Customs Regulations

For information about
- moving to Germany with household goods
- duty-free limits
- sending parcels to Germany
Please visit the customs information from the Federal Ministry of Finance:

Information on the obligation to declare cash in a total value of 10,000 euros or more for travellers entering or leaving the territory of the European Union

From 15 June 2007, anybody entering the European Union from, or leaving it for any non-member state – so-called "third country" – and carrying cash in a total value of 10,000 euros or more is required to declare this amount of money to the competent national authorities. In Germany, the declaration is to be lodged in writing with the customs administration.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for travellers on avian influenza/ fowl Important Information for travellers on avian influenza / fowl plague!

Please note the following when you travel abroad:
There are numerous risks resulting in the spread of avian influenza, e.g. through:
- live poultry
- live wild birds
- meat and products made from it (sausage products)
- eggs
- raw petfood / feedingstuffs
- unprocessed game trophies (feathers) derived from birds of any species.
It is prohibited to import live poultry and other live birds from many third countries! Poultry meat and products made from it may not be imported into the EU in tourist traffic! The importation of poultry or poultry products is merely allowed via approved border inspection posts subject to compliance with veterinary import requirements for trade. This ensures that imports only come from approved third countries using the prescribed veterinary certificates. In addition, the products must come from approved holdings of origin. When you import poultry or poultry products please ask the responsible authorities in case of doubt to help you avoid unpleasant surprises!

Further information (in PDF-format):

Entering Germany with pets

For information about entering Germany with pets, please visit the website of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture:


CITES - Protection of species of plants and animals from extinction

Alongside the destruction of habitats, the economic exploitation of animals and plants is one of the greatest dangers facing the animal and plant worlds. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, in short the Washington Convention, is a legally binding international agreement dating from 1973 to protect endangered species of animals and plants. It is also known internationally as CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

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