Transit with alcohol

Old Nov 29, 17, 5:25 pm
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Transit with alcohol

Hi all,

In January I will be travelling from JNB with a 24 hr stopover in DOH. On previous flights through I have never had any need to travel with alcohol, however when coming back from South Africa, I usually like to bring some of my favourite wines that I can't source in the UK.

I seem to remember reading in the forums that if you need to leave the airport (as I will do) you can turn your alcohol in at customs, get a receipt, and on your departure have it returned to you. Now I can't seem to locate that. Is this still the case (assuming it ever was) and how does one go about doing that?

Many thanks,
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Old Nov 29, 17, 6:04 pm
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sstolp that is indeed the case.
Customs will 'confiscate' your alcohol and give you a receipt. When departing Qatar give the receipt to customs and you will be reunited with tour wine.
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Old Nov 30, 17, 3:35 am
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How on the ball are the custom officers at DOH ? What about if one wishes to drink one of their favorite bottles in their hotel room , you know to avoid paying a 300% mark up on some cheap red.
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Old Nov 30, 17, 5:38 am
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Flame3601 While I have not experienced customs in DOH my understanding is that they are very much on the ball!
Smuggling alcohol into Qatar is a very serious offence and I would suggest that the risks and consequences are just not worth it.
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Old Nov 30, 17, 6:05 am
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Originally Posted by remdk View Post
Flame3601 While I have not experienced customs in DOH my understanding is that they are very much on the ball!
Smuggling alcohol into Qatar is a very serious offence and I would suggest that the risks and consequences are just not worth it.
As a resident I most defiantly would not attempt to bring any in. I am likely to get in to more trouble because I should know better.
Generally if you get caught as a visitor, they take it off you and you can get it back when you leave.
Last year my sister came to visit my via Dubai where so visited a friend first and had a bottle in her case, didn't know about the rules but they missed it here!
Gordon Ramsay even famously got caught recently when he wanted to take a bottle to one of his restaurants!

Pork on the other hand is different, a lot of residents bring that back with them!
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Old Nov 30, 17, 7:10 am
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Smuggling alcohol into Qatar is a very serious offence and I would suggest that the risks and consequences are just not worth it.
Here's a guide from the U.K. government about local laws in Qatar. They take this stuff very seriously. Link. Apart from potentially quite severe penalties, we should always remember that we are guests when we are in a foreign country. Like any guest, we should respect the laws, customs, culture and traditions of our hosts.
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Old Nov 30, 17, 11:16 am
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Originally Posted by Flame3601 View Post
How on the ball are the custom officers at DOH ? What about if one wishes to drink one of their favorite bottles in their hotel room , you know to avoid paying a 300% mark up on some cheap red.
Your hand luggage will be X-rayed on arrival so it will almost certainly be found.

At the old airport once I had an overnight transit and was not aware of the rule. The offending bottle was very courteously removed (after being spotted on the X-ray) and a receipt issued - no problem at all. The following morning I gave my receipt to a member of staff in the Premium Terminal, and within 15 minutes the bottle was returned to me.
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Old Nov 30, 17, 11:51 am
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Originally Posted by remdk View Post
Flame3601 While I have not experienced customs in DOH my understanding is that they are very much on the ball!
Smuggling alcohol into Qatar is a very serious offence and I would suggest that the risks and consequences are just not worth it.
Originally Posted by Ben_W View Post
As a resident I most defiantly would not attempt to bring any in. I am likely to get in to more trouble because I should know better.
Generally if you get caught as a visitor, they take it off you and you can get it back when you leave.
Last year my sister came to visit my via Dubai where so visited a friend first and had a bottle in her case, didn't know about the rules but they missed it here!
Gordon Ramsay even famously got caught recently when he wanted to take a bottle to one of his restaurants!

Pork on the other hand is different, a lot of residents bring that back with them!
Originally Posted by Dr. HFH View Post
Here's a guide from the U.K. government about local laws in Qatar. They take this stuff very seriously. Link. Apart from potentially quite severe penalties, we should always remember that we are guests when we are in a foreign country. Like any guest, we should respect the laws, customs, culture and traditions of our hosts.
Originally Posted by railways View Post
Your hand luggage will be X-rayed on arrival so it will almost certainly be found.

At the old airport once I had an overnight transit and was not aware of the rule. The offending bottle was very courteously removed (after being spotted on the X-ray) and a receipt issued - no problem at all. The following morning I gave my receipt to a member of staff in the Premium Terminal, and within 15 minutes the bottle was returned to me.
Thanks all,

I have no intention of starting my trip into Doha with a fine or switching my hotel room , thanks Qatar STPC , for a jail cell nor do i want to offend others of the country i am going to. I will keep my bottle of blonk in my bag that is going in the hold and not my cabin bag. I do not want to have the glass bottle break in my hold bag , so would a better option be keeping them in my cabin bags and then declaring them as i really do not want a red wine soaked bag or would that not be allowed and get me the nickname of Mr Haram ?

Btw, Doha is not my final destination.

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Old Nov 30, 17, 3:31 pm
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Originally Posted by railways View Post
Your hand luggage will be X-rayed on arrival so it will almost certainly be found.

At the old airport once I had an overnight transit and was not aware of the rule. The offending bottle was very courteously removed (after being spotted on the X-ray) and a receipt issued - no problem at all. The following morning I gave my receipt to a member of staff in the Premium Terminal, and within 15 minutes the bottle was returned to me.
Both times I have entered Qatar, the customs x-ray guy was more interested in his phone than looking at the x-ray screen. However there is also a second manual random customs inspection, which may involve some profiling when selecting whose bags to check.
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Old Dec 1, 17, 3:06 am
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Yes they will take your alcohol

At DOH all bags are x-rayed and the bottles/glass jars identified. Those bags are "tagged" perhaps magnetically, not visually. You must open the bags in their presence and all alcohol is confiscated. If in transit, you then produce the receipt upon leaving and you can take it out of the country on your exit flight. NO ALCOHOL CAN BE IMPORTED FOR PERSONAL COMSUMPTION. No exceptions.

As a Doha resident my port was confiscated (glass bottles) while they examined my p-butter in glass jars and let me keep the p-butter. Interesting that they identified the glass containers.

Yes, you can bring pork products (fresh/frozen) into Qatar. The source of the pork is irrelevant to Qatar Customs.
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Old Nov 5, 19, 6:25 pm
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Revisiting this thread as I will stop over in Doha on the way back from Portugal. Any recent experiences? Am I looking at a few minutes wait at customs to get the receipt, or are we talking about 1h? I'll have a toddler in tow in the middle of the night so wanted to check if it's worth the bother...
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Old Nov 6, 19, 7:53 am
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Originally Posted by RafKa View Post
Revisiting this thread as I will stop over in Doha on the way back from Portugal. Any recent experiences? Am I looking at a few minutes wait at customs to get the receipt, or are we talking about 1h? I'll have a toddler in tow in the middle of the night so wanted to check if it's worth the bother...
I foolishly didn't know the rules this summer when I flew through & they escorted me kindly but firmly through customs with my bags, pointed out which of the luggage had the alcohol in them, and then made me remove the alcohol. I was given a bag to put it in (they didn't want to touch it) and then walked over to a counter where a guy inventoried it and gave me my receipt.

All in all, had I known what was going on, I think it would have added about ten minutes going into Qatar and five minutes coming back to the airport. Not a big deal.

That being said, if you're going to be flying to a country that has secondary screening in the airport (like the US), I think you're risking having it taken from you because you technically can't carry the alcohol on board since it's over the minimum allowed onboard.
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Old Nov 6, 19, 8:29 am
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Next week I'm flying from London to Nepal, with a 2 hour transit at Doha. We were planning to take a couple of bottles with us from Duty Free at London, through to final destination.

Luggage will be checked right through at London so i remain air side at Doha, but do I go through any customs check when doing the transit to the second leg of the journey?

I was planning to take a couple of bottles with me from Duty Free at London,
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Old Nov 6, 19, 9:33 pm
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Originally Posted by machotspur View Post
Next week I'm flying from London to Nepal, with a 2 hour transit at Doha. We were planning to take a couple of bottles with us from Duty Free at London, through to final destination.

Luggage will be checked right through at London so i remain air side at Doha, but do I go through any customs check when doing the transit to the second leg of the journey?

I was planning to take a couple of bottles with me from Duty Free at London,
I assume that if it's in the sealed Duty Free bags, you'll be ok. My problem was I had purchased the alcohol outside the airport on my trip... so I wouldn't have made it onto the plane if I had been traveling to the US as it was just a few loose bottles.

I distinctly remember a passenger in tears once at secondary screening because she had a bottle of some crazy expensive alcohol & they confiscated it from her. I think she said she'd bought it from Duty Free, but I guess it wasn't in the bag anymore.

But.... I'd also caution you not to take my assumption as fact.
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Old Nov 8, 19, 5:31 am
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Originally Posted by machotspur View Post
Next week I'm flying from London to Nepal, with a 2 hour transit at Doha. We were planning to take a couple of bottles with us from Duty Free at London, through to final destination.

I was planning to take a couple of bottles with me from Duty Free at London,
A much better idea would be to buy your alcohol in Doha duty free - great selection and some bargains too (particularly the gin..)
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