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Don't Bring These Things When Entering Austria

  • Mike Hargrove
  • 17 Oct
Don't Bring These Things When Entering Austria

According to the French "Europe Times", millions of tourists, students, and business people go to Austria every year. They often carry large and small bags with them, especially international students from overseas. In order to alleviate the pain of homesickness, they tend to pack up their suitcases.

But what to bring into Austria, but a university asked, if you accidentally bring contraband, not only your things will be confiscated, but you may also be fined and jailed. Austria's list of prohibited items for entry is very long. If you don't pay attention, you may be on the blacklist! Below I will show you what you can't bring into Austria.


Cigarette

Cigarettes in Austria are very expensive, so many smokers focus on how to bring more cigarettes into the country. Austrian customs naturally have strict regulations in this regard. Tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, tobacco) are allowed to be brought into Austria, but there are strict restrictions on the amount allowed per person each time.

1. Non-EU countries

Generally speaking, tobacco products legally purchased in non-EU countries are subject to tax when entering the Austrian border, but each person has a certain amount of duty-free (Freimenge) that they can freely carry each time they enter customs.

Cigarettes (Zigaretten): 200

Cigarillos (Zigarillos): 100 cigarettes (each cigarette must not exceed 3 grams)

Cigar (Zigarren): 50

Tobacco (Rauchtabak): 250 grams

Attention! The duty-free carry quantity of the above different types of tobacco products must be calculated as a percentage, and the total must not exceed 100%! For example, if someone needs to carry half (50%) of cigarettes and tobacco, the number of cigarettes exempt from duty is 100 and the weight of tobacco is 125 grams. If you need to bring more than the duty-free amount of tobacco products into Austria, you need to declare at customs (Zollanmeldung). Those who bring tobacco products into Austria from a non-EU country must be at least 17 years old.

2. Other countries in the European Union

Goods legally purchased in other EU countries are subject to the principle of a free circulation of goods in the EU's internal market (Freier Warenverkehr) and do not need to pay additional taxes after entering Austria. But tobacco products are an exception. The number of tobacco products that can be carried tax-free is limited to private use. The specific restrictions are as follows.

Cigarettes (Zigaretten): 800

Cigarillos (Zigarillos): 400 sticks (each stick must not exceed 3 grams)

Cigar (Zigarren): 200

Tobacco (Rauchtabak): 1000 grams

The criteria for defining the category of private use are as follows.

Reasons for bringing tobacco products into the country.

The location where the tobacco product was found or the method of transportation.

Related documents of tobacco products.

The specific quantity and nature of tobacco products.

Among them, there are the following special regulations for certain specific EU countries. Since March 2014, all cigarettes brought into Austria from Hungary, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, or Bulgaria shall not exceed 300. Cigarettes exceeding this number must be declared immediately (orally) and taxed.

Those who enter Austria from special areas of the EU, such as the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Helgoland, Busingen, French overseas territories, Ceuta and Melilla, can carry the same number of tobacco products, but The number of tax exemptions is the same as for those entering from non-EU countries. For example, entering Austria from these regions can enjoy the same treatment as other EU countries, with 800 cigarettes, but only 200 of them are tax-free. The remaining 600 need to pay taxes (import business tax, tobacco tax, etc.).

Attention! The number of different types of tobacco products above must be calculated as a percentage, and the total must not exceed 100%! For example, if the proportion of cigarettes and tobacco that a person needs to carry is 40% and 60%, the number of cigarettes that can be carried is 320 and the weight of tobacco is 600 grams.

Entering Austria from other EU countries generally does not require entry inspections, unless the flight travel originates from a non-EU country, but arrives in Austria after making a transit in another EU country. Or to prevent temporary inspections when someone brings contraband into the country.


Alcoholic Beverage

1. Non-EU countries

Generally speaking, alcoholic beverages legally purchased in non-EU countries are subject to tax when entering the Austrian border, but each person has a certain amount of duty-free (Freimenge) that can be carried freely each time they enter customs.

Still wine (nichtsch umender Wein): 4 liters

Beer (Bier): 16 liters

Spirits with an alcohol content of more than 22% (volume percentage): 1 liter

Undenatured ethanol with an alcohol content of 80% or more: 1 liter

Alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content not exceeding 22%: 2 liters

The above alcoholic drinks are combined in proportion. Note! The number of different types of alcoholic beverages that are allowed to be carried must be calculated as a percentage, and the total must not exceed 100%! For example, a person needs to carry spirits and alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of no more than 22%. If it is 50%, the amount of duty-free spirits that can be carried is 0.5 liters and 1 liter of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of not more than 22%. In other words, the total amount of duty-free alcoholic beverages allowed by this person is 4 liters of still wine + 16 liters of beer + 0.5 liters of spirits + 1 liter of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of no more than 22%.

If you need to bring more than the duty-free amount of alcoholic beverages into Austria, you need to declare at customs (Zollanmeldung). Those who bring alcoholic beverages into Austria from non-EU countries must be at least 17 years old.

2. Other EU countries

According to the principle of a free circulation of goods in the European Union's internal market (Freier Warenverkehr), goods legally purchased in other EU countries do not need to pay taxes after entering Austria. But like tobacco products, alcoholic beverages (Alkoholika) are also an exception (Ausnahme)! Under normal circumstances, the number of alcoholic beverages that can be brought into Austria duty-free is limited to private use. The specific restrictions are as follows.

Wine (Wein): 90 liters

Champagne, sparkling wine (Schaumwein): 60 liters

Beer (Bier): 110 liters

Spirituosen: 10 liters

Other alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content not exceeding 22%: 20 liters

The above alcoholic drinks are combined in proportion. Note! The number of different types of alcoholic beverages above must be calculated as a percentage, and the total must not exceed 100%! For example: if someone needs to bring 50% of wine and beer, the amount of duty-free wine that can be carried is 45 The beer volume is 55 liters.

If the quantity exceeds the above limit, the carrier must prove that all the goods are for personal use only! Generally speaking, entry into Austria from other EU countries does not require entry inspection, unless the departure place of the flight is not EU countries, but arrived in Austria after transiting in other EU countries. Or in order to prevent people from bringing contraband into the country for temporary inspections.

There are also the following special regulations for certain specific EU countries. Those entering Austria from special areas of the European Union (such as the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Helgoland, Bussingen, French overseas territories, Ceuta, and Melilla, etc.) must comply with the relevant regulations for entry from non-EU countries. Regulations. For example, someone entering Austria from the above regions is allowed to bring 10 liters of spirits into the country, but the duty-free quantity is only 1 liter, and the remaining 9 liters must pay the corresponding import business tax and alcohol tax.

Other import duties, such as import value-added tax, will be levied on goods entering Austria from Åland, French overseas territories, the Channel Islands, and the Canary Islands.

EU countries pass through Switzerland

If you bring alcoholic beverages into Austria from an EU country, you need to pass through Switzerland on the way. As long as the quantity you bring does not exceed the Swiss national regulations and the above standards, you do not need to go through the transit procedures. If the quantity exceeds the Swiss national regulations, a declaration is required. During this process, you need to pay a deposit to obtain a transport pass, which will be refunded when you leave Switzerland.


Cultural Products

In Austria, some things related to cultural protection cannot be brought into Austria. If you want to bring some cultural relics into Austria, you must declare to the customs and provide a series of certificates of your legal possession of the cultural relics. The specific review is determined by the customs and the Austrian Cultural Protection Agency. Detailed information can be found on the Austrian Customs website.


Plants

In order to prevent ecological invasion, Austria also has regulations for bringing plants into the country. Plants, plant products, wood, seeds, soil, compost, etc. from non-EU countries must be inspected by the Plant Protection Agency at the border under certain conditions and can only enter the customs department that has established such services.

If you are from an EU country, you can bring no more than 50 cut-rooted flowers into Austria, but you must ensure that the plants are for your own use, do not contain toxic substances, and will not harm the local ecological balance. If you are from a non-EU third country, you need to obtain the quarantine certificate of your country in advance, and also accept the Austrian customs inspection.


Drug

Many people bring medicines into the country, but according to the Austrian Importation of Medicines and Pharmaceutical Products Act, medicines can only be imported into Austria by pharmacies and entities authorized to distribute medicines and pharmaceutical products. Therefore, in principle, private passengers are not allowed to carry medicines. However, Austria allows tourists to live abroad to bring the following types of medicines into the country, but make sure that the medicines are for personal use.

Medicaments made from herbaceous plants, which are dried and extracted from plants.

The medicine needed for Homeopathic therapy.

Vitamins are used as daily supplements to treat or prevent specific diseases.

It is not easy to stay overseas, but you must be careful not to bring contraband into the country. Everyone must check their suitcases well before setting off, and don't lose too much.


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