If you have a little bit of time to spare before your flight or if you are looking for that last-minute bargain, you might want to pay a visit to one of the Duty-Free shops at Tenerife South Airport.
The Canariensis shops stock a wide variety of goods and duty-free items. The opening hours vary depending on air traffic. There tend to be extended opening hours during the busier summer months.
A wide variety of products can be purchased at the Tenerife South duty-free shops: Tobacco, alcohol, fragrances, beauty products, and food, with all the major brands available. There are usually some good offers to be found.
Generally, airlines will allow you to take on board one bag of duty-free goods purchased at the Duty-Free shop in the airport, in addition to your hand luggage.
The Canary Islands are one of a group of nine territories that are part of the EU but are situated outside of Europe and known as the “outermost regions” (OMR). These territories are outside of the EU’s customs and VAT regulations. Therefore, when you purchase any products in Tenerife, you do not pay VAT. Instead, the products are taxed at a much lower, local tax rate. The rules regarding the import of the duty-free goods purchased in Tenerife differ, depending on the country you are travelling to.
For travellers to other EU countries, Tenerife’s special status means two things:
Apart from Estonia and Romania, the following limits apply to air travel:
For Estonia and Romania, the following limits apply:
It is possible to “mix and match”, as long as you don’t go over your total allowance. E.g. you can bring with you 100 cigarettes and 25 cigars – both half of your allowance (or, in the case of Estonia and Romania that would be 20 cigarettes and 5 cigars).
With alcohol, the allowance is the same for all EU countries and the following limits apply:
Additionally, you can also bring with you:
It is possible to split this allowance, e.g. you can bring 1 litre of fortified wine and half a litre of spirits (both half of your allowance).
Please note: If you are under 17 years old you are not entitled to a duty-free allowance for tobacco or alcohol.
Air travellers can bring back with them goods up to the value of EUR 430. Some EU countries apply a lower limit of EUR 150 for travellers under 15 – please check the official website for the country you are travelling to.
For additional information, please also see the “Your Europe” website.
If you are travelling to a destination outside the EU, your duty-free allowance will vary depending on the country you are travelling to.
If you are travelling from Tenerife South Airport to Great Britain (England, Wales, or Scotland), the following limits apply:
You can bring with you one of the following tobacco products:
It is possible to “mix and match”, as long as you don’t go over your total allowance (e.g. you can bring with you 100 cigarettes and 25 cigars (both half of your allowance).
With regards to alcohol, your customs allowance by far exceeds what you will be able to carry with you in practice. Your duty-free allowance for alcohol is as follows:
It is possible to split this allowance, e.g. you can bring 4.5 litres of fortified wine and 2 litres of spirits (both half of your allowance).
You can also bring with you:
Please note: If you are under 17, you have no personal allowances for tobacco or alcohol. You are permitted to bring alcohol and tobacco with you for your own use but you must pay tax and duty on these products before you arrive in the UK.
You can bring in other goods up to the value of £390 (or up to £270 if you arrive by private plane). You may have to pay import VAT and customs duty if you exceed your allowance. For more information, please also the UK Government website.