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What do you need to know when travelling to Greece?


Personal luggage

Personal luggage is exempt from import duties and it includes goods (in a reasonable amount) for personal use that passengers need during their travel (shoes, clothing, toiletries, etc.). The type and amount of goods in personal luggage has to be of non-commercial nature.
Since Greece is an EU member, European legislation is applied, which allows transfer of goods from third countries for passengers’ personal needs (non-commercial goods) without customs duties and VAT in the amount of 300 euros per passenger, and up to 430 euros in air and naval transport. Passengers under 15 are exempt from paying import duties on luggage whose total value is not over 150 euros.

Excise goods (tobacco, alcohol) 

In air and naval transport it is allowed to carry the following tobacco products:

  • 200 cigarettes or
  • 100 cigarillos (3g per piece)  or
  • 50 cigars or
  • 250g of smoking tobacco

In road transport it is allowed to carry the following tobacco products:

  • 40 cigarettes
  • 20 cigarillos (3g per piece)  or
  • 10 cigars or
  • 50g of smoking tobacco

People over 17 can carry in their personal luggage:

  • 1 liter of alcohol with level of alcohol over 22% vol. or
  • 2 liters of alcohol with level of alcohol under 22% vol. or
  • 4 liters of wine
  • 12 liters of beer

 Food

Intake of meat, milk and dairy products from non-EU members is not allowed. It is allowed to carry up to 2kg of powder milk for babies or baby food or food for special needs, as well as up to 2kg of pet food.

Intake of animals

Your pet should have a microchip in accordance with ISO 11784 or 11785. It should be vaccinated against rabies and have a medical certificate confirming that the purpose of the trip is not animal trade, in accordance with EU regulation 998/2003.
Intake of plants, seeds and seedlings
Small amounts of plants and plant products (up to 5kg of fresh fruit and vegetables, a bouquet of flowers, original seed packs of up to 100g and such), in which case a phytosanitary inspection will not be required.

 Intake of wild species

Cross-border trade and trade in wild species is in accordance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora - CITES. Import of these species is possible only if required permits or certificates form competent authorities are submitted to the customs officer on the border crossing.

Intake of medicines

Intake of ready medicines for personal use of passengers is allowed in those quantities necessary for usual therapy and with appropriate medical paperwork (disease history, doctor’s confirmation).

Transfer of money in and out of the country

Based on an EC regulation 1889/2005 on control of cash when entering and leaving the EU, passengers are obliged, when entering and leaving, to report to the customs service the cash they are carrying, in the amount of 10,000 euros or more (i.e. equivalent amount in other currencies or other payment means, such as checks).

 

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What do you need to know when travelling to Montenegro?

 

Personal luggage


Personal luggage is exempt from import duties and it includes goods (in a reasonable amount) for personal use that passengers need during their travel (shoes, clothing, toiletries, etc.). The type and amount of goods in personal luggage has to be of non-commercial nature.

 

Excise goods (tobacco, alcohol) 

 
The allowed tobacco products are:

  • 200 cigarettes or
  • 50 cigars or
  • 50 cigarillos or
  • 250g of tobacco

 

People over 17 can carry in their personal luggage:

 

  • 1 liter of spirits
  • 2 liters of wine

 

Food

 

It is possible to carry in reasonable amounts of food, intended for passengers’ personal needs, which are a part of passengers’ luggage and intended to be used during the trip. No international sanitary certificate is needed for that food. Other products are subject to control and must have adequate certificates.
The following items are considered allowed types and quantities of food used during the trip, which can be taken into the territory of Montenegro:

 

  • products for baby diet and dietary food used for medical reasons, provided that these products do not require special storing conditions, that they are labelled, with undamaged packaging, unless if they are currently being used;
  • fresh fruit and vegetables (except for potato) weighing up to 5kg;
  • dried fruit, vegetables, dried mushrooms, raw coffee, cocoa beans, tea weighing up to 1kg;
  • alcoholic beverages in original packaging, labelled, weighing up to 1l;
  • other beverages in original packaging, labelled, weighing up to 5l;
  • bottled water in original packaging, labelled, in the total amount up to 5l;
  • combined and other food in original packaging, labelled, that does not require a special storing regime, unless currently being used, in the total amount up to 1kg.

 

Intake of animals

 

Intake of pets is approved without a previous veterinary checkup and control if animals come with adequate veterinary warning (certificate) of the country they come from.

Intake of plants, seeds and seedlings


Small amounts of plants and plant products can be taken in, in which case a phytosanitary inspection will not be required.


Intake of wild species


According to a special international convention (CITES), the intake of protected animal and plant species across the border is not allowed unless passengers have an appropriate certificate of an authorized state body.

 

Intake of medicines

 

A person entering or leaving the country can carry a reasonable amount of medicines that it needs for personal use or for an animal it is taking in, for a maximum of 6 months.
Possession of a medicine that contains narcotic drugs without proper medical documents or not reporting a medicine is considered a violation, and such medicine is confiscated and kept under special supervision.

 

Transfer of money in and out of the country


A resident or a non-resident can physically take cash in our out of Montenegro, without reporting it to a customs office, in euros and/or other currencies, in the total amount up to 10,000 euros or equivalent.
Payment cards and other similar portable payment means have to be reported to a customs office when taking them in or out of Montenegro.

  

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What do you need to know when travelling to Turkey?


Personal luggage


Personal luggage is exempt from import duties and it includes goods (in a reasonable amount) for personal use that passengers need during their travel (shoes, clothing, toiletries, etc.). The type and amount of goods in personal luggage has to be of non-commercial nature.


Excise goods (tobacco, alcohol) 

 
People over 18 can carry in their personal luggage:

  • 200 cigarettes and
  • 50 cigarillos (3g per piece) and
    10 cigars and
  • 200g of smoking tobacco (with 200 pieces of rolling paper) or
  • 200g of chewing tobacco or
  • 200g of tobacco for hookah or
  • 50g of snuff


 People over 18 can carry in their personal luggage:

  • a 1l bottle or 2 bottles of 750ml of an alcoholic beverage and/or wine

Other goods

  • 3.5 bottles of perfume (each to have a maximum of 120ml)
  • 4 gifts worth up to 300 euros (for passengers up to 15 years the value is 145 euros)
  • 5.1kg of coffee
  • 1kg of instant coffee
  • 500g of tea
  • 1kg of chocolate
  • 1kg of sugar-based products


Intake of medicines


Intake of ready medicines for personal use of passengers is allowed in those quantities necessary for usual therapy and with appropriate medical paperwork (disease history, doctor’s confirmation).


REGULATIONS FOR TAKING GOODS OUT


The following items can freely be taken out of Turkey:

  • 2kg/3 boxes of local tobacco products
  • 5kg of alcoholic beverages / 12 bottles of brandy or other local beverages and food worth up to 100 Turkish liras. The products cannot weigh over 5kg.
  • gifts worth up to 5,000 Turkish liras. If gifts worth more than that are taken out of the country, a confirmation is needed that an exchange of foreign currency was done in the amount over 5,000 Turkish liras.
  • it is prohibited to take out antiques, wheat products, tea, cocoa, coffee and spices


Intake of animals


Pets (dogs, cats and such) must have a valid veterinary certificate.


Transfer of money in and out of the country


Taking in local currency (Turkish lira – TRY) is not limited, and neither is taking in foreign currency. However, passengers have to report the money in foreign currency they are taking in so as to avoid difficulties when leaving the country.


The following rules apply when it comes to taking money out:

  • Turkish citizens and residents (natural entities with permanent residence in that state), can take out domestic and foreign currency in equivalent amount of up to 5,000 dollars. For larger amounts, a bank confirmation is needed that money was withdrawn from an account or that foreign currency was bought in a bank in Turkey.
  • Non-residents (natural entities with permanent residence abroad) and Turkish citizens living and working abroad can take out domestic and foreign currency in equivalent amount of up to 5,000 dollars. Larger amounts have to be reported upon entering the country and a confirmation of that has to be entered into the passport. In case of re-exchanging Turkish liras to a foreign currency in equivalent amount over 5,000 dollars, a bank confirmation is needed.

 

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What do you need to know when travelling to Croatia?


Since Croatia’s EU accession on July 1, 2013, European regulations are applied in passenger traffic, according to which transfer of goods from third countries for personal use of passengers (non-commercial goods) is allowed without collection of customs duties and VAT in the value of up to 300 euros per passenger and 430 euros in air and naval transport.


Personal luggage


Personal luggage is exempt from import duties and it includes goods (in a reasonable amount) for personal use that passengers need during their travel (shoes, clothing, toiletries, etc.). The type and amount of goods in personal luggage has to be of non-commercial nature.


The goods in passengers’ personal luggage, in type and amounts that are not intended for being re-sold but for personal needs of passengers and their families, are exempt from import duties if their total value is not over 300 euros, or 430 euros in air and naval transport. Passengers under 15 years of age are exempt from paying import duties for luggage whose total value is not over 150 euros.


Excise goods (tobacco, alcohol, fuel) 

 
a) tobacco products:

  • 200 cigarettes, or
  • 100 cigarillos (3g per piece)  or
  • 50 cigars, or
  • 250g of smoking tobacco, or


b)Alcohol and alcoholic beverages:

  • 1 liter of alcohol and alcoholic beverages with level of alcohol over 22% vol. or
  • 2 liters of alcohol and alcoholic beverages with level of alcohol under 22% vol. or


c)5 liters of wine; or


d)16 liters of beer


Fuel in tanks of vehicles is exempt from import duties, as well as up to 10l of identical type of fuel in appropriate portable containers for spare fuel.

 

Food


Intake of meat, milk and dairy products from third countries (BiH, Serbia, Montenegro, etc.) is not allowed. Intake of up to 20kg of fish, oysters and fish products is allowed, as well as up to 2kg of powder milk for babies, baby food and food for special needs, up to 2kg of pet food, up to 2kg of other food, such as honey, live oysters and snails, and up to 125g of caviar or other products from endangered species. The following types of food can be taken in, i.e. transported in personal luggage: bread, biscuits, cookies, chocolate and confectionary products (including candy), provided that none of that is filled with meat products.


Intake of animals


Intake of animals, accompanied by their owners of a person authorized by the owner, from third countries, is allowed only on border crossings determined for traffic of pets. Pets taken into the customs territory of the Republic of Croatia have to be subjected to:


a) in case of 5 or fewer pets, identification and documentation inspection by a customs official at the entrance border crossing.


b) in case of more than 5 pets, veterinary control done by a border veterinary inspector; the pets have to enter the Republic of Croatia on border veterinary stations approved for that.


Dogs, cats and hamsters have to have a microchip, a passport issued by an authorized veterinarian and have to be vaccinated against rabies. Intake and temporary stay of dangerous dogs (breeds such as bull terrier) that are not in the registry of International Kennel Club is prohibited.


The rules of obligatory veterinary supervision are applied when taking specific items of animal origin in and out of the country – all types of hides and hunting trophies (since they can also carry infectious diseases).


Intake of plants, seeds and seedlings


Intake of plants, seeds and seedlings is subject to obligatory inspection of a phytosanitary inspection and can be done only on crossings with phytosanitary inspection present, unless small amounts of products are taken in passenger traffic.


Small amounts of plants and plant products are not subject to a phytosanitary inspection

  • fresh fruit and vegetables (except for potatoes) weighing up to  5kg,
  • cut flowers, a bouquet or a wreath
  • flower or vegetable seeds in original packaging, up to 100g, not intended for sale, up to 5 packs
  • bulbs of ornamental plants up to 3kg,
  • one Christmas tree without roots,
  • a maximum of 3 houseplants (excluding bonsai)
  • balcony plants (a maximum of 10 plants)


Intake of wild species


Cross-border transport and trade in wild species, in accordance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – CITES, is possible only with submission of an adequate license or certificate of an authorized body to a customs officer at the border crossing. The authorized body for issuing the required permits or certificates in the Republic of Croatia is the Management for Environmental Protection of the Ministry of Environmental Protection.


Intake of medicines and narcotics


Intake of ready medicines for personal use of passengers is allowed in those quantities necessary for a maximum of one month of treatments (provided that they are approved by the authorized bodies of the manufacturing country) with special medical paperwork (disease history, doctor’s certificate).


Intake of medicines that contain narcotics, also for passengers’ personal needs, is possible in amounts needed for a maximum of 5 days of treatments, also with special medical paperwork that proves the necessity of taking the stated medicine (copies of the medicine prescription, disease history or verified doctor’s certificate). If passengers are on a substitution therapy for addiction diseases or therapy for malignant diseases, the amount of medication can be for 15 days of personal use.


Transfer of money in and out of the country


Based on the EC Regulation 1889/2005 on the control of cash when entering and leaving EU territory, passengers are obliged, when entering or leaving, to report the cash they are carrying to the customs office, in the amount of 10,000 euros or more (or equivalent in other currencies or means of payment, such as checks).

 

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What do you need to know when travelling to Bulgaria?

 

Since Bulgaria is an EU member, European regulations are applied in passenger traffic, according to which transfer of goods from third countries for personal use of passengers (non-commercial goods) is allowed without collection of customs duties and VAT in the value of up to 300 euros per passenger and 430 euros in air and naval transport.


Personal luggage

Personal luggage is exempt from import duties and it includes goods (in a reasonable amount) for personal use that passengers need during their travel (shoes, clothing, toiletries, etc.). The type and amount of goods in personal luggage has to be of non-commercial nature.


‘Intake of non-trade character’ is intake that is not done regularly and includes goods for personal or family use of passengers or goods taken for the purposes of gifting.

The goods that are in passengers’ personal luggage, in type and amounts not intended for re-sale but for personal use of passengers and their families, are exempt from import duties if their total value is not over 300 euros, or 430 euros in air and naval transport.


Passengers’ personal luggage, taken in temporarily or again after it was temporarily taken out, as well as medication for passengers’ personal needs, is exempt from import duties.


Excise goods (tobacco, alcohol)


а) tobacco products:

 

  • 200 cigarettes or
  • 50 cigars or
  • 100 cigarillos or
  • 250g of tobacco


б) alcohol and alcoholic beverages:

 

  • a total of 1l of alcohol and alcoholic beverages with alcohol content over 22% or non-denatured ethyl alcohol with alcohol content of 80% or more
  • 2l of alcohol and alcoholic beverages with alcohol content under 22%
  • 4l of wine
  • 16l of beer

Comment:


Every combination of alcohol and alcoholic beverages for each individual passenger, except for wine and beer, cannot have a total of 100% of alcohol.


Food:


The following part contains a table that shows the allowed intake of products of animal origin for personal use, which are a part of passengers’ personal luggage or are sent as small shipments to natural entities or are ordered by mail, internet or phone and delivered to a user.


Table 1.

 

 

Type of product

Amount per person (in kg)

Applies to

Exceptions

Special regime

Meat, meat products and goods that contain meat

Intake ban

Intake from third countries

Iceland, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Croatia

10 kg

Milk, dairy products and goods that contain milk

Intake ban

Intake from third countries

Iceland, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Croatia

10 kg

Baby food, special food for health reasons

2 kg; Special requests: see comment no. 1

Intake from third countries

Iceland, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Croatia

10 kg

Fish, fish products, including crabs and mollusks

20 kg or a whole fish (that can weigh over 20 kg); whole fish has to be without innards

Intake from third countries

А) Iceland, Faroe Islands

B) Greenland, Croatia

Analogue with EU states

 

20 kg

Live shellfish, live crabs, including lobsters

Honey and other food products of animal origin

Total weight of 2 kg

Intake from third countries

Iceland, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Croatia

Total weight of 10 kg

Dog food that is made of or contains meat or milk

Intake ban

Intake from third countries

Iceland, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Croatia

10 kg

Animal food needed for health reasons

2 kg;

Special requests: see comment no. 1

Intake from third countries

Iceland, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Croatia

10 kg

 

Comment no. 1: brand products in consumer packaging, unopened, except if used during the trip, that does not need cooling before being opened.

 

Table no. 2: List of products that contain products of animal origin but are not subject to limitations upon intake

 

 

Type of product

Conditions

Example

Suits conditions

Example

Dues not suit conditions

Bread, kuglof, chocolate, candy

Unless mixed or filled with meat products

Bread with raisins

Bacon, mixed into the dough

Dietary supplements

In packaging for end consumers

collagen, powder shark, chitosan capsules, consumer packaging

e.g. plastic bag with 1kg of chitosan

Meat by-products

Made for trade purposes

bouillon cubes

Soups with meat pieces

Fish-filled olives

 

 

 

Pasta

Unless mixed or filled with meat products

Ravioli with salmon

Ravioli with meat

Meat bouillon and instant soups

Made for trade purposes

 

Containing meat pieces

Other types of food products

That do not contain fresh or processed meat or milk, i.e. dairy products, and that have under 50% of eggs or fish products

 

 

 

Intake of animals:


Intake of pets, accompanied by owners or a person authorized by the owner, from third countries, is possible only on border crossings determined for traffic of pets. Pets have to fulfill veterinary-sanitary conditions when entering EU from third countries with the aim of preventing the risk from spreading rabies. They must have microchips, passports issued by authorized veterinarians and have to be vaccinated against rabies. An exception is a case when there are over 5 animals, when demands and controls for commercial traffic of animals apply.

 

Intake of plants, seeds and seedlings


Intake of plants, seeds and seedlings is subject to mandatory inspection of a phytosanitary inspection and can be done only on crossings where there is a phytosanitary inspection present, unless small amounts of products are taken in in passenger traffic.

 

 

Product/plant

European countries outside of EU

Potato seed

Intake ban

Potato for consumption

Up to 2 kg per person

Vegetables

Eggplant, celery head, celery, celery leaves and basil

Up to 2 kg per person

FRUIT

all the citrus fruits,

apple,

apricot,

currant

blueberry,

sweet cherry,

red cranberry,

listed below ***

 

Up to 2 kg per person

Amounts for non-trade purpose

Fruit and vegetables not in fields 2 and 3

No phytosanitary limitations

Soil and nutritive environment different than this one, composed only of peat

Controlled!

Plants with roots, soil and environment

 

Citrus plants including decorative potted ones: Citrus L., Fortunella Poncirus Raf

Controlled!

Plants Vitis L/Grapevine

Intake ban

Fruit material for sowing, vegetable and flower seedlings, potted flowers and other plants with roots, trees with roots /with or without soil/

Up to 5 pieces, no soil

Seeds /in small packs/

Some seeds are without limitations

***

 

No potato

Up to 5 pieces

 

Tomato, beet, onion, sunflower, beans, clover, corn

Bulbs, tubers, rhizomes (except for potato seed) 

Up to 5kg

Cut flowers and greenery (1 bouquet),

 

Limitations for some flowers and greenery

Up to 1 piece ****

 

Limitation:

Type:

chrysanthemum,

carnation,

rose,

orchid

Gypsophila,

geranium

No phytosanitary limitations – for non-trade purposes

Tree parts for decorations (wreaths or one cut Christmas tree, up to 3m tall)

Up to 1 piece

Unprocessed wood parts (parts without bark)

Up to 5 pieces (parts without bark)

Wood products/processed

No phytosanitary limitations

Products for plant protection

BANNED – no exceptions for personal use

Fertilizers

BANNED – no exceptions for personal use


 **** gooseberry, guava, kumquat, Christ's thorn, peach, pear, persimmon, currant, plum, quince, rose apple.


Controlled positions:

They require a phytosanitary certificate, issued by national phytosanitary authorities of the country they are taken out of!

 

Intake of wild species


Cross-border traffic and trade in wild species, in accordance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – CITES, is possible only if required permits or certificates form competent authorities are submitted to the customs officer at the border crossing.


Permits are not needed for smaller amounts of caviar (up to 125g), products from crocodiles, except for meat and hunting trophies (up to 4 pieces), conch shells (up to 3 pieces), dried seahorses (up to 4 pieces), shells of giant clams (up to 3 pieces).
Additional information on rules for trade in protected species, and the approved places for their intake to EU are at the following address:


http://ec.europa.eu/environment/cites/info_entry_points.htm.

 

Intake of medicines


Intake of ready medicines for personal use of passengers is allowed in those quantities necessary for a maximum of 2 months of treatments (provided that they are approved by the authorized bodies of the manufacturing country) with special medical paperwork (disease history, doctor’s certificate).


Medicines can be carried by a person with an authorization of the patient for whose treatment the medicine was prescribed.


People can transfer medicines from and to third countries in amounts needed during their stay, but for no longer than 3 months.


All the medicines that are transferred from and to third countries have to be in their original packaging.


Medicines with narcotics cannot be transported. Conditions and ways of transport of medicines that contain narcotics are determined by law on drugs and precursors.

 

Transfer of money in and out of the country


Based on the EC Regulation 1889/2005 on the control of cash when entering and leaving EU territory, passengers are obliged, when entering or leaving, to report the cash they are carrying to the customs office, in the amount of 10,000 euros or more (or equivalent in other currencies or means of payment, such as checks).

 

 

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