Saturday, 26 March 2011

KLIA and Duty Free

One thing I did check is that like some other countries (UAE and Singapore etc) you can stop at the DF at KLIA when you land (inbound) prior to clearing customs.  I do however understand it is a bit of hike from the DF store to the Arrivals hall so perhaps need to be mindful of the distance your are prepared to hike with any goodies.

One reason for checking the DF situation out is that in Abu Dhabi (surprisingly I thought) the DF allowance on spirits (the drinking rather malevolent 'stalker' kind) is 4 litres.  When flying there I always used to buy at Abu Dhabi airport rather than Heathrow as I found it easier than lugging the allowance in bottles onto the plane.  I always find Heathrow quite expensive for DF also.  For Malaysia the allowance is 1 litre though so, given the hike, I may well buy at Heathrow this time, purely for medicinal reasons of course.  At the time of writing the main DF allowances are (you should always check specifics before travelling in case allowances change):

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 225g of tobacco.
  • 1L of spirits or wine or malt liquor.
  • Cosmetics, perfume, soaps and toothpaste up to the value of RM200.
  • Gifts and souvenirs not exceeding a total value of RM200 (except goods from Langkawi and Labuan, up to a value of RM500).
  • 100 matches.
  • A total of RM75 for dutiable food preparations.
  • A maximum three pieces of new wearing apparel, plus one pair of new footwear.
  • One unit of each portable electrical or battery-operated appliance for personal care and hygiene.

I'll likely check out the DF on arrival anyway for a couple of price comparisons and to see if there are any real incentives (range, prices etc) to hit the DF when inbound prior to heading for 'Arrivals'.

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