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Customs in France

French Customs Regulations on What to Take to and from France


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When entering France, there is a limit on items tourists can bring into the country without paying a duty. With a country like France, it's also important for many travelers to know how much wine they can bring back home, for instance. Here are some tips on customs regulations in France.

Visitors can enter with items worth up to 175 euros (or 90 euros if you are under 15), plus the following, without having to pay a duty:

  • Tobacco of either 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars or 250 grams of smoking tobacco. If you have a combination, you must split the allowance up. For instance, you can bring 100 cigarettes and 25 cigars. Depending on the price where you live, you might consider bringing cigarettes with you. French cigarette prices are set by the government, and are quite high.
  • Alcohol of up to two liters of still wine plus one of the following: one liter of spirits with more than 22 alcohol volume or two liters or fortified wine of 22 alcohol volume or less.
  • Up to 50 grams of perfume and a quarter liter of eau de toilette.
  • Up to 500 grams of coffee and up to 100 grams of tea.
  • Medicines “in proportion to the traveler’s personal requirements,” according to the embassy. Be sure to carry proof of prescription with you.
If you exceed these limits, you will have to declare items and are subject to paying customs. You will probably be handed a customs form while still on board the airplane, which will simplify this process.

Bringing Your Pet to France

Visitors can also bring pets (up to five per family). Each cat or dog must be at least three months old or traveling with its mother. The pet must have a microchip or tattoo identification, and must have proof of rabies vaccination and a veterinarian health certificate dated less than 10 days prior to arrival in France. A test showing the presence of the rabies antibody will be required as well.

Keep in mind, however, you must check regulations for bringing your animal back home. In the U.S., for instance, you can be required to quarantine pets from other countries for weeks.

Save Your Receipts for Customs

While you are there, save all your receipts. Not only is it helpful for dealing with customs officials when you return home, but you may be entitled to a refund of the taxes spent in France upon your return.

Customs Regulations When You Leave France

When you return to your home country, there will be customs regulations there as well. Be sure to check with your government before you go. For the U.S., here are some highlights of entry customs regulations:
  • Most people will qualify to import up to $800 worth of items duty-free, so long as these items accompany you. The items must be for your personal use, your trip must have lasted at least 48 hours and you cannot have used the exemption within the past 30 days.
  • You can bring back up to 200 cigarettes and up to 100 cigars (although Cuban cigars are not permitted).
  • One liter of alcohol is allowed if you are at least 21, it is for personal use or a gift, and it is not prohibited in your state.
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