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Allowances

Below is a summary of some of the inbound allowance limitations for some markets around Asia Pacific.  For a more comprehensive list of allowances across the globe please click here.

Australia

Tobacco

For persons aged over 18 :
25 cigarettes, or equivalent.

Alcohol

For persons aged over 18 :
2.25 litres of alcohol.

Personal Goods

For persons aged over 18 :
Up to A$900 worth of general goods;

For persons under 18:
$450. Includes gifts, souvenirs, electronic equipment, leather goods, perfume concentrates, jewellery, watches and sporting

Comments

Families travelling together can pool their duty-free concessions.

Source

http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page4352.asp

Bangladesh

Tobacco

200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, or 225 g of tobacco

Alcohol

2 bottles of alcoholic beverages or one bottle if not travelling for touristic purposes (non-Muslims only).

Personal Goods

250 ml of perfume.

Gifts

Gifts of up to Tk500

Source

http://bangladesh.visahq.com/customs

Brunei Darussalam

Alcohol

For persons over 17 and non-muslim:
2 bottles of liquor and 12 330 ml cans of beer.

Personal Goods

60 ml of perfume. 250 g of scented water.

Source

http://www.mof.gov.bn/English/RCE/CustomsMatters/CustomsProcedures/PassengersConcession/Pages/default.aspx

Cambodia

Tobacco

For persons over 18:
400 cigarettes, or 100 cigars, or 400 g of tobacco.

Alcohol

For persons over 18:
2 litres of wine.

Currency

There are no restrictions on the import of foreign currency although declaration is required for sums of over 10,000 USD or an equivalent value in another currency.

Personal Goods

350 ml of perfume and ornamennts. Other materials needed for travelling and not listed as prohibited are also permitted.

Source

http://www.customs.gov.kh/clearanceforpassengers.html

China

Tobacco

400 cigarettes, or 100 cigars, or 500 g of tobacco.

Alcohol

Up to 1,500ml of alcoholic drinks (containing 12% alcoholic content or above).

Currency

Travellers are allowed to carry up to RMB20,000 cash or any other foreign currencies in cash equivalent to US$5,000 or less.

Personal Goods

Personal effects for travellers’ own use are duty free. A reasonable amount of perfume for personal use is permitted duty free.
50g of gold or silver.

The allowance for personal goods purchased abroad is limited to 5000 RMB for Chinese nationals and 2000 RMB for foreign nationals.

Gifts

Gifts and presents must be declared.

Source

http://english.customs.gov.cn/Statics/88707c1e-aa4e-40ca-a968-bdbdbb565e4f.html

Hong Kong

Tobacco

For travellers over 18:
19 cigarettes, or 1 cigar, or 25 g of tobacco.

Alcohol

For travellers over 18:
1 litre of alcoholic liquor/spirit with an alcoholic strength above 30% by volume.

Currency

There are no restrictions on currency.

Personal Goods

Travellers are allowed to bring in a reasonable amount of personal gifts. 250 ml of eau de toilette and 60 ml of perfume are permitted duty free.

Comments

To qualify for duty free allowance travellers must have spent at last 24 hours outside Hong Kong.

Source

http://www.customs.gov.hk/en/passenger_clearance/duty_free/index.html

India

Tobacco

100 cigarettes, or 25 cigars, or tobacco not exceeding 125 g.

Alcohol

Up to 2 litres of alcoholic wine or liquor.

Currency

Import of Indian currency is prohibited. However, in the case of passengers normally resident in India who are returning from a visit abroad Indian currency of up to Rs. 7500 is allowed.

Comments

NB. Different rules in place for passengers coming from Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Hong Kong or China. See http://www.cbec.gov.in/travellers.htm for further details.

Source

http://www.cbec.gov.in/travellers.htm

Japan

Tobacco

100 cigars, or 400 cigarettes, or 500 g of tobacco. If a visitor brings in more than one kind of tobacco product, the total allowance is 500 g.

Alcohol

3 bottles of alcholic beverage.

Currency

Travellers who carry cash or other means of payment exceeding 1 million yen are required to declare this to customs.

Personal Goods

Clothes, toileteries and other personal effects for personal use, as well as portable professional equipment that will be used during the stay in Japan, are all free of duty and/or tax, if they are considered quantitatively appropriate and are not for sale. 2 Oz of perfume are permitted duty free.

Source

http://www.customs.go.jp/english/summary/passenger.htm

Laos

Tobacco

For travellers over 16:
200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco.

Alcohol

For travellers over 16:
1 litre of spirits and 2 litres of wine.

Personal Goods

250 ml of eau de toilette and 50 g of perfume.

Source

http://laocustoms.laopdr.net/traveler_guidelines_c2.htm

Macau

Tobacco

19 cigarettes, or 1 cigar, or tobacco not exceeding 25 g.

Alcohol

1 litre of grape wine or beverages not exceeding 30% of alcoholic strength;
1 litre of alcoholic beverages not exceeding 30% of alcoholic strength.

Personal Goods

Clothes, jewellery, sports equipment and 1 personal computer for private use. Visitors to Macau may bring in duty and tax free items to the value of 10,000 MOP. (Circa US$1240).

Source

http://www.customs.gov.mo/en/index1.htm

Malaysia

Tobacco

200 cigarettes or 225 g of tobacco.

Alcohol

1 litre of alcohol.

Source

http://malaysia.visahq.com/customs

Nepal

Tobacco

Up to 250 g of tobacco. Equivalent to 250 cigarettes.

Alcohol

Up to 1.15 litres of whisky or wine or up to 12 cans of beer.

Source

http://nepal.visahq.com/customs/

New Zealand

Tobacco

For persons over 17:
50 cigarettes, or 50 g of cigars or tobacco products.

Alcohol

For persons over 17:
4.5 litres of wine or 4.5 litres of beer. Three bottles (or other containers) each containing not more than 1,125 ml of spirits, liqueur, or other spiritious beverages.

Personal Goods

Travellers may take up to NZ$700 worth of personal goods through NZ customs duty-free.

Gifts

There is no duty for gifts of up to NZ$100 in value.

Source

http://www.customs.govt.nz/features/charges/dutyfree/Pages/default.aspx

Pakistan

Tobacco

200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 500 g of tobacco.

Alcohol

The import of alcohol is strictly prohibited for both residents and non-residents regardless of their nationality.

Personal Goods

250 ml of eau de toilette and perfume, of which not more than 125 ml may be perfume.

Gifts

Gift articles and souvenirs in a reasonable number and quantity as long as their value does not exceed PKR 2,000.

Source

http://pakistan.visahq.com/customs/

Philippines

Tobacco

2 cartons of Cigarettes, 2 tins of tobacco.

Alcohol

2 bottles of liquor or wine.

Currency

For Balikbayams over the age of 18: US$2,000.
For Balikbayams under the age of 18: US$250.
All other passengers over 18 are entitled to US$1,000. Under 18s are entitled to US$250.

Source

http://www.customs.gov.ph/faqs.php

Republic of Korea

Tobacco

For persons over the age of 19:
200 cigarettes, 50 cigars and 250 g tobacco products other than cigarettes.

Alcohol

For persons over the age of 20:
1 litre of alochol.

Personal Goods

Travellers are allowed to carry US$400 worth of goods duty free. This includes cameras, electronic equipment, leather goods, perfume concentrate, jewellery, watches and sporting goods.

Source

http://english.customs.go.kr/

Singapore

Tobacco

There is no duty free concession for cigarettes or tobacco products.

Alcohol

For persons over the age of 18:
Three options: (1) 1 litre of spirits + 1 litre of wine + 1 beer; (2) 2 litres of wine + 1 litre of beer; or (3) 1 litre of wine + 2 litres of beer.

Personal Goods

For travellers who have been outside Singapore for less than 24 hours and are below the age of 18 there is no relief.
For over 18 year olds : SG$50.
For travellers who have been outside Singapore for between 24 and 48 hours: Under 18s SG$50; over 18s SG$150;
For travellers who have been outside Singapore for more than 48 hours: Under 18s SG$100, Over 18s SG$300.
This includes new articles, souvenirs, gifts and food preparation which are for your own personal use and are not meant for sale.

Source

http://www.customs.gov.sg/leftNav/trav/Duty-free+Concession+and+GST+Relief.htm

Sri Lanka

Alcohol

Two regular-size bottles of wine and one and a half litres of spirits.

Tobacco

There is no duty free concession for cigarettes or tobacco products.

Personal Goods

Personal clothing and other essentials. Eau de toilette not exceeding a quarter litre and a small quantity of perfume and souvenirs, the value of which must not exceed US$25 and is not meant for commercial purposes.

Source

http://www.customs.gov.lk/baggage.htm#oc

Taiwan

Tobacco

For persons above the age of 20:
200 cigarettes, or 25 cigars, or 500 g of tobacco.

Alcohol

For persons above the age of 20:
1 litre of alcoholic beverage (regardless of the number of bottles).

Source

http://eweb.customs.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=15230&ctNode=10030

Thailand

Tobacco

200 cigarettes, or 500 g of tobacco including cigars, or up to 200 cigarettes and cigars or tobacco, total not exceeding 500 g.

Alcohol

1 litre of spirits.

Personal Goods

The duty free allowance will be applied to accompanied personal effects of up to 10,000 Baht in value if:
- the items are intended for travellers’ own personal or professional use; the quantity is reasonable; and the items are not subject to prohibition or restriction.

Source

http://www.tatnews.org/others/3225.asp

Vietnam

Tobacco

For persons over 18:
400 cigarettes, or 100 cigars, or 50 g of tobacco.

Alcohol

For persons over 18:
Liquor above 22% in alcoholic content: 1.5 litres;
Liquor below 22% alcoholic content: 2.0 litres;
Alcoholic drinks, beer: 3.0 litres.

Personal Goods

A reasonable quantity to serve the purpose of the trip is permitted. Other articles are to not exceed a total value of VND5,000,000.

Source

http://www.customs.gov.vn/English/Lists/CustomsFormalities/Traveller-Details.aspx?ID=103

Note:
Please note that allowances may change so it is advisable to check with the government or customs websites of the countries concerned for the most up-to-date information. APTRA is not liable for any errors in the above allowances which may occur due to inaccurate or outdated information at the source of reference.