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Australia
Australia Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following items may be imported into Australia by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
  • 50 cigarettes or 50g of tobacco or cigars.
  • 2.25L of alcoholic drinks.
  • Personal belongings that you’ve owned and used for at least 12 months.
  • Other goods to a value of A$900 (A$450 if under 18).
Prohibited Imports There are very strict regulations against the import of non-prescribed drugs, weapons, firearms, wildlife, domestic animals and foodstuffs (including meat, poultry and dairy; plants or parts of plants [including fruit, nuts and seeds]; animal products [including wool, skins and eggs] and any equipment used with domestic animals) and other potential sources of disease and pestilence (such as vaccines or viruses). There are severe penalties for drug trafficking.

For further details on customs regulations, contact the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (www.customs.gov.au). You can obtain customs information booklets from the Australian High Commission or Embassy.

Prohibited Exports
The export of protected wildlife and associated products is strictly controlled, including the export of coral, turtle shell, snake or reptile skin, orchids, caviar, ivory products, hunting trophies and traditional medicinal products. If you plan to export any heritage-listed goods, including works of art, stamps, coins, archaeological objects, minerals and specimens, you need to apply for a special permit. The export of Australian native animals and plants is either prohibited or restricted. Also prohibited are firearms, pornography and narcotics.
China
China Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following items may be imported into China without incurring customs duty:
  • 400 cigarettes and 100 cigars and 500g of tobacco.
  • 2 x 750ml of Spirits & Liqueurs or 2 x 750 ml of Wine with 12% or more alcoholic content.
  • No limit for Beer with less than 12% of alcoholic content.
  • Personal articles up to a value of ¥5,000 for Chinese residents.
  • Personal articles which will be left in China up to a value of ¥2,000 for non-residents.
Prohibited Imports
Arms and ammunition, imitation arms, narcotics, fruit, animals and animal products, and any publication (print, audio or video) directed against the public order and the morality of China.

Customs officials may seize audio and videotapes, books, records and CDs to check for pornographic, political or religious material. You must complete baggage declaration forms upon arrival noting all valuables (such as cameras, watches and jewellery); this may be checked on departure. You should keep receipts for items such as jewellery, jade, handicrafts, paintings, calligraphy or other similar items in order to obtain an export certificate from the authorities on leaving. Without this documentation, you cannot take such items out of the country.

Prohibited Exports
All articles banned from import as well as publications or media containing state secrets, valuable cultural artifacts, and endangered/rare animals and plants (and their seeds).
Cuba
Cuba Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following items may be imported into Cuba by travellers aged 18 years and over without incurring customs duty:
  • 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 500g of tobacco.
  • 2.5L alcoholic beverages.
  • Gifts up to a value of CUC$50.99.
  • Medicines required for personal use.
Prohibited Imports
Prohibited items include animal products, explosives, certain household appliances, and all pornographic material and drugs. Restricted items requiring authorization include firearms and ammunition, live animals and plants and their parts, certain foodstuffs, and works of art. Note that electrical items with heavy power consumption may be confiscated and returned upon departure.

Prohibited Exports
Drugs, explosives, pornography, items of cultural value, manuscripts dating from between 1440 and 1500, library books, books edited by Libros Cubanos under the ‘R’ imprint, foreign editions published between the 16th and 18th centuries, Cuban editions published in the 18th century, and lobster in any form or quantity. Note that if taking cigars out of Cuba, you may take up to 50 cigars. These must be unopened and sealed in their original packaging and you must be able to show a receipt proving you bought them in an authorized shop, otherwise they will be seized.
Denmark
Denmark Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following goods may be imported into Denmark by travellers aged 17 or over without incurring customs duty:
  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
  • 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%.
  • Other goods up to the value of kr3,250 for air and sea travellers and kr2,250 for other travellers.
Prohibited Imports
Prohibited and restricted goods include narcotics, meat and dairy products, medicine, pets, wild animals and plants and their products, weapons and explosives, fireworks and pesticides.
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following goods may be imported into the Dominican Republic by travellers over 16 years of age without incurring customs duty:
  • 200 cigarettes or 1 box of cigars.
  • 2L of alcoholic drinks (unopened).
  • 2 bottles of perfume (opened) for personal use.
Prohibited Imports
All animal products, agricultural and horticultural products and drugs. Firearms and ammunition must be accompanied by an import licence.
Finland*
Finland Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following goods may be imported into Finland without incurring customs duty:
  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
  • 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
  • Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers.
Alcohol limits apply to travellers aged 20 and over for spirits and aged 18 and over for other alcoholic drinks. Tobacco allowances apply to travellers aged 18 and over. Passengers importing tobacco products from inside or outside the EU must ensure each unit has a health warning printed on it in Finnish and in Swedish as well as the tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide quantities; passengers may only import 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars and 250g of tobacco not labelled in this way.

Prohibited Imports
Electric-shock batons, radar detectors, knuckle dusters, stiletto blades, endangered plant species (unless licensed in certain cases), pirated goods and certain plants from Russia (eg. apple and pear trees). Restricted imports include narcotics, firearms and ammunition, pets, pot plants and nursery plants, and endangered animal species.

Prohibited Exports
Endangered plant species.
France
France Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following goods may be imported into France by persons over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:
  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
  • 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%.
  • Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers (reduced to €150 for children under 15).
Prohibited Imports
Items which are either prohibited or require a licence include weapons and ammunition, drugs (other than those prescribed for personal use), live animals, plant products, cultural artefacts and endangered species.
Germany
Germany Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following goods may be imported into Germany by travellers over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:
  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
  • 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
  • Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers (reduced to €175 for children under 15).
Prohibited Imports
Unauthorized firearms and ammunition, unapproved fireworks, unconstitutional literature, pornography which is violent or involves children, any food considered a health hazard, narcotics, dangerous dogs, endangered species and counterfeit goods.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following goods may be imported into Hong Kong by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
  • 19 cigarettes or 1 cigar or 25g of tobacco.
  • 1L of alcohol over 30% volume. No customs duty is payable on wine or spirits with less than 30% alcohol content.
Prohibited Imports
Prohibited and restricted imports include psychotropic drugs, narcotics, controlled chemicals, antibiotics (except an acceptable amount for personal use accompanied by a doctor’s prescription), arms, ammunition, fireworks, strategic commodities, rough diamonds, protected animals, plants, endangered species, radio transmitting equipment, game, meat and poultry.

Prohibited Exports
Prohibited and restricted exports include psychotropic drugs, narcotics, controlled chemicals, antibiotics (except an acceptable amount for personal use accompanied by a doctor’s prescription), arms, ammunition, fireworks, strategic commodities, rough diamonds, protected animals, plants, endangered species, radio transmitting equipment, game, meat, poultry and powdered formula milk.
Iceland
Iceland Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following goods may be imported into Iceland by persons over 18 years of age (tobacco products) or 20 years of age (alcoholic beverages) without incurring customs duty:
  • 200 cigarettes or 250g of other tobacco products.
  • 1L of spirits and 1L of wine and 6L of beer; or 3L of wine and 6L of beer; or 1L of spirits and 9L of beer; or 1.5L of wine and 9L of beer; or 12L of beer.
  • 3kg of food not exceeding kr25,000.
  • Icelandic residents may bring goods up to the value of kr88,000. Visitors may bring conventional medicines suitable for personal needs during their stay to cover up to a maximum of 100 days. Customs officers can request a doctor’s certificate if appropriate. You can find complete customs information at www.customs.is.
Prohibited Imports
Prohibited imports include used riding gear (including saddles, bridles, halters and leather whips), uncooked meats, milk and eggs, snuff, narcotics and weapons. Resticted imports include telecommunications equipment (other than your mobile phone), angling gear and riding clothing (which require disinfection certificates), firearms and ammunition (which require a police permit), animals, plants and medicines.

Prohibited Exports
Protected plant species, birds, birds’ eggs, eggshells and nests. You must obtain permission from the Icelandic Museum of Natural History to export objects of historical or archaeological value.
India*
India Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following items may be imported into India by non-resident travellers over 18 without incurring customs duty:
  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
  • 2L of spirits or wine.
  • Gifts and souvenirs to the value of Rs8,000.
  • Reasonable quantities of medicines. Import by non-residents is only permitted if the national has entered India for a stay of not more than six months within a 12-month period.
Prohibited Imports
Prohibited items include narcotics, pornography, counterfeit and pirated goods, and antiquities. Restricted items include firearms and ammunition, live birds and animals, endangered species, gold and silver (other than ornaments), and Indian currency. Indian residents only may import up to Rs10,000.

Prohibited Exports
Prohibited items include narcotics, pornography, counterfeit and pirated goods, and antiquities. Restricted items include firearms and ammunition, live birds and animals, endangered species, and Indian currency. Indian residents only may export up to Rs10,000.
Jamaica
Jamaica Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following goods may be imported into Jamaica without incurring customs duty:
  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 230g of tobacco.
  • 2L of alcoholic drinks.
  • 170ml of perfume and 340ml of eau de toilette.
  • US$500 of other goods (Jamaican passport holders and residents only).
Prohibited Imports
Prohibited items include narcotics, indecent or obscene prints and publications, counterfeit coins, and all publications of de Laurence Scott and Company or Red Star Publishing Company of Chicago, USA relating to divination, magic, cultism or supernatural arts. If you wish to import meat products for personal use, you must obtain an import licence.
Japan
Japan Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following goods may be imported into Japan by travellers 20 years of age and older without incurring customs duty:
  • 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars and 250g of tobacco.
  • 3 bottles (approximately 750ml each) of alcohol.
  • 60ml of perfume.
  • Other goods up to the value of ¥200,000.
Prohibited Imports
Prohibited items include narcotics, firearms and ammunition, explosives, counterfeit money, obscene material, and articles which infringe upon intellectual copyright. Restricted items include animals, plants, medicines and cosmetics, hunting guns, air guns and swords. You should be aware that in Japan cold and flu medication containing stimulants are illegal. You are not permitted to take commonly available nasal decongestant medication such as Sudafed and Vicks inhalers into Japan.

Prohibited Exports
Narcotics and stimulants, child pornography and goods that violate design copyrights, trademarks, patents, breeding and intellectual copyrights.
Mexico
Mexico Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following goods may be brought into Mexico by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 200g of tobacco.
  • 3L of spirits or 3L of wine or 3L of beer.
  • Other goods to the value of US$500 (if arriving by air) or US$300 (if arriving by land). Mexican nationals may bring goods to the value of US$500 if arriving by land during holiday periods such as Easter week.
Prohibited Imports
Prohibited or restricted items include narcotics, images depicting childhood in a degrading manner, live species of predatory fish, firearms and ammunition, and used clothing that is not part of your personal luggage.

Prohibited Exports
Archaeological artifacts.
Netherlands
Netherlands Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following goods may be imported into the Netherlands by persons over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:
  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
  • 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
  • Other goods up to the value of €430 or €300 if arriving by private aircraft or yacht.
Prohibited Imports
Counterfeit goods, endangered plant and animal species, arms and ammunition, narcotics, antiques without an export permit from the country of origin, and uncertified plants, meat and dairy products from outside the EU. 

Prohibited Exports
Counterfeit goods, uncertified plant and animal products, endangered plant and animal species, arms and ammunition, and unlicensed cultural artefacts. 
New Zealand
New Zealand Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following items may be imported into New Zealand by persons of 17 years of age and over without incurring customs duty:
  • 50 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 50g of tobacco.
  • 3 bottles of 1.125L of spirits & liqueurs and 4.5L of wine or 4.5L of beer.
  • Other goods to the value of NZ$700.
Prohibited Imports
Because of the importance of agriculture and horticulture to the New Zealand economy, it is illegal to import most foodstuffs (meat, meat products, honey, fruit and dairy). Customs and agricultural officers view any breach of the laws extremely seriously and travellers are fined on the spot. Take care when importing wood products, such as golf clubs, shoes and items made from animal skin and feathers. For further information, contact the nearest embassy, high commission or consulate.  The import of the following items is also prohibited: drugs, counterfeit goods, firearms and weapons (unless a special permit is obtained from the New Zealand police), ivory in any form, tortoise or turtle shell jewellery and ornaments, medicines using musk, rhinoceros or tiger derivatives, carvings or anything made from whalebone or bone from any other marine animals, cat skins or coats, and certain drugs (eg diuretics, depressants, stimulants, heart drugs, tranquillisers, sleeping pills) unless covered by a doctor’s prescription. The New Zealand Customs Service website (www.customs.govt.nz) contains comprehensive advice for travellers and details all restricted items. There are heavy fines in place for those caught breaking these rules.

Prohibited Exports
There are export restrictions on firearms and ammunition, drugs, wildlife, plantlife, antiquities and works of art.
Norway*
Norway Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following items can be imported into Norway without incurring customs duty:
  • 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco products and 200 leaves of cigarette paper.
  • 1L of spirits over 22% volume and 1.5L wine less than 22% volume and 2L of beer up to 4.7% volume. You can exchange the spirits allowance for 1.5L of wine and beer and can exchange the wine allowance for the equivalent amount of beer. You can also exchange the tobacco allowance for 1.5L of wine or beer.
  • Goods to the value of Kr6,000 (if out of Norway for more than 24 hours) or Kr3,000 (if out of Norway for less than 24 hours). Note this includes any alcohol or beer.
  • 10kg of meat and meat products, cheese and foodstuffs (except dog and cat food). You must be over 18 years old to import tobacco and alcohol. You must be over 20 years old to import spirits over 22% volume.
Prohibited Imports
The following items are prohibited without special permission: drugs and medicines (other than prescription medication), spirits over 60% volume, weapons and ammunition, fireworks, potatoes, meat and dairy products from outside the EEA, mammals, birds and exotic animals, and plants and their parts.

Prohibited Exports
Endangered species or eggs of endangered species, antiques (except with a permit), or more than 15kg of fish that you’ve caught yourself (except salmon, trout or Arctic char, for which there is no limit).
Philippines
Philippines Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following items may be imported into the Philippines by travellers aged 18 and over without incurring customs duty:
  • 400 cigarettes or 50g of cigars or 250g of tobacco.
  • 2 bottles (1L max each) of alcoholic drinks.
  • Goods to the total value of US$1,000 (US$2,000 for overseas-based Filipinos and US$250 for children under 18). You may only import one of each type of non-consumable item worth over US$200. The total purchase for any calendar year may not exceed US$10,000.
Prohibited Imports
Firearms and ammunition, explosives, publications inciting treason or rebellion against the government, obscene or immoral materials, and anything related to carrying out or advertising abortions (which are illegal in the Philippines).
South Korea
South Korea Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following goods may be imported into South Korea by travellers aged 19 and over without incurring customs duty:
  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
  • 1 bottle of alcohol up to 1L.
  • 60ml of perfume.
  • Other goods to the value of US$400.
Prohibited Imports
Prohibited and restricted goods include weapons, food (small quantities allowed, but you must declare it), counterfeit goods and money, publications infringing upon the constitution and public peace, narcotics and endangered species.

Prohibited Exports
The export of counterfeit goods is taken very seriously and can be subject to a prison sentence.
Spain
Spain Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following goods may be imported into Spain by persons over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
  • 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
  • Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers.
Prohibited Imports
Meat and dairy products from outside the EU, and unauthorised firearms and ammunition.

Prohibited Exports
Endangered species require an export permit.
Sweden*
Sweden Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following goods may be imported into Sweden without incurring customs duty:
  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
  • 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
  • Other goods up to the value of Kr4,300 for air and sea travellers and Kr3,000 for other travellers. You must be at least 20 years old to import alcohol and 18 years old to import tobacco.
Prohibited Imports
Unlicensed firearms and ammunition, meat and dairy products from outside the EEA, and medicines and narcotics (unless prescribed).

Prohibited Exports
Unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
Switzerland*
Switzerland Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following items may be imported into Switzerland by travellers over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:
  • 250 cigarettes or 250g of other tobacco products.
  • 5L of alcoholic drinks up to 18% volume and 1L of alcoholic drinks over 18% volume.
  • Goods to a value of SFr300.
Prohibited Imports
Prohibited or restricted goods include endangered species, cash and foreign currency, narcotics, counterfeit goods, cultural property, medicines, plants, radar warning devices, animals and animal products, and weapons.

Prohibited Exports
Unlicensed firearms, counterfeit goods and narcotics. You must declare any cultural property.
United Kingdom
United Kingdom Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following goods may be imported into the UK by persons over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:
  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco. These can be combined provided travellers do not exceed their total tobacco allowance.
  • 4L of still wine.
  • 1L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22% or 2L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%. These can be combined provided travellers do not exceed their total alcohol allowance.
  • 16L of beer.
  • Other goods including souvenirs up to the value of £390 (or £270 if arriving by private plane or boat). The Channel Islands and Gibraltar are treated as being outside of the EU for duty-free purposes.
Prohibited Imports
Prohibited items include illegal drugs, offensive weapons, self-defence sprays, indecent and obscene material, counterfeit and pirated goods, and meat, dairy and other animal products from outside the EEA.

Restricted items include firearms, explosives and ammunition, live animals, endangered species, rough diamonds, and certain radio transmitters.
United States
United States of America Travel Guide – Duty Free Overview

The following goods may be imported by visitors over 21 years of age into the USA without incurring customs duty:
  • 200 cigarettes and 200 cigars for residents and 100 cigars for non-residents or 2kg of tobacco .
  • 1L of alcoholic beverage.
  • Goods up to a value of US$800 (returning residents who have been out of the country for at least 48 hours; this limit is applicable once every 30 days and is reduced to US$200 for travellers who have already used the allowance or have been out of the USA for less than 48 hours).
  • Goods up to a value of US$100 (non-residents visiting the USA for at least 72 hours). Travellers arriving from certain Caribbean and Latin American countries may import up to 2L of alcoholic beverages, as long as at least 1L was produced in one of the applicable countries. US residents returning from a US insular possession (American Samoa, Guam or US Virgin Islands) have a duty-free allowance of US$1,600, including up to 1,000 cigarettes (at least 800 of which must have been bought in the insular possession) and 5L of alcoholic beverages, one of which must be a product of the insular possession. Further information on US customs regulations is available online (www.cbp.gov). 
Prohibited Imports
The following are either banned or may only be imported under licence:

Narcotics and dangerous drugs, unless for medical purposes (doctor’s certificate required).
  • Absinthe.
  • Biological materials, some seeds, fruits and plants (including endangered species of plants and vegetables and their products).
  • Firearms and ammunition (with some exceptions – consult the customs website).
  • Meat and poultry products – fresh, dried or canned.
  • Certain fish (unless certified as disease free).
  • Dairy products and eggs.
  • Wildlife and endangered species, including crustaceans, molluscs, eggs, game and hunting trophies and crafted articles of any part thereof.
  • Dog and cat fur.
  • Some art and artefacts.
  • Haitian animal hide drums. 
  • Some automobiles.
  • More than one article (limited to once every 30 days) displaying a counterfeit or confusingly similar logo to trademarked and copyrighted articles.
  • Merchandise from embargoed countries: Cuba, Iran, Myanmar and most of Sudan; information materials (pamphlets, books, tapes, films and recordings) are permitted.
Prohibited Exports
Weapons and drugs.

*Popular travel routes from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) that require transfers in other international airports. Please check with your airline regarding airport transfers and potential changes to customs allowances.