Many products can only be imported in limited quantities, while some require a license or may even be banned. If you are bringing medicines or pets with you or aiming to buy a variety of products from the destination, such as tobacco products or expensive goods, you should prepare in advance by reading Customs Instructions. It also depends on which country you come to Finland from.
– Our advice to travelers is simple: read in advance about import restrictions and bans on the Customs website, for example. This avoids unpleasant surprises, says the chief customs officer Nadja Painokallio.
Do I have to report my purchases? Country of origin and mode of travel are important
From EU customs and tax areas, you can import goods you buy for your own personal use without duties or taxes. However, imports of certain goods, such as medicines and tobacco products, are restricted or banned.
If you arrive in Finland by car or train from outside the EU, you can bring goods worth up to 300 euros without customs and taxes. If you arrive by plane or sea, you can bring up to € 430 worth of shopping free of duties and taxes. The right is personal and the value of one purchase cannot be shared among travel companions. However, these limits do not apply to alcohol or cigarettes; rather, there are time and quantitative restrictions on duty-free imports of these products.
What happens if something inappropriate is left in your suitcase?
If the passenger carries additional goods subject to an import restriction or goods subject to a total import ban, they may be handed over to Customs on the passenger’s own initiative. In such cases, the red channel is selected at the port or airport.
– If you are unsure, select the red channel. Then you can ask customs for advice – we will be happy to help, Painokallio says.
If the passenger has opted for the green or blue channel and the customs authorities find the goods in the passenger’s possession subject to taxation or import restrictions or prohibitions, Customs may seize or confiscate such goods. The goods may have to pay double tax or the passenger may even be suspected of a customs offense, so be careful.
Import restrictions and conditions should be checked in advance for at least the following products:
- Medicines and pharmaceuticals
- Medicinal products may be imported from outside the EEA for personal use in quantities not exceeding three months. Don’t forget the recipes.
- Tobacco products
- Restrictions on tobacco products imported by travelers vary depending on the product and whether the import is taxable or tax-free. These imports may also be subject to restrictions on travel time and modes of transport.
- Dairy, meat and fish products
- Meat or dairy products may not be imported into Finland from outside the EU. This includes sandwiches.
- Most plant species or plant products may not be imported into Finland from outside the EU without a plant protection certificate. Please note that the restriction also applies to Norway.
- If you arrive in Finland with a dog, cat or ferret, you should be aware of the entry requirements and ensure that your animal meets them. Please note that entry requirements depend on the country from which you come to Finland.
- There are no prohibitions or restrictions on the import of cash into Finland. However, if you are transporting € 10,000 or more in Euros or other currencies, you will need to complete a customs declaration.
- Endangered species and products derived therefrom, such as caviar or orchids
- The import of CITES products into Finland is either prohibited or requires a permit from the Finnish Environment Institute. CITES products can only be imported through certain border crossing points.
Source: The Nordic Page