Heathrow Duty Free
Do you need any clarification on your allowances before you start shopping in duty-free at Heathrow Airport? Confused about the new Brexit rules? Worry not, we’ve got you covered! Read on below and we’ll explain the new rules!
Heathrow Duty Free Locations
Heathrow Terminal 2 Duty Free
3 stores After Security – open for all flights
1 store at Baggage Reclaim – open for all flights
Heathrow Duty Free Terminal 3
2 stores After Security – Open 05:15-23:00
1 store at Baggage Reclaim – Open 05:15-23:00
Heathrow Duty Free Terminal 4
2 stores After Security – 5am-last flight
1 store at Baggage Reclaim – Open 04:45-22:00
Heathrow Duty Free Terminal 5
6 stores After Security – 05:30-last flight
1 store at Baggage Reclaim – Open / 05:30-last flight
Please note due to current coronavirus restrictions, Terminal 2 Duty Free is the only shop open at the moment.
New Duty-Free Rules
As Brexit has taken place, this means that there are now new rules to duty-free allowances! But worry not, you are still allowed to bring a fair amount of goods and services into the UK without being charged extra tax! We will go over all the new rules and try to make it as simple as we possibly can for you.
When you are bringing the goods to the UK, you must be bringing them in yourself. They can be for your personal use or you could give them away as a gift. You must not go over your allowance and if you do, you have to declare them before arriving in the UK, to whichever category they fit. We will talk about the different categories and the allowances you have below.
You are allowed to bring a generous amount of alcohol! You may bring in:
For tobacco allowance, there is a generous amount available too! You may bring in:
Alcohol and tobacco allowances if you’re under 17
If you’re under the age of 17, then, unfortunately, you are not allowed any personal allowance. However, if you still wish to bring it, you will have to pay tax and duty on them before your arrival in the UK.
Allowance for other goods
If you want to bring cash, you can bring up to £390. If you want to bring more, you will have to pay duty and tax on the total sum, not just the sum that’s gone above the allowance. Make sure that you don’t go over because you may have to pay import VAT too as well as duty and tax. We’re sure you don’t want to do that so ensure your total sum doesn’t go over the limit!
Reserve & Collect and Shop & Collect
It’s a completely free service for passengers and you won’t be charged for your items until you pick them up in-store – so if you change your mind about that designer handbag, you aren’t obligated to collect it..!
With Shop and Collect, simply purchase your goods as normal at the airport and then opt to have them stored at Heathrow until your return. You can choose a convenient location to collect your items when you land back in the UK and all retailers at Heathrow offer this service. Check out our shopping page for more information!