Departure to Amsterdam

Customs and import to Amsterdam

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The Netherlands is surrounded by countries from the European Union, and is part of the Schengen area for freedom of movement. This makes travel really easy within the Schengen area. Quite often, you won't even feel like you've crossed a border between two countries as you can just drive through two Schengen countries. Also with the euro, you won't even feel the change in currency.

If you are a member of the European Union, you won't have any declaration to make when entering the Netherlands.

As a general point, we will distinguish between a travel within the European Union and outside the EU space.

Travel inside the country members of the EU

Passengers arriving with goods purchased within the E.U. and for personal use only may import for free 800 cigarettes, 400 cigarillos (max. 3g each), 200 cigars, 1kg of smoking tobacco; 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.

Immigrant coming from a non-member state of the EU

Passengers arriving from non-E.U. countries (incl. Canary Islands, Channel Islands, and other similar territories) and are aged 17 years or older may import for free 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250g of smoking tobacco; 1 litre of spirits over 22% volume, or 2 litres of spirits or aperitifs made of wine or similar beverages less than 22% volume, or sparkling wines or liquor wines, or 2 litres of still wines. For passengers aged 15 years and over 500g of coffee, or 200g of coffee extract, or 100g of tea, or 40g of tea extract. Regardless of age 50g of perfume, 250ml of eau de toilette, and other goods up to a total value of EUR 175.

Import of narcotics and unpreserved meat products is prohibited. Other unpreserved items of food must be declared.

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Update 29/02/2008


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