When entering France, there are 2 distinctive ways through customs, depending on the quantity and nature of the merchandise you are carrying. Here is a general guideline:

Medication :

  • Medicine for personal use, i.e., in an amount corresponding to the duration of the treatment, or to 3 months of treatment, may be imported in quantities sufficient for the treatment without prescription, (or for longer than 3 months, with a prescription), provided they are carried in your baggage.
  • A prescription is mandatory for any medicine containing narcotics or psychotropic drugs.

    Note: Importing amounts exceeding the maximum quantity allowed for personal use is prohibited.


When entering France you may bring in purchased goods or gifts without filling out a declaration or paying duties and taxes, if the value of the said goods does not exceed the amounts listed below:

Travellers under 15 (regardless of means of transportation) : 150 euros
Travellers 15 and older using a means of transportation other than air or maritime transport : 300 euros
Travellers 15 and older using air or maritime transport : 430 euros

You are  entitled to quantitative exemption as well. You may import tobacco and alcoholic beverages without complying with any procedures and without paying duties and taxes, within certain limits :

For Tobacco :

Cigarettes 200 units
or Cigarillos 100 units
or Cigars 50 units
or smoking tobacco 250 g

For Alcool :

Alcoholic beverages with over 22°alcohol per volume (1 liter)
Or  Alcoholic beverages with less than 22° alcohol per volume ( 2 liters)
And  Still Wine ( 4 liters)
Beers ( 16 liters)

*Please note: persons under 17 are not entitled to the tobacco or alcohol allowance.

The importation of meat, milk or other dairy products is subject to customs clearance and presentation of official veterinary documents.

Foods and products of animal origin, such as milk powder, baby foods and special foods required for medical reasons may be brought in the luggage of travellers from third countries, provided the following cumulative conditions are met :
● the products do not require refrigeration before consumption;
● the products are packaged and show a registered trademark;
● the packaging has not been tampered with or opened.

Counterfeit items

During your stay, you may be tempted to buy counterfeit merchandise because it is cheaper than genuine products.

The import, export or mere possession of counterfeit brand products is a customs offence, making you liable for customs and punitive penalties. The arsenal of anti-counterfeiting measures, under both customs law and general law, is especially severe: immediate confiscation of the goods, with prison sentences of up to 5 years and fines of up to €500,000.
Cracking down on counterfeits is a major priority for the French General Customs. As part of this action, it has stepped up its controls to combat counterfeiting tourism, particularly active in the summer season.

Currencies, securities and assets

Under French and Community regulations, anyone entering or leaving the European Community carrying currencies, securities or assets worth €10,000 or more (or its equivalent in another currency), - whether doing so for themselves or for a third party  – must declare these currencies, securities and assets to the customs authorities. The following must be declared: cash (banknotes and coins), bearer cheques, traveller’s cheques, cheques made out to a third person, bills of exchange and letters of credit without
domiciliation, bearer debt notes, growth bonds, transferable securities and other bearer debt instruments.
French Customs carries out inspections to combat money laundering from illicit trafficking, and specifically drug trafficking.

More details on the website of the French customs: