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Duty free...what happens to excess brought in

Sunderland, United...
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Duty free...what happens to excess brought in

I have read all the rules about amount we are allowed to bring into Bali.

But I was wondering if I chance it and bring a 4L carton of red wine in my suitcase and they search me what will happen.

Do I get fined or just the goods taken off me.

We can get some good cheap wine here in the UK and I thought it was worth the risk but not if I was going to get fined.

Also how strict are they at the airport? I know in Thailand they told me on a few occasions it wasn't allowed and please don't do it again but let me keep it :-)

8 replies to this topic
Ballina, Australia
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for Pemuteran, Bali
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49 reviews
1. Re: Duty free...what happens to excess brought in

It used to be a high fine but the last year or so they tend to pour the alcohol out into a bin in front of you. You could still be fined. It is best just to stick to the limit of 1 liter per adult. The luggage is x-rayed before you get it so they know if there is anything suspect in there.

Sunderland, United...
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85 posts
21 reviews
2. Re: Duty free...what happens to excess brought in

Thanks Lynne....we ll just leave it then and stick to allowance

Perth, Australia
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for Cambodia
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177 reviews
3. Re: Duty free...what happens to excess brought in

Not worth the risk. Highly probable that it will be picked up during the X-ray process.

Bandung, Indonesia
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for Bandung
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5,455 posts
867 reviews
4. Re: Duty free...what happens to excess brought in

As mentioned above, just stick to the allowance so that you will get no unpleasant surprises. Checked in baggage sometimes get pre-marked before arriving on the baggage reclaim carousel, so Customs often know who to stop.

Sunderland, United...
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21 reviews
5. Re: Duty free...what happens to excess brought in

Yep noted....I shall stick to the limited...thanks everyone

Paris, France
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26 posts
7 reviews
6. Re: Duty free...what happens to excess brought in

To be clear, this is just your duty-free limit. You can legally bring more, you just have to declare it and may pay duties on the wine in excess of the duty limit. Each country has their own duty rates on alcohol. We fly with 12 bottles of wine all the time in our purpose-built wine luggage. Generally when we declare wine that's over the duty free limit and it's a reasonable amount the custom officers don't bother processing the duty as it's more worth then the revenue justifies.

Sanur Bali
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2,864 posts
37 reviews
7. Re: Duty free...what happens to excess brought in

If it is cheap and you are willing to lose it, bring it with you. It is no big deal if the customs take it from you. You have not committed any sort of crime.

It is the luck of the draw, some people get through others do not. I operate a hotel and a bar in Sanur. It is amazing what people bring in through customs without hassle.

Perth
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1,590 posts
39 reviews
8. Re: Duty free...what happens to excess brought in

Baggage and customs is the new nightmare at Bali Airport, has taken over from immigration issues/queues.

I declared nothing this time, despite having questionable things.

After a 40 minute wait at carousel half of us then had our luggage screened at Customs.

Not one person's luggage including mine was questioned which surprised me!

Edited: 20 August 2018, 07:27
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