Packing warning for Britons over post-Brexit rules

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Since the UK left the EU, Britons have had to follow some new rules when it comes to transporting food and drink over the border. Chris Bennett, travel expert at Eurocamp, told Express.co.uk what British tourists need to watch out for.

Know the rules and restrictions

Chris said: “Since the UK exited the EU, there have been many changes to the different rules on travelling.

“The good news is that, whilst there are some food products that are prohibited from crossing the UK border into EU countries, on the way home to the UK, there are very few restrictions.

“You can bring as much meat, cheese, bread, pasta and alcohol as your suitcase allows, although you can expect to be questioned by border control if your alcohol haul goes above the limits.”

Alcohol limits

  • Beer (Over 110 litres)
  • Wine (Over 90 litres)
  • Spirits (Over 10 litres)
  • Fortified wine (Over 20 litres)

Pack it properly

Chris added: “With Europe having some of the world’s best meats and cheeses these can be popular products brought home by holidaymakers.

“With these fresh, locally made items often coming with strong odours, although it may make your suitcase easier to find at baggage claim, it also runs the risk of making all of your clothes and belongings smell.”

Chris recommends Britons store food products in tupperware or ziplock bags before putting it in their luggage.

He added that Britons could ask a local restaurant for a spare tupperware if they didn’t bring one from home.

Choose your route

Chris told Express.co.uk: “With alternatives to flying, such as driving or the Eurostar, coming with unlimited liquid restrictions, you could consider other options for your next trip.

“This means that you can stock up on your favourite European cheeses and wines without having to worry about liquid and baggage restrictions.

“You could always look at shipping your products too. When strolling around the beautiful streets of your next destination, look out for local wineries.

“Some local wineries offer shipping discounts, so if you’re low on luggage space or only have a cabin bag, talk to the locals and see if they can ship it for a reasonable price.”

Hand or hold luggage?

Britons will only be able to bring liquids of up to 100ml through airport security in their hand luggage.

Chris said: “While this means that standard wine bottles are a no go for bringing home, you can still bring home your favourite foods, although watch out for soft cheeses as when they melt, they can sometimes be classed as liquids.

“If you have a hold bag, then you have many more options over what food and drink you bring.

“With no limit restrictions on liquids, and fairly chilled temperatures in the hold section on the plane, it can be like storing your foods in the fridge and a great way to transport items.”

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