Next month I'll be flying to Philippines with my family and since is not usual to find wine in that country, we thought we can bring our own wine (wrapped and protected) on the checked luggage. Is there any problem with that? do I need to declare it? We are thinking of a couple of 750ml bottles per person.

  • Will it push you over the weight limits for your checked bags? What are the duty free limits for alcohol for the Philippines? – Gagravarr Jun 29 '12 at 16:40
  • There's no problem with the weight. I'm just afraid there might be any rule about alcohol/wine that I don't know, and I don't want to put neither me or my family in that situation. – SERPRO Jun 29 '12 at 21:51

I believe you'll be able to take 2 bottles with you.

According to World of Duty Free (who are one of the big UK airport based duty free companies, so ought to know...)

The following items may be imported into the Philippines without incurring customs duty:

  • (snip tobacco bits, not relevent)

  • 2L of alcoholic beverage, in bottles of not more than 1L each.

Wine normally comes in 750ml bottles, so two bottles takes you to 1.5l, three bottles would push you over the limit at 2.25l.

I think those limits are per person, and can't be shared. So, if there were two of you, you could take 2 bottles each, to a total of 4 bottles. I'm fairly sure that two people wouldn't be allowed 5 bottles, as while that'd be 3.75l total you can't normally pool your allowance like that.

(The official Philippines Bureau of Customs website says "Liquor and/or wine: two (2) bottles" with no mention of bottle sizes, so I'd suggest going with the lowest option from the two different sources, and say it's 2 bottles of wine or spirits per person, max bottle size 1l, hence 2 750ml bottles of wine per adult travelling)

Otherwise, for taking bottles, they can't be in your hand luggage due to current hand luggage restrictions. They need to go in your checked luggage. Firstly, make sure they won't cost you too much - bottles of wine are rather heavy so it might push you over your weight limit. Otherwise, place them in the centre of your suitcase, and make sure they're both well wrapped with soft material to cushion them against blows, and are in a sealed bag in case of problems (you don't want the rest of your suitcase covered in wine!). If you have two bottles, wrap them individually, so that they can't knock and break against each other. If the bottles are well padded, and in the middle of the suitcase so surrounded by other squishy things like clothes, then you ought to be fine.

  • Usually the duty free shops in airports sell one ltr bottles... – Prashanth Jul 1 '12 at 5:25
  • Duty Free shops normally sell spirits in 1 litre bottles, but wine is almost always still in the usual 750ml bottles – Gagravarr Jul 1 '12 at 22:53
  • Thanks for the answer. so definitely it's legal two bottles of wine. On arrival should I declare I have to bottles or just go out normally? – SERPRO Jul 2 '12 at 8:23
  • No idea, sorry, I've never been. Depends on the setup at the airport. Most places don't ask you to declare your duty free, but if that's needed it should make it clear on the immigration/customs form – Gagravarr Jul 2 '12 at 17:14
  • You are correct. As long as you fill out an honest declaration, customs here will go out of their way to help you. They're out to stop those that go to places where expensive bottles can be purchased at a deep discount and come back with a suitcase full to sell locally without paying import tax. – Tim Post Jul 14 '12 at 15:30

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