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Hello and thank you for your assistance,
We are visiting Mexico for 3 weeks and wish to bring some duty free alcohol with us.

There seems to be conflicting advice on various web pages
i.e some say 3 litres of only one - wine or spirits,

However official web page  SHCT  SAT in their list at
Clause No 11  states   "Passengers over 18 years of age, may introduce a maximum of up to 20 packs of cigarettes, 25 cigars or 200 grams of tobacco and up to three liters of alcoholic beverages, and six liters of wine; in excess of the above, cannot be imported without complying with applicable regulations and restrictions."

we would like to bring both spirits and wine hoping to purchase these items at Huston Airport which is our last port of call before entering Mexico ..  Will the duty free stores at Huston airport be knowledgeable ?  

We would be most appreciative if you could advise on what the REAL allowance is... thank you
Kind regards
Pixie and Nigel Lennard

To be perfectly honest, the amount of tobacco and alcohol you bring may depend more on the customs agent at the airport than anything else. My guess is that you'll have trouble if you  try to bring as much as nine bottles: three liters of alcohol or six liters of wine. I wouldn't advise you to bring more than three bottles per person, or less, or just buy the stuff here.

I doubt that the personnel at the "duty-free" store will know. Their job, after all, is to sell the stuff.


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I have a degree in L.A. Affairs from the University of Texas (Austin) and have lived in Acapulco for almost 20 years. I go up to Mexico City and the surrounding area regularly. I have also visited Taxco, Puebla, Veracruz, Cholula, Cacaxtla, Oaxaca, Monte Albán, Palenque, Chiapa de Corso, Chichen Itzá, Cozumel, and Isla Mujeres, La Habana, Guatemala and Tikal. I'd be glad to try to answer questions about these areas.


I first came to Acapulco as a child. I vacationed here regularly during the 60's and 70's, bought my present apartment in 1990 and moved here permanently in 1995. I was a Teaching Assistant in Spanish at the University of Texas before medical school and after I moved here I taught English as a second language for ten years at a private academy.

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