It is important to know about customs regulations before traveling to Finland to avoid legal issues and potential fines. As you know, customs regulations widely depend on the country. Before traveling to (or from) Finland make sure to check the allowance and limits for the next things:
- Alcohol and tobacco
- Medicines (especially those containing drugs)
- Cultural artifacts
- Plants, fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products
Check the information below to be sure that you are complying with Finland customs regulations.
Import regulations in Finland
When travelling within EU
There are no limits on the amount of alcohol and tobacco a traveller can bring in within the EU. The goods must be for personal use or as a gift and they must have had duty and tax paid in the EU country where they were acquired. Customs officials may require proof of intent if more than all the following is imported.
Restricted to travellers 18 years and over. Passengers arriving from an EU country must ensure that tobacco products have, in Finnish and in Swedish, a pictorial warning on the health hazards caused by tobacco, and the information to ensure product identification and traceability printed on the packet. This only applies on amounts over 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 100 cigarillos, and 250 grams of tobacco.
- 800 cigarettes;
- 400 cigarillos (max 3g each);
- 200 cigars;
- 1kg smoking tobacco.
- Restricted to travellers 20 years and over, however travellers 18 and older may bring in alcohol up to 22% alcohol volume;
- 10 litres of spirits over 22%;
- 20 litres of alcoholic beverages, other than either wine or beer, less than 22% volume;
- 90 litres of wine (with a maximum 60 litres of sparkling wine);
- 110 litres of beer.
When travelling from outside the EU
If entering the EU from outside, passengers may bring with them duty-free goods for personal use within the limits set out below. The same applies if coming from the Canary Islands, the Channel Islands, Gibraltar or other territories where EU rules on VAT do not apply.
Restricted to travellers 18 years and over. One of the following:
- 200 cigarettes;
- 100 cigarillos;
- 50 cigars;
- 250g of smoking tobacco;
- or a proportional combination of these goods (such as 100 cigarettes and 50 cigarillos).
Restricted to travellers 20 years and over, however travellers 18 and older may bring in alcohol up to 22% alcohol volume. One of the following:
- 1 litre exceeding 22% alcohol volume;
- or 2 litres up to 22% alcohol volume.
In addition, both of the following:
- 4 litres of still wine;
- 16 litres of beer.
- There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
- Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Time limits relating to the import of alcohol
- A person residing in Finland who arrives in Finland from outside the European Economic Area by other means than by flight is allowed to import alcoholic beverages only if the journey has taken more than 20 hours.
- A person residing outside the European Economic Area who arrives in Finland by other means than by flight is allowed to import alcoholic beverages only if they are staying in Finland for more than 72 hours. This rule does not apply to transit passengers.
Other Goods free from duty
- Medicines for personal use, up to three months' worth.
- Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €430 when travelling by air or sea.
- Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €300 when travelling by land.
The following are goods which cannot be brought into the country.
- Dangerous objects such as brass knuckles, throwing stars, weapons disguised as other objects, and electric batons.
- Counterfeit and pirated products.
These goods are strictly regulated, and in most cases require a permit to be obtained prior to arrival.
- Firearms and ammunition require a permit from the Finnish Police.
- Medications classed as narcotics are subject to certain restrictions.
- Animals are subject to a mandatory health inspection at the first point of entry on EU territory. They must also have a microchip or tattoo, and have been properly vaccinated against rabies. A Common Veterinary Entry Document certifying the healthy inspection must be provided with the customs declaration. Pets travelling within the EU must have a valid pet passport. For further information, please visit the Finnish Food Safety Authority.
- Endangered animals, plants, and their derivative products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) may require protected species permits. For further information, please visit the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE).
- Certain plants, fruit and vegetables from non-EU countries require a phytosanitary certificate, and inspection on arrival in Finland. For further information, please visit the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE).
- Meat and dairy products from outside the EU are generally prohibited except a small amount for personal consumption. For further information, please visit Finnish Customs Food.
- Products of animal origin such as milk powder and baby food can be brought in in baggage as long as they are still packaged and do not require refrigeration.
- Up to 20kg per person of fish and fishery products may be brought along from both EU and non-EU countries.
- Infant formula, baby food, and food for medical purposes can be brought in in baggage as long as they are still packaged and do not require refrigeration.
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