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Are you about to travel to Spain? What can you bring in your luggage? Find out in this article.

Foreigners traveling to Spain are advised to inquire beforehand on products which they can take in their luggage. Like in all countries, some products may be imported duty free while others may be controlled or simply banned. Note that regulations applying to European Union citizens differ from those applied to third countries citizens. You will obtain all related information with your carrier or on the Agencia Tributaria website (Spanish Customs Department).

 Good to know:

To date, there is no restriction whatsoever regarding import or purchase of goods for personal use for European Union citizens.

Currency

European Union residents do not have to declare their currency, regardless of the amount. Those coming from other countries, however, are required to declare any amount over 6 010.12 euros. Other restrictions may also apply.

Duty free products

Generally, more than 15 years old tourists are allowed to carry goods with a total value of € 175 while those who are less than 15 years old are limited to a total value of 90 euros.

As regards tobacco products, you are allowed to import the following:

  • 200 cigarettes
  • 100 cigarillos
  • 50 cigars
  • 250 grams of tobacco.

You can also import alcoholic beverages in the following amounts:

  • 1 liter of distilled beverages with more than 22% alcohol
  • 2 liters of distilled beverages with less than 22% alcohol or sparkling wines or liqueurs
  • 2 liters of still wine.

You can also import 50 grams of perfume products and 0.25 liters of perfume, as well as some medication according to your needs (accompanied by a prescription), food for personal consumption and baby milk if you are accompanied by toddlers.

 Warning:

Less than 17 years old travelers are not allowed to import duty-free tobacco products and alcoholic beverages. Moreover, border workers are allowed to carry only one tenth of the limit.

Banned products

Some products may be subject to specific controls or restrictions or simply prohibited:

  • firearms and ammunition
  • products for civilian and military use
  • cultural property
  • narcotic and psychotropic drugs
  • counterfeit products
  • wastes (including radioactive materials)
  • veterinary drugs
  • obscene or pornographic material.

As regards plant products, these have to undergo phyto-sanitary control.

 Useful link:

Agencia Tributaria – Spanish Customs Agency www.agenciatributaria.es

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