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    Duty free ciggies BBK or Muscat

    I'm flying next week to the UK via Muscat, and a mate wants me to buy a sleeve of Marlboro Lights for him. I haven't been through the ME for many years and was wondering where the best place to buy them would be. Would it even actually be cheaper to buy Thai Marlboro Lights from my local mom and pop rather than at the duty frees in BKK or Muscat?


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    Muscat is going to be considerably cheaper than Thailand for cigs, and they have a much better selection of international brands, too. A carton will be around RO 7 - 8 (about GPB 12) depending on brand - sorry, I don't smoke Marlboro - and there are 2 or 3 places in the airport transit/duty free shopping area which carry them. Prices are also about the same in the supermarkets downtown.

    PS Not sure if they have changed the rules in the UK, but you used to be able to take in 200 cigs, i.e. two cartons, if they were purchased outside the European Union.
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    Not sure about the M.E but BKK is cheap, 200 B&H for a tenner. Marlboro gold are probably cheaper.

    Unlike the UK when leaving, BKK dont care if you get pulled the other end

    Take the gamble and pick up a couple of thousand

    B&H are more than 6 quid for 20 in the UK now

    Easy Money

    P.S Someone told me the Marlboro lights are better quality in the Middle East

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    Thanks for the replies.

    What's the gamble in me taking extra ones? Just confiscation or is there a fine? I haven't been back to the UK in over ten years, so I'm concerned I might be marked especially coming from BKK.

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    Confiscated and I think they put you on there database of smugglers.
    So if you repeat in 1 year then your in the sheet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gallowspole
    I'm concerned I might be marked especially coming from BKK.
    For the rest of your life your airport visits will be like this


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    currently 550 baht from bangkok airport, legal limit is 200, thats 1 carton. as somebody previously said they dont care how many you buy in the airport. a couple of years ago i got pulled at manchester trying to bring in 5000 bensons, they just took them and put me on there database with a warning. haven,t dared do it since

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    I took 1000 through in December and 5 packs of Golden Virginia, got stopped, had my bag searched and scanned with an electronic device, looking for traces of drugs I think. I explained to the Turbaned immigration guy I bought them in Europe on my stopover. He told me he could see they were from Bangkok, but he let me keep everything, maybe for all the inconvenience he had put me through.

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    Tempting fate here for my next trip back , but i always but about 8,000 fags in Dubai to sell at home for 35 quid for 200..easy money like taking sweets from babies...Never been stopped yet !?!?!?! pays for my flights. i just wait for a few Jamicans or Koh San road types to go through customs before me.Probarly get f*cking caught next time...!but i take them on as carry on luggage...

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    An old mate of mine used to (probably still does) bring back 1000 (or was it more? - the sizeable boxes with the cartons inside - available from a lot of airports) cigs a trip. Flying BKK to LHR and never got in trouble for it. He may have been questioned and simply replies I'm in my 50's, worked all my life, and if my biggest crime is bringing a few duty free fags home then shoot me. Never used to hide it, I think where they get aggro is if there's many thousands, and you make some attempt to hide it. From memory he just used to carry them on in plain view. Didn't look suspect at all.

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    mmmmm...well I'm off to the airport later - still haven't decided if it's worth the risk - maybe buy one carton of 200 at BBk and stick it in my computer bag, and then buy another carton at Muscat with my scotch and then carry that bag in plain view at the UK.

    (I'll probably be too pissed and xanaxed out to remember to do either!)

    Thanks for all your input.

    Fecking 8 degrees in London - at least I'll miss song kran.

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    Grab 800, you'l be ok, walk behind some africans or Indians, you'll see loads there
    I heard it was nice and sunny back home today.
    Spring is in the air
    Safe journey mate

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    I fly to a from Bangkok to London at least 5 times a year,travel with just a laptop never get stopped.But when i returned back to blighty for the first time in 5 years took some things back.So i had some luggage in the aircraft hold.Got stopped by customs checked everything.That was the only time i have been searched in 20 years of flying.And the only time i flew via Dubai.
    Still i don't smoke,so no fags and didn't buy any booze either.

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