What can’t and can be imported into France
Customs regulations in the EU are complex, in addition, France has the right to tighten them. We will understand that it is impossible to bring to France a tourist, what is possible and in what quantities. The main law in our case is Directive 2007/74 / EC, during the course of the article we will refer to it and other legislative acts. What exactly is impossible – Explosive materials, weapons, ammunition, ammunition. In particular, this list includes metal detectors with which our tourists like to look for coins on the beach. The EU has a special list of “dysfunctional” countries, from where weapons are categorically prohibited, even with a permit, and this list includes Russia and Belarus; – Narcotic and psychotropic substances. If you are carrying any special medicine or a large number of drugs, we recommend that you have recipes with you; – Pornographic materials, extremist materials – in print, analog or digital media; – Potatoes. This terrible root crop is banned from being imported into the EU, the USA, and Russia. Everyone is afraid of the potato! – Any seeds. Although theoretically, their import into the EU is possible if you get permission and if you have a phytosanitary certificate. But spend a lot of energy on this; – Plants, animals, and any parts or products thereof, listed on CITES (Washington Convention). For example, this includes any items made of ivory or crocodile skin, since all elephants and crocodiles are included in CITES lists. Importation of cash Importation of cash is regulated by Regulation 1889/2005 of the European Parliament. Under the phrase “cash” in EU laws are understood: banknotes and coins of any world currency, travelers checks, bank checks, bills. When importing into France an amount of more than 10,000 euros (or equivalent in other currencies), this money must be declared (Article 3 of Regulation 1889/2005). The procedure is simple, you need to fill out one piece of paper, and they will put the appropriate stamp in the passport. Suppose you didn’t do this, you didn’t spend the money and are taking it back. When leaving France at the customs control, they can find the money, and then it will be necessary to prove their legal origin. If you brought the money with you, then there must be a stamp in the passport on the declaration. If you removed it at a bank or through an ATM, received a transfer, then there should be a document about this. If you cannot prove the legal origin of cash, then the money will be confiscated, and you may be arrested until the circumstances are clarified, which is clearly not the best end to a French vacation. Gold and jewelry Gold and jewelry must be declared if their weight exceeds 500 grams. The system is similar, on the road you have to prove the legal origin of this gold and jewelry. We recommend declaring any large jewelry so that customs officers have no questions at checkout. Import of cigarettes and tobacco In France, cigarettes are several times more expensive than in Russia. Naturally, tourists try to save money and bring as much as possible. The rate of import of tobacco products is defined in Directive 2007/74 / EC. According to article 8 of the Directive, you can import duty-free: – or up to 1 block (200 pieces) of cigarettes; – or up to 100 cigarillos; – or up to 50 cigars; – or up to 250 grams of weighted tobacco (pipe, cigarette, chewing); A product weighing more than 3 grams is considered a cigar, 3 grams or less is considered a cigarilla. Only people 17 years of age or older can import tobacco products. It is strange that the threshold is set precisely for 17 years, and not 18. However, in Directive 2007/74 / EC, Article 10 just says so: “not apply in the case of travelers under 17 years of age”. An interesting point is that EU Member States, at their discretion, have the right to reduce import standards to 40 cigarettes, 20 cigarillos, 10 cigars and 50 grams of tobacco. Fortunately, France does not impose any additional restrictions. Alcohol importation Similarly, import regulations are described in Directive 2007/74 / EC. According to article 9, you can import: – or up to 1 liter of strong alcoholic beverages (above 22%); – or up to 2 liters of soft drinks (22% and below); – or a proportional amount, for example, 0.5 liters of vodka (40%) and 1 liter of liquor (18%). In addition to this, you can import duty free up to 4 liters of wine and up to 16 liters of beer. Article 9 of Directive 2007/74 / EC implies the following formula: MAXIMUM NORM = 16 liters of beer + 4 liters of wine + (1 liter of strong OR 2 liters of weak). As in the case of tobacco, persons 17 years of age or older may import alcohol (art. 10). Food products of animal origin Regulated by European Commission Regulation 206/2009 and several other documents. The rules are as follows: – It is forbidden to import meat, meat products, products containing meat, milk, dairy products, products containing milk. That is, grandmother’s meat pies or cheese sandwiches are better to eat on the plane; – It is allowed to import food products with a small content of milk or cream: chocolate, pastries, confectionery; – It is allowed to import fish and seafood, the total weight should not exceed 20 kilograms. And here is a funny explanation in the law that if one fish weighs more than 20 kilograms, then you can import it!