Customs Duties & Taxes
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Customs Duties & Taxes

Comply with the customs regulations!

Find out what the rules are on different kinds of goods!

Find out more about the customs duties and which souvenirs are permitted and prohibited. The information we give you serves as a guide.

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Customs Inspections

Important information on customs inspections when arriving:

If you arrive from a country which is a member state of the EU, you have no need for customs formalities on principle. Please note that nevertheless a check of your luggage can take place to comply with national prohibitions and restrictions (e.g. drugs, weapons), but also to monitor cross-border traffic with cash and equivalent payments.

Euro, coins and banknotes

Currency Restrictions

Currency restrictions at Frankfurt Airport

Persons carrying large amounts of cash or equivalent monetary instruments when entering the European Union or traveling between member countries must declare them in order to prevent money from illegal business activities or crimes from being freely imported.

Hand "holding" Tax Refund

VAT Refunds

Tips on getting value-added tax refunded.

If you don’t live in the EU, you can get a refund on the value-added tax (VAT) you have paid on purchases within the EU. The maps show where you can find tax refund counters.

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Allowances

Information on allowances

You may bring back items from your trips without paying any customs duties as long as they are for personal use or consumption or intended as gifts. There are limits on the permitted quantities and values (e.g., alcohol concentrations). There are other rules as well, which experienced travelers should also keep in mind.

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Counterfeiting

Things you should know about product counterfeiting

Are you on a trip and would like to take something special home from abroad for your loved ones? If so, please observe the relevant customs restrictions:

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Endangered Species

Rules for the protection of endangered species

There are strict rules on which endangered plants and animals may and may not be carried.

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Biosecurity Rules

Rules and advice on carrying plants in your luggage when coming into the EU

To avoid inconvenient trouble after long-haul-flights, passengers coming into the EU are kindly requested to ensure that all plants, fruits and vegetables in their luggage are free from plant pests and diseases and are not prohibited from entering EU territory.

  • Three wine bottles with red, rosé and white wine, in the background you can see vines
  • Allowances
  • You may bring back items from your trips without paying any customs duties as long as they are for personal use or consumption or intended as gifts. There are limits on the permitted quantities and values (e.g., alcohol concentrations). There are other rules as well, which experienced travelers should also keep in mind.
  • Red suitcase with insects, plants and leaves
  • Biosecurity Rules
  • To avoid inconvenient trouble after long-haul-flights, passengers coming into the EU are kindly requested to ensure that all plants, fruits and vegetables in their luggage are free from plant pests and diseases and are not prohibited from entering EU territory.
  • Earth laying on a keyboard
  • Counterfeiting
  • Are you on a trip and would like to take something special home from abroad for your loved ones? If so, please observe the relevant customs restrictions:
  • Euro, coins and banknotes
  • Currency Restrictions
  • Persons carrying large amounts of cash or equivalent monetary instruments when entering the European Union or traveling between member countries must declare them in order to prevent money from illegal business activities or crimes from being freely imported.
  • Patch with "Zoll" on the shirt of an customs officer
  • Customs Inspections
  • If you arrive from a country which is a member state of the EU, you have no need for customs formalities on principle. Please note that nevertheless a check of your luggage can take place to comply with national prohibitions and restrictions (e.g. drugs, weapons), but also to monitor cross-border traffic with cash and equivalent payments.
  •  Panda bear eating bamboo
  • Endangered Species
  • There are strict rules on which endangered plants and animals may and may not be carried.
  • Hand "holding" Tax Refund
  • VAT Refunds
  • If you don’t live in the EU, you can get a refund on the value-added tax (VAT) you have paid on purchases within the EU. The maps show where you can find tax refund counters.
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