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Customs regulations for travellers arriving to Estonia from non-Community countries

Travellers coming from a non-EU country (or a third country) to Estonia may bring along goods with the customs value up to the duty exempt limit of 300 euros, air and sea travellers up to 430 euros.

Quantitative limits exempt from duties have been established for alcohol, tobacco products and motor fuel.

Special requirements have been established for bringing in certain goods or personal effects (e.g. food products, medicinal products, etc.) and bringing in some products are prohibited.

Choosing between the customs channels


If arriving in Estonia there is a system of two customs channels at a border point, travellers must bear in mind the following:

  • travellers shall choose the green channel if they carry along goods not subject to declaration

  • travellers shall choose the red channel if they carry along goods subject to declaration that:

    • exceed cost limits exempt from duties

    • exceed quantitative limits exempt from duties

    • require special permits

If you are not convinced whether you should declare the goods you have in your luggage or not – please choose the red channel!

If there are no customs channels in a border crossing point, the travellers must address a customs official for presenting the goods for taxation or for showing a required special permit.
 

Quantitative limits exempt from duties on alcohol, tobacco products and motor fuel


Excise goods (alcohol, tobacco products and fuel) may be brought into Estonia exempt from excise duty only if the goods are brought for non-commercial purposes. Excise goods are deemed to be acquired outside the European Union if the travellers have not declared the existence and quantities of excise goods at the exit from Estonia.

 

Tobacco products

Travellers, who are at least 18 years of age, arriving into Estonia, may bring at the first and second entry within a calendar month in their luggage the following quantities of tobacco products:

from 1 January 2018
  • 40 cigarettes* (an air passenger up to 200 cigarettes), or
  • 100 cigarillos*, or
  • 50 cigars*, or
  • 50 grams of smoking tobacco* (an air passenger up to 250 grams of smoking tobacco) (incl. Hookah tobacco), or
  • 20 millilitres of tobacco liquid, or
  • 120 grams of solid tobacco substitute, or
  • one package smokeless tobacco product on the condition that one package contains no more than 50 grams of the product

    Smokeless tobacco product means a tobacco product not involving a combustion process, including chewing tobacco, nasal tobacco and tobacco for oral use.

It is allowed to combine the quantities marked with asterisk (*) taking into account that each quantity shall represent 100% of the total allowance and any one traveller may bring along quantities not exceeding 100% of the total allowance.
Example of combination:
20 cigarettes representing 50% of the allowed 40 cigarettes + 25 cigars representing 50% of the allowed 50 cigars makes the total allowance of 100%.

The Estonian Tax and Customs Board may apply additional exemption from excise duty of the tobacco products except smokeless tobacco product brought into Estonia by a traveller at the third entry within a calendar month, if the traveller proves to the customs officials that the import of tobacco products was of an occasional nature.

Travellers arriving into Estonia by air, train or sea are not limited by border-crossing frequency at the application of the exemption from excise duty of tobacco products.

Alcohol

Travellers, who are at least 18 years of age, arriving into Estonia, may bring at the first entry within a calendar month in their luggage the following quantities of alcohol:

  • wine up to 4 litres (except sparkling wine, liqueur wine)
  • beer up to 16 litres
  • plus 2 litres of alcoholic beverages with alcohol content up to 22% (incl. sparkling wine, liqueur wine), or
  • 1 litre of strong alcoholic beverages (with alcohol content exceeding 22%)*

It is allowed to combine the quantities marked with asterisk (*) taking into account that each quantity shall represent 100% of the total allowance and any one traveller may bring along quantities not exceeding 100% of the total allowance.
Example of combination:
1,5 litres of alcoholic beverage (strength up to 22% vol.) representing 75% of the allowed 2 litres + 0,25 litres of alcoholic beverage (strength exceeding 22% vol.) representing 25% of the allowed 1 litre form altogether the total allowance of 100%.

The Estonian Tax and Customs Board may apply additional exemption from excise duty of alcohol brought into Estonia by a traveller at the second entry within a calendar month, if the traveller proves to the customs officers that the import of alcohol was of an occasional nature.

Travellers arriving into Estonia by air, train or sea are not limited by border-crossing frequency at the application of the exemption from excise duty of alcohol.

Motor fuel

Travellers arriving into Estonia by motor vehicle (incl. motorised water craft) may bring at the first entry within a calendar month the fuel exempt from excise duty:

  • in the quantity of the standard fuel tank of a motor vehicle (except liquefied gas, which may be brought in exempt from excise duty also at the subsequent arrivals in Estonia) and
  • up to 10 litres of motor fuel in a portable container.

for the consumption in the same motor vehicle.

The Estonian Tax and Customs Board may apply additional exemption from excise duty of the motor fuel brought into Estonia by a traveller at subsequent entries within a calendar month, if:

  1. the traveller has arrived in Estonia for 3 times within the preceding 6 calendar months,
  2. import of fuel is not the main objective of the traveller,
  3. the traveller submits the notification to the Estonian Tax and Customs Board of the fuel carried out of Estonia (86.72 KB, PDF).

In the case of exemption from excise duty on motor fuel, the traveller is considered to be the active user (the driver) of а motor vehicle.

The motor fuel which is brought into Estonia exempt from excise duty may be used only in the motor vehicle with which it was brought in; taking the fuel out of the vehicle or transfer of this fuel is forbidden. Exemption from excise duty shall not be applied if it becomes obvious from the activities of the holder of a vehicle that fuel is being imported for commercial purposes.

Special requirements


Quantitative limitations or the requirement for the special permit has been established to certain goods carried by travellers or included in their baggage upon importation into Estonia.

Be sure to examine the special requirements before the beginning of your travel!

Prohibited goods

 
Travellers are forbidden to carry across the customs border:

  • dangerous cut-and-thrust weapons, firearms and electric shock weapons, as well as ammunition, prohibited for civilian purposes (automatic firearms, brass knuckles, knives with a blade which is ejected by the force of a spring, armour-piercing ammunition and the like)

  • counterfeit goods, i.e. various consumer goods, such as clothes, footwear, watches, clocks and the like, bearing a falsified trade mark
  • pirated goods, including pirated copies of CDs and DVDs, video and audio cassettes, etc.
    NB! We recommend to keep the purchase receipts of the CDs, DVDs, cassettes, etc.!

  • narcotic drugs and their precursors

  • indecent or pornographic materials featuring minors
  • alien species endangering fundamental ecological balances

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

 

For further information please take contact:

  • Customs help desk: phone +372 880 0814; e-mail: tolliinfo@emta.ee
    From Monday to Thursday from 8.30 till 16.30
    On Friday from 8.30 till 15.30

     
  • Tip-off phone: +372 800 4444; e-mail: vihje@emta.ee

 

07.08.2018