french Customs Regulations

France Customs Information

The following goods may be imported into France without incurring customs duty by passengers 17 years of age or older arriving from non-EU countries:

? 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250g of tobacco.
? 1l of spirits over 22% or 2l of alcoholic beverage up to 22%.
? 2l of wine.
? 50g of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette.
? 500g of coffee or 200g of coffee extract.
? 100g of tea or 40g of tea extract.
? Medication: quantities corresponding to the needs of the patient.
? Other goods up to the value of ?175 (?90 per person under 15 years of age).

Restricted items
Gold jewelry below 500g in weight, which is not for personal use, must be declared.

Abolition of duty-free goods within the EU
On 30 June 1999, the sale of duty free alcohol and tobacco at airports and at sea was abolished in all of the original 15 EU member states. Of the 10 new member states that joined the EU on 1 May 2004 and the two states that joined on 1 January 2007, these rules already apply to Cyprus and Malta. There are transitional rules in place for visitors returning to one of the original 15 EU countries from one of the other new EU countries. But for the original 15, plus Cyprus and Malta, there are no limits imposed on importing tobacco and alcohol products from one EU country to another. Travelers should note that they may be required to prove at customs that the goods purchased are for personal use only. Member states may follow the EU?s guide levels of: 10l of spirits; 20l of fortified wine; 90l of wine; 110l of beer; 3,200 cigarettes; 400 cigarillos; 200 cigars and 1kg of tobacco.

Prohibited Imports
Plants and plant products, meat and meat products, pharmaceutical products (except those needed for personal use), works of art, collectors' items and antiques, weapons, obscene and immoral literature.

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