A cash declaration must be submitted if you are carrying at least 10,000 euros or an equivalent in another currency or bearer-negotiable instrument when travelling to or from the EU.

The following is considered as cash:

  • banknotes and coins in any currency, including currencies not in circulation;
  • bearer-negotiable instruments such as travellers’ cheques, promissory notes, money orders without name;
  • coins with a gold content of not less than 90%;
  • gold in nuggets or clumps with a gold content of not less than 99,5%.

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Exchange rate query

The cash declaration information system uses the exchange rates in the Estonian Master Tariff System.

Customs authorities may require the submission of a cash disclosure declaration, where cash of 10,000 euros or more is found to be sent by post, cargo or courier (cash moving unaccompanied). On request, the recipient, the sender or their appointed representative must submit the declaration within 30 days.

Under the new regulation, customs authorities have the right to carry out checks if the amount is less than 10,000 euros, but there is information that the cash is related to criminal activity.

Electronic declaration

  • The simplest way is to declare cash in the e-services environment of the Estonian Tax and Customs Board e-MTA.

To submit a cash declaration:

  1. log into the e-MTA
  2. from the menu, select Customs – Simplified declarations – Cash declaration
  3. on the customer desktop that opens, press the green button New declaration

You can submit an electronic declaration up to three days before crossing the border. Once you have submitted the declaration, choose the red lane to pass through the customs office at the border and inform the customs official of lodging the declaration.

Legislation

The cash declaration database

The cash declaration database is a sub-register of the register of taxable persons. The data in the register of taxable persons is subject to tax secrecy, disclosure of the data to third parties is permitted only on the bases provided for in sections 28–30 of the Taxation Act. We keep the data for 5 years.

You can at any time request information about the processing of your personal data by e-mail to emta@emta.ee or via the e-services environment e-MTA.

State and administrative supervision over the processing of personal data is carried out by the Data Protection Inspectorate, info@aki.ee.

Cash movements between Member States

In some Member States, intra-Community cash movements are subject to separate control and declaration provisions, which apply in addition to EU rules.

Further information and references to the websites of national customs authorities can be found on the website of the European Commission.

Prohibition on the provision of euro banknotes to Russia and Belarus and persons of these countries

Pursuant to Council Regulation 2022/345, it is prohibited to export euro denominated banknotes to Russia or to any natural or legal person, entity or body in Russia, including the government and the Central Bank of Russia, or for use in Russia.

Pursuant to Council Regulation 2022/398, it is prohibited to export euro denominated banknotes to Belarus or to any natural or legal person, entity or body in Belarus, including the government and the Central Bank of Belarus, or for use in Belarus.

The export of euros is allowed only:

  1. for the personal use of natural persons travelling to Russia or Belarus or members of their immediate families travelling with them, or
  2. for the official purposes of diplomatic missions, consular posts or international organisations in Russia or Belarus enjoying immunities in accordance with international law.

The export of euros to Russia and Belarus for personal use is allowed only in the amount that covers the needs of the traveller and his or her family travelling with him or her during the trip.
The export of euros to other recipients, such as friends, acquaintances, parents, is not considered personal consumption.

The export restriction concerns euro banknotes. For other currencies, a cash declaration must be submitted when travelling to or from Russia or Belarus if the traveller carries more than 10,000 euros worth of cash.

Last updated: 11.03.2022

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