Bringing back tobacco products from travels and ordering them online

The Tobacco Act provides for the import of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and liquids used in electronic cigarettes. Herbal products meant for smoking are also subject to the provisions of the Tobacco Act.

Persons under the age of 18 are not allowed to import tobacco products or nicotine-containing liquids.

Import from another EU Member State Import from outside the EU Imports to the Åland Islands Imports from the Åland Islands to mainland Finland

Passenger imports from another EU Member State

You can import:

1. Tobacco products sold in unit packets which do not carry the required warning labels with pictures and texts in Finnish and Swedish, no more than

  • 200 cigarettes
  • 50 cigars
  • 100 cigarillos AND
  • 250 grams of rolling tobacco or pipe tobacco AND

2. No more than 10 ml of in an electronic cigarette or a refill container when these products are sold in unit packets which do not carry the required warning labels in Finnish and Swedish AND

3. Vegetable products meant to be smoked, no more than 200 units of ready-rolled and 250 grams of loose products, when these products are sold in unit packets which do not carry the required warning labels in Finnish and Swedish

A private person is allowed to import the above-mentioned products free of tax only for personal use. Personal use means the private person’s personal use as well as the use by his or her family or a gift.

Chewing tobacco, nasal snus, oral tobacco (snus) and nicotine liquids

A private person is allowed to bring to Finland no more than a total of 1 000 grams of chewing tobacco, nasal snus and oral tobacco in one calendar day for personal use. The said products cannot be brought to the mainland as gifts. 

A private person is, for personal use, allowed to bring into Finland no more than 10 millilitres of nicotine-containing liquid intended for vaporisation using an electronic cigarette when the liquid contains more than 20 milligrams of nicotine per millilitre or when it is to be used for a purpose defined in the Finnish Medicines Act.

Postal consignments from other EU Member States

It is prohibited to acquire and receive chewing tobacco, nasal snus and oral tobacco from outside Finland by mail or in any other corresponding way.

A private person is not allowed to import, obtain or receive by mail or by comparable means from a country outside of Finland a nicotine-containing liquid intended for vaporisation using an electronic cigarette when the liquid contains more than 20 milligrams of nicotine per millilitre or when it is to be used for a purpose defined in the Finnish Medicines Act.

A private person is not allowed to obtain or receive tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or nicotine liquids from a country outside of Finland by mail, goods transport or in any other way purchased from a trader by means of distance communication (telephone, mail, television, computer network or other means that can be used for the conclusion of contracts without the parties being simultaneously present). For electronic cigarettes and nicotine liquids there was a transition period until 30 June 2017.

 

Passenger imports from outside the EU (so-called third countries)

You can import:

1. Tobacco products sold in unit packets which do not carry the required warning labels with pictures and texts in Finnish and Swedish, no more than 

  • 200 cigarettes
  • 50 cigars
  • 100 cigarillos and
  • 250 grams of rolling tobacco or pipe tobacco AND

2. No more than 10 ml of nicotine liquid in an electronic cigarette or a refill container when these products are sold in unit packets which do not carry the required warning labels in Finnish and Swedish AND
3. Vegetable products meant for smoking, no more than 200 units of ready-rolled and 250 grams of the loose products, when these products are sold in unit packets which do not carry the required warning labels in Finnish and Swedish.

However, please note that, as passenger imports, you can bring in tobacco products exempt of duty for personal use only as follows:

  • 200 cigarettes OR
  • 50 cigars OR
  • 100 cigarillos (max. 3 g/each) OR
  • 250 grams of rolling tobacco or pipe tobacco. 
    • Travellers may import more than one tobacco product mentioned above exempt of duty, if the total of their percentage shares of the maximum duty-free quantities does not exceed 100 per cent (e.g. 100 cigarettes and 50 cigarillos).
    • Import duties have to be paid for any tobacco products brought in in addition to the duty-free tobacco products.

Personal use means the private person’s personal use of the goods as well as its use by his or her family, or a gift.

In addition, you can bring the following products free of tax for personal use to the value of 300 euros by road and to the value of 430 euros by air or sea:

1. no more than 10 ml of nicotine liquid in an electronic cigarette or a refill container when these products are sold in unit packets which do not carry the required warning labels in Finnish and Swedish
2. vegetable products meant for smoking, no more than 200 units of ready-rolled and 250 grams of the loose products, when these products are sold in unit packets which do not carry the required warning labels in Finnish and Swedish.

Time limits

A person residing in Finland who arrives in Finland from outside the European Economic Area by means other than by air and whose journey has continued for no more than 24 hours is not allowed to bring in tobacco products or nicotine-containing liquids.

  • However, an exception to this general rule allows the person to bring in tobacco products and nicotine-containing liquids if it is apparent that they were obtained before the person left Finland.

A person residing outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who arrives in Finland from outside the European Economic Area by means other than by air and whose stay in Finland apart from the transit journey lasts no more than three days is not allowed to bring in tobacco products or nicotine-containing liquids.

  • However, an exception to this general rule allows the person to bring in such products if it is apparent that they are intended for his or her personal use during the stay in Finland.

Chewing tobacco, nasal snus, oral tobacco (snus) and nicotine liquids

A private person is allowed to bring to Finland no more than a total of 1 000 grams of chewing tobacco, nasal snus and oral tobacco in one calendar day for personal use. The said products cannot be brought to the mainland as gifts. In addition to quantitative restrictions, you should also note the time limits concerning chewing tobacco, nasal snus and oral tobacco.

  • For example, the journey of a person living in Finland to a location outside the European Economic Area must take less than 24 hours in order for the person to qualify for import.

A private person is, for personal use, allowed to bring into Finland no more than 10 millilitres of nicotine-containing liquid intended for vaporisation using an electronic cigarette when the liquid contains more than 20 milligrams of nicotine per millilitre or when it is to be used for a purpose defined in the Finnish Medicines Act. 

Postal consignments from non- EU countries (so-called third countries)

It is prohibited to acquire and receive chewing tobacco, nasal snus and oral tobacco from outside Finland by mail or in any other corresponding way. 

A private person is not allowed to import, obtain or receive by mail or by comparable means from a country outside of Finland a nicotine-containing liquid intended for vaporisation using an electronic cigarette when the liquid contains more than 20 milligrams of nicotine per millilitre or when it is to be used for a purpose defined in the Finnish Medicines Act.

A private person is not allowed to obtain or receive tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or nicotine liquids from a country outside of Finland by mail, goods transport or in any other way purchased from a trader by means of distance communication (telephone, mail, television, computer network or other means that can be used for the conclusion of contracts without the parties being simultaneously present). For electronic cigarettes and nicotine liquids there was a transition period until 30 June 2017.

As of 1 November 2016, the Åland Islands have imposed import restrictions and prohibitions on tobacco products and nicotine liquids equivalent to those in mainland Finland.

Imports by travellers to the Åland Islands from another EU Member State and from outside the EU

You can import:

1. tobacco products sold in unit packets which do not carry the required warning labels with pictures and texts in Finnish and Swedish, no more than 200 cigarettes

  • 50 cigars
  • 100 cigarillos and
  • 250 grams of rolling tobacco or pipe tobacco AND

2. No more than 10 ml of nicotine liquid in an electronic cigarette or a refill container when these products are sold in unit packets which do not carry the required warning labels in Finnish and Swedish AND
3. vegetable products meant for smoking, no more than 200 units of ready-rolled and 250 grams of the loose products, when these products are sold in unit packets which do not carry the required warning labels in Finnish and Swedish.

However, please note that, as passenger imports, you can bring tobacco products to the Åland Islands exempt of duty for personal use only as follows:

  • 200 cigarettes OR
  • 50 cigars OR
  • 100 cigarillos (max. 3 g/each) OR
  • 250 grams of rolling tobacco or pipe tobacco.
    • Travellers may import more than one tobacco product mentioned above exempt of duty, if the total of their percentage shares of the maximum duty-free quantities does not exceed 100 per cent (e.g. 100 cigarettes and 50 cigarillos).
    • Import duties have to be paid for any tobacco products brought in in addition to the duty-free tobacco products.

Personal use means the private person’s personal use of the goods as well as its use by his or her family, or a gift.

In addition, you can bring the following products in connection with other than the above products exempt of duty for personal use to the value of 300 euros by road and to the value of 430 euros by air or sea:

1. no more than 10 ml of nicotine liquid in an electronic cigarette or a refill container when these products are sold in unit packets which do not carry the required warning labels in Finnish and Swedish.
2. vegetable products meant for smoking, no more than 200 units of ready-rolled and 250 grams of the loose products, when these products are sold in unit packets which do not carry the required warning labels in Finnish and Swedish.

Time limits

A person residing in Finland who arrives in Finland from outside the European Economic Area by means other than by air and whose journey has continued for no more than 24 hours is not allowed to bring in tobacco products or nicotine-containing liquids. However, an exception to this general rule allows the person to bring in tobacco products and nicotine-containing liquids if it is apparent that they were obtained before the person left Finland. 

A person residing outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who arrives in Finland from outside the European Economic Area by means other than by air and whose stay in Finland apart from the transit journey lasts no more than three days is not allowed to bring in tobacco products or nicotine-containing liquids. However, an exception to this general rule allows the person to bring in such products if it is apparent that they are intended for his or her personal use during the stay in Finland.

Chewing tobacco, nasal snus, oral tobacco (snus) and nicotine liquids

A private person is allowed to bring to Finland no more than a total of 1 000 grams of chewing tobacco, nasal snus and oral tobacco in one calendar day for personal use. The said products cannot be brought to the mainland as gifts. In addition to quantitative restrictions, you should also note the time limits concerning chewing tobacco, nasal snus and oral tobacco.

  • For example, the journey of a person living in Finland to a location outside the European Economic Area must take less than 24 hours in order for the person to qualify for import.

A private person is, for personal use, allowed to bring into Finland no more than 10 millilitres of nicotine-containing liquid intended for vaporisation using an electronic cigarette when the liquid contains more than 20 milligrams of nicotine per millilitre or when it is to be used for a purpose defined in the Finnish Medicines Act.

Postal consignments

It is prohibited to acquire and receive chewing tobacco, nasal snus and oral tobacco from outside Finland by mail or in any other corresponding way. 

A private person is not allowed to import, obtain or receive by mail or by comparable means from a country outside of Finland a nicotine-containing liquid intended for vaporisation using an electronic cigarette when the liquid contains more than 20 milligrams of nicotine per millilitre or when it is to be used for a purpose defined in the Finnish Medicines Act.

A private person is not allowed to obtain or receive tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or nicotine liquids from a country outside of Finland by mail, goods transport or in any other way purchased from a trader by means of distance communication (telephone, mail, television, computer network or other means that can be used for the conclusion of contracts without the parties being simultaneously present). For electronic cigarettes and nicotine liquids, however, there was a transition period until 30 June 2017. 

Passenger imports from the Åland Islands to mainland Finland

You can only bring the following quantities of tobacco products from the Åland Islands to mainland Finland:

  • 200 cigarettes OR
  • 50 cigars OR
  • 100 cigarillos (max. 3 g/each) OR
  • 250 g grams of rolling tobacco or pipe tobacco.
    • Travellers may import more than one tobacco product mentioned above exempt of duty, if the total of their percentage shares of the maximum duty-free quantities does not exceed 100 per cent (e.g. 100 cigarettes and 50 cigarillos).

    • Import duties have to be paid for any tobacco products brought in in addition to the duty-free tobacco products.

Personal use means the private person’s personal use of the goods as well as its use by his or her family, or a gift.

In addition, you can bring the following products in connection with other than the above products exempt of duty for personal use to the value of 300 euros by road and to the value of 430 euros by air or sea:

Chewing tobacco, nasal snus, oral tobacco (snus) and nicotine liquids 

A private person is allowed to bring from the Åland Islands to mainland Finland no more than a total of 1 000 grams of chewing tobacco, nasal snus and oral tobacco in one calendar day for personal use. The said products cannot be brought to the mainland as gifts.

Postal consignments

It is prohibited to acquire and receive chewing tobacco, nasal snus and oral tobacco from the Åland Islands to mainland Finland by mail or in any other corresponding way.

A private person is not allowed to obtain or receive tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or nicotine liquids from the Åland Islands to mainland Finland by mail, goods transport or in any other way purchased from a trader by means of distance communication (telephone, mail, Television, computer network or other means that can be used for the conclusion of contracts without the parties being simultaneously present). For electronic cigarettes and nicotine liquids, however, there was a transition period until 30 June 2017.

 

Points to consider

Ordering tobacco products online

For the purposes of the Tobacco Act,

  • tobacco product means products made wholly or partly of tobacco (nicotiana) and suitable for consumption. The nicotine-containing liquid used in electronic cigarettes is not regulated as a tobacco product, but as a nicotine liquid through a special provision.
  • smokeless tobacco product means a tobacco product not involving a combustion process, including chewing tobacco, nasal tobacco and tobacco for oral use.
  • tobacco products for smoking means tobacco products other than a smokeless tobacco product. These include cigarettes, cigars and roll-your-own tobacco. In accordance with the Tobacco Products Directive, waterpipe tobacco is also deemed to be a tobacco product for smoking when applying the Tobacco Act.
  • smoking accessories refers to an accessory or implement used for smoking or for the preparation of smoking. For example, cigarette paper and pipes are regarded as smoking accessories.
  • cigarette means a roll of tobacco as defined in section 4(1) of the Act on Excise Duty on Tobacco (1470/1994).
  • cigar means a roll of tobacco as defined in section 3(1) of the Act on Excise Duty on Tobacco.
  • cigarillo means a cigar that weighs no more than three grams.
  • roll-your-own tobacco means tobacco which can be used for making cigarettes by consumers or retail outlets. Tobacco which can be used both as roll-your-own tobacco and via waterpipes shall be deemed to be roll-your-own tobacco.
  • pipe tobacco means tobacco that can be consumed via a combustion process and is exclusively intended for use in a pipe.
  • waterpipe tobacco means a tobacco product which can be used exclusively for smoking via a waterpipe.
  • chewing tobacco means a smokeless tobacco product exclusively intended for the purpose of chewing.
  • nasal tobacco means a smokeless tobacco product that can be consumed via the nose.
  • tobacco for oral use means a tobacco products for oral use, except those intended to be inhaled or chewed, made wholly or partly of tobacco, in powder or in particulate form or in any combination of those forms.
  • herbal product for smoking means a tobacco substitute made of plants and intended for smoking. Instead of tobacco, the product contains other plants, such as herbs and fruits, and can be consumed via a combustion process. Herbal products for smoking include so-called herbal cigarettes as well as tobacco-free herbal mixtures intended for smoking via a waterpipe.
  • electronic cigarette means a product used for inhaling nicotine-containing vapour via a mouth piece, and any component of that product.
  • nicotine liquid means a liquid containing nicotine which is intended to be vaporised using an electronic cigarette and which has a nicotine concentration of no more than 20 milligrams per millilitre and which is not to be used for a purpose defined in section 3(1) of the Medicines Act (395/1987).
  • nicotine-free liquid for vaporisation means a liquid which is intended to be vaporised using an electronic cigarette or in another similar manner and which is not a nicotine liquid.
  • refill container means a receptacle that contains a nicotine liquid, which can be used to refill an electronic cigarette.

A private person is not allowed to obtain or receive by mail, as a goods shipment or by any other means from a country outside of Finland tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or nicotine-containing liquids purchased from a trader by means of distance communication. 

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Tobacco-free herbal mixtures meant to be smoked through a waterpipe, are considered herbal products for smoking under the Tobacco Act. There are restrictions in the Tobacco Act regarding passenger imported waterpipe tobacco, when it is imported from another EU country or a third country, and when it does not contain parts of the tobacco plant. Herbal products meant for smoking are restricted to no more than 200 units of ready-rolled and 250 grams of the loose products, when these products are sold in unit packets which do not carry the required warning labels in Finnish and Swedish. There are no restrictions in the tobacco Act regarding herbal products meant for smoking, when they are imported to Mainland Finland by passengers from the Åland Island. There are also no restrictions in the Tobacco Act on acquiring or receiving herbal products meant for smoking by mail, as a goods shipment or by any other means from a country outside of Finland.

Passengers can bring in 250 grams of waterpipe tobacco tax and duty free to Finland from outside the customs and fiscal territory of the EU as well as from the customs territory but outside the fiscal territory. It makes no difference, whether the mixture to be smoked in the pipe contains nicotine or not. This is also the case when importing from the province of Åland to Mainland Finland and importing to the province of Åland from other EU Member States and Mainland Finland.


According to the Tobacco Act, waterpipe tobacco means a tobacco product which can be used exclusively for smoking via a waterpipe. Passenger imports of water pipe tobacco are not restricted by the Tobacco Act, except when the product is brought to Finland from outside the European Economic Area. In such circumstances, the time limits for passenger imports as provided for by section 66 of the Tobacco Act must be noted.

A private person is not allowed to obtain or receive by mail, as a goods shipment or by any other means from a country outside of Finland tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or nicotine-containing liquids purchased from a trader by means of distance communication. 

To bring in tobacco products you must be aged 18 or over.

Passengers can import 250 grams of waterpipe tobacco tax and duty free to Finland from outside the customs and fiscal territory of the EU as well as from the customs territory but outside the fiscal territory. It makes no difference, whether the mixture to be smoked in the pipe contains nicotine or not. This is also the case when importing from the province of Åland to Mainland Finland and importing to the province of Åland from other EU Member States and Mainland Finland.

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A private person is not allowed to obtain or receive by mail, as a goods shipment or by any other means from a country outside of Finland tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or nicotine-containing liquids purchased from a trader by means of distance communication. According to the Consumer Protection Act, a means of distance communication is defined as telephones, post, televisions, information networks that can be used for the conclusion of contracts without the parties being simultaneously present.

In the tobacco Act, an electronic cigarette means a product as well as any component of that product, used for inhaling nicotine-containing vapour via a mouth piece. It makes no difference whether it is a single-use product that has already been filled with nicotine liquid, or if it is a product with a refill container. It is mentioned in the preparatory work of the Tobacco Act that even though the manufacturer claims that the product is meant to be used solely for consuming nicotine-free liquids, the product is still considered an electronic cigarette, if it by virtue of its characteristics also is suitable for vaporising nicotine liquids. On the other hand, a single-use product filled with nicotine-free liquid does not fulfil the definition of an electronic cigarette as defined in the Tobacco Act.

Electronic cigarette components are e.g. nicotine cartages and a container or a part without a nicotine cartage or container. Thus, in addition to whole products, electronic cigarettes are also their spare parts as well as parts that the consumer can use to assemble an electronic cigarette.

There are many products and parts on the market, thus Customs cannot know without investigating, whether or not each vaporiser, or parts thereof. fulfils the definition of an electronic cigarette.  In unclear cases, we stop the consignment and investigate the case in cooperation with Valvira. Customs does not give an advance ruling on whether or not a vaporiser, or parts thereof fulfils the definition of an electronic cigarette. 


A private person is not allowed to obtain or receive by mail, as a goods shipment or by any other means from a country outside of Finland tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or nicotine-containing liquids purchased from a trader by means of distance communication. According to the Consumer Protection Act, a means of distance communication is defined as telephones, post, televisions, information networks that can be used for the conclusion of contracts without the parties being simultaneously present.

In the tobacco Act, an electronic cigarette means a product as well as any component of that product, used for inhaling nicotine-containing vapour via a mouth piece. It makes no difference whether it is a single-use product that has already been filled with nicotine liquid, or if it is a product with a refill container. It is mentioned in the preparatory work of the Tobacco Act that even though the manufacturer claims that the product is meant to be used solely for consuming nicotine-free liquids, the product is still considered an electronic cigarette, if it by virtue of its characteristics also is suitable for vaporising nicotine liquids. On the other hand, a single-use product filled with nicotine-free liquid does not fulfil the definition of an electronic cigarette as defined in the Tobacco Act.

The Tobacco Act is not applied to electronic cigarette devices that come under the Medical Devices Act (629/2010).

If the product has been classified as a medical device or accessory, it should fulfil these criteria. This is for instance shown by the CE marking that is required in the EU. A medical device or accessory is an instrument, appliance, software, material or other article, whether used alone or in combination, intended by the manufacturer to be used for human beings for the purpose of:

a) diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment or alleviation of disease;

b) diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, alleviation of or compensation for an injury or handicap;

c) investigation, replacement or modification of the anatomy or of a physiological process; or

d) control of conception.

Medical devices and accessories are supervised by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health, Valvira.

If the appliance works with electricity, it must also fulfil the requirements regarding electrical appliances. The supervisory authority for electrical appliances is the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes).

Laitteita on markkinoilla lukuisia, joten Tulli ei voi tutkimatta tietää täyttääkö jokainen höyrystin tupakkalain mukaisen sähkösavukkeen määritelmän. Epäselvissä tilanteissa pysäytämme lähetyksen ja tutkimme asian yhteistyössä Valviran kanssa. Tulli ei anna ennakkoratkaisuja siitä täyttääkö jokin höyrystin tai sen osat tupakkalain mukaisen sähkösavukkeen määritelmän.

There are many products on the market, thus Customs cannot know without investigating, whether or not each vaporiser fulfils the definition of an electronic cigarette.  In unclear cases, we stop the consignment and investigate the case in cooperation with Valvira. Customs does not give an advance ruling on whether or not a vaporiser, or parts thereof fulfils the definition of an electronic cigarette. 


It is prohibited to acquire and receive oral tobacco (snus), chewing tobacco and nasal snus from outside Finland by mail or in any other corresponding way.

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The Tobacco Act imposes no restrictions on the import of nicotine-free liquids for use in electronic cigarettes or devices similar to single-use electronic cigarettes prefilled with nicotine-free liquid. It should be noted, however, that the nicotine concentration may not always be appropriately marked on products ordered from abroad. If, upon import, Customs suspects that the nicotine concentration of a product has not been appropriately marked, the product may be examined by the Customs Laboratory.

Both liquids containing nicotine and nicotine-free liquids for electronic cigarettes are excise products.

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Nicotine liquid which has a nicotine concentration of no more than 20 milligrams per millilitre and which is not to be used for a purpose defined in section 3(1) of the Medicines Act (395/1987) is subject to the Tobacco Act. A private person is not allowed to obtain or receive by mail, as a goods shipment or by any other means from a country outside of Finland tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or nicotine-containing liquids purchased from a trader by means of distance communication.

According to the Consumer Protection Act, a means of distance communication is defined as telephones, post, televisions, information networks that can be used for the conclusion of contracts without the parties being simultaneously present.

A private person is not allowed to import, obtain or receive by mail or by comparable means from a country outside of Finland a nicotine-containing liquid intended for vaporisation using an electronic cigarette when the liquid contains more than 20 milligrams of nicotine per millilitre or when it is to be used for a purpose defined in section 3(1) of the Medicines Act.


Tobacco rolling paper is considered a smoking accessory. The Tobacco Act imposes no restrictions on the import of smoking accessories. The time limits and quantitative restrictions prescribed by the Act therefore do not apply to the import of smoking accessories.

According to the Tobacco Tax Act, rolling paper is however an excise product. You can read more about the excise taxation on rolling paper on the Tax Administration website (in Finnish).

Passenger imports of tobacco rolling paper

When you travel, you can import tobacco rolling paper for personal use from inside the EU customs and tax territory (EU) without any time limits or restrictions on quantities. The Tax Administration is responsible for excise taxation and gives instructions on it.

Passengers arriving from outside the EU customs and tax territory (EU), or from inside the EU customs territory but from outside the EU tax territory (e.g. the Canary Islands), are allowed to import 300 euros of tobacco rolling paper by road and 430 euros worth of tobacco rolling paper by air or sea. Read more about passenger imports.

Ordering tobacco rolling paper

You can order tobacco rolling paper from inside the EU customs and tax territory for personal use without any restrictions on quantities. According to the Tobacco Tax Act, rolling paper is however an excise product. The Tax Administration is responsible for excise taxation and gives instructions on it.

If you order tobacco rolling paper from inside the EU customs territory, but from outside the EU tax territory, your consignment is cleared through Customs, and usually excise duty and value added tax are levied on it.

If you order tobacco rolling paper from outside the EU customs and tax territory, your consignment will be cleared through Customs, and normal import duties will be levied on the rolling paper, that is, usually customs duties, excise duties and value added tax.

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Legislation

  • Value Added Tax Act, section 95d
  • Tobacco Act (549/2016), section 2 paragraph 16
  • Tobacco Tax Act, section 2
  • Act on Excise Duty, section 72

Bringing back tobacco products from travels

Section 66 of the Tobacco Act provides for time limits on passenger imports of tobacco products and nicotine fluids from non-EEA countries. Similar time limits are implemented through alcohol legislation for restricting imports of alcoholic beverages by passenger on trips of short duration.

According to the government proposal for a Tobacco Act, time limits are implemented for preventing illegal trade in tobacco products, and for preventing the entry into the Finnish market of tobacco products that are in violation of the Tobacco Products Directive.

Customs supervises and controls arriving and departing goods and passenger traffic. Customs supervises compliance with time limits concerning imports of tobacco products and nicotine liquids in connection with other customs enforcement through passenger and goods control measures aimed at different forms of traffic.

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A private person is allowed to bring to Finland no more than a total of 1 000 grams of chewing tobacco, nasal snus and oral tobacco (snus) in one calendar day for personal use. The said products cannot be brought to the mainland as gifts. It is prohibited to acquire and receive chewing tobacco, nasal snus and oral tobacco from outside Finland by mail or in any other corresponding way.

To bring in tobacco products you must be aged 18 or over.

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According to the Tobacco Act, snus is a smokeless tobacco product. Private individuals can import a maximum of 1,000 grams of smokeless tobacco products per calendar day for personal use. Bringing in smokeless tobacco products as gifts is not allowed

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As of 1 November 2016, the Åland Islands have imposed import restrictions and prohibitions on tobacco products and nicotine liquids equivalent to those in mainland Finland. As of 1 November 2016, a private person is allowed to bring from the Åland Islands to mainland Finland no more than a total of 1 000 grams of chewing tobacco, nasal snus and oral tobacco (snus) in one calendar day for personal use. The said products cannot be brought to the mainland as gifts.

Please note also that it is prohibited to acquire and receive chewing tobacco, nasal snus and oral tobacco from outside Finland by mail or in any other corresponding way. 


The Tobacco Products Directive requires that all tobacco products meant for smoking must have a health warning label with a warning text and colour photograph. The requirements on warning labels apply also to retail packages of nicotine fluids in electronic cigarettes or refill containers, and herbal products meant for smoking.

The passenger import quantities of the said products are restricted through the regulation of the Finnish Tobacco Act based on warning labels. Private individuals are allowed to import only a specific quantity of products lacking warning labels in Finnish and Swedish on the health hazards caused by such products, and only a specific quantity of tobacco products lacking health warning images.

The Ministry for Social Affairs and Health issues more detailed regulations on label texts, images, font type and size, colour, framing, area, placement, rotation, fastening, intactness and other specifications. The main rule is that health warning labels must be done in permanent print, and they must be completely visible and must not break when the retail package is opened. Furthermore, health warning labels must in no way obscure the tax labels or markings concerning price, location, tracking and security, and must hinder their legibility. It is almost impossible to fulfil these requirements by, for example, personally gluing health warning labels on products.

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Tobacco-free herbal mixtures meant to be smoked through a waterpipe, are considered herbal products for smoking under the Tobacco Act. There are restrictions in the Tobacco Act regarding passenger imported waterpipe tobacco, when it is imported from another EU country or a third country, and when it does not contain parts of the tobacco plant. Herbal products meant for smoking are restricted to no more than 200 units of ready-rolled and 250 grams of the loose products, when these products are sold in unit packets which do not carry the required warning labels in Finnish and Swedish. There are no restrictions in the tobacco Act regarding herbal products meant for smoking, when they are imported to Mainland Finland by passengers from the Åland Island. There are also no restrictions in the Tobacco Act on acquiring or receiving herbal products meant for smoking by mail, as a goods shipment or by any other means from a country outside of Finland.

Passengers can bring in 250 grams of waterpipe tobacco tax and duty free to Finland from outside the customs and fiscal territory of the EU as well as from the customs territory but outside the fiscal territory. It makes no difference, whether the mixture to be smoked in the pipe contains nicotine or not. This is also the case when importing from the province of Åland to Mainland Finland and importing to the province of Åland from other EU Member States and Mainland Finland.


According to the Tobacco Act, waterpipe tobacco means a tobacco product which can be used exclusively for smoking via a waterpipe. Passenger imports of water pipe tobacco are not restricted by the Tobacco Act, except when the product is brought to Finland from outside the European Economic Area. In such circumstances, the time limits for passenger imports as provided for by section 66 of the Tobacco Act must be noted.

A private person is not allowed to obtain or receive by mail, as a goods shipment or by any other means from a country outside of Finland tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or nicotine-containing liquids purchased from a trader by means of distance communication. 

To bring in tobacco products you must be aged 18 or over.

Passengers can import 250 grams of waterpipe tobacco tax and duty free to Finland from outside the customs and fiscal territory of the EU as well as from the customs territory but outside the fiscal territory. It makes no difference, whether the mixture to be smoked in the pipe contains nicotine or not. This is also the case when importing from the province of Åland to Mainland Finland and importing to the province of Åland from other EU Member States and Mainland Finland.

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Scented tobacco products and nicotine liquids can be brought to Finland as passenger imports, as their importation is not separately prohibited by the Tobacco Act. However, you should note the quantity and time limits concerning passenger imports as provided for by the Tobacco Act.

Persons under 18 years of age are not allowed to import tobacco products or nicotine fluids.

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If retail packages of tobacco products do not bear the required health warning images in Finnish and Swedish, you are not allowed to bring more than 200 cigarettes to Finland even by paying taxes.

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A person residing in Finland who arrives in Finland from outside the European Economic Area by means other than by air and whose journey has continued for no more than 24 hours is not allowed to bring in tobacco products or nicotine-containing liquids. However, an exception to this general rule allows the person to bring in tobacco products and nicotine-containing liquids if it is apparent that they were obtained before the person left Finland. For instance, warning labels in Finnish and Swedish can be taken as an indication that the product was bought in Finland.

To bring in tobacco products or nicotine fluids you must be aged 18 or over.

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The change is related to the comprehensive reform of the Tobacco act aimed at implementing the new Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU).

The legislation was prepared by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health which is entrusted with the general administration and steering related to the Tobacco Act. The Tobacco Act (549/2016) enacted by the Parliament of Finland entered into force on 15 August 2016. The Tobacco Act provides that Customs is the executive authority responsible for supervising compliance with import prohibitions and restrictions enacted in the Tobacco Act. Customs is also responsible for carrying out inspections and performing controls on intra-EU movements, as well as on imports from the Åland Islands to mainland Finland.


When, as a traveller, you bring in goods for your own use or as a gift, you can do this free of customs duty and tax within the quantities and value limit laid down in the provisions concerning passenger imports, provided that such import takes place occasionally.

Import which is considered occasional when it takes place once or twice may no longer be considered as such if the same type of goods is also brought back from subsequent trips abroad, since such recurring import may not be regarded as occasional within the meaning of the legislation.

Where necessary, the occasional nature of the import is assessed on a case-by-case basis. When Customs is obliged to establish if a traveller’s imports are to be deemed occasional, Customs sets out to find out, among other criteria, the type and quantity of the import goods and the number of import occasions. Only after this can the customs office assess if the goods can be regarded as occasional passenger imports which are free of customs duty on import.

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The Tobacco Act provides for the import of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and liquids used in electronic cigarettes. Herbal products meant for smoking are also subject to the provisions of the Tobacco Act. The Åland Islands and mainland Finland implement corresponding import prohibitions and restrictions.

Persons under the age of 18 are not allowed to import tobacco products or nicotine-containing liquids.


                            

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