If you’re looking to bring some souvenirs or gifts back from your holiday, you might need to check a few things. There are some UK customs regulations about the kind of items that you can and can’t bring in the country.
There are lots of different guidelines and rules about what you can and can’t bring into the UK after your holiday. For the full list, it’s best to check the government website. But we’ve compiled a list of the most common items you might want to bring home with you, and what the rules are.
Arriving in a UK airport
When you arrive at a UK airport, always remember to look for the red ‘something to declare’ area and the green ‘nothing to declare’ area. If you’re unsure about anything you’re bringing into the UK, it’s best to speak to a member of the border force. Or you can use one of the red telephones provided at the airport to speak direct to a member of staff.
If you’ve travelled through the red ‘something to declare’ area and you’re found with banned or illegal goods, these will be confiscated and destroyed. But if you go through the green ‘nothing to declare’ area and you’re found to be carrying banned or illegal goods, you could face a lengthy delay, a fine or even a jail sentence.
If you’re in doubt about anything you’re carrying, simply speak to a member of staff – it’s better to be safe than sorry.