There are few things more frustrating for an airport duty-free shopper than getting to the cashier with goods in hand, showing them your boarding pass, and being promptly told that your destination doesn’t allow you to bring in that quantity of goods without paying duty.

It’s understandable why. Navigating the various customs regulations of different countries can be difficult and limits that you thought were more or less universal can end up wildly varying – even between destinations such as Hong Kong and China.

With that in mind, we’ve gone through countries’ duty-free exemptions across Asia-Pacific and compiled them all into one convenient table.

Country Alcohol (spirits) Alcohol (wine/beer) Cigarettes Cigars Tobacco
Australia 2.25l 25 (plus an open packet) Equal to 25g 25g
Cambodia 2l 200 50 200g
China 1.5l (over 12% ABV) 400 100 500g
Hong Kong 1l (over 30% ABV) 19 1 25g
Indonesia 1l 200 25 100g
Japan* 3x bottles of 760ml 200 50 250g
Laos 2l 2l (wine); 5l (beer) 200 50 250g
Macau 1l (over 30% ABV) 19 1 25g
Malaysia 1l 200 Equal to 225g 225g
Myanmar 2l 400 50 250g
New Zealand 3x bottles of 1.125l 4.5l 50 Equal to 50g 50g
The Philippines 2x bottles of 1l 400 50 250g
Singapore** 1l 1l 0 0 0g
South Korea*** 1x bottle of 1l (not more than US$400) 200 50 250g
Taiwan 1l 200 25 450g
Thailand 1l 1l 200 Equal to 250g 250g
Vietnam 1.5l (over 22% ABV); 2l (below 22% ABV) 200 100 500g

*Japan also levies duty on perfume over 2 ounces (56ml).

** Singapore allows a combination of 1 litre each of spirits, wine and beer; 2 litres of wine and one litre of beer; or 1 litre of wine and 2 litres of beer. All tobacco products are subject to duty.

*** South Korea also levies duty on perfume over 60ml.