Customs rules

Customs rules 75000 Paris fr

The French Customs Office (Douane Française) is charged for collecting taxes due to the entry of goods into French territory. It also ensures protection and security missions (anti-narcotics, control of hazardous goods, immigration control, occasional coastguard activities).

Import regulations:

Free import to passengers arriving with goods purchased within the E.U. which are for personal use only (including the French Overseas Departments of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and Reunion):

 a. tobacco products, for passengers aged 17 and over :
  - 800 cigarettes;
  - 400 cigarillos;
  - 200 cigars;
  - 1kg of pipe or cigarette tobacco;
 b. alcoholic beverages, for passengers aged 17 years and older:
  - 10 litres of spirits over 22%;
  - 20 litres of alcoholic beverages less than 22%;
  - 90 litres of wine (though no more than 60 litres of sparkling wine);
  - 110 litres of beer.

Free import to passengers arriving from non-E.U. countries (including Canary Islands, Channel Islands):

 a. tobacco products, for passengers aged 17 years and over:
   - 200 cigarettes; or
   - 100 cigarillos (max. 3g each); or
   - 50 cigars; or
   - 250g of smoking tobacco; or
   - a proportional mix of these products;
 b. alcoholic beverages, for passengers aged 17 years and older:
  - 1 litre of spirits over 22%; or
  - 2 litres of a dessert wine not exceeding 22% and sparkling wine; and
  - 2 litres of table wine;
 c. (except if listed under "5. Customs - Prohibited"):
  - fish up to 2 kilograms;
  - caviar up to 250 grammes;
  - other products of animal origin: up to 1 kilogram;
 d. medicines, sufficient for personal requirements;
 e. other goods (for air travellers) up to a total value of EUR 430.- (per adult) or EUR 90.- (per passenger aged under 15 years).

WARNING: Such amounts cannot be cumulated by several people.

Gold, jewellery, etc:

Import of gold: must be declared except personal jewellery not exceeding a total weight of 500 grammes provided it is in regular situation.

Products of animal origin, not originating from an EU member state, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino or Switzerland, are not permitted to be imported into an EU Member state, with the exception of limited amounts from Andorra, Croatia, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and small amounts of specific products from other countries.

For full details, please see  or refer to the website of the European Union.

For full details please see Terms & Definitions, section 5. Customs.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

There are several categories of firearms. Import regulations vary per category and per country of origin. For further details please refer to the arms and ammunition sections of the customs website.

Export Regulations:

GOLD, JEWELLERY, ETC. : Export of gold: must be declared except personal jewellery not exceeding a total weight of 500 grammes provided it is in regular situation.

Crew members customs regulations:

Free import of the following:
1. 40 cigarettes, or 20 cigarillos, or 10 cigars, or 50 grams of tobacco;
2. alcoholic beverages (distilled or spirits):
   - over 22% proof: 0,25 litre; or
   - up to/under 22% proof: 0,50 litre, or
   - still wines: 0,50 litre;
3. 7,5 grams of perfume and 0,375 decilitre of eau de toilette;
4. 100 grams of coffee or 40 grams of coffee extracts or coffee essence and 20 grams of tea or 8 grams of tea extract or tea essence.
5. personal and non-commercial goods may not exceed a total value of EUR 45,73.


WARNING: animals without the necessary certificates will be returned to place of origin or destroyed. The regulations below also apply to pets travelling between metropolitan France, French Overseas Departments, French Overseas Territories or transiting if they leave the airport.


Cats and dogs are subject to special regulations (EC) No. 998/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council.
For more information and details contact a French embassy/consulate or the French Ministry of Agriculture.
Passengers are advised to call the following phone number: 33-1-49558472.


a. Cats, dogs and ferrets from Continental France bound for Corsica do not need a rabies vaccination.

b. Cats and dogs from the United Kingdom do not need a rabies vaccination if holding:
- Sanitary Certificate issued 10 days or less before transportation; and
- Certificate that the pet has been residing in the United Kingdom for at least 6 months prior to departure or since birth;

c. Animals from the following countries do not require the blood test neutralizing rabies virus: Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Ascension Islands, Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Isl., Croatia, Falkland Isl., Fiji, French Polynesia, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mauritius, Mayotte, Monaco, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, San Marino, Singapore, St. Helena, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Pierre & Miquelon, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Switzerland, U.S.A., Vanuatu, Vatican City and Wallis Isl. & Futuna Isl.


- the following breeds recognised as DANGEROUS BREEDS (CATEGORY 1) are prohibited: any dog of the type Staffordshire terrier (without a pedigree), American Staffordshire terrier (without a pedigree)( Pitbulls ), Mastiff ( Boerbulls ), Tosa (without a pedigree). Breeds classed as GUARD DOGS (CATEGORY 2), with a pedigree can be imported into France: Staffordshire terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, Rottweiler and any dog of the type known as a Rottweiler without a pedigree, Tosa. Consult a French embassy or consulate for special requirements for import of category 2 breeds and also the carrier for any regulations regarding the transportation of such breeds;

- puppies and kittens less than 3 months old. If more than 3 months old: maximum 3 animals (only one of which may be a puppy or a kitten). If arriving from the U.S.A.: max. 5 animals per family. Every animal must be at least 3 months old (or otherwise travel with the mother).


Allowed per family: 2 birds of the Psittaciformes (parrots) order and 10 birds of other small species. It is required to hold a health certificate, executed by a licensed veterinarian in the country of export within 10 days before the arrival and showing that the animal is free of evidence of disease.

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