Entry Requirements

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Entry Requirements

In this page: Passport and Visa Requirements | Taxes and Restrictions On Persons When Going Through Customs | Health Precautions | Safety Conditions

Passport and Visa Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
UK Visas and Immigration 
For Further Information
UK offices (including embassies) worldwide 
Check IATA Travel Website for visa requirements and health advices.

 

Taxes and Restrictions On Persons When Going Through Customs

Taxation On Persons
None
Tobacco
Non-EU arrivals: 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco. 
EU arrivals: 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
Alcohol
Non-EU arrivals: 4l of table wine; 16l of beer; 1l of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22 per cent or 2l of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs 
EU arrivals: 90l of table wine; 110l of beer; 10l of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22 per cent or 20l of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs
Perfume
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).

Other Requirements
None.

 

Health Precautions

Obligatory Vaccination and Other Recommendations
No health or vaccination requirements. However, immigration officers can refer individuals to a doctor for a medical examination: someone visibly unwell, intending to remain for more than 6 months or coming from a country with a high rate of tuberculosis.
For Further Information
World Health Organisation 
Department of Health 

 

Safety Conditions

Crime
Crime rates are generally low; however crime, including violent crime, has increased over the last few years, especially in London.  Incidents include pick pocketing; mugging; “snatch and grab” thefts of mobile phones etc.; and theft of unattended bags, especially at airports and from parked cars.
Terrorist Risk
The United Kingdom is politically stable but there is an increased threat of terrorist incidents of international origin, as well as the potential for isolated violence related to the political situation in Northern Ireland.
Risk of Natural Disaster
The risk of natural disasters is generally very low.
Traveling Women Conditions
Women should take special care when out alone at night, particularly in cities. Avoid unlit areas and empty train compartments.
For Further Information
Visit Britain 
Travel information from the Canadian Foreign Office 
U.S. Department of State travel warnings 

 

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