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Finnish customs requirements and rules

You can find the information about Russian customs requirements here.

Here is the list of goods which are allowed to import to Finland

According to the customs requirements any citizen of Russian Federation can import alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, perfumery, tea and coffee for individual or family use or as a gift in the following quantities:

Alcoholic beverages:

  • Import of alcohol is not allowed if you stay in the country for less than 72 hours (according to the stamps in your passport).
  • If you stay in the country for more than 72 hours you can import alcohol in the following quantities:

1 litre of alcohol that exceeds 22% volume of ethyl alcohol  (for example vodka, cognac, gin, tequila, whiskey, rum) or 2 litres of sparkling wine (champagne) or 2 litres of aperitives (15-22% volume of ethyl alcohol, for example, vermouth, martini, cinzano, liquor, liqueur, stiff wine).

In addition to one of the mentioned above you can transfer:

  • Beer – 16 litres

  • Light wine – 2 litres (3,5-15% volume of ethyl alcochol)

*An individual is prohibited to import pure alcohol or the powder for making alcoholic beverages.

**Pay attention that alcoholic cocktails in cans are considered to be strong alcoholic beverages.

In Finland there are age restrictions for using alcoholic beverages and importing them into the country:

  • Individuals older than 20 years are allowed to import spirits and other alcoholic beverages.

  • Individuals between 18-20 years old are aloowed to import ONLY alcoholic beverages that don’t exceed 22% volume of ethyl alcohol (for example, vermouth, martini, cinzano, liquor, liqueur, stiff wine).

Tobacco products:

People older than 17 can import tobacco products to Finland in the following quantities:

  • 200 cigarettes (for example, 1 cigarette block and 10 packs with 20 cigarettes in each) OR

  • 50 cigars OR

  • 100 cigars with a filter (cigarillos, max. 3g each) OR

  • 250 g smoking tobacco.


Individuals crossing the Finnish border are allowed to take 50 ml of perfume or 250 ml of toilet water.

Tea and coffee:

Individuals crossing the Finnish border are allowed to take:

  • 200 g tea or 40g tea extract (tea essence)

Individuals older than 15 years are allowed to import to Finland:

  • 500 g coffee or 200g coffee extract (coffee essence)

According to “Customs rules for passengers” confirmed by the Finnish Custom on 01/07/2007 an alcoholic beverage is a beverage which contains more than 2,8% volume of ethyl alcohol. Pure alcohol is a substance which is not denatured and contains more than 80% volume ethyl alcohol , regardless of its intended use, packing or marking. Norms of alcohol import are stated for one person, for example, if three people older than 20 years travel to Finland for more than 72 hours they can import 3 litres of vodka + 6 litres of regular wine + 48 litres of beer. If you transfer alcohol you must stay in Finland for more than 72 hours – three full days (from the date on the stamp). For example, you enter Finland on10th January 2010 (the date on the stamp is 10/01/11), you can buy alcohol only if you leave the country not earlier than on 14th January (the date on the stamp is 14\01\11), because three full days finish at 00/01 on 14th January 2011.

Goods subject to mandatory declaration on the Finnish border

  • A passenger who enters the EU territory or leaves this territory must declare the money if the total amount of cash exceeds the equivalent of 10 000 euro. The quantity of the cash is not limited. All the money which is not stated in the declaration and which exceed 10000 eur will be condemned. Money on the credit cards should not be declared.

  • If a passenger has any goods which impose taxes, excise taxes, goods and services taxes, other taxes or payments on the territory of Finland or goods which import is limited, these goods should be declared at the customs.
    Import of pets and plants, pets and plants under the threat of extinction, their parts and parts made of them, weapons and ammunition, arm blanche is limited.

A passenger can bring from the territory of CES medical supplies if they were bought legally on the base of a receipt, legally bought medical supplies for self-controlled treatment, homoeophatic medicaments in a quantity that is necessary for one-year treatment; if a person comes out of the CES territory the quantity must not exceed the quantity that is necessary for three months. The passenger must be able to prove that the medical supply is for his/her own treatment. If the medicaments were bought on the base of the receipt, the receipt or the medical certificate is obligatory. Drugs can’t be imported without permission.

Restirctions on the total cost of the goods while coming to Finland outside the EU.

A passenger can import all the other goods which are not limited by quantity without paying any taxes if the total cost of these goods is not more than 430 eur while travelling by air or by sea and not more than 300 eur while travelling by any other way (including cars and trains). The right to import these goods is individual and the goods that are imported by different people can not be divided or added, for example, a married couple can not import goods which cost is 350 eur together, or, for example, you can’t divide a golf set with cammocks between several passengers. The cost includes the total cost of the imported beer. The price of the goods is considered to be the price of these goods in the country where they were bought. A passenger must be able to prove the price by showing a cheque. The import is not considered to be commercial if it is not systematic and if the passenger imports some goods for self-use or family-use or as a gift. If the quantity and type of goods can be considered as a commercial import, these goods should be obliged by taxes and other duties. This also includes any goods that are imported to the country and will be given to other people for money.
According to the rules, the person who is inspected should unpack his/her things himself/herself and pack the luggage after inspection. The passenger must tell his/her personal information is the customs officer says so.