Greece 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:
a. Tobacco products, for passengers aged 17 of age and over:
- 800 cigarettes;
- 400 cigarillos;
- 200 cigars;
- 1 kilogram of pipe or cigarette tobacco;
b. Alcoholic beverages, for passengers aged 17 years of age and older:
- 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;
c. Perfumes: no limit;
d. Medicinal products: no limit if the quantity is required to meet the traveler's personal needs.

Free import to passengers arriving from non-EU Member States (incl. Aland Island, 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 tobacco; or
- proportional assortment;
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 of wine; and
- 16 liters of beer;
3. medicinal products sufficient for personal needs;
4. other goods (for air travelers) up to a total value of EUR 430.- (per adult) or EUR 150.- (per passenger aged under 15 years).

Import of gold, gold plated objects or other precious metals must be declared at Customs on arrival.

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::

Passengers carrying firearms and ammunition into or out of Greece must contact the transporting airline carrier prior to arrival/departure. Further, all firearms and ammunition must be declared to the Police for registration and issuance of a special police license. Only then will they clear customs.

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.

Additional Information on regulations::

Windsurf boards and bicycles can be imported duty free, one piece per person if used for personal recreation and will be taken out of the country on departure.

Export regulations::

Free export of windsurf boards, bicycles e.t.c.(imported for personal recreation) or personal electronic devices if registered in the passport on arrival. If not exported, import duty must be paid on departure.

Note: It is strictly forbidden to remove antiquities and art objects from the territory of Greece. A special permit issued by the Ministry of Culture is required.

Pets::

The transporting carrier must be informed before any shipment.

Cats and dogs are subject to Regulation (EC) No. 998/2003 and Regulation (EU) 576/2013 .
Birds are subject to Decision (EC) No. 25/2007.
For more information contact the Ministry of Agriculture (www.minagric.gr).

Baggage Clearance regulations::

For passengers arriving from an EU Member State , baggage is cleared at the airport of final destination.

Passengers arriving from a Non-EU Member State and proceeding to a domestic flight within Greece, must clear their luggage at the first point of entry into Greek territory. The passenger is responsible for the transfer of his/her luggage to check-in for domestic flight.
Exemptions:
- if the connecting domestic flights are to Chania (CHQ), Corfu (CFU), Heraklion (HER), Rhodos (RHO) or Thessaloniki (SKG), where baggage can be collected at the final destination; or
- effective till 31 October 2017 for passengers with connecting domestic flights on Aegean Airlines (A3) or Olympic Air (OA) to Mykonos JMK), Santorini (JTR), Kefallinia (EFL) and Zakinthos (ZTH).

Transit baggage is cleared at its final destination outside Greece if labeled accordingly.



Airport Embarkation Tax

Passenger Terminal Facility Charge levied on all passengers leaving Greece at ticket issuance or at airport of departure in Greece.



Currency rules

Currency Import 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.

Currency Export regulations:

Nationals of Greece can carry a maximum amount of EUR 2,000 in cash.

For other nationals:
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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