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Duty Free on arrival?

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Duty Free on arrival?

Hi can someone please advise if you can get duty free alcohol on arrival at Mexico City airport? Also what is the alcohol limit?

We will be flying Sydney to LA to Mexico City in late October, not sure whether to pick up a bottle for our travels in LA or on arrival.

We are also keen to try the local spirits in case you were wondering :)

Thanks

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1. Re: Duty Free on arrival?

Yes, most Mexican airports now have this facility - see www.dutyfreeonarrival.com/en/airport/368

Point 11 here …sat.gob.mx/aduana_mexico/…139_10210.html shows the limits on alcohol that you can bring into Mexico (3 liters of spirits, 6 liters of wine). Despite the "duty-free" you will probably find it cheaper in shops in Mexico though.

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2. Re: Duty Free on arrival?

Thanks SteveMex - good to know about the prices in the shops too.

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3. Re: Duty Free on arrival?

I certainly wouldn't buy duty free on arrival at the airport. Not only will the prices in the local shops be cheaper, as Steve mentioned, but the selection will also be better.

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4. Re: Duty Free on arrival?

Hi, both terminals after clearing customs and before picking up your checked bags have a duty free shop, the one in terminal 1 is bigger with a larger offer than that one in terminal 2.

3 liters of alcohol are allowed for any passenger older than 18 years old without paying taxes.

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5. Re: Duty Free on arrival?

Thanks everyone.

Any tips on your favourite Mexican tipples? We are usually rum drinkers but open to trying anything.

Cheers

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6. Re: Duty Free on arrival?

Hi ShazDwn,

try Tequila and in la Europea liquor stores buy "herradura blanco tequila" with 46 % of alcohol, that is one of the very few tequilas that is not very industrialized= most tequilas are now made only of chemicals...

in duty free shops you will only find very commercial brands that usually are not good

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7. Re: Duty Free on arrival?

With the exception of maybe cigarettes, I think most ALL duty free is a complete scam and is not longer a value.

Ask yourself this, if the price of almost everything else in the airport is jacked up, why would Duty Free be an exception?

Good Example, I was looking at some cologne, cosmetics and alcohol at the duty free store last time I flew home from Europe and South America. In both cases, the cost in the duty free store was MORE (in the case of the cosmetics and cologne SIGNIFICANTLY MORE) than it cost me at home, even if you add sales tax.

Buy before you get to the airport and skip duty free since it's just a rip off anymore.

Edited: 5:56 pm, September 25, 2013
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8. Re: Duty Free on arrival?

Good tips everyone, looks like we will head straight past duty free and go searching for the special tequila.

Thanks again :)

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9. Re: Duty Free on arrival?

Mexican wine does not even begin to compare to Austrailian wine. Not worth the bother IMHO.

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