Customs regulations for your trip to Estonia

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Customs Regulations

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Packing list
  • Express bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Resident ID card / Estonian ID card
  • Proof that the person as worked / lived outside EU for last 12 months
  • Copy of working contract in Estonia
  • Copy of Estonian lease agreement
  • Copy of plane ticket (used for confirmation of arrival date to Estonia)

Specific Regulations

  • It takes approximately 20–40 days to obtain a resident ID card / Estonian ID card.
  • Relevant documents must be received by the agent prior to the arrival of the shipment to minimize port charges.
  • New items (less than 6 months in the possession of the owner of the goods) are subject to import duties and taxes.
  • Duty free import is allowed within 12 months after arrival to Estonia.

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Don’t use, buy or possess drugs: sale and distribution is illegal and the possession of even the smallest quantities can lead to up to 10 years imprisonment.

Same-sex relationships are legal in Estonia, but same-sex marriages are not recognised in Estonian law. Public displays of affection may be frowned upon or attract unwanted attention. See our information and advice page for LGBT travellers before you travel.

Taking food and drink into the EU

You cannot take meat, milk or products containing them into EU countries. There are some exceptions for medical reasons, for example certain amounts of powdered infant milk, infant food, or pet food required for medical reasons.

You will have to deal with customs if you are engaged in exporting goods to or importing goods from non-Community countries (outside of the European Union). In exceptional cases, customs regulations also apply to trade between certain parts of certain territories (e.g. Åland Islands, the Canary Islands, the Channel Islands, French overseas departments and French overseas territories).

You will need to pay a customs duty on goods during customs formalities when importing goods into free circulation. The amount depends on the type of the goods, country of origin and the quantity. Besides customs duties, you will need to pay VAT and, for some goods such as alcohol, tobacco, and motor fuel, an excise duty.

Dutiable Items

Free import to passengers arriving with goods purchased within the EU which are for personal use only:

a. tobacco products:

  • 800 cigarettes;
  • 400 cigarillos (max. 3 grams each);
  • 200 cigars;
  • 1 kilogram smoking tobacco;

b. alcoholic beverages:

  • 10 liters of spirits over 22%;
  • 20 liters of alcoholic beverages less than 22%;
  • 90 liters of wine (though no more than 60 liters of sparkling wine);
  • 110 liters of beer.

Free import to passengers arriving from non-EU Member States (incl. Aland Island, Canary Islands, Channel Islands and other similar territories) :

a. tobacco products, for passengers aged 17 and older:

  • 200 cigarettes; or
  • 100 cigarillos (max. 3 grams each); or
  • 50 cigars; or
  • 250 grams of tobacco; or
  • proportional assortment;

b. alcoholic beverages, for passengers aged 17 and older:

  • 1 liter of spirits over 22% volume, or non-denatured ethyl alcohol with more than 80% volume; or
  • 2 liters of spirits or aperitifs made of wine or similar beverages less than 22% volume, or sparkling wines or liquor wines; or
  • a proportional mix of these products; and in addition
  • 4 liters of wine; and
  • 16 liters of beer;

c. medicinal products sufficient for personal needs;

d. other goods (for air travelers) up to a total value of EUR 430.- per traveler.

Products of animal origin, not originating from an EU Member State, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino or Switzerland, are not permitted to be imported into an EU Member State, with the exception of limited amounts from Andorra, Faroe Isl., Greenland, Iceland and small amounts of specific products from other countries.

  • pets need to be identifiable (tattoo or an electronic identification system), vaccinated against rabies and have a health certificate. For more information please refer to the nearest embassy.
  • maximum of 10 kg of meat, milk and dairy products coming from Croatia, Færøer Islands, Greenland and Iceland
  • powdered milk for babies, food for children and special medical food (including pets food) may be allowed if they need not to be refrigerated prior opening and that it is brand packaged food and the packaging has original seal (unless in use at the time) and its quantity must not exceed the weight of 10 kg originating from Croatia, Færøer Islands, Greenland and Iceland, and of 2 kg if originating in other countries.
  • fish only if it is disembowelled and does not exceed the weight of 20 kg,
  • currency – no restrictions if coming from EU country. Declarable for all travelling outside EU when the amount exceeds 10.000 euro or equivalent in another currency.
  • coats, fur and leather shoes made of protected animals will need special authorization

Prohibited Items

  • Meat and milk and any items thereof from non-EU countries with the exception of limited amounts from Andorra, Croatia, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and small amounts of specific products from other countries
  • Protected species and products thereof as listed by the CITES (Washington Convention) for example ivory, tortoise shell, coral, reptile skin, wood from Amazonian forests

Miscellaneous (Pets, Motors, and others.)

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original registration card / title
  • Copy of passport
  • OBL / AWB
  • Customs declaration form
  • Car invoice (must show purchase price and date of purchase)
  • Letter of employment

Specific Regulations

  • Owner of the goods must obtain a Customs declaration and a Customs certificate in order to register the vehicle with the Estonian Motor Vehicle Registration Center (ARK).
  • Vehicles must be presented for a pre-registration inspection to ARK prior to Customs clearance and registration.
  • Duty free import is allowed if owner of the goods can present all documents specified.
  • It is mandatory that a vehicle obtained outside of Estonia must be registered within 5 days of Customs clearance.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate

Specific Regulations

  • Pets may enter as accompanied baggage, in the cabin, or as cargo.
  • Birds arriving from countries infected with Avian influenza cannot be imported.
  • Certain breeds of dogs are prohibited from entry into Estonia
    • Contact agent for specific information.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

Prohibited: It is not allowed to import arms and ammunition from Russian Fed. and Syria.

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Baggage is cleared at the airport of final destination in Estonia.

Currency

Currency Import regulations:

Local currency ((Euro EUR) and foreign currencies: no restrictions if arriving from or traveling to another EU Member State.
If arriving directly from or traveling to a country outside the EU: amounts exceeding EUR 10,000.- or more or the equivalent in another currency (incl. banker’s draft and cheques of any kind) must be declared.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Euro EUR) and foreign currencies: no restrictions if arriving from or traveling to another EU Member State.
If arriving directly from or traveling to a country outside the EU: amounts exceeding EUR 10,000.- or more or the equivalent in another currency (incl. banker’s draft and cheques of any kind) must be declared.

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