as part of the UK for nationality purposes, but they have their own immigration laws and policies. The Channel Islands are not treated as part of the UK for value added tax (VAT) purposes.