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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Tenerife Duty Free Prices & Allowances

UPDATED 4 March 2018

There still seems to be no end of confusion about Duty Free allowances on returning from holiday in Tenerife and the Canary Islands, so from the UK Govt: "The Canary Islands, the north of Cyprus, Gibraltar and the Channel Islands are not part of the EU for customs purposes - follow the rules for countries outside the EU instead." [Source] The rules relating to the Canary Islands should not alter, even after the UK leaves the EU.

Alcohol allowance

How much you can bring depends on the type of drink. You can bring in:
  • beer - 16 litres
  • wine (not sparkling) - 4 litres
You can also bring in either:
  • spirits and other liquors over 22% alcohol - 1 litre
  • fortified wine (eg port, sherry), sparkling wine and alcoholic drinks up to 22% alcohol - 2 litres
You can split this last allowance, eg you could bring 1 litre of fortified wine and half a litre of spirits (both half of your allowance).

Tobacco allowance

You can bring in one from the following:
  • 200 cigarettes
  • 100 cigarillos
  • 50 cigars
  • 250g tobacco
You can also split this allowance - so you could bring in 100 cigarettes and 25 cigars (both half of your allowance).

Do check their website for up-to-date full details, including age limits, etc. Anyone who needs specific advice should contact UK HM Revenue & Customs directly by phone (0300 200 3700; Mon-Fri 8am-6pm) or by email (using the online enquiry form).

We're no longer happy to link to prices, as information goes out of date too quickly. However, taxes, in particular IGIC (the Canarian equivalent of VAT) are lower in the Canary Islands because of their peripheral location, so you can always buy alcohol and tobacco in the shops on the island for less than the prices in the Duty Free shops at the airport. So, my personal advice, if you must, is to buy your tobacco in the local shops.

However, because of the baggage security restrictions, any bottles you purchase in shops on the island would have to go in your suitcase that goes in the hold of the plane. That's your decision, of course, but I wouldn't like to say how safe from breakage that might be. You can only take liquids onto the plane (as hand luggage) that have been bought in the duty free area, so basically, you're paying extra for "carry on rights" and insurance against having a suitcase full of Whiskey flavored clothes when you get to the other end!

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