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Duty-free allowances worldwide. Last December, Ministry of Cigars published a number of articles on the different duty-free allowances worldwide. And published a complete list of all the allowances worldwide. But with the vacation period around the corner, it’s time to refresh your memory.

The regulation is all over. Within the E.U. the regulation is streamlined. With the exception for the overseas territories as the Antilles islands and the British Channel Islands. And since there is no definitive Brexit on the moment of writing, the E.U. regulations are still in force for the United Kingdom. But be aware, those are E.U. regulations and not all European countries are part of the E.U.

Ministry of Cigars Duty-free allowances worldwide

So before you grab your stash of cigars and jump in your car, caravan, or get in an airplane, check the list to see how many cigars you can bring into your destination country duty unpaid. That might save you a lot of trouble at the border.

Afghanistan

Afghanistan is one of the counties that has not set a strict number or weight on the duty-free allowance of tobacco. The duty-free regulations on cigars says “reasonable quantities” which means it’s up the the custom agent to see if the number of cigars you carry is a reasonable quantity. Be advised, cigars aren’t common in Afghanistan, so what seems to be a reasonable quantity to you, might not be for the customs officer.

 Albania

Albania is not a member of the EU. Albania allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos to be brought in without duty paid.A

Algeria

Algeria has an allowance of 50 cigars.

American Samoa

American Samoa does have the same allowance as the United States, 100 cigars.

Andorra

Andorra is not a member of the EU. Andorra allows visitors to bring in 75 cigars or 150 cigarillos to be brought in without duty paid.

Angola

Angola as a duty-free limit of 500 grams of cigars or cigarillos.

Anguilla

Anguilla is a British territory and has the same allowance as the U.K. 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos.


 

Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda have a duty free limit of 50 cigars.

Argentina

Argentina has an allowance of 25 cigars.

Armenia

Armenia is not a member of the EU. Armenia allows visitors to bring in 10 cigars or 400 cigarillos to be brought in without duty paid

Aruba

The tropical Dutch territory Aruba, where Aruhiba cigars are made, has a lower duty-free limit than The Netherlands. Only 25 cigars or 50 cigarillos are allowed to be brought in duty-free.

Australia

Australia as a low duty-free limit, only 25 grams of cigars or cigarillos.

Austria

Austria is a member of the EU. Austria allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is not a member of the EU, geographically it’s not even located in Europe but since it’s a member of the Council of Europe we decided to include it on the European list. Azerbaijan is one of the countries that doesn’t measure in numbers when it comes to duty-free allowance but in weight. Visitors have a duty free allowance of 1000 grams of cigars. 

Bahamas

The duty-free allowance of the Bahamas is 50 cigars.

Bahrein

Bahrein allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 250 grams in cigarillos to be brought in without duty paid

Bangladesh

Bangladesh allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 250 grams in cigarillos to be brought in without duty paid

Barbados

Barbados has no duty free limit as long as the cigars are for personal use

Belarus

Belarus is not a member of the EU. Just like Azerbaijan Belarus doesn’t measure in numbers of cigars but per weight. The duty-free allowance is 250 grams of cigars.

Belgium

Belgium is a member of the EU. Belgium allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Belize

Belize has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Benin

Benin allows you to bring in 25 cigars or 100 cigarillos duty-free.

Bermuda

Bermuda has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Bhutan

Bhutan is strict on tobacco, tobacco is not sold anywhere in Bhutan. Yet as a visitor, you are allowed to bring in 30 cigars.

Bolivia

Bolivia has a duty free limit of 50 cigars.

Bonaire

The Dutch Caribbean island has an allowance of 25 cigars or 50 cigarillos.

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnia & Herzegovina is not a member of the EU. The country has no clear number on cigars you can bring in, it’s 250 gram of cigars or 100 cigarillos, which are measured in numbers to make it more confusing.

Botswana

Botswana has a duty free allowance of 20 cigars.

Brazil

Only 25 cigars are allowed to be brought in duty-free into Brazil

British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos.

Brunei

Brunei has zero tolerance. No allowance of cigars. You can bring some in for personal consumption yet they have to be declared and tax has to be paid.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a member of the EU. Bulgaria allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso has a duty free allowance of 25 cigars or 100 cigarillos.

Burundi

Burundi has a duty free allowance of 250 grams of tobacco.

Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Cambodia

Cambodia allows visitors to bring in 100 cigars or 400 grams in cigarillos to be brought in without duty paid

Cameroon

Cameroon has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Canada

Canada has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are a territory of Spain and Spain is a member of the EU. Yet the quadruple allowance from traveling from another EU member country does not apply here. On the Canary Island, the duty-free allowance is 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos no matter what country you fly in from. All EU members exclude the Canary Islands from the quadruple allowance too.

Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands have a duty free allowance of 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos just like the motherland of the United Kingdom.

Central African Republic

CAR Central African Republic has a duty free allowance of 250 cigars.

Chad

Chad has a duty free allowance of 125 cigars or 400 cigarillos

Chile

The duty-free allowance of Chile is 50 cigars or 50 cigarillos


China (People’s republic)

China allows visitors to bring in 100 cigars or 500 grams in cigarillos to be brought in without duty paid.

Christmas Islands

An Australian territory, with the same low duty-free limit of 25 grams.

Colombia

Colombia has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Comoro Islands

The Comoro Islands have a duty free allowance of 100 cigars.

Congo

Congo has a duty free allowance of 1box cigars. But there’s an extra rule, bad news for the female cigar smokers. Only men are allowed to bring in duty-free cigars. Congo is the only country in the world with this sexist regulation.

Cook Islands

A territory of New Zealand but with a wider a duty-free allowance of 20 cigars.

Costa Rica

The fifth premium cigar producer of the world has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Cote d’Ivoire

Cote d’Ivoire has a duty free allowance of 25 cigars.

Croatia

Croatia is a member of the EU. Croatia allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos

Cuba

Cuba is ground zero for cigars. This is where it all began, and according to some, it’s still the best place to grow tobacco and make cigars. To others, it’s nothing but old glory faded away. You can bring 50 cigars into Cuba, duty-free.

Curacao

Part of the Kingdom of The Netherlands. It allows 50 cigars duty-free or 100 cigarillos.

Cyprus

Cyprus is a member of the EU. Cyprus allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Czech Republic

Czech Republic is a member of the EU. The Czech Republic allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Democratic Republic of Congo

DRC has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Denmark

Denmark is a member of the EU. Denmark allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Djibouti

Djibouti has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Dominicana

Not to be mistaken for the Dominican Republic. Dominicana allows 50 cigars duty-free.

Dominican Republic

One box of cigars can be brought to the Dominican Republic duty-free. The customs regulations don’t mention if there is a maximum size to the box.

Ecuador

Ecuador has a duty free allowance of 25 cigars.E

Egypt

Egypt has a duty free allowance of 25 cigars.

El Salvador

You can bring in 25 cigars into El Salvador before you have to pay tax.

Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Eritrea

Eritrea has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Estonia

Estonia is a member of the EU. Estonia allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland)

Eswatini has a duty free allowance of 20 cigars.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia has a duty free allowance of 250 grams of tobacco.

Falkland Islands

The British territory has an allowance of 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos.

Fiji

Fiji has a duty free allowance of 250 grams of cigars or cigarillos.

Finland

Finland is a member of the EU. Yet Finland does not have the same allowance for traveling within the EU as the rest of the EU members. Finland allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid, either from within the EU or without the EU.

France

France is a member of the EU. France allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, or from the French overseas territories Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and Reunion, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

French Guiana

As the name suggests, French Guiana is a French territory and has the same duty free allowance as France. 50 cigars of 100 cigarillos. The EU members allowance does not apply.

French Polynesia

French Polynesia has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos, just like France. But without the quadruple allowance when traveling from an EU member

Gabon

Gabon has a duty free allowance of 125 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Gambia

Gamba has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Georgia

Georgia is not a member of the EU, geographically it’s not even located in Europe but since it’s a member of the Council of Europe we decided to include it on the European list. The country allowance for cigars is set at 50, both for premium cigars and cigarillos.

Germany

Germany is a member of the EU. Germany allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Ghana

Ghana has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos.

Gibraltar

Gibraltar is a territory of the U.K, located at the south of Spain, overseeing the entry of the Mediterranean Sea. The territory doesn’t have the extra allowance for EU Members, visitors can bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos.

Greece

Greece is a member of the EU. Greece allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Greenland

The Danish territory allows 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos duty-free.

Grenada

The duty-free allowance for Grenada is 25 cigars.

Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe is a French territory and has the same duty free allowance as France. 50 cigars of 100 cigarillos. The EU members allowance does not apply.

Guam

Guam has a duty free allowance of 100 cigars. Just like the U.S.A, of which Guam is a territory

Guatemala

You can bring in 500 grams of cigars or cigarillos duty-free into Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea has a duty free allowance of 250 cigars.

Guinea Bissau

Guinea Bissau duty-free law says “reasonable quantities”. Now what’s reasonable for you, might not be reasonable for the local customs officer, so don’t overdo it.

Guyana

Guayana has a duty free allowance of 227 grams of cigars or cigarillos.

Haiti

Haiti has a 50 cigar allowance duty-free. Anything over has to be declared.

Honduras

One of the top five premium cigar producing countries in the world has a duty free allowance of 100 cigars.

Hong Kong

Even though Hong Kong is part of China, the duty-free allowance is completely different. Hongkong only allows one cigar to be brought in duty-free, or 25 grams of tobacco. If you bring in 25 grams of cigars, you will get a pass.

Hungary

Hungary is a member of the EU. Hungary allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands et. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Iceland

Iceland is not a member of the EU. 250 grams of cigars can be brought in without duty paid.

India

The duty free allowance of cigars in India is set to 25 cigars. Or you can bring in 125 grams of cigarillos. 

Indonesia

Indonesia allows 25 cigars or 100 grams of cigarillos to be brought in duty free.

Iran

Just like Afghanistan, Iran duty free allowance for cigars is “reasonable quantities”. So we give the same advice. Cigars aren’t common in Iran, so what seems to be a reasonable quantity to you, might not be for the customs officer.

Iraq

Iraq has a small allowance, only 25 cigarillos or 10 cigars can be imported duty free.

Ireland

Ireland is a member of the EU. Ireland allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc). When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Israel

Israel allows visitors to bring in 250 grams of tobacco duty unpaid.

Italy

Italy is a member of the EU. Italy allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Jamaica

Jamaica used to be a player in the cigar industry but that a thing of the past. Jamaica has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Japan

When you go to Japan you can bring in 100 cigars or 500 grams of cigarillos duty free for personal consumption.

Jordan

The number of cigars or weight doesn’t matter in Jordan. It’s all about the face value of the cigars. Cigarillos up to 20 JOD (approx 25 euro at the time the article was written) and 70 JOD (approx 85 euro) are allowed in duty free.

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is not a member of the EU. Visitors are allowed to bring in 50 cigars or 200 grams of cigarillos into the country before duty has to be paid.

Kenya

Kenya has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Kiribati

Kiribati has a duty free allowance of 225 grams cigars or cigarillos.

Kosovo

Kosovo is not a member of the EU. The allowance for cigars is 50 pieces or 100 cigarillos.

Kuwait

Kuwait has an allowance of 900 grams of tobacco to be brought in duty unpaid.

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan has an allowance of 50 cigars or 250 grams of cigarillos.

Laos

Laos has an allowance of 50 cigars or 250 grams of cigarillos.

Latvia

Latvia is a member of the EU. Latvia allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Lebanon

Lebanon has an allowance of 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos.

Lesotho

Lesotho has an allowance of 20 cigars to be brought in duty unpaid.

Liberia

Liberia allows visitors to bring in 25 duty-free.

Libya

Libya has a duty free allowance of 400 grams of cigars.

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein is not a member of the EU. The allowance for cigars is 50 pieces or 250 grams for cigarillos.

Lithuania

Lithuania is a member of the EU. Lithuania allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a member of the EU. Luxembourg allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Macau

Just like Hong Kong, Macau is part of China yet does not have the lenient duty free allowance of the mainland. 1 cigar or 25 grams of tobacco is allowed duty free.

Macedonia

Macedonia is not a member of the EU. The allowance is 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos.

Madagascar

Madagascar allows 25 cigars duty-free.

Malawi

Malawi has a duty free allowance of 250 grams of cigars.Mali

Malaysia

Malaysia has a duty free allowance of 225 grams of cigars or cigarillos.

Maldives

25 cigars or 250 grams of cigarillos can be brought in without duty paid in the Maldives.

Mali

Mali has a duty free allowance of 250 cigars.

Malta

Malta is a member of the EU. Malta allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos

Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands has a duty free allowance of 454 grams cigars, that’s 1lbs.

Martinique

The French territory Martinique has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos.

Mauritania

Mauritania has a duty free allowance of 25 cigars.

Mauritius 

The duty-free allowance for cigars in Mauritius is 250 grams of cigars.

Mayotte

Mayotte is a French territory and allows the same amount of duty-free tobacco as France, 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos. The EU allowance is not applicable.

Mexico

Mexico allows 50 cigars to be brought in duty-free.

Micronesia

Micronesia has a duty free allowance of 20 cigars.

Moldova

Moldova is not a member of the EU. The allowance for cigars is 50 pieces or 50 cigarillos.

Monaco

Monaco is not a member of the EU. The country has the same duty free regulations as France though and that allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc). When traveling from another EU member country, or from the French overseas territories Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and Reunion, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Mongolia

Mongolia has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars or 250 grams of cigarillos.

Montenegro

Montenegro is not a member of the EU. The allowance for cigars is 50 pieces or 100 cigarillos.

Montserrat

This British territory follows the British rules of 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos. No exceptions for flights coming in from EU members.

Morocco

Morocco allows 50 cigars or 200 cigarillos to be brought in duty-free.

Mozambique

Mozambique has a duty free allowance of 250 grams cigars.

Myanmar

Myanmar has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars or 250 grams of cigarillos.

Namibia

Namibia has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars

Nauru

Nauru has a duty free allowance of 500 grams cigars.

Nepal

Nepal has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars or 20 grams of cigarillos.

The Netherlands

The Netherlands is a member of the EU. The Netherlands allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

New Caledonia

The French territory of New Caledonia has the same duty free allowance as the motherland. 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos. The EU allowance is not at play here.

New Zealand

New Zealand only allows 50 grams of tobacco duty-free. Anything over and you pay a hefty tax.

Niger

Niger allows you to bring in 25 cigars or 100 cigarillos duty-free.

Nigeria

Nigeria has an allowance of 50 cigars.

Niue

Even though Niue is a New Zealand territory, it has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Norfolk Island

This Australian territory has the same low duty free allowance as Australia, only 25 grams cigars.

Northern Mariana Islands

An American territory with a duty-free allowance of 1 lbs, 454 grams of cigars.

Norway

Norway is not a member of the EU, although they have access to the European single market through the EEA treaty. Norway hasn’t adopted the EU duty-free regulations on tobacco, only 250 grams of cigars or cigarillos can be brought in for personal use without duties paid.

Oman

Oman has an allowance of 50 cigars to be brought in duty unpaid.

Pakistan

Pakistan allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 500 grams of cigarillos to be brought in duty free.

Palau

You can only bring in 1 cigar into Palau before you have to pay tax.

Panama

We could not find any information about duty-free allowance of cigars in Panama. We reached out to the authorities and we are awaiting an answer.

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea has a duty free allowance of 250g grams of cigars or cigarillos.

Paraguay

You can bring 300 US dollar worth of cigars into Paraguay duty-free.

Peru

Peru has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.P

Pitcairn Islands

We have no information on the duty-free allowance of this British territory. We reached out to local authorities but are awaiting a reply.

Poland

Poland is a member of the EU. Poland allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Portugal

Portugal is a member of the EU. Portugal allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has the same duty free allowance as the USA, 100 cigars.

Reunion

Reunion is a French territory and allows the same amount of duty-free tobacco as France, 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos. The EU allowance is not applicable.

Rwanda

Rwanda has a duty free allowance of 250 grams of cigars or cigarillos.

Saba

One of the Dutch overseas islands. It has a smaller allowance than The Netherlands, half of it exactly. 25 cigars or 50 cigarillos.

Saint Barthelemy

Saint Barthelemy is a French territory and has the same duty free allowance as France. 50 cigars of 100 cigarillos. The EU members allowance does not apply.

Saint Kitts & Nevis

Saint Kitts & Nevis has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia has an allowance of 25 cigars or 50 cigarillos.

Saint Martin

Saint Martin is a French territory and has the same duty free allowance as France. 50 cigars of 100 cigarillos. The EU members allowance does not apply.

Saint Pierre & Miquelon

Saint Pierre & Miquelon has a duty free allowance of 75 cigars and 150 cigarillos.

Saint Vincent & The Grenadines

Saint Vincent & The Grenadines have a duty free allowance of 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos.

San Marino

San Marino is not a member of the EU. San Marino copied the EU duty-free regulations though. That allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc). When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Samoa

Samoa is the most lenient country in Oceania. Samoa has a duty free allowance of 250 grams.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia allows 100 cigars or 500 grams of tobacco to be brought in before duties have to be paid.

Serbia

Serbia is not a member of the EU. The allowance for cigars is 50 pieces or 100 cigarillos.

Singapore

The beautiful city of Singapore has a zero tolerance when it comes to tobacco to be brought in duty free. No cigarettes, no cigars, no pipe tobacco is allowed in duty free. Cigars aren’t a prohibited product, you can bring in up to 400 grams of cigars as long as you declare them and pay the tax.

Sint Eustatius

Another Dutch overseas territory, it allows 25 cigars or 50 cigarillos.

Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten is a Dutch territory. Part of the island is French territory and named Saint Martin. The duty-free allowance is 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos. Since the allowance is the same for the French part, it doesn’t matter where you land on the island.

Slovakia

Slovakia is a member of the EU. Slovakia allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Slovenia

Slovenia is a member of the EU. Slovenia allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Solomon Islands

You can bring in 50 cigars duty-free in the Solomon Islands. Anything over has to be declared.

Somalia

Somalia has a duty free allowance of 40 cigars.

South Africa

South Africa has a duty free allowance of 20 cigars.

South Korea

The duty free allowance for cigars in South Korea is 50 cigars, or 250 grams of cigarillos.

South Sudan

South Sudan is the only country in Africa without an allowance on cigars or cigarillos.

Spain

Spain is a member of the EU. Spain allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Sri Lanka

The duty free allowance for cigars in Sri Lanka is zero.

Sudan

The duty-free allowance is 50 cigars.

Surinam

Surinam has a duty free allowance of 20 cigars or 200 cigarillos.

Sweden

Sweden is a member of the EU. Sweden allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc. When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Switzerland

Switzerland is not a member of the EU. The allowance for cigars is 50 pieces or 250 grams of cigarillos.

Syria

Syria allows 25 cigars or 50 cigarillos to be brought in duty free.

Taiwan

Taiwan has a duty free allowance of 25 cigars.

Tajikistan

Tajikistan has a ‘2 cartons’ rule in their duty free regulations, without specifying if that’s cigars, cigarillos or cigarettes. So be wise, don’t carry two 100 count boxes with you, stick to one box maximum.

Tanzania

The duty-free allowance for Tanzania is 50 cigars.

Thailand

Thailand allows you to bring in 250 grams of cigars duty free.

Timor

Timor has an allowance of 75 cigars or 100 cigarillos.

Togo

Togo has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos.

Tokelau

We reached out to local authorities to learn about the duty-free allowance of this New Zealand territory.

Tonga

Tonga has a duty free allowance of 250 grams of cigars cigarillos.

Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago allows 50 cigars duty-free or 100 cigarillos.

Tunisia

Tunisia has an allowance of 50 cigars.

Turkey

Turkey has an allowance of 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos

Turkmenistan

The rules in Turkmenistan aren’t very clear. The law states ‘two packs of tobacco” so we go with the same advice as Tajikistan and don’t bring 100 count boxes, be smart what you bring.

Turks & Caicos Islands

A British territory. It allows 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos.

Tuvalu

Tuvalu has a duty free allowance of 225 grams cigars or cigarillos.



United States of America

Visitors can bring in 100 cigars duty-free up to a value of 800 US Dollar. Even Cuban cigars can be brought in nowadays, but only for personal consumption.

United Arab Emirates

The allowance for the United Arab Emirates is high, 400 cigars with a maximum value of 4000 AED (approx 945 euro).

Uganda

Visitors are allowed to bring in up to 250 grams of cigars or cigarillos duty-free.

Ukraine

Ukraine is not a member of the EU. The allowance for cigars is 50 pieces or 250 grams of cigarillos.

United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland & Wales)

The U.K is still a member of the EU, even though the Brexit negotiations have started. The U.K. allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc). When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos. That extra allowance for traveling within the EU is subject to be changed since the U.K. will leave the EU. We will update the article as soon as the results of the Brexit negotiations are in.

Uruguay

Uruguay has a duty free allowance of 25 cigars.

U.S. Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands have the same duty free allowance as the U.S.A.

Uzbekistan

Visitors are allowed to bring in up to a 1000 grams of tobacco duty free.

Vanuatu

Vanuatu has a duty free allowance of 25 cigars or 100 cigarillos.

Vatican City

Vatican City is not a member of the EU, yet they have an extra allowance when you travel from within an EU member country. Vatican City allows visitors to bring in 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos without duty paid when traveling from a non-EU member state, including the territories like the Canary Island, Channel Islands etc). When traveling from another EU member country, visitors are allowed to bring in four times that amount, adding up to 200 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Venezuela

The communist country has close ties to Cuba, yet the allowance of cigars is low with 25 cigars.

Vietnam

Vietnam duty free allowance is 20 cigars or 250 grams of cigarillos.

Wake Island

This American territory has it’s own duty-free allowance. 50 cigars with a maximum value of 150 US dollar can be brought in duty-free.

Wallis & Futuna

This French territory follows the French rules of 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos. No exceptions for flights coming in from EU members.

Western Sahara

This region, formerly Spain, now annexed by Morocco but still an independent region. Since the independence there has been constant turmoil over either being an own independent state or joining Morocco there are no clear duty allowance rules yet. But traveling to Western Sahara is being discouraged by almost any government in the world anyway so does it really matter? For the record, we put it under ‘unknown’.

Yemen

The duty free allowance for Yemen is 60 cigars or 454 grams of cigarillos.

Zambia

The duty-free allowance is 500 grams of cigars.

Zimbabwe

The duty-free allowance for Zimbabwe is unlimited. The only limitations that apply are that the packages have to be open and that the cigars are for personal use.

Be aware

This list is only for passing borders with cigars. For import through mail orders, please check with your local customs.

disclaimer: Ministry of Cigars cannot be held responsible in this information is incorrect. We did our best to create an error-free list, but not all information could be verified with local governments.