Customs regulations

This section gives you a general overview on customs regulations in Germany. The information provided on this page is not legally binding. Because of the complexity of the matter, the German Embassy cannot provide any binding information on German Customs regulations or duties.

For specific inquiries please directly contact the German Customs Information Desk (link see right side).

Travelling with 10,000 EUR or more

All travelers entering or leaving the European Union with 10,000 EUR or more in cash must declare the sum to Customs since 15 June 2007. This initiative has been taken to assist the efforts being made at EU level to tackle crime and improve security by cracking down on money laundering, terrorism and criminality.

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VAT return

All goods purchased in Germany are subject to a value-added tax ("Mehrwertsteuer/MWST" or "Umsatzsteuer") of 19% (or 7% on certain goods). Tourists can apply for a VAT refund. Read more...

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Travelling with pets

Do you plan to travel with your pet(s) from Singapore to Germany and need specific information about regulations and procedures? More information...

Can I bring food products of animal origin into Germany?

Products of animal origin may carry pathogens that cause infectious diseases in animals. There are strict procedures and veterinary controls on the introduction of products of animal origin into the European Union. Read more...

Can I bring pharmaceuticals to Germany?

The legal maximum limit for pharmaceutical products is the quantity required to meet the traveler's personal needs during the trip. Read more...

Customs regulations on mailing packages to Germany

Packages to Germany may be mailed free of duty if their value does not exceed 45 EUR. Read more...

CITES - Protection of species of plants and animals from extinction

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, in short the Washington Convention, is a legally binding international agreement dating from 1973 to protect endangered species of animals and plants. Read more...