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What duties and taxes would I pay in Canada on a camera from Japan?

I'm visiting Japan right now (I'm a Canadian resident) and am considering picking up a digital camera (second-hand, if that matters). The value of the camera would exceed the 800-dollar personal ...
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2-litre pack of duty-free spirits, but the limit is 1 litre

The World Duty Free shop in Heathrow sells boxes containing 2x1-litre bottles of spirits (~40% alcohol), advertising them as "Duty Free", and "For all passengers travelling OUTSIDE the ...
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Alcohol duty free refused at Dubai

I had a flight from Toronto, Canada (YYZ) to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (DXB) to Ahmedabad, India (AMD). In YYZ, I checked in two bags (which I’d get in AMD), and had one carry on. After passing ...
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Can I bring duty alcohol purchased in London Heathrow airport to Chennai (destination) via Colombo airport (layover) security screening?

I’m confused because I’m not sure if they let liquids pass through screening in Colombo airport if it’s from a duty-free shop. Please let me know what’s the best option for me as I have only a 1-hour ...
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Can we take liquids in transit at Doha

We are travelling to Hongkong via Doha. If we buy liquids duty free in Manchester will we be allowed to take these through Doha or is the 100ml rule in place
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What is my duty-free allowance when returning to the USA as a citizen?

I've read two articles about the duty-free exemption (1, 2), and in both articles there are three different amounts of duty free item value allowance mentioned: 200 USD, 800 USD, and 1600 USD. However,...
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I am bringing three laptops into Japan (Two for my personal/work reason and one used one for gift), could this be a problem to customs?

I am bringing three laptops: For work For personal use Used one to give away to my girlfriend. My carry on bag was not searched last time I visited, but if they decide to search this time and they ...
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Egypt - Duty free notation on passport

I went to a duty free in Egypt (outside the airport), they asked me the passport and then when I bought something they wrote on the visa page a note (image attached) Is this normal? Can this cause ...
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How detailed should I get with custom forms? Arriving in the US from UK

I am a US citizen and I am flying to the UK for vacation purposes. I don't plan on making any big purchases, definitely less than $800, but I want to be prepared for how many details I need to keep ...
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Duty Free Shopping in Dubai during 2 Hour Layover

I have a flight that has a 2 hour layover in DXB (Dubai). I would like to purchase something from the duty free and was wondering if I have the time to make the purchase and still make my connecting ...
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Does bought duty-free count towards cabin luggage allowance?

Some airports will carry your duty-free after gate check like in the US, but some won't and just give it to you right at purchase However, there are some articles that are quite sizable due to how ...
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Sealed Duty Free bag back through security at a different airport (not transfer)

I bought some whisky in Kuala Lumpur and have since travelled to Bogotá for a few days. Can I bring the sealed duty free bag with the whisky from KL back through security at Bogotá on my return ...
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Is there a way to not be forced to go through the duty free area at Heathrow Terminal 3 for accessibility reasons?

When taking a flight from London Heathrow Terminal 3, all passengers are required to walk straight through the middle of the duty free shopping area in order to get to their gates. This is unlike at ...
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Non European flying to Germany to buy an expensive item. I am returning home through Switzerland, where should I request a tax refund?

I will be buying an expensive item in Germany, then after a few weeks I will visit Switzerland. A few days later I will take a direct flight home. How should I apply for my tax refund? Are there ...
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How much alcohol can I bring into Benin?

My GF goes on a medical mission (from a EU country) to Benin shortly, and wants to take some wine for her hosts. How much can she import duty-free?
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Is there duty free in San Diego airport?

I'll be flying international from San Diego soon and need to buy a couple things that duty free is best for. Yet looking at the SAN website, I can only see one typical duty free shop, which is only ...
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VAT refund in Milan airport, where to do it?

In this question, it was mentioned that there are 4 tax refund places in Milan Malpensa airport, but that question is from 5 years ago so wanted to check a few details, especially because I have ~30 ...
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VAT refund for tourists in UK?

Having been to Italy multiple times, I am used to getting the tax back for purchases above a certain price when leaving through the airport. Some articles mention that the UK have changed the details ...
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Bringing used computers/phones from USA to Romania as gifts

I want to bring two of my old MacBook Air laptops as gifts for my friend's kids. The laptops are from 2012 and 2015. Looking on used computer websites, they seem to be worth about $200 to $300 each. I ...
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Gold Jewelry - Any limit?

I have bought my fiance several gold jewelry over 2 years (I would estimate total of 10k). Most of this was bought back in January 2020. It is all a gift, she has all the receipts. Does she need to ...
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Customs Duty on Bringing 2 Laptops from US to India

I have an old laptop which I carried from India to the US & has an export certificate with it(so it's duty-free). Can I buy the laptop in the US and bring both the laptops, duty-free into India?
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Traveling to UK and have laptop gift for partner. Will I have to pay any import taxes?

I am traveling to the UK from the US. Just wondering if I can take a laptop for my partner as a gift without having to declare it. I will have my own laptop in my backpack. The gift will not be boxed. ...
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Customs duty for bringing two laptops into France

I'm a PhD Student who will come to Toulouse to work on a computer science project. I have one little concern since laptops are especially important to my work, I would like to bring two with me, one ...
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duty free from UK to EU country during transition period [duplicate]

I was under assumption that nothing changed during transition period but apparently. My friend flew from BHX to DUS on 25/02/2020. It was not allowed to buy any alcohol in duty-free shop except only 3 ...
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Can I buy alcohol in duty free in Belgium and take it in my carry-on luggage through TSA check in Dublin?

I'm soon taking a flight from Brussels to San Francisco with Aer Lingus via the US preclearance in Dublin. I have read elsewhere that it's ok to buy alcohol in duty free shops in Dublin if they are in ...
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Can you buy alcohol in EU airports tax-free on arrival?

Most times when I've flown within the EU I've passed through the common airside area where people waiting to depart are. This enables fast transits within schengen. I know you have to show the ...
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Where is the tax free in Mariehamn Airport located?

I recently flew from Mariehamn to Stockholm but I couldn't find the tax free. Reading about the airport I've found that it's actually excempt from the EU VAT area and the tax free is actually tax free ...
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Duty-free shopping after 48 hours from US to Canada

I am Canadian and have been in the US for 6 days and am flying back to Canada. I am wanting to purchase alcohol duty-free, but I have another domestic flight after landing in Vancouver. I am ...
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Importing duty-free 750 ml wine bottles into Turkey

I am intending to bring a few bottles of Australian wine into Turkey as a present for friends. Each bottle contains 750ml of wine (14.5% alcohol). The customs rules says: Muafiyet kapsamındaki ...
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Travelling from Mumbai to Amsterdam, with a transit in France. Can I shop duty free in Mumbai? [duplicate]

Normally, I wouldn't consider shopping Duty Free with a transit flight. But since this transit is within the EU, I wonder if it might be possible to carry some alcohol from the Mumbai Duty-Free. Your ...
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Duty free allowance for rice and beans in Switzerland

We are immigrating to switzerland and we prefer bringing some foods for at least beginning days in switzerland. Could you please help me to know how much rice and beans is allowded to bring with ...
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Carrying Liquor from Germany to India

I will be traveling from Frankfurt to Bangalore and I have my transit at Mumbai. I would like to get some good liquors back home. So, what would be the safest (security check wise) mode to carry ...
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Buying duty free before a connecting flight within the uk

As a Canadian flying to Edinburgh and connecting at Heathrow, can I shop at duty free in Terminal 5 and bring onboard my connecting flight?
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A few questions about transfering from domestic to international in Novosibirsk, Russia

Situation: I am flying via S7 Airlines from Pulkovo in St Pete to Tolmachevo in Novosibirsk, and another flight from there to Incheon, South Korea via S7 again. This is, to the extent of my knowledge, ...
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Duty free without flying? [duplicate]

Am I allowed to buy a cheap flight one way for 15$ just so that i can get through security in order to use duty free. Is that legal? And am I allowed to leave the airport without boarding my flight. ...
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Can I buy an airline ticket, go thru immigration, buy duty free then walk out of the airport?

I am thinking of getting a ticket to Switzerland from the UK just to buy a couple of electrical items. I don't want to take the flight; I want to go to duty free with my Switzerland boarding pass then ...
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Bringing back new items to USA from Canada

I am a dual USA/Canada citizen, and I recently travelled to Canada by car, from USA, and in my car I had 2 laptops valued at $650 each. I declared them at the border and everything was fine. My ...
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Can I buy things at Duty free Dubai in the transit area of the airport and Check in a new baggage?

I have a transit for 11 hours at Dubai Airport and I wish to stay in the transit area of the airport and not pass immigration. So I am curious if the duty free is in the airports transit area and ...
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Been asked to sign a receipt for Chocolate at Duty Free, what was it about? [closed]

It happened a week ago at Duty Free in Frankfurt airport. I just bought a box of chocolate and when I was paying for it the cashier asked me for my boarding pass and my passport (which I know is ...
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Duty Free in the USA. Why do I have to be given my purchase as I board the plane?

I am not one for buying things in airports but recently my wife asked me to get her an alcoholic beverage while flying from the USA to Ireland (JFK-DUB). I made the purchase in JFK and was surprised ...
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How do US duty-free stores not directly on the land border work?

My experience with duty-free stores located on the US-Canada border has been on the Canadian side. In the three Canadian stores I've been to (two in Quebec and one in British Columbia) the only exit ...
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Do you need to actually be flying somewhere in order to buy alcohol duty free at the airport?

I live in Sydney. I was wondering if it would be possible to take a trip to the airport and buy a whole bunch of Johnnie Walker duty free. Do you actually have to be boarding a flight, or can you just ...
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Shops selling wine/alcohol at Manila airport T1 and T4

Are there any wine shops at Manila airport T1 or T4? I'll be landing on Terminal 1 around 12h00 and departing from terminal 4 around 18h00 and I would love to buy some wine in between, preferably in ...
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Can you take alcohol to Sri Lanka from Australia?

Can you take duty-free alcohol to Sri Lanka from Australia?
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Am I eligible to VAT refund if I buy electronics at duty free stores (specifically Dubai)?

I'm a citizen of European country. I'm going to visit Dubai. I plan to buy some electronics at Dubai duty free stores. Am I eligible to VAT return? I know I can request VAT returns if I buy goods ...
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Do I have to pay import duties for electronics bought in duty free shop on my arrival to other country?

I'm a citizen of east European country. I'm going to visit Dubai. I plan to buy some electronics at Dubai duty free stores on my arrival to Dubai. Will I have to pay duties for electronics I buy ...
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Carrying gifted alcohol in check-in baggage, will I be able to shop duty-free at Mumbai International Airport?

I am travelling from DRC to Mumbai soon. I was gifted 3 bottles of alcohol by friends here. Understanding that customs might require the receipt, I have collected it from them. Mumbai Airport allows ...
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Layover with duty-free bags

I have never purchased anything duty-free before but I'm planning to before my flight to the US (where I'm a citizen). However, I'm leaving the airport for a hotel. I don't normally check a bag. What ...
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Can I bring alcohol purchased at a duty-free store back into the country after a short trip?

Is it allowed to purchase alcohol at a duty free store on the way out of the country, and bring it back when I return? Assuming I bring less than the personal exemption. Specifically, I'm asking ...
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How to calculate import fees on alcohol when importing it to Germany?

On the website for Germany’s Customs office I can find the following information about importing alcohol into Germany from outside the EU: 1 litre of spirit drinks of an alcohol strength by volume ...
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