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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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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 ...
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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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Where does Ryanair allow carrying a separate duty-free bag?

I read that Ryanair now allows carrying a bag of airport purchases ("duty free") in addition to one carry-on bag, but only in certain airports. In which airports?
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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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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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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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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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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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Are airport duty-free shops really cheaper?

I guess this one will be hard to answer because prices vary from airport to airport, but...every time I travel friends tell me not to forget to "bring something from the free shop". On a general ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Can you buy duty free alcohol at Hong Kong International Airport for travel to Australia?

Currently, Australia has tough restrictions on liquids for both departing and arriving flights. These mean that for a flight to Australia, you will be re-screened before boarding the plane, with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Buy alcohol duty-free or in US?

I will be flying to India via South Korea from SFO. I was wondering if it would be better (cheaper) for me to buy alcohol (specifically Scotch, Whiskey) at a place like Bevmo or at the duty free shops ...
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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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How to buy duty free other than at the airport?

Everybody knows you can buy things duty free at airports if you are leaving for or coming from another country. (You can also buy on airplanes and I think I've seen on some international ferries and ...
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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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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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What's the drinking age in the duty free area?

Is the drinking age in the tax free/duty free area the same as in the country you are in or is there no real drinking age? Can I buy spirits in the tax free even though the country's law doesn't ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to check Hong Kong duty free prices for alcohol online?

On an upcoming trip, I'm flying from London to Hong Kong, spending a few days there, then carrying onwards to Australia. I've generally found the arrivals duty free stores in Australia to be fairly ...
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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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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 ...