CashFrom June 15, 2007, all passengers crossing the border of the European Union and carrying cash in the amount of 10,000 euros or more must, in accordance with EU regulation No. 1889 /2005 to declare them at customs. The obligation to declare cash was introduced to curb crime and increase the security of the European Union by curbing money laundering and terrorist financing.
All persons entering or leaving the European Union with:
- €10,000 or more or
- other currency or freely exchangeable property (bills, shares, traveler's checks and similar means of payment) for the same amount
The passenger is obliged to submit a passenger declaration if he/she has:
- goods of a non-commercial nature, the value of which exceeds the tax-free limit of 300 euros, and for air and sea passengers 430 euros, or the quantity of which exceeds the limit of non-taxable quantitative norms;
- goods of a commercial nature, the value of which exceeds 21.98 euros;
- goods and personal effects, the import and export of which are restricted.
- goods purchased outside the European Union, the value of which exceeds 1,000 euros or a quantity of 1,000 kg;
- a vehicle imported into Estonia as a good
Goods imported in the passenger's luggage purchased for personal use (except for alcohol, tobacco products and fuel) are exempt from customs duty, value added tax and excise duty, if the total value of the goods per person does not exceed 300 euros, and for air and sea passengers 430 euros.
Goods brought by a passenger that exceed the tax-free value or quantity are subject to customs duty, value added tax and excise duty. If the value of goods subject to customs duty does not exceed 700 euros, you can choose whether the goods are subject to:
- customs duty, according to the unified customs billing, for each commodity article separately, or
- customs duty at a uniform rate of 2.5% on all goods.
NB! A single customs duty rate of 2.5% is not applied to tobacco products.
Quantitative restrictions on arrival in Estonia from outside the European Union
A passenger arriving from outside the European Union in Estonia is allowed to bring tobacco products, alcohol and motor fuel for personal use without taxation in the following quantities.
Tobacco (passenger must be at least 18 years old):
- 40 cigarettes* or
- 100 cigarillos* or
- 50 cigars* or
- 50 grams of smoking tobacco* or
- 50 grams of chewing tobacco*.
Alcohol (passenger must be at least 18 years of age):
- wine up to 4 liters (except sparkling and liquor);
- beer up to 16 liters;
- 2 liters of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of up to 22% (including sparkling and liqueur wine) or 1 liter of strong alcoholic beverages (with an alcohol content of more than 22%)*.
- motor fuel in a standard motor vehicle fuel tank (including standard service tank and powerboat tank) for use in the same motor vehicle;
- within one day when entering Estonia for the first time, in addition to the fuel in the tank, up to 10 liters of fuel per motor vehicle for use in the same motor vehicle.