DECLARING GOODS PURCHASED IN THE UK WHEN ENTERING THE EU
- Travellers under the age of 15 need to declare goods purchased in the UK, and pay VAT and customs duties, if they are worth more than €150
- Travellers above the age of 15 need to declare goods purchased in the UK, and pay VAT and customs duties, if they are worth more than €300
Important: French and Belgian customs officials will be on board some of our trains to enable declarations and carry out random checks.
- For passengers travelling to France
When you arrive, you may see French customs officers on the platform carrying out routine checks.
If you’re travelling to Lille, there will be a designated area where you can declare your goods at the station. Please listen carefully to onboard announcements and look out for station signs when you arrive at your destination for more information.
If you’re travelling to Disneyland Paris, you will be able to declare goods purchased outside of the EU on arrival, at the designated customs booth on the upper level of the station.
- For passengers travelling to Brussels
When you arrive, you may see Belgian customs officers on the platform carrying out routine checks. If you’re taking a connection, please allow at least 30 minutes to make your onward train.
- For passengers travelling to Amsterdam or Rotterdam
If you're travelling to Amsterdam or Rotterdam, there may be customs officials on board carrying out checks during the journey.
DECLARING GOODS PURCHASED IN THE EU WHEN ENTERING THE UK
There are limits on what you can bring into the UK for personal use or as a gift without paying tax and duty charges. You can find out more about the limits on the UK government website.
If you bring goods which exceed these limits:
- you’ll have to pay duty and/or tax on all goods in that category, not just the value above the allowance;
- you must make a declaration and pay any tax and duty before entering the country. You can do this up to 5 days before you travel on the UK government website;
- your goods may be seized and you might be fined if you fail to make a declaration.
Important: please read our alcohol policy if you’re planning to carry alcohol on board.