The main duty free shopping area is on the fourth floor of departures once past the security check point for flyers only.
Express duty free shops are smaller duty frees stores found in Modules A,C and D by the boarding gates again for passengers only.
In the summer time, duty free is open 24 hours a day. In winter it’s closed at night-time.
The main duty free store in Palma airport is spread over a large area with products such as tobacco, perfumes, cosmetics, spirits, wines and foodstuffs to be purchased.
The main duty free store is one of the largest duty free stores in Spain. It is spacious and well laid out although in summer it can become very busy.
If you don’t like the crowds you can head for your boarding gate as all modules have a smaller express duty free store, except for module ‘B’. However, all modules including module B have a range of shops and bars by their boarding gates.
Tip: Duty free can be accessed by arrival passengers as arrivals will pass through the same area as departing passengers. If you want something for your holiday you can buy it upon arrival before leaving the passenger only zone.
Tip: In the EU zone duty free goods are only free of duty in name alone. See our duty free guide below. Duty can be free for flights heading outside the EU.
As a result, certain products may be cheaper outside the airport in the resorts. For example, some spirits can be found cheaper in Magaluf than at the airport.
If you are departing Palma airport and thinking of purchasing selected bottles of spirits from the resort before you leave then consider how much weight is available in your suitcase so as not to be charged excess weight and defeat the purpose.
As with most major airports there is a large selection of shops, bars and restaurants close by each other.
There is a wide range of regular shops such as, clothing/fashion, jewellery, gift shops, newsagents. Most shops are open from 7am to 9pm, many at least until 10 or 10:30pm.
A Pharmacy/Chemist can be found in departures in the public area on floor 2 (closed at night-time).
It is possible for visitors to the EU who are travelling back outside of the EU to get tax removed. The
items in duty free with green labels which state ‘only for passengers travelling outside the EU’ apply. You will be obligated to show ID proof of non-EU residence and a boarding pass for a flight bound outside the EU.
There is no extra duty pay on goods moving within the EU when tax is included on purchase.
So for example, goods bought in Spain from regular stores would include tax, and no extra duty would be charged when flying to another EU country. Although there are no limits in this, certain items are not for resale and can only be for personal use e.g. alcohol.
Therefore, if you are stopped by customs officials and you have an unusually large amount of tobacco or alcohol your motives for the use will questioned.
The threshold at which you would be questioned for many products is irrelevant as it wouldn’t be practical to carry this on an aeroplane, for example 90 litres of wine.
Certain products are closer to the mark, you could be questioned by UK customs officers for example, by bringing more than 1kg of tobacco or 10 litres of spirits into the UK.
Curiously you will be limited in what you can bring back from Gibraltar or the Canary Islands as these are exceptions to the rule, customs allowances for outside the EU apply.
For example, flying to the UK from one of these areas would limit the amount of certain products you could bring back considerably. For example, the limit is 250gms of Smoking Tobacco, 200 Cigarettes, 1 litre of Spirits, 2 litres of Wine.