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France & Belgium by coach...

You will travel by executive coach on either a Wednesday or Friday, crossing the channel with P&O  Ferries or Eurotunnel. You will visit Belgium for tobacco or cigarette purchases and then Pidou Cash & Carry for alcohol and any sundry purchases in Calais.


We do not offer insurance services but stress the importance of passengers having appropriate and sufficient cover for the full length of the excursion. Passengers should also make sure they have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which may offer reduced cost or even free emergency medical treatment within the EEA [prior to the end of the Brexit transistion period [Dec 2020]].


Passengers are advised that any tobacco purchases made MUST be carried on their person in the saloon of the vehicle.  Beers, wines, spirits and general sundries only will be carried in the hold.  Any boxes that are presented for loading and are NOT factory sealed will be opened and checked to ensure tobacco is not present.  Any bags or taped packages will also be checked by our drivers to ensure compliance.



The service is stirctly no smoking and alocohol is not permittied nor may it be consumed on board. Any passenger presenting for boarding in an intoxicated state will be refused travel.  Should any passenger re-present for boarding at any point once the excursion has departed [including outside of the UK] will be refused boarding.  Any passenger found to be consuming alcohol on board will be asked to leave the vehicle at the next available safe stopping place [including outside of the UK].



Please be assured this is a last resort but is necessary to ensure the safety and comfort of all passengers and crew. Our crew will liaise with the necessary authorities in the country they are in should any passengers fail to follow their instructions in respect of these specific booking conditions.



HMRC last updated February 2021

Alcohol and tobacco - The Official HMRC guidelines


Arriving in Great Britain


If you’re travelling to Great Britain (England, Wales or Scotland) from outside the UK, your personal allowances mean you can bring in a certain amount of goods without paying tax or duty.

When you’re bringing in goods you must:

  • transport them yourself
  • use them yourself or give them away as a gift

If you go over your allowances you must declare all your goods and pay tax and duty on all the goods of the same type in that category.

You cannot combine allowances with other people to bring in more than your individual allowance.

If you go over your allowances you must declare your goods before you arrive in the UK. Your goods could be seized if you do not declare them.

Alcohol allowance

How much you can bring depends on the type of drink. You can bring in:

  • beer - 42 litres
  • wine (not sparkling) - 18 litres

You can also bring in either:

  • spirits and other liquors over 22% alcohol - 4 litres
  • fortified wine (for example port, sherry), sparkling wine and alcoholic drinks up to 22% alcohol - 9 litres

You can split this last allowance, for example you could bring 4.5 litres of fortified wine and 2 litres of spirits (both half of your allowance).

You may have to pay VAT, customs duty and excise duty on alcohol you declare.

Tobacco allowance

You can bring in one from the following:

  • 200 cigarettes
  • 100 cigarillos
  • 50 cigars
  • 250g tobacco
  • 200 sticks of tobacco for electronic heated tobacco devices

You can split this allowance - so you could bring in 100 cigarettes and 25 cigars (both half of your allowance).

You may have to pay VAT, customs duty and excise duty on tobacco you declare.

Alcohol and tobacco allowances if you’re under 17

There are no personal allowances for tobacco or alcohol if you’re under 17. You can bring alcohol and tobacco to the UK for your own use but you must pay tax and duty on them before you arrive in the UK.

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