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In the last few weeks, we published a series of articles about the duty-free allowance in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America. And after looking up all the information, what is our conclusion?

Our conclusion is that’s there is no line in the duty-free allowances. It goes literally from an allowance of zero cigars to an allowance of unlimited cigars as long as it’s for personal use. Some allowances are per cigars, others per weight, most are very clear, others mention a maximum value. Maximum values are hard to prove if you travel with cigars from your personal collection. I mean, who saves all the receipts? We don’t know anybody who does. And then there are the vague ‘reasonable quantities’, which is always up for debate. For you 5 cigars a day, 10-day trip, so 50 cigars may seem reasonable, but for a customs officer who never saw so many cigars that seems very unreasonable. We think that those countries are vague so that customs officers can shake visitors down a little, since the countries with that allowance score quite low on the corruption perception index 2017. Afghanistan (177), Guinea Bissau (171) Iran (130) and not even a mention for Sao Tome & Principe. So prepare to pay some lubrication at the airport if you travel with cigars or cigarillos to those areas.

Our expectations were that especially the E.U. would have synchronized their duty-free allowance. And in a way, they did, but then again not all of them. For example, Finland has a different set of rules, the overseas territories are not included but France includes their overseas territories. The U.S.A. has special allowances for their territories. And talking about territories, you would expect that they would have the same allowance as their mainland, but no. The Dutch territories have a different allowance than The Netherlands, the New Zealand territories and Australian territories aren’t as strict as New Zealand and Australia. So it makes it worth to do some homework before you travel. And to make it a little bit easier, we compiled a list, in alphabetical order, with the duty-free allowance per country, both for cigars and cigarillos.

 

Cigars

Cigarillos

Afghanistan

Reasonable quantities

Reasonable quantities

Albania

50

Not specifically mentioned

Algeria

50

Not specifically mentioned

American Samoa

100

Not specifically mentioned

(1)
Andorra

75

150

(2)
Angola

500 grams

500 grams

Anguilla

50

Not specifically mentioned

Antigua & Barbuda

50

Not specifically mentioned

Argentina

25

Not specifically mentioned

(3)
Armenia

10

400

Aruba

25

50

Australia

25 grams

25 grams

Austria

200

400

(4)
Azerbaijan

1000 grams

1000 grams

Bahamas

50

Not specifically mentioned

Bahrein

50

Not specifically mentioned

Bangladesh

50

Not specifically mentioned

Barbados

Free for personal use

Free for personal use

Belarus

250 grams

250 grams

Belgium

50

100

(4)
Belize

50

Not specifically mentioned

Benin

25

100

Bermuda

50

Not specifically mentioned

Bhutan

0

0

Bolivia

50

Not specifically mentioned

Bonaire

25

50

Bosnia & Herzegovina

250 gram

100

Botswana

20

Not specifically mentioned

Brazil

25

Not specifically mentioned

British Virgin Islands

50

Not specifically mentioned

Brunei

0

0

Bulgaria

50

100

(4)
Burkina Faso

25

100

Burundi

250 grams

250 grams

Cabo Verde

50

Not specifically mentioned

Cambodia

100

Not specifically mentioned

Cameroon

50

Not specifically mentioned

Canada

50

200

Cayman Islands

25

100

Central African Republic

250

1000

Chad

125

400

Chile

50

50

China

100

Not specifically mentioned

Christmas Island

25 grams

25 grams

Colombia

50

Not specifically mentioned

Comoros

100

Not specifically mentioned

Congo

1 box *men only*

Not specifically mentioned

Cook Islands

20

Not specifically mentioned

Costa Rica

50

500 grams

Cote d’Ivoire

25

100

Croatia

50

100

(4)
Cuba

50

Not specifically mentioned

Curacao

50

100

Cyrpus

50

100

(4)
Czech Republic

50

100

(4)
Democratic Republic of Congo

50

Not specifically mentioned

Denmark

50

100

(4)
Djibouti

50

100

Dominica

50

Not specifically mentioned

Dominican Republic

1 box

Not specifically mentioned

Ecuador

25

Not specifically mentioned

Egypt

25

Not specifically mentioned

El Salvador

25

25

Equatorial Guinea

50

Not specifically mentioned

Eritrea

50

Not specifically mentioned

Estonia

50

100

(4)
Eswatini (Swaziland)

20

Not specifically mentioned

Ethiopia

250 grams

250 grams

Falkland Islands

50

100

Fiji

250 grams

250 grams

Finland

50

100

France

50

100

(5)
French Guiana

50

100

French Polynesia

50

Not specifically mentioned

Gabon

125

400

Gambia

50

Not specifically mentioned

Georgia

50

Not specifically mentioned

Germany

50

100

(4)
Ghana

50

100

Gibraltar

50

100

Greece

50

100

(4)
Greenland

50

100

Grenada

25

Not specifically mentioned

Guadeloupe

50

100

Guam

100

Not specifically mentioned

Guatemala

500 grams

500 grams

Guinea

250

Not specifically mentioned

Guinea Bissau

Reasonable quantities

Reasonable quantities

Guyana

227 grams

227 grams

Haiti

50

Not specifically mentioned

Honduras

100

Not specifically mentioned

Hong Kong

1

25 grams

Hungary

50

100

(4)
Iceland

250 grams

250 grams

India

25

Not specifically mentioned

Indonesia

25

Not specifically mentioned

Iran

Reasonable quantities

Reasonable quantities

Iraq

10

25

Ireland

50

100

(4)
Israel

250 grams

250 grams

Italy

50

100

(4)
Jamaica

50

Not specifically mentioned

Japan

100

Not specifically mentioned

Jordan

Not over 70 JOD

Not over 20 JOD

Kazakhstan

50

Not specifically mentioned

Kenya

50

Not specifically mentioned

Kiribati

225 grams

225 grams

Kosovo

50

100

Kuwait

900 grams

900 grams

Kyrgyzstan

50

Not specifically mentioned

Laos

50

Not specifically mentioned

Latvia

50

100

(4)
Lebanon

50

100

(6)
Lesotho

20

Not specifically mentioned

Liberia

25

Not specifically mentioned

Libya

400 grams

400 grams

Liechtenstein

50

Not specifically mentioned

Lithouania

50

100

(4)
Luxembourg

50

100

(4)
Macau

1

25 grams

Macedonia

50

100

Madagascar

25

Not specifically mentioned

Malawi

250 grams

250 grams

Malaysia

225 grams

225 grams

Maldives

25

Not specifically mentioned

Mali

250

Not specifically mentioned

Malta

50

100

(4)
Marshall Islands

454 grams

454 grams

Martinique

50

100

Mauritania

25

Not specifically mentioned

Mauritius

250 grams

250 grams

Mayotte

50

100

(7)
Mexico

50

Not specifically mentioned

Micronesia

20

Not specifically mentioned

Moldova

50

50

Monaco

50

100

(4)
Mongolia

50

Not specifically mentioned

Montenegro

50

100

Montserrat

50

Not specifically mentioned

Morocco

50

200

Mozambique

250 grams

250 grams

Myanmar

50

Not specifically mentioned

Namibia

50

Not specifically mentioned

Nauru

500 grams

500 grams

Nepal

50

Not specifically mentioned

Netherlands

50

100

(4)
New Caledonia

50

100

New Zealand

50 grams

50 grams

Nicaragua

500 grams

500 grams

Niger

25

100

Nigeria

50

Not specifically mentioned

Niue

50

Not specifically mentioned

Norfolk Island

25 grams

25 grams

North Korea

No info available

No info available

Northern Ireland

50

100

(4)
Northern Mariana Islands

454 grams

454 grams

Norway

250 grams

250 grams

Oman

50

Not specifically mentioned

Pakistan

50

Not specifically mentioned

Palau

1

Not specifically mentioned

Palestine

No info available

No info available

Panama

No info available

No info available

Papua New Guinea

250 grams

250 grams

Paraguay

Max 300 USD

Max 300 USD

Peru

50

Not specifically mentioned

Phillipines

50

Not specifically mentioned

Pitcairn Islands

No info available

No info available

Poland

50

100

(4)
Portugal

50

100

(4)
Puerto Rico

100

Not specifically mentioned

Qatar

No info available

No info available

Reunion

50

100

(7)
Romania

50

100

(4)
Russia

100

200

Rwanda

250 grams

250 grams

Saba

25

50

Saint Barthelemy

50

100

Saint Kitts & Nevis

50

100

Saint Lucia

50

100

Saint Martin

50

100

Saint Pierre & Miquelon

75

150

Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

50

Not specifically mentioned

Samoa

250 grams

250 grams

San Marino

50

100

(4)
Sao Tome & Principe

Reasonable quantities

Reasonable quantities

Saudi Arabia

100

Not specifically mentioned

Senegal

50

Not specifically mentioned

Serbia

50

100

Seychelles

250 grams

250 grams

Siera Leona

250 grams

250 grams

Singapore

0

0

Sint Eustatius

25

50

Sint Maarten

50

100

Slovakia

50

100

(4)
Slovenia

50

100

Solomon Islands

50

Not specifically mentioned

Somalia

40

Not specifically mentioned

South Africa

20

Not specifically mentioned

South Korea

50

Not specifically mentioned

South Sudan

0

0

Spain

50

100

(4)
Sri Lanka

0

0

Sudan

50

Not specifically mentioned

Suriname

20

200

Sweden

50

100

(4)
Switzerland

50

Not specifically mentioned

Syria

25

50

Taiwan

25

Not specifically mentioned

Tajikistan

2 cartons

2 cartons

Tanzania

50

Not specifically mentioned

Thailand

250 grams

250 grams

Timor

75

100

Togo

50

100

Tokelau

No info available

No info available

Tonga

250 grams

250 grams

Trinidad & Tobago

50

Not specifically mentioned

Tunisia

50

Not specifically mentioned

Turkey

50

100

Turkmenistan

2 packs of tobacco

2 packs of tobacco

Turks & Caicos Islands

50

Not specifically mentioned

Tuvalu

225 grams

225 grams

U.S.A.

100

Not specifically mentioned

UAE

400 max 3000 AED

Not specifically mentioned

Uganda

250 grams

250 grams

Ukraine

50

Not specifically mentioned

United Kingdom

50

100

(4) Subject to change after Brexit
Uruguay

25

Not specifically mentioned

US Virgin Islands

100

Not specifically mentioned

Uzbekistan

1000 gram

1000 gram

Vanuatu

25

100

Vatican City

50

100

(4)
Venezuela

25

Not specifically mentioned

Vietnam

20

Not specifically mentioned

Wake island

50 (max value 150 USD)

Not specifically mentioned

Wallis & Futuna

50

100

Western Sahara

No info available

No info available

Yemen

60

Not specifically mentioned

Zambia

500 grams

500 grams

Zimbabwe

Open package personal use: no limit

Open package personal use: no limit

(1) If you have spent less than 48 hours out of the country or traveled in and out of the country within a 30 day period, the maximum allowance is only 10 cigars.

(2) To get to Andorra you have to travel through France or Spain, check their allowances too before you travel

(3) If you arrive from Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay or Chile the duty-free allowance is only 25 cigars.

(4) If you arrive from an E.U. member country, excluding the overseas areas and the Channel Islands, you are allowed to bring in 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

(5) If you arrive from an E.U. member country, excluding the overseas areas and the Channel Islands but including French overseas territories, you are allowed to bring in 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

(6) Only once per six months

(7) When traveling from Mauritius the duty-free allowance is 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos

 

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