Germany Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Customs Rules

Import regulations::

Free import to passengers arriving with goods purchased within the EU which are for personal use only:
1. tobacco products:
- 800 cigarettes;
- 400 cigarillos (max. 3g each);
- 200 cigars;
- 1kg smoking tobacco;
2. alcoholic beverages:
- 10 litres of spirits over 22%;
- 20 litres of alcoholic beverages less than 22%;
- 90 litres of wine (though no more than 60 litres of sparkling wine);
- 110 litres of beer.

Free import to passengers arriving from non-EU Member States (incl. Canary Islands, Channel Islands and other similar territories):
1. tobacco products, for passengers aged 17 and older:
- 200 cigarettes; or
- 100 cigarillos (max. 3g each); or
- 50 cigars; or
- 250g of smoking tobacco; or
- a proportional mix of these products;
2. alcoholic beverages, for passengers aged 17 and older:
- 1 litre of spirits over 22% volume, or non-denatured ethyl alcohol with more than 80% volume; or
- 2 litres of spirits or aperitifs made of wine or similar beverages less than 22% volume, or sparkling wines or liqueur wines; or
- a proportional mix of these products; and in addition
- 4 litres still wine; and
- 16 litres of beer;
3. food, fruits, medications and flowers for personal use;
4. other goods (for air travellers) up to a total value of EUR 430.- (per adult) or EUR 175.- (per passenger aged under 15 years).

Products of animal origin, not originating from an EU Member State , Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino or Switzerland, are not permitted to be imported into an EU Member State, with the exception of limited amounts from Andorra, Faroe Isl., Greenland, Iceland and small amounts of specific products from other countries.

For full details, please see or refer to the website of the European Union,

For full details please see Terms & Definitions, section 5. Customs, or refer to the website of the European Union,

Arms and Ammunition regulations::

Import of firearms into Germany by active military:
a. if travelling on duty and carrying military arms only, no permit is required (arms have to be registered);
b. if travelling on duty and importing firearms that belong to the traveller self, a firearm registration card has to be presented (these arms have to be registered as well);
c. if the traveller (being an active US military or a US Dept. of Defense civilian) does not hold the "Firearm Registration Card", then US military form AE 2075 or AE 550-17A is required.

Additional Information on regulations::

Fresh meat: the import of fresh meat and meat products is allowed, provided import is not for commercial purposes, up to a quantity of 1 kg.; game and poultry up to 30 kgs.
The import of larger quantities is subject to certain veterinary restrictions.


Birds are subject to Decision (EC) No. 25/2007. The health certificate should have a German translation.

Cats and dogs are subject to Regulation (EC) No. 998/2003 . For more information contact the nearest embassy of Germany. A maximum number of 5 animals may be imported without prior authorization (exception: artists needing dogs/cats for the purpose of their profession may import more than 5 dogs/cats without prior authorisation). Pets may enter as passenger's checked baggage, in the cabin or as cargo.

Prohibited: -- effective until further notice, the import of pet birds & poultry and derived products coming from Cambodia, China (People's Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Indonesia, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Lao People's Dem. Rep., Pakistan, Thailand and Viet Nam, in connection with Avian influenza infection risk; -- import of meat and meat products from: CIS countries , Portugal, Sardinia, Spain, Turkey and all countries of Africa and Asia.

Baggage Clearance regulations::

Baggage is cleared at the airport of final destination in Germany:

Airport Embarkation Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.

Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

Same regulations as per Export apply.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Euro-EUR) and foreign currencies: no restrictions if arriving from or traveling to another EU Member State .
If arriving directly from or traveling to a country outside the EU: amounts exceeding EUR 10,000.- or more or the equivalent in another currency (incl. banker's draft and cheques of any kind) must be declared.

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