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. 3 grams each);
- 200 cigars;
- 1 kilogram smoking tobacco;
2. alcoholic beverages:
- 10 liters of spirits over 22%;
- 20 liters of alcoholic beverages less than 22%;
- 90 liters of wine (though no more than 60 liters of sparkling wine);
- 110 liters 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. 3 grams each); or
- 50 cigars; or
- 250 grams of smoking tobacco; or
- a proportional mix of these products;
2. alcoholic beverages, for passengers aged 17 and older:
- 1 liter of spirits over 22% volume, or non-denatured ethyl alcohol with more than 80% volume; or
- 2 liters of spirits or aperitifs made of wine or similar beverages less than 22% volume, or sparkling wines or liquor wines; or
- a proportional mix of these products; and in addition
- 4 liters still wine; and
- 16 liters of beer;
3. food, fruits, medications and flowers for personal use;
4. other goods (for air travelers) 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, http://europa.eu/.

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

Certain plants and plant products entering the EU must have an original phytosanitary certificate (see www.ec.europa.eu/food/plant/plant_health_biosecurity). These items must be declared on arrival and are subject to phytosanitary checks.

Arms and Ammunition regulations::

Visitors transiting Germany without clearing the immigration and not leaving the airport transit area, do not need to hold a permit.
Visitors entering Germany need a permit issued by the competent weapons authority. For more information see www.zoll.de

For active military:
a. if traveling on duty and carrying registered military arms only, no permit is required;
b. if traveling on duty and importing registered firearms that belong to the traveler, a firearm registration card is required;
c. US military and US Department of Defense civilian personnel must hold a firearm registration card or a US military form AE 2075 or AE 550-17A.

Prohibited: It is not allowed to import, export or transfer arms and ammunition to or from Afghanistan, Belarus, Central African Rep., Congo (Dem. Rep.), Eritrea, Iraq, Korea (Dem. People's Rep.), Lebanon, Lybia, Myanmar, Russian Fed., Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Zimbabwe.

Wild Fauna and Flora::

The import of certain plants is prohibited into Germany (i.e. potatoes, vines, wineleaves etc.).

Additional Information on regulations::

Prohibited: import of fresh meat and meat products from: CIS countries , Portugal, Sardinia, Spain, Turkey and all countries of Africa and Asia. From other countries: allowed up to 1 kg; game and poultry up to 30 kg.

Pets::

Cats and dogs are subject to Regulation (EC) No. 998/2003 and Regulation (EU) 576/2013 . 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 authorization). Pets may enter as passenger's checked baggage, in the cabin or as cargo.
Prohibited: the import of American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier and Staffordshire Terrier breeds and cross breeds into Germany is prohibited. Other breeds may be prohibited at a Federal State level or may need authorization before travel.

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

Prohibited: the import of pet birds & poultry and derived products from Cambodia, China (People's Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Indonesia, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Lao People's Dem. Rep., Pakistan, Thailand and Viet Nam.

Live animals can be imported only through airports with veterinary border inspection points: Berlin Schoenefeld (SXF), Berlin Tegel (TXL), Cologne (CGN), Frankfurt (FRA), Frankfurt-Hahn (HHN), Hamburg (HAM), Hanover (HAJ), Leipzig Halle (LEJ) and Munich (MUC).
Although the airport of Dusseldorf (DUS) has no veterinary border inspection point, pets can enter via DUS for private entries only.

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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