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Questions tagged [duty-free]

Related to purchases in tax-free shops, usually in airports, ferry terminals and at other international border points.

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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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Personal effects declarations and duty free allowances when on holiday - general principals?

I’m trying to understand the general principals on duty free allowances and customs declarations when going on holiday. I have little experience travelling overseas as an adult and my OCD is driving ...
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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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Carrying engagement ring in carry-on backpack. Must I declare it at the airport customs in Europe? [duplicate]

I'm traveling to Europe with an engagement ring (€500-€900 value) purchased in my home country, to give it to my European girlfriend. Must I declare it at the airport customs at each country I go ...
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Are you entitled to buy things duty free if you are leaving EU but you are a EU citizen?

When a non-EU citizen leaves EU, they can buy items duty free in airport shops. Many items are significant cheaper than shops (even taking into account of the VAT you can claim). My question is: if ...
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Buying liquids in a duty-free shop before a connecting flight

I'm traveling from Nice, France to Las Vegas next week, with a two-hour stopover in Madrid, Spain. I'd like to purchase some alcohol (2L or less) and cigarettes in the duty-free shop in Nice, but ...
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Why isn't there ever duty free stores when I land? [closed]

The title says it all. When flying international, for some reason there is only duty free stores after going through passport control before taking off, and never any stores before going through ...
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Dubai Duty Free for One hour layover

I have 1 hour and 15 mins layover at DXB Dubai Airport will it be enough to buy a watch at Dubai Duty free? (I have same terminal [TERMINAL 3] to board in and out)
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Do I have to pay duty to carry nutritional supplements with me?

I am going to travel India from UK next month and I am thinking to carry nutritional supplements with me. The items I want to carry are: Whey Protein : 5KG BCAA: 1 KG Glutamine: 500grams L-Citruline ...
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What is the sheet they attach in passport in tax-free shop? [duplicate]

So, I bought a laptop from Yodobashi Camera in Tokyo and since its a tax free shop, I got a discount of 8%(GST in Japan). However they attached a receipt in my passport showing the same. Why? Do I ...
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Online resource for duty-free

Is there any website (alternatively, application) that I can browse to know what airport duty free areas sell? Some duty free companies or airport have their own website, but I am looking for a ...
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I'd like to buy a MacBook at a Swiss Apple Store and take it with me to France. Will I have to pay duty/VAT at the border?

I'd like to buy it in Switzerland because it's about 200 euros cheaper. Is there a way to avoid paying extra at the border?
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Can I take duty free alcohol from my initial departure point between terminals at London Heathrow (LHR)?

I'm changing planes at LHR soon. My incoming flight arrives at T3, and my departing flight is from T5. If I bring duty-free alcohol in my hand luggage from my initial airport of departure, will it be ...
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Why is onboard/inflight shopping still a thing?

There's an inflight shopping magazine in the pocket of the seat in front of you - that no one reads. The crew come through with a trolley of merchandise - that nobody buys. There are special offers ...
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Is it safe to pull out the purchase record stapled in my passport? [duplicate]

In Japan, duty free goods can be purchased not only at the airport, but also at the designated shops. The condition is simple, that you have a visitor visa, and if the goods are of "Consumable" ...
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Entering Colombia with Alcohol

I have been asked by a friend to bring a few bottles of alcohol with me (from the US) when I visit Colombia this month (November 2016). After some research I have found that I can bring "two (2) ...
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Can I buy “non-EU destination” priced duty-free when connecting through a second EU airport?

At many (most?) EU airports, some items in the duty free shop show different prices for people flying to EU vs non-EU destinations, and some items simply aren't for sale to people flying within the EU....
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Paying tax at dutyfree shop?

Recently (Oct 2016) I flew from New York JFK to Brussels. While at JFK I bought a lipstick at the duty free shop. The lady saw my boarding pass and said that since I was flying to Belgium I had to pay ...
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What exactly are the rules for bringing duty-free liquids as carry-on onto Australia-bound flights?

Australia's policies for carrying on liquid duty-free purchases are stricter than the most of the rest of the world, but I've been unable to find any sort of official source for this. I've ...
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Is it mandatory to show the boarding pass at a duty free shop in the UK?

Recently, I was buying a phone charger at a duty free shop in an UK airport. At the till, I was asked to show my boarding pass. A passenger who was waiting behind me started arguing that it was not ...
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VAT Refund in Milano

I purchased 500 € in clothing with my credit card, and got the VAT receipt from the shop. In the Milano airport, can I get my refund in cash or it must be to my credit card? Can I choose which? Some ...
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Customs in various airports and Duty Free International Area Detailed

I live in Turkey. I have been on several domestic flights, including one to Ankara. I have also been on two international flights, one to London/Heathrow and the other to Zurich, Switzerland. I have ...
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Duty free: From the US, transfer in the US, and arriving in Canada

I am planning to take a trip to Atlanta, GA, USA from Vancouver, BC, Canada. When I come back to Canada, I am going to be transferring somewhere inside the USA. So my departure airport is in the USA, ...
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Crossing a border several times to increase duty free allowance

I'm not planning on doing this myself (I'm not in a geographical position to either), but I just thought about the idea, and I wonder what type of rules are in place to prevent it. This question ...
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Do I need to pay duty tax on my own possessions I bring with me to Jamaica?

I am traveling to Jamaica for my honeymoon on Monday of next week. This article says that visitors to Jamaica may need to pay duty tax on certain items, and to follow these steps to avoid doing so: ...
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Are duty free allowances cumulative across outward and return journeys?

This question is based on travelling between the UK and Cancun, Mexico. On the way out (UK -> Mexico) I purchased 200 cigarettes in the duty free shop at LGW. Some (at the current rate c. 50% by the ...
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Can I bring a brand new, package iPhone into Costa Rica for another person?

Will I get in trouble with TSA/airport security for bringing a brand new, packaged iphone in my carry-on luggage from the USA to Costa Rica?
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Can a German citizen use tax-free shopping in Germany if he has a 6-month work visa outside the EU?

I am a German citizen with a German passport and I currently hold a J1 US Visa for 6 months. I am planning to buy a purse and import it into the US. Can I use Global Blue for this since my visa is ...
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Within Dubai, is duty-free gold cheaper for comparable quality from the local Souk? [closed]

I am spending some time in Dubai but not enough to visit the souk. I would like to purchase Gold at a reasonable rate. Since I am not able to buy it from Gold Souk/ Local Dubai Market I am ...
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What tasks is it reasonable to get done while in layover, rather than in advance? [closed]

I am travelling overseas. It is going probably involve 2 layovers, first transferring between international flights, then transferring from international to domestic. I am really busy just before I ...
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Travelling from Bulgaria to UK via Turkey, will I have issues with tobacco products bought from the EU?

So basically I will travel from Sofia, Bulgaria to UK, but I have a layover in Turkey. Previously I've flew the Bulgaria-UK route, but only within the EU borders. Usually when I do so, I buy ...
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Why are some shops duty free and not others at JFK international airport?

Flying to Dubai from JFK, I went to a shop with only $14 left so I decided to spend it. Then the tax was added on afterwards. I thought all shops in the international lounge were duty free world wide. ...
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Buying alcohol duty free under 21 when departing the US? [duplicate]

Is it legal/possible to purchase alcohol as duty free upon departure from the US, having attained the drinking age in the destination country but not in the US? It seems like even though you are ...
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When entering the EU, can one bag count for two people's duty free allowances?

As I understand it, when entering the EU from outside, you can't combine your duty free limits on a single item. So, I believe, two people can't bring in a single 2l bottle of spirits for free, as the ...
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Can I bring duty free liquids through LIM-CDG-LHR?

Similar to this question regarding transit on a DUB-ORD-PDX route, can I make duty-free purchases (e.g. alcohol) in Lima, and return with it to London via Paris (LIM-CDG-LHR), and bring the liquids ...