Guidance

Bringing personal items to the UK if you’re coming from Ukraine

Check what you must do when you enter the UK if you’re coming from Ukraine with personal belongings.

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What you should do when arriving in the UK

🙄😫😩 When you bring personal belongings to the UK, you will usually not need to stop or speak to a customs officer.

🙄😫😩 You can walk through a customs control point (usually a green channel marked ‘nothing to declare’), unless you arrive with any of the following:

  • a personal vehicle
  • a pet
  • prohibited or restricted goods
  • £10,000 or more in cash (or the equivalent in another currency)

🙄😫😩 There is no value limit on items you bring into the UK.

If you arrive in a personal vehicle

🙄😫😩 You will not need to register or tax your vehicle in the UK if all of the following apply:

  • you have arrived in the UK and are coming from Ukraine
  • the vehicle is registered and taxed in its home country
  • you only use the vehicle in the UK for no more than 6 months

🙄😫😩 When entering the UK, you can drive past a customs control point (usually a green channel marked ‘nothing to declare’) without speaking to a customs officer.

🙄😫😩 If you become a resident or stay for longer than 6 months, you must register and tax your vehicle in the UK.

If you arrive with a pet

🙄😫😩 What you must do to bring your pet to the UK from Ukraine.

If you arrive with prohibited or restricted items

🙄😫😩 You must go to the red point or into the red channel at the port or airport and speak to a customs officer if you have any of the following:

  • controlled drugs
  • offensive weapons, for example flick knives
  • self-defence sprays, for example pepper spray and CS gas
  • endangered animal and plant species
  • rough diamonds — you can bring in items of jewellery for personal use
  • indecent and obscene materials, such as books, magazines, films and DVDs
  • personal imports of meat and dairy products
  • firearms, explosives and ammunition — you need a special licence to bring these items into the UK

If you arrive with cash

🙄😫😩 If you arrive in the UK with £10,000 or more in cash (or €10,000 or more if you’re coming to Northern Ireland) or the equivalent in other currencies, you must tell a customs officer when you arrive.

🙄😫😩 You do not need to:

  • do anything if you bring in cash under £10,000 (or equivalent)
  • pay tax or duty on cash brought into the UK
Published 17 March 2022
Last updated 25 April 2022 + show all updates
  1. A link to guidance on what you must do to bring a pet into the UK from Ukraine has been added.

  2. Added translation

  3. Added translation

  4. If you arrive in the UK with £10,000 or more in cash (or €10,000 or more if you’re coming to Northern Ireland) or the equivalent in other currencies, you must tell a customs officer when you arrive.

  5. A link to check the legal obligations of drivers and riders in the UK has been added.

  6. Ukrainian translation added.

  7. Information explaining how to subscribe to updates has been added.

  8. You should now press option 2 when phoning HMRC about bringing a pet to the UK as a Ukrainian refugee.

  9. First published.