From Estonia to a third country

Before travelling or leaving Estonia to a non-European Union country (a third country), get acquainted with the customs rules of this country.

There are special requirements on taking certain goods or personal items out of Estonia. Taking out some types of goods is prohibited. If special requirements have been established on goods or personal items being taken out, these need to be declared in the customs.

It is prohibited to export to Russia

In addition to previous prohibitions (see prohibited goods), the EU sanctions prohibit the transfer of the following goods to Russia.

  • luxury goods:

    • goods insofar as their value exceeds 300 euros per item
    • electronic items for domestic use of a value exceeding 750 euros per item
    • audio and video equipment of a value exceeding 1000 euros per item
    • musical instruments of a value exceeding 1500 euros per item
    • motorcycles and parts thereof, the value of which exceeds 5000 euros per item
    • vehicles of a value exceeding 50 000 euros per item
    • etc.

    The full list of goods can be found in Annex XVIII to Article 3h of Council Regulation 833/2014.

    The restriction does not apply to personal items, e.g. a smartphone for personal use, valuable handbag, overwear, etc.

  • other goods, regardless of value, such as:

    • live plants, plant cuttings, bulbs, etc.
    • wood, plywood, paper, paperboard, wallpaper
    • fabrics
    • paints, varnishes, chemicals
    • articles of plastic such as doors, windows, etc.
    • many vehicles, machinery, equipment, building materials
    • etc.

    The complete list of goods is set out in Annex XXIII to Council Regulation 833/2014.

  • the euro banknotes (EUR) and banknotes of the EU Member States (HRK, RON, BGN, HUF, CZK, PLN, SEK, DKK)

    As an exception, the export of these banknotes is permitted for the personal use of a traveller and members of his or her immediate family travelling with him or her.
    Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 Article 5i.

Special requirements

Certain goods carried by a passenger or contained in a passenger's luggage are subject to quantitative restrictions or require a special permit for taking them out of Estonia. Make sure to read the special requirements before travel!

Special requirements apply on the following items:

  • medicinal products
  • pet animals to the Russian Federation
  • weapons (including hunting weapons) and ammunition
  • endangered animal and plant species
  • cash
  • cultural objects

More on special requirements

Prohibited goods

Travellers are forbidden to carry across the customs border:

  • cut-and-thrust weapons, firearms and electric shock weapons, as well as ammunition, prohibited for civilian purposes (automatic firearms, brass knuckles, spring-assisted knives, armour-piercing ammunition etc.)
  • narcotic drugs and their precursors
  • erotic or pornographic materials featuring minors
  • alien species endangering fundamental ecological balances
  • radioactive or radiation hazardous items

Carriage of prohibited goods across the customs frontier is a customs offence that will bring about a fine or a seizure.

Last updated: 20.07.2022

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