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Customs and border formalities




Age limits

Alcohol
You must be 20 years of age or older to bring alcohol into Sweden.


Coffee
For coffee you must be 15 years of age or older to bring coffee into Sweden when arriving from a non-EU country.


Tobacco
For bringing tobacco into Sweden you must be 15 years of age or older, when arriving from within EU, when arriving from other countries the age limit is 17 years of age.


Time limits

In order to be able to bring the allowed amount of tax-free goods, such as alcohol and tobacco, into Sweden, you must have been abroad for at least 24 hours.

Tax-free levels

Into Sweden within the EU

A) 1 litre of alcohol from 22% vol. OR 3 litres of fortified wine from 15% vol. and up to 22%. vol. OR 3 litres of champagne.


B) 5 litres of still wine up to 15% vol.


C) 15 litres of strong beer 3,5% vol.


D) 300 cigarettes, OR 150 cigarillos, OR 75 cigars, or 400 grams of leaf tobacco, and snuff, OR a moderate mixture of these tobacco items.

Into Sweden from non-EU countries

A) 1 litre of alcohol from 22% vol. OR 2 bottles of champagne, OR other alcoholic beverages from 15% vol. up to 22%. vol.


B) 2 litres of still wine up to 15% vol.


C) 15 litres of strong bear 3,5% vol.


D) 200 cigarettes, OR; 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars, OR; 250 grams of leaf tobacco, and snuff, OR; a moderate mixture of these tobacco items.


E) 50 grams of perfume and 0,25 litres of liquid scent.


F) 500 grams of coffee, OR; 200 grams of coffee extracts, OR essence.


G) 100 grams of tea, OR; 40 grams of tea-extracts OR; essence.


H) Medicine for personal needs. (See below)


I) Other goods allowed for tax-free importation are accepted up to 175 ECU. Counted within this amount are the items C, as well as F and G.

Non Tax-free goods from any country

Medicine

Many types of medicine are prescribed in Sweden because of their narcotic content. In order to ensure that they can be brought in to Sweden for personal medicinal purpose; a doctor's prescription, as well as a note from a pharmacy, must be brought.

Injection needles

All injection needles and cannulae are forbidden by law. In order to ensure that such items can be brought in to Sweden for personal medicinal purpose; a doctor's prescription, as well as a note from a pharmacy, must be brought.

Narcotics

All types and forms of narcotics are strictly forbidden by law.

Weapons and ammunition

All kinds of weapons and ammunition are prohibited by law. However, in certain cases a license can be applied for and granted from Sweden for example in order to join a hunting party.

Other types of weapons

Knives, such as stilettos, of all types and sizes, knuckles, ninja-stars, spiked gloves and the like, batons, nunchakus, colts, spiked clubs or any weapons equivalently dangerous as these mentioned are prohibited by law..

Explosives, as well as radioactive items, are strictly forbidden by law and may not be brought into Sweden.

Laws on Import

Swedish law pertaining to the commerce and the importation of as well as the exportation of animals and plants:

Sweden has signed the CITES (Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) agreement. This means that there are restrictions and regulations of what you are allowed and not allowed to bring into Sweden. If caught, there will be heavy fines. The list below shows some of the items which are forbidden to bring into Sweden:

Parts or products of: Apes, Bears, Elephants, Snakes, Turtles, Parrots, Sea turtles, Paradise birds, Crocodiles, Alligators, birds of prey, Rhinoceroses, Butterflies, cat animals, Tigers and Corals. Plants prohibited are; Cactus, Orchids, Palms, Wild Living Bulbous plants, Live animals: Apes, Parrots, birds of prey, Turtles, Snakes, Tropical birds and Chameleons.

As far as hunting is concerned, there is a hunting law which protects all wild animals. Furthermore, there is a law of nature conservation pertaining to certain amphibians, as well as all orchids. Moreover, there is a fishing law preserving some of the fish in the Swedish waters. In addition, there is the legislation concerning the State stock (statens vilt), which means that these animals belong to the Swedish State. These animals may, therefore, not be taken out of the country. This is valid for, as an example, birds of prey.

The State Veterinary manifesto rules the import of animals, products thereof and material utilised in animal keeping. This is to prevent animal illness in Sweden. Licenses are needed. To prevent plant miasma and noxious insects, a license is required in order to bring all plants into Sweden.

Laws of Export

There is a State Veterinary manifesto pertaining to export, which means that there is a requisite for a veterinarian certificate of health that the animal is healthy before leaving the country.

Pets

Pets, such as dogs and cats, for other purposes than trade, must, when arriving from an EU country, be announced at the custom desk at arrival along with the necessary veterinarian certificate of health. When arriving from a non-EU country the animal must be quarantined.

Alcohol; further notes

Alcohol brought in by someone for trade or by a minor, i.e., younger than 20 years of age, must be announced at the customs desk when arriving from an EU country.

Passport control

General advice: always bring your passport. Although they are not thoroughly checked, they must be shown. For those carrying an EU identification card, this will also be accepted. Nordic passports will not be checked. Identification, such as driver's licences and the like, should be presented along with a ticket.

The police are constantly present at the Swedish border terminals.

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