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No, you’re not. Travellers must carry their own medicines in their own luggage. Medicinal products dispensed on prescription are always personal and must be in the possession of the person to whom they have been prescribed.


The use and possession of radar detectors in motor vehicles is prohibited in Finland. An unconnected radar detector in the car is considered possession. If you are guilty of this offence, the radar detector is seized and you will be fined. The seized radar detector will not be returned; it will be destroyed under Customs supervision.


No, you cannot. All seeds intended for planting require a phytosanitary certificate.


You must first check the CITES restrictions on clams. For more information, go to the website of the Finnish Environment Institute.

For personal use you can bring in, without veterinary border control, no more than 20 kg of dead clams intended to be eaten. You can also bring in stones, but corals are subject to CITES restrictions.

Please note that it’s your responsibility to find out what restrictions and provisions apply in your country of destination. Finnish Customs cannot give advice on restrictions that apply in other countries.


Yes. Flavoured tobacco products and nicotine liquids can be brought into Finland by travellers, as their importation is not specifically prohibited by the Tobacco Act. However, you should note the quantity and time limits concerning imports by travellers as provided for by the Tobacco Act.

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

Read more: Import prohibitions and restrictions according to the Tobacco Act 


 


You cannot bring in unprocessed tea leaves without a phytosanitary certificate.


Yes, if they are dried. If you are bringing in fresh ones, you will need a phytosanitary certificate.


Customs supervises the import of plant-based foodstuffs, but spices brought in by private persons for personal use or as gifts are not subject to supervision. There are, however, risks related to spices, as they may contain e.g. mould toxins or salmonella. Certain spices have been under intensified EU-level supervision particularly because they have given rise to health concerns. Poor quality can only be detected in laboratory tests.

Read more: Foodstuffs


If you live in Finland and you arrive in Finland from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) other than by air and your journey has lasted no more than 24 hours, you are not allowed to bring in tobacco products or nicotine liquids.

Exception: You are allowed to bring in tobacco products and nicotine liquids if it is apparent that you obtained them before you left Finland. For instance, text warnings in Finnish and Swedish can be taken as an indication that the product was bought in Finland.

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

Read more: Bringing back tobacco products from travels 


A medicinal product always has a retail package and an enclosed patient information leaflet and possibly also a blister pack. You shall take them with you when you travel, because of easier supervision and identification of the product.


You cannot order brass knuckles, a stiletto or throwing stars, because importing them is prohibited.

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No. A private person is not allowed to obtain or receive by mail, as a goods shipment or by any other means from outside Finland tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or nicotine liquids ordered from a trader by means of distance communication.

According to 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 disposable device already filled with nicotine liquid or refillable by means of a refill container. It is mentioned in the preparatory work of the Tobacco Act that even if 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 disposable device 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 cartridges and a tank as well as a device without a nicotine cartridge or tank. Thus, in addition to complete devices, electronic cigarettes also include the spare components sold for them as well as components that the consumer can use to assemble an electronic cigarette.

There are many devices and components on the market, so Customs cannot know without investigating whether or not each vaporiser or its components fulfil the definition of an electronic cigarette. In unclear cases we will stop the consignment and investigate the case in cooperation with the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira). Customs does not issue any advance rulings on whether a vaporiser or its components fulfil the definition of an electronic cigarette according to the Tobacco Act.


Vaporisers for healthcare purposes are not tobacco products. If the product has been classified as a medical device or accessory, it should fulfil certain criteria (the Finnish Medical Devices Act 629/2010). For example, such a device must have the CE marking.

A medical device or accessory is intended e.g. for:

a) diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment or alleviation of disease
b) diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, alleviation of, or compensation for, an injury or disability
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 device is electrically operated, it must also meet the requirements regarding electrical appliances. The supervisory authority for electrical appliances is the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes).

There are many devices and components on the market, so Customs cannot know without investigating whether or not each vaporiser or its components fulfil the definition of an electronic cigarette. In unclear cases we will stop the consignment and investigate the case in cooperation with the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira). Customs does not issue any advance rulings on whether a vaporiser or its components fulfil the definition of an electronic cigarette according to the Tobacco Act.


You cannot order medicines and medicinal products from outside the EEA. Medicines corresponding to three month’s use.


No you cannot. 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 outside Finland tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or nicotine-containing liquids purchased from a trader by means of distance communication.

A private person is not allowed to import, obtain or receive by mail or by comparable means from outside 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.

 

 


Yes, you can. According to the Public Order Act, the import of knifes and swords is not prohibited, but the possession of knifes and swords in a public place is subject to restrictions.

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No. A private person is not allowed to obtain or receive by mail, as a goods shipment or by any other means from outside Finland tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or nicotine liquids ordered from a trader by means of distance communication.

Read more: Ordering tobacco products online

 

 


It is almost impossible for a private person to attach the health warnings to tobacco products.

The Tobacco Products Directive requires that all unit packets of tobacco products for smoking must have a health warning with both a text warning and a corresponding colour photograph. The requirements on health warnings also apply to unit packets of nicotine liquids in electronic cigarettes or refill containers and to unit packets of herbal products for smoking.

Private persons are allowed to bring in only a specific quantity of products lacking the warnings in Finnish and Swedish on the health hazards caused by such products, and, in the case of tobacco products, also lacking the corresponding picture warnings.

The Ministry for Social Affairs and Health has issued more detailed regulations on the health warning texts, pictures, font type and size, colour, framing, area, placement, rotation, fastening, intactness and other specifications. The main rule is that the health warnings must be irremovably printed, and they must be fully visible and must remain intact when the unit packet is opened. The health warnings shall in no way hide or interrupt the tax stamps, price marks, tracking and tracing marks, or security features on unit packets. It is almost impossible to meet these requirements e.g. by personally gluing the health warnings on the products.

Read more: Bringing back tobacco products from travels 


Yes, you can. However, you yourself have to request your doctor to issue to you a ‘Medical prescription for purchasing medication abroad’ accepted elsewhere in Europe. The medicinal product must also have a sales permit in the country where you are going to buy it.

As a traveller, you may bring medicinal products with you from the EEA in a quantity corresponding to no more than one year’s use. By mail you can only acquire medicinal products from the EEA in a quantity corresponding to no more than three months’ use.

For more information go to the website of the the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health European medical prescription (in Finnish) or to EU-healthcare.fi.


You cannot send medicines to Finland, because sending medicinal products from one private person to another is prohibited.

Read more: Medicines


For passenger imported alcohol to be seen as non-commercial import for personal use as a tax-free gift, it must fulfil certain gift criteria. The gift must always be gratuitous and random. If the importer of the alcohol receives either direct or indirect remuneration of any kind, it is not a question of a gift, rather the delivery of the alcohol is commercial.

The concept of a gift is also its element of surprise, thus delivering alcohol regularly, even if it is gratuitous, cannot be considered a gift. The gift cannot be especially chosen by the recipient, nor can it be given for representation purposes or as advertising. A gift can only be given to a private person.

The gift does not have to be given in connection with a special day. Giving the gift can be based on some kind of personal relationship between the giver and recipient.

A gift does not mean exactly the same thing as gratuitous delivery. Therefore, in situations where a passenger brings in a large quantity of alcohol and delivers all or a large portion of the alcohol to an unspecified group of private persons (e.g. work colleagues, members of an association, neighbours) to be used freely, the gratuitous delivery of the alcohol does not fill the criteria of a gift.

Read more: Alcohol in gift consignments


To find out whether a species is endangered, you need to know its two-part scientific name and whether the specimen was born and bred in captivity. The seller should always be able to tell you from which species the product was derived and whether an import permit is required for it. As importer, you are always responsible for the goods you bring in.

If a permit is required, you will have to apply for it in advance. In Finland, the permits are issued by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). Always check the import and export conditions in advance from the CITES permitting authority. 

Don't buy a product if you're not sure whether it is a plant, an animal or some other specimen that requires a permit. Read more about endangered species and CITES permits (Environment.fi).

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Long drink beverages are produced both through fermentation and by mixing in ethyl alcohol. Always check the drink container, bottle or can to find out how the lonkero is produced.

Lonkero, produced through fermentation, is classified as wine with the guideline limit of 90 litres. Lonkero, produced from ethyl alcohol, is classified as other alcohol with the guideline limit of 10 litres.

The guideline limits are not import restrictions. Each guideline (beer, wine, intermediate products and other alcoholic beverages) is monitored separately. If the guideline limits for import are exceeded, the importer must be able to show that the alcoholic beverages are imported for personal use.

Read more: Bringing alcohol from your trip

 


When you bring in alcohol from your trip, it has to be for your own use and imported randomly from outside the EU. Passenger import from within the EU can be seen as commercial import, i.e. subject to taxes, if it happens repeatedly. Imports in a random or a repetitive fashion, are not precisely defined in the legislation. The matter is resolved on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with the information available to the controlling authorities at the time of the import.


If you do not disembark in Mariehamn / the Åland Islands, you can bring the same amount of alcohol as from another EU member state, if the alcohol has been acquired in an EU member state.


Tax-free from outside the EU you can bring in 1 litre of strong alcoholic beverages (over 22%) or 2 litres of other alcoholic beverages (max 22 %), 4 litres of still wine and 16 litres of beer. If you bring in more, you will have to pay import taxes on the excess amount (customs duty + alcohol tax + VAT).

If you bring in alcohol from EU countries there are no quantitative restrictions, but observe that you might have to present the authorities with credible proof that the alcohol is for your own personal use, if you bring in more than 110 litres of beer, 90 litres of wines (no more than 60 l sparkling wine), 20 litres of intermediate products and 10 litres of ethyl alcohol.


If your order is delivered to you from the EU, you do not have to clear the goods nor pay any import duties to Customs.

Please observe that private importation of animal-based products for pets from outside the EU is forbidden.


You can bring in no more than 2 kg of honey.


A private person is allowed to bring into Finland no more than a total of 1 000 grams of chewing tobacco, nasal tobacco and tobacco for oral use (snus) in one calendar day for his or her personal use. These products cannot be brought in as gifts.

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

Read more: Bringing back tobacco products from travels 


According to the Tobacco Act, a private person is allowed to bring from the Åland Islands into mainland Finland no more than a total of 1 000 grams of chewing tobacco, nasal tobacco and tobacco for oral use (snus) in one calendar day for his or her personal use. These products cannot be brought in as gifts.

Read more: Bringing back tobacco products from travels 


Each country has its own pharmaceutical legislation, so the traveller should always bring their medicine prescriptions along simply for this reason. Regarding medicines, the requirements for each country can be checked with the embassy of the country in question. When arriving in Finland you need the prescription, or a patient instructions sheet issued by your physician.

Read more: Medicines

 


You may, since the guideline limits are not import restrictions. Each guideline limit (beer, wine, intermediate products and others) is monitored separately. The fact that you do not bring in a beverage of one guideline, does not give you the right to bring in more of a beverage of another guideline limit.

The passenger’s obligation to give an account of personal use arises when a quantity of the guideline limits is exceeded.

Read more: Bringing alcohol from your trip

 


The guideline limits on alcohol are not import restrictions. A credible and provable account can be sufficient grounds for bringing in an alcohol quantity that exceeds the guideline limits.

Read more: Bringing alcohol from your trip

 


The right to bring in personal medicines depend on whether you are bringing the medicines from another EU country or from outside the EU. There are separate regulations on bringing in medicines classified as narcotics.

Read more: Medicines


Most countries have restrictions on imports of medicines. The traveller is responsible for finding out the import restrictions of the country of destination. You can get more information about the restrictions e.g. from the destination country’s authorities. Finnish Customs doesn’t provide information about the import restrictions of other countries.

Take your prescriptions with you. If necessary, with them you can prove that you have the right to have personal medicines with you. If you have an electronic prescription (eResepti), please take one of the following with you when you travel:

  • A patient guide printed by a doctor, listing all the medicines you have been prescribed at the same time.
  • A summary printout of your prescriptions, from the pharmacy.
  • A summary of your prescriptions, which you can print from the National Archive for Health Information (Kanta) using your online banking ID codes.

More information:

  • The website of Kela (the Social Insurance Institution of Finland)
  • Medicines

There are restrictions on bringing in veterinary medicines, and you may only bring them in if you have your pet with you. If the medicine is a prescription medicine in Finland, you have to have the prescription with you. No prescription is required for bringing in over-the counter medicines.

You can only bring in medicines in a quantity corresponding to one month’s use. If the product can be bought in a store, make sure that the product does not contain biocides. If the product is a biocidal product, it must be registered and it cannot be mentioned in the list of prohibited active biocidal substances.

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Counterfeit products can pose a risk to health or public safety. Counterfeit medicines, foodstuffs, vehicle spare parts and electrical devices involve a particularly significant risk.

There is no reliable research available on the quality of counterfeit products. For example, a clothing item may catch fire or cause an allergic reaction, and children’s toys may contain harmful ingredients and parts that may come loose. Materials used in counterfeit products may even cause cancer. Counterfeit spare parts of vehicles may cause malfunctions and accidents, and counterfeit electronics products may cause short circuits.

There is no guarantee for counterfeit products, and the people responsible cannot be tracked down when the product breaks down or causes damage.

Vast amounts of money are involved in the counterfeiting business, and they are used to fund organised crime.

Counterfeits corrode the market for genuine products. As a result, around 100 000 jobs are lost annually in Europe.

Counterfeit products do not yield any tax revenue. The money must be levied by society from other sources, for example from your salary.

The selling of pirated copies of music, computer software, films and other similar products is depriving their makers of their income.

The maximum penalty for an intellectual property offence is two years’ imprisonment.

Read more: Counterfeit products and ordering online


A heated tobacco product is a tobacco product as referred to in the Tobacco Act. Imports of heated tobacco products are restricted by the import prohibition regarding minors, the quantity allowances and time limits for imports by travellers and the prohibition of bringing in products obtained by means of distance communication.

A person under the age of 18 cannot bring in tobacco products to Finland. 

If the packets of heated tobacco products do not carry the required health warning images and texts in Finnish and Swedish, you can bring in no more than 200 dose units of heated tobacco products or 250 grams of loose heated tobacco products from a trip. According to the Tobacco Act, dose unit refers to the amount of the product used at a time.

If you live in Finland and you arrive in Finland from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) other than by air and your journey has lasted no more than 24 hours, you are not allowed to bring in tobacco products or nicotine liquids.
Exception: You are allowed to bring in tobacco products and nicotine liquids to Finland if it is apparent that you obtained them before you left Finland.

If you live outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and arrive in Finland other than by air and your stay in Finland is not a transit journey and lasts no more than three days, you are not allowed to bring in tobacco products or nicotine liquids.
Exception: You are allowed to bring in tobacco products and nicotine liquids if it is apparent that the products are intended for your own use during your stay in Finland.

If you arrive from outside the customs and fiscal territory of the EU or from within the customs territory but from outside the fiscal territory of the EU, you are allowed to bring in for personal use, free of tax, heated tobacco products worth 300 euros when travelling by road and worth 430 euros when travelling by air or by sea. Read more about imports by travellers.

A private individual is not allowed to obtain or receive by mail, as a goods shipment or by any other similar means from outside Finland, tobacco products ordered from a trader by means of distance communication.

As a rule, devices with which heated tobacco products are used can be imported without restrictions.


Real caviar is made from sturgeon roe. Bringing in caviar from non-EU countries usually requires a permit, because caviar is covered by CITES Convention (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). What permits you need depends on how you are going to bring in caviar.

If you order caviar or receive it as a gift, you will need two CITES permits: A CITES export permit from the country from which the caviar is dispatched and a CITES import permit from the Finnish Environment Institute. The permits must be applied for in advance, and they must both be valid when the consignment arrives in Finland. Both CITES permits must be presented to Customs when the consignment arrives in Finland. The packages must also have the international CITES label.

If you bring in caviar in your luggage only for personal use, you can bring in no more than 125 grams of caviar without a CITES permit. If you bring in more than 125 grams, you will need a CITES export permit from the country of departure.

Due to EU sanctions imposed on Russia, the import of caviar from Russia is prohibited for the time being.

Read about the CITES permits on the website of Finland’s environmental administration (in Finnish):

CITES requirements for caviar
General information about CITES permits
CITES permits – validity and prices

You can bring in a total of 20 kilograms of roe other than caviar, fresh or processed, from non-EU countries to Finland. You can bring in the roe by ordering it, as a gift or in your luggage. Read about importing foodstuffs on the website of the Finnish Food Authority.

Read more about endangered CITES species on the Finnish Customs website.


Mosquito repellents, e.g. mosquito repellent mats, can only be imported to Finland by registered operators. Mosquito repellent refers to a biocidal substance that repels mosquitos. When you obtain repellents, they need to be authorised by the Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes). In other words, there needs to be an authorisation number by Tukes on the packaging of the repellent. 

Private persons can bring in mosquito repellent devices as passenger imports or order them online, as long as mosquito repellent mats without an authorisation number by Tukes are not included.

Learn more about mosquito repellents on the Safety and Chemicals Agency website


Yes, you can, but the quantity is limited. 

•    When you order them online: You can order nicotine pouches from the EEA in a quantity corresponding to no more than three months’ use. You cannot order nicotine pouches from outside the EEA. Read more about ordering medicines online on Fimea’s website.

•    When you bring them back from a trip: You can bring in nicotine pouches from the EEA in a quantity corresponding to 12 months’ use and from outside the EEA in a quantity corresponding to three months’ use. 

A pouch containing nicotine is in Finland classified either as legal over-the-counter medication or as prescription medication based on its nicotine content. The maximum import quantities of over-the-counter medications are calculated based on the dosage marked on the package and of prescription medication according to the prescribed quantity and the user instruction. 

The nicotine pouch is classified as over-the-counter medication if its nicotine content is a maximum of 4 mg (daily dosage a maximum of 96 mg, i.e. one 4 mg pouch per hour). Nicotine pouches with a nicotine content of over 4 mg require a prescription.

Please remember that importing medication is always personal. As a private person, you cannot bring in or send medications to another private person.


Yes. According to the Tobacco Act, nicotine-free liquids intended for electronic cigarettes and disposable devices that resemble electronic cigarettes and that are filled with nicotine-free liquid can be ordered from abroad to Finland. 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 nicotine-containing and nicotine-free liquids for electronic cigarettes are subject to excise duty. For more information, go to the website of the Finnish Tax Administration.

Read more: Ordering tobacco products online 

Tax Administration: Excise duty on tobacco products 

 

 


No you cannot. It is prohibited to acquire and receive oral tobacco (snus), chewing tobacco and nasal tobacco from outside Finland by mail or in any other corresponding way.

Read more: Ordering tobacco products online

 


Private persons cannot order or bring fireworks to Finland from outside the European Economic Area. It is possible to order and bring fireworks to Finland from the European Economic Area. Note that, in Finland, fireworks are under the supervision of the Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes). Countries belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA) are the EU member states as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.


The new plant health legislation restricts travellers from bringing in plants and plant products from outside the European Union without a phytosanitary certificate.

A phytosanitary certificate is required for:

  • seedlings, potted plants, greenery,
  • scions, stems, tubers, rhizomes and similar propagated materials,
  • seeds for planting,
  • cut flowers and branches as well as
  • fresh fruits, berries, vegetables and root vegetables.

Of fruits, only bananas, dates durians, pineapples and coconuts are exempted from the certificate requirement.

You will still need to check for possible import bans in the Finnish Food Authority’s Guide to Import Bans (in Finnish).

A phytosanitary certificate is not required for mushrooms, and it is therefore still permitted after 1 September 2019 to bring in a maximum of 10 kilogrammes for personal use without testing and radiation controls.

Further information can be found on the Finnish Food Authority’s webpage (in Finnish and Swedish).


Tobacco-free herbal mixtures for smoking via a waterpipe are considered herbal products for smoking under the Tobacco Act. Imports of herbal products for smoking are restricted by the quantity allowances for imports by travellers and by the prohibition of bringing in products obtained by means of distance communication.

If the packets of herbal products for smoking do not carry the required health warning texts in Finnish and Swedish, you can bring in no more than 200 units of ready-rolled and 250 grams of loose herbal products for smoking. The quantity allowances do not apply to herbal products for smoking brought from the Åland Islands into mainland Finland by travellers.

You can bring in 250 grams of waterpipe tobacco not containing the tobacco plant free of tax and customs duty from outside the customs and fiscal territory of the EU as well as from within the customs territory but from outside the fiscal territory of the EU.

Private individuals are not allowed to obtain or receive by mail, as a goods shipment or by any other similar means from outside Finland, herbal products for smoking ordered from a trader by means of distance communication.


In the Tobacco Act, waterpipe tobacco refers to a tobacco product which can be used for smoking exclusively via a waterpipe. Imports of waterpipe tobacco are restricted by the import prohibition regarding minors, the quantity allowances and time limits for imports by travellers and the prohibition of bringing in products obtained by means of distance communication.

A person under the age of 18 cannot bring in tobacco products to Finland.

If the packets of waterpipe tobacco do not carry the required health warning images and texts in Finnish and Swedish, you can bring in no more than 250 grams of waterpipe tobacco. The quantity allowances do not apply to herbal products for smoking brought into mainland Finland by travellers from the Åland Islands.

If you live in Finland and you arrive in Finland from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) other than by air and your journey has lasted no more than 24 hours, you are not allowed to bring in tobacco products or nicotine liquids.
Exception: You are allowed to bring in tobacco products and nicotine liquids to Finland if it is apparent that you obtained them before you left Finland.

If you live outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and arrive in Finland other than by air and your stay in Finland is not a transit journey and lasts no more than three days, you are not allowed to bring in tobacco products or nicotine liquids.
Exception: You are allowed to bring in tobacco products and nicotine liquids if it is apparent that the products are intended for your own use during your stay in Finland.

You can bring in 250 grams of waterpipe tobacco not containing the tobacco plant free of tax and customs duty from outside the customs and fiscal territory of the EU as well as from within the customs territory but from outside the fiscal territory of the EU.

A private individual is not allowed to obtain or receive by mail, as a goods shipment or by any other similar means from outside Finland, tobacco products ordered from a trader by means of distance communication.

Read more: Bringing in tobacco products from travels


CITES products are endangered animals and plants, their parts and products made of them. The import these products may is prohibited or requires a permit. Further information: Environment.fi

  • Pets (e.g. parrots, tortoises and many reptiles) and plants (e.g. orchids)
  • Cosmetics and medicines containing parts of CITES species
  • Clothes and accessories (e.g. wolf fur coat or a crocodile skin bag)
  • Hunting requisites and fishing tackle (e.g. bear hair fly)
  • Fish and fishery products (e.g. sturgeon, caviar, eel).

According to the Finnish Tobacco Act,

  • tobacco product is a product made wholly or partly of tobacco (nicotiana) and suitable for consumption. The nicotine-containing liquid used in electronic cigarettes is not a tobacco product, but a nicotine liquid in accordance with a special provision.
  • smokeless tobacco product is a tobacco product not involving a combustion process, including chewing tobacco, nasal tobacco or any other tobacco product that is not smoked.
  • tobacco product for smoking is a tobacco product other than a smokeless tobacco product. Tobacco products for smoking include e.g. cigarettes, cigars and roll-your-own tobacco. In accordance with the Tobacco Products Directive, waterpipe tobacco is also a tobacco product for smoking.
  • smoking accessory is 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 is a roll of tobacco as defined in section 4(1) of the Act on Excise Duty on Tobacco (1470/1994).
  • cigar is a roll of tobacco as defined in section 3(1) of the Act on Excise Duty on Tobacco.
  • cigarillo is a cigar that weighs no more than three grams.
  • roll-your-own tobacco is 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 is roll-your-own tobacco.
  • pipe tobacco is tobacco that can be consumed via a combustion process and is exclusively intended for use in a pipe.
  • waterpipe tobacco is a tobacco product which can be used exclusively for smoking via a waterpipe.
  • chewing tobacco is a smokeless tobacco product exclusively intended for the purpose of chewing.
  • nasal tobacco is a smokeless tobacco product that can be consumed via the nose.
  • tobacco for oral use is a tobacco product for oral use, made wholly or partly of tobacco, in powder or in particulate form or in any combination of those forms, but it is not intended to be inhaled or chewed.
  • herbal product for smoking is a tobacco substitute made of plants and intended for smoking. Instead of the tobacco plant, the product contains other plants, such as herbs or fruits. Herbal products for smoking include so-called herbal cigarettes as well as tobacco-free herbal mixtures for smoking via a waterpipe.
  • electronic cigarette is a product used for inhaling nicotine-containing vapour via a mouth piece. Electronic cigarette also means any component of that product.
  • nicotine liquid is 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 is 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 is a receptacle that contains a nicotine liquid, which can be used to refill an electronic cigarette.

Import requirements depend on whether an animal is imported from another EU country or from a non-EU country, and on whether or not the import is of commercial nature. You can check the import requirements from Finnish Food Authority.

Fimea gives more information on medicines for animals.

Read more: Travelling with pets
Read more: Buying a pet from abroad
Read more: Moving with pets


Only such radio equipment that fulfil the EU requirements can be sold and used within the EU. Radio equipment sold in countries outside the EU and EEA, may not satisfy these requirements. The equipment might work on the wrong frequency or with too much power or be otherwise incompatible with radio equipment and radio systems used within the EU. High powered radio equipment or equipment working on the wrong frequency, can interfere with radio equipment of other users. Foreign online stores can provide equipment that use the wrong frequency or too much power, but importing them to Finland and distributing and using them in Finland is prohibited.

The CE conformity marking shows that the manufacturer has ensured that the product fulfils the EU requirements. When you order radio equipment from outside the EU, make sure that the equipment has the CE conformity marking. Moreover, check the packaging, the user instructions or ask the seller if there are restrictions regarding the use of the equipment in Finland.

More information from the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency:


As a rule, family is considered to include all persons living at the same address and in the same household. However, if relatives in direct lineage (parents, children, grandparents) import alcohol for a family celebration (e.g. a wedding, a birthday, some other significant occasion) without compensation as a gift, this kind of import of alcohol is also considered import for personal use even if the relatives do not live at the same address and are not part of the same household.

Read more: Bringing alcohol from your trip

 


The new Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU) was implemented through a comprehensive reform of the national Tobacco Act.

The Tobacco Act (549/2016) 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 provides that Customs is the executive authority responsible for supervising compliance with the import prohibitions and restrictions laid down in the Tobacco Act. Customs is also responsible for controlling and supervising intra-EU movements, as well as imports from the Åland Islands to mainland Finland.


Every country determines which substances it considers medicinal substances. In Finland, Fimea, the responsible authority, determines whether a substance or a preparation is a medicine and whether it requires a prescription. The following is taken into consideration in the classification: the composition and purpose of use of the substance, the details provided in the marketing of the substance as well as scientific data.


                            

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