Nobody likes to think about the day they have to pack up, say adios to the sunshine and head back to the UK after their Tenerife Holiday. But when that day dawns, one thing that seems to cause no end of confusion is exactly how much Duty Free you’re allowed to take out. It’s a legal minefield and anyone who needs specific advice should contact UK HM Revenue & Customs directly by phone (0300 200 3700; Mon-Fri 8am-6pm) or by email (using the online enquiry form). But here are a few points that might make your Tenerife departure a little clearer.
Why are duty free allowances different from the Canary Islands than from mainland Spain?
In duty free terms, the Canary Islands are one of a group of nine territories known as the ‘outermost regions’ (OMR) that lie a long way from Europe and so outside of its customs and VAT regulations but are part of the EU Member State. The other territories in this group are the Azores, Madeira, the French overseas territories (French Guiana, Guadeloupe etc.) and Saint Martin.
1 litre of spirits or strong liqueurs
2 litres of fortified wine (port, sherry etc), sparkling wine or other alcoholic beverages containing less than 22% alcohol
16 litres of beer
4 litres of still wine
You can mix ‘n’ match your alcohol allowances, for example, 1 litre of fortified wine plus ½ litre of spirits.
250g rolling tobacco
Again, you can mix ‘n’ match allowances to take 100 cigarettes and 25 cigars.
Under 17 year olds do not have any alcohol or tobacco allowances.
You can bring gifts (perfume, electrical goods, cameras etc) up to the value of £390 into the UK from Tenerife without incurring duty or tax but if goods exceed that value you’ll pay duty and/or tax on the full value of the goods, not just the amount by which the value exceeds the limit. It’s best to keep receipts as proof of value if questioned by Customs officials.
You are obliged to declare if you are carrying cash of 10,000 euros or more.
- Alcohol, tobacco and perfume products are all widely available at Tenerife South airport but prices are higher than in local supermarkets and perfumerías.
- We know of at least one passenger who had more than the allowance for cigarettes, intending to pay duty on arrival in the UK but was told he couldn’t leave with more than the 200 allowance otherwise they would be confiscated. As far as I am aware, allowances apply at the point of entry to the UK, not at the point of departure so I’m baffled as to why this occurred but it’s worth knowing.
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