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Duty Free confiscation

If you are travelling through Hong Kong and have purchased Duty Free Alcohol in another country, this can be confiscated.

Three different Australian groups had their wine and spirits confiscated because it was not in a sealed bag.

Duty Free Australia had told them is was OK, to carry wine and spirits and it was as far as HK. However when they left the transit lounge to board their next flight it was confiscated because it was not in a sealed bag.

There was an old regulation that no more than 500mls could be hand carried through HK onto a plane,, however all was taken and the reason given was it must be in a sealed bag.

If this happens to you, keep your docket, ask for a copy of the surrender document and take it back to the Duty Free shop in Australia..

Tin
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1. Re: Duty Free confiscation

It is due to the 100 mL liquid security rules.

Planet Venus
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2. Re: Duty Free confiscation

the 100 ml rule is when you enter the airport. duty free items are bought inside the airport, and they never left the airport to re-enter again - so it could only be the custom rule for a particular country.

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3. Re: Duty Free confiscation

I am travelling from Bahrain through Hong kong to Beijing and planning to buy cigees and alcohol from Bahrain duty free , how many cigees will they allow me to carry throug for my trip , also will they take my alcohol in hong kong?

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4. Re: Duty Free confiscation

The new rules regarding liquids in cabin baggage were introduced in Hong Kong in March and are the same rules that already apply at most EU airports. Full details are here;

hongkongairport.com/eng/…nav_3_3

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5. Re: Duty Free confiscation

The 100ml rule does not apply to anything you buy in duty free anyway, it is only a 100ml limit to pass through security, once through then anything in the duty free shops has already been checked so the limit does not apply.

Tin
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6. Re: Duty Free confiscation

The 100mL liquid security rules also applies to security check during transit even without leaving airport.

When the duty free bags from an eariler airport are unsealed, they lost the privilege and are considered as liquids and subject to the 100mL liquid rules.

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7. Re: Duty Free confiscation

yes but thats obviously because they could have been tampered with, once through security into the airport you can buy the legal amount but the 100ml rule does not apply, and they are only given in carrier bags not the sealed bags you have before the security checks. This only applys to anything brought to the airport irrelevant where or when it was purchased.

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