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Customs Regulations & Rules for Sweden Travelers

How to Handle Customs When You Enter Sweden

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Customs regulations in Sweden can be divided into two groups: Entering Sweden from within the European Union, or coming to Sweden from outside the EU. Just go to the section that applies to your location and check the customs regulations that apply to you...

A) If you enter Sweden from within the EU, the following customs regulations will apply to you:

Typical travel items like clothes, cameras, and similar goods can always be taken through customs in Sweden duty free, without having to be declared.

- What are the customs rules for medicines? Prescription drugs for personal use are permitted to go through customs in Sweden. It's advisable to bring a copy of your doctor's prescription just in case.

- Can I bring alcohol/tobacco to Sweden? Travelers (over 18 for tobacco, over 20 for alcohol) may bring this type of goods to Sweden in quantities reasonable for personal use only.

- Other restricted items: Weaponry and ammunition cannot be brought through customs in Sweden. Knives and similar dangerous items are allowed through customs with a permit by Swedish Police.

- Bringing your pet to Sweden: If you want to bring your pet to Sweden, there are a few rules that must be followed. They're the same for cats and dogs. Find out more about the requirements for traveling to Sweden with your dog or cat.

Exceptions from customs regulations: Sweden does not require an import permit to bring dogs or cats from EU Member States. Dogs and cats coming from Norway are exempt from all customs requirements.

B) If you enter Sweden from outside the EU, the following customs regulations will apply to you:

Typical travel items like clothes, cameras, and similar goods can always be taken through customs in Sweden duty free, without having to be declared.

- What are the customs rules for medicines? Prescription drugs for personal use are permitted to go through customs in Sweden. It's advisable to bring a copy of your doctor's prescription just in case.

- Can I bring alcohol/tobacco to Sweden? Travelers (over 18 for tobacco, over 20 for alcohol) can bring 1 liter of spirits OR 4 liters of wine OR 16 liters of beer to Sweden, to remain exempt from customs duty and Swedish import taxes. The maximum amount of tobacco to remain duty-free is 100 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of loose tobacco.

- Other restricted items: Weaponry and ammunition cannot be brought through customs in Sweden. Knives and similar dangerous items are allowed through customs with a permit from the Swedish Police. A customs license is required to bring food to Sweden from outside the EU.

If you enter or leave the EU with €10,000 or more in cash (or the equivalent in other currencies or travelers cheques, etc.) you must declare this under current EU customs regulations at your European point of entrance or exit.

- Bringing your pet to Sweden: If you want to bring your pet to Sweden, visit your vet first to obtain Veterinary Certificate E9.45 or E9.93 (available here), or a pet passport. The forms have to be completed by a government-appointed vet, not a private vet. You will need to have your animal identified (microchip or tattoo), blood tested and vaccinated for rabies, and finally, dewormed for tapeworm (1-10 days before traveling).

Take all related paperwork with you and arriving in Sweden, stop at the customs office to declare your pet. Puppies and kittens that have not yet received vaccinations cannot be brought from outside the EU. Brochure: Import of pets into Sweden (PDF Download, 45kb).

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