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Duty Free

Duty Free shopping is a fun start to international travel, but restrictions apply.

Normal baggage allowances apply to your Duty Free purchases, and if applicable excess baggage charges may apply. If your purchases exceed carry-on baggage limits, you will need to check in your Duty Free shopping.

Note: International to international transit passengers may be subject to additional airport security screening at the point of transfer. Duty Free liquids, aerosols and gels may be confiscated if above maximum limitations and packing requirements.

Important: Guests travelling to Australia are not permitted to carry Duty Free alcohol and perfume while transiting through Abu Dhabi Airport. This means guests are not permitted to buy Duty Free at their original departure airport (e.g. London) or onboard the flight to Abu Dhabi.

Liquid Aerosols and Gels (LAGs) and Duty Free liquids in excess of 100 millilitres will be confiscated during the security screening process in Abu Dhabi for flights heading to Australia.

Guests can purchase Duty Free liquids greater than 100 millilitres at any of the following locations:

  • Duty Free shops in Abu Dhabi
  • Onboard their connecting flight to Australia
  • On arrival in Australia

Travelling to:

United Arab Emirates

Duty Free Limits

Product Allowance Restrictions
Alcoholic beverages 4 litres of any kind of alcohol Passenger must be non-Muslim (Abu Dhabi)
Tobacco, cigarettes and cigars 400 cigarettes (up to AED3000 in value) and cigars - 2 kilograms of tobacco  
Other Perfumes or any other gifts (max value of AED 3,000)  

Prohibited Items (Abu Dhabi)

Fruits and vegetables from cholera infected areas and cultivated pearls

Singapore

Duty Free Limits

Product Allowance Restrictions
Alcoholic beverages 1 litre Passenger must be 18+

Prohibited Items

Meat and meat products

United Kingdom

Duty Free Limits

Product Allowance Restrictions
Alcoholic beverages
  • 1 litre of spirits over 22% volume
  • 2 litres of spirits less than 22% volume
  • 4 litres of wine
  • 16 litres of beer
17+ years old
Tobacco, cigarettes and cigars 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of pipe or cigarette tobacco  
Other Other goods up to a value of GBP 270  

Prohibited Items

Products of animal origin are not permitted to be imported into an EU Member state, with the exception of limited amounts from Andorra, Croatia, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and small amounts of specific products from other countries.

Germany

Duty Free Limits

Product Allowance Restrictions
Alcoholic beverages
  • 1 litre of spirits over 22% volume
  • 2 litres of spirits less than 22% volume
  • 2 litres still wine
  • 16 litres of beer
17+ years old
Tobacco, cigarettes and cigars 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of smoking tobacco  
Other Other goods up to a total value of EUR430 (per adult) or EUR175 (per passenger aged under 15 years).  

Prohibited Items

Products of animal origin, not originating from an EU Member state, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino or Switzerland, are not permitted to be imported into an EU Member state, with the exception of limited amounts from Andorra, Croatia, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and small amounts of specific products from other countries.

Russia

Duty Free Limits

Product Allowance Restrictions
Alcoholic beverages 2 litres Must be 21+ years of age
Tobacco, cigarettes and cigars 400 cigarettes, or 200 cigarillos, or 100 cigars, or 500 grams of tobacco products Must be 18+ years of age
Other Goods up to an amount of RUB65,000 for personal use only  

Prohibited Items

Photographs and printed matter directed against Russian Fed. Acipenseridae family (sturgeons) fish and any product made thereof and live animals (subject to special permit). Military arms and ammunition, narcotics, fruit and vegetables. Dairy and meat products from Armenia and Georgia.

Ireland

Duty Free Limits

Product Allowance Restrictions
Alcoholic beverages
  • 1 litre of spirits over 22% volume
  • 2 litres of spirits less than 22%
  • 4 litres still wine
  • 16 litres of beer
Must be 17+ years of age
Tobacco, cigarettes and cigars 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of smoking tobacco Must be 17+ years of age
Other Other goods up to a total value of EUR430 (per adult) or EUR215 (per passenger aged under 15 years).  

Prohibited Items

Products of animal origin, not originating from an EU Member state, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino or Switzerland, are not permitted to be imported into an EU Member state, with the exception of limited amounts from Andorra, Croatia, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and small amounts of specific products from other countries.

Italy

Duty Free Limits

Product Allowance Restrictions
Alcoholic beverages
  • 1 litre of spirits over 22% volume,
  • 2 litres of spirits less than 22%
  • 2 litres of wine
Must be 17+ years of age
Tobacco, cigarettes and cigars 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of smoking tobacco Must be 17+ years of age
Other Other goods up to a total value of EUR175  

France

Duty Free Limits

Product Allowance Restrictions
Alcoholic beverages
  • 1 litre of spirits over 22% volume
  • 16 litres of beer
  • 4 litres of still wine
Must be 17+ years of age
Tobacco, cigarettes and cigars 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of smoking tobacco Must be 17+ years of age
Other Other goods up to a total value of EUR430 (per adult) or EUR150 (per passenger aged under 15 years).  

Prohibited Items

Products of animal origin, not originating from an EU Member state, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino or Switzerland, are not permitted to be imported into an EU Member state, with the exception of limited amounts from Andorra, Croatia, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and small amounts of specific products from other countries.

Switzerland

Duty Free Limits

Product Allowance Restrictions
Alcoholic beverages
  • 2 litres up to 15% volume
  • 1 litre over 15 % volume
 
Tobacco, cigarettes and cigars 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of smoking tobacco Must be 17+ years of age
Other Gifts (incl. perfume) for residents of Switzerland up to CH200 (CHF100 for children under 17).  

Turkey

Duty Free Limits

Product Allowance Restrictions
Alcoholic beverages 1 bottle of 1 litre, or 2 bottles of 700 millilitres/750 millilitres of wine and/or spirits Must be 18+ years of age
Tobacco, cigarettes and cigars 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of smoking tobacco Must be 18+ years of age
Other Gifts up to the value of EUR265 (EUR 145 for those aged under 15).  

United States of America

Duty Free Limits

Product Allowance Restrictions
Alcoholic beverages 1 litre Must be 21+ years
Tobacco, cigarettes and cigars 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, or 2 kilograms of tobacco Must be 21+ years
Other USD100 of gifts Can only be claimed once every six months

Entering Australia

Duty Free Limits

Product Allowance Restriction
Alcoholic beverages 2.25 litres (approx. 1.98 quarts) per person Must be 18+ years
Tobacco, cigarettes and cigars 50 cigarettes or 50 grams (approx. 1.76 ounces) of tobacco or cigar products per person. Includes all tobacco products in accompanied baggage, regardless of how or where they were purchased. Must be 18+ years
Other AUD900 per person worth of personal goods. For example, cameras or perfumes AUD450 per person limit for persons under 18 years


Please Note:
Due to restriction mandated by the Australian Government, it is forbidden to carry liquids, aerosols or gels during transit at Abu Dhabi airport if your final destination is in Australia.