French Customs Regulations
Find out what goods you can bring into France if you’re travelling, visiting or moving to France.
The French Customs authorities are called Douanes. There is a hotline you can call for any questions relating to goods you can bring in or take back from France.
- Tel: 0811 20 44 44 or +33 (0)1 72 40 78 50 from outside France
Entering France with gifts and goods from outside the EU
- 430 euros for over 15s arriving by sea or air (900 euros if arriving from Andorra)
- 300 euros for overs 15s arriving by transport other than sea or air (900 euros if arriving from Andorra)
- 150 euros for travellers under 15 (450 euros if arriving from Andorra)
- Cigarettes - 200
- Or Cigarillos - 100
- Or Cigars - 50
- Or Smoking tobacco 250 g
- Alcohol (over 22°) 1 litres
- Alcohol (less than 22° alcohol) per volume - 2 litres
- Still (not sparkling) wine - 4 litres
- Beer - 16 litres
Cigarettes, Tobacco and Alcohol Limits per person aged 18 and over within the EU
The following amounts serve as a guide only to what you can bring in from another EU country. If Customs stop you and consider that the quantities you are bringing in are not for personal consumption, you may be liable to pay excise duty and tax.
- Cigarettes - 800
- Cigarillos - 400
- Cigars - 200
- Smoking tobacco 1 Kg
- Alcohol (over 22°) 10 litres
- Alcohol (less than 22° alcohol) per volume 20 litres
- Wine 90 litres (maximum 60 litres of sparkling)
- Beer 110 litres
Importing your Household goods to France
If you are moving to France from a country situated outside of the EU, you can import your household goods duty free. You will need to provide a detailed inventory showing the value of your goods in euros, and you should have a receipt for goods less than 6 months old. You may need to get a certificate from the French Embassy in your country of residence, or a work visa or other document stating that you are taking up residence in France.
- Further information is available from the French Customs authorities
- Narcotics and drugs (certain medicines can only be brought into France accompanied by a prescription)
- Counterfeit goods
- Attack dogs- Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, Mastiffs/Boerboels, Tosas and Molossers, unless registered in a studbook recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture in France.
- Certain plants and plant products
- Live animals and animal-based products
- Endangered species of flora and fauna
- Plant and plant products
- Cultural goods
- Weapons and ammunition