Culture File 29:
Allowances for international travel are changing all the time. Many people think that ‘duty-free’ or ‘tax-free’ allowances are out-of-date, and that airlines use a lot of aviation fuel carrying duty-free goods. Some airports (e.g. London) allow you to buy your allowances on arrival, and in the future this may be the normal method, or duty-free allowances may stop completely.
Travel inside the European Union (EU) is not international travel. In airport shops in the EU, goods in the ‘green area’ are tax-free. Goods in the blue area are not ‘tax free.’ When you arrive at customs, there are two or three channels. The green channel is nothing to declare. The red channel is goods to declare. In the European Union, there is a third blue channel for travelers from an EU country. If you are traveling from an EU country (e.g. from Rome to London) you go through the blue channel. Your nationality is not important.