Within the EU
There are no limits on what you can buy and take with you when
you travel between EU countries, as long as it is for personal use
and not for resale. Taxes (VAT and excise duties) are included in
the price you pay and no further payment of tax can be due in
any other EU country.
Tobacco and alcohol
To determine whether tobacco and alcohol are for personal use,
each country can set guide levels. If you carry a larger quantity
of these goods, you may be questioned to check that you have no
commercial intent. The guide levels may not be lower than:
1 kg of tobacco
10 litres of spirits
20 litres of fortified wine (such as port or sherry)
90 litres of wine (of which, a maximum of 60 litres of
110 litres of beer.
There are no general restrictions on carrying meat or dairy
products when travelling within the EU.
Coming into the EU
If you enter the EU from a non-EU country, you can bring with
you goods free of VAT and excise duties for personal use within
the limits set out below. The same applies if you come from
the Canary Islands, the Channel Islands, Gibraltar or other
territories where EU rules on VAT and excise duties do not apply.
1 litre of spirits over 22 % vol. or 2 litres of fortified or sparkling wine
4 litres of still wine
16 litres of beer
Each EU country chooses whether to apply the higher or the
lower limits to travellers coming from outside the EU. If it
applies the lower limits it may apply them only to land and sea
travellers (Bulgaria, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland,
Slovakia and Sweden) or to all travellers (Estonia and Romania).
or 100 cigarillos
or 50 cigars
or 250 g tobacco
or 20 cigarillos
or 10 cigars
or 50 g tobacco
Other goods including perfume
If you are travelling by air and sea you may bring in other goods
with a value of not more than €430 and not more than €300
if travelling by land and inland waterway. Some EU countries
apply a lower limit for travellers under 15 but it may not be
lower than €150.
It is illegal to bring back any meat or dairy products, even in
small quantities, when coming back home from most countries
outside the EU. The only exceptions are Andorra, Faeroe
Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino
and Switzerland. This is to protect EU livestock from animal