Ordering tobacco products online

Tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or nicotine liquids obtained from a trader by means of distance communication cannot be imported. 

Tobacco products are products made wholly or partly of tobacco (nicotiana) and suitable for consumption. The Tobacco Act provides for the import of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and liquids used in electronic cigarettes. Herbal products for smoking are also subject to the provisions of the Tobacco Act.

Tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or nicotine liquids cannot be obtained or received from a trader from abroad to Finland. These products cannot be obtained by means of distance communication, such as over the internet, by email, by mail or by phone.

It is prohibited to order, obtain or receive tobacco products from abroad to Finland or from the Åland Islands to mainland Finland as postal parcels or by other similar means. You are not allowed to order, obtain or receive from a trader, that is, from a seller of tobacco products, consignments containing

  • chewing tobacco
  • nasal tobacco
  • tobacco for oral use or
  • 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.

On the page ‘Tobacco products as gifts’, you can find more information about the restrictions and charges related to tobacco products sent as gifts from abroad.

Points to consider

Ordering tobacco products online

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. 

Nicotine snus, i.e. 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.


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.

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.

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Tobacco-free herbal mixtures for smoking via a waterpipe are considered herbal products for smoking under the Tobacco Act. They can be brought in from another EU countries and from outside the EU within the quantity limits.

You can bring in

  • no more than 200 units of ready-rolled and 250 grams of loose herbal products for smoking in packets which do not carry the required health warnings in Finnish and Swedish.

There are no restrictions in the Tobacco Act regarding herbal products for smoking, when they are brought into mainland Finland by travellers from the Åland Islands. The products can also be ordered online, there are no restrictions in the Tobacco Act on acquiring or receiving these products by mail, as a goods shipment or by any other means from outside Finland.

You 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 within the customs territory but from outside the fiscal territory of the EU. It makes no difference whether the mixture to be smoked in the pipe contains nicotine or not. This is also the case when bringing in these products from the province of Åland to mainland Finland and when bringing them into the province of Åland from other EU Member States and Mainland Finland.


You cannot order waterpipe tobacco containing tobacco online from abroad. 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, waterpipe tobacco means a tobacco product which can be used for smoking exclusively via a waterpipe.

Waterpipe tobacco can be brought into Finland by travellers. There are, however, time limits for imports by travellers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). For more information on the time limits, see ‘Import from outside the EU’ on this page.

You 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 within the customs territory but from outside the fiscal territory of the EU. It makes no difference whether the mixture to be smoked in the pipe contains nicotine or not. This is also the case when bringing in these products from Åland to mainland Finland and when bringing them into Åland from other EU Member States and mainland Finland.

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

Read more: Bringing back tobacco products from travels 


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.


No. 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.

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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.

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No. 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.

 

 


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

According to the Act on Excise Duty on Tobacco, however, cigarette paper is subject to excise duty. You can read more about the excise duty on cigarette paper on the website of the Tax Administration.

Import of cigarette paper by travellers

When you travel, you can bring in cigarette paper for personal use from within the customs and fiscal territory of the EU (from within the EU) without any time limits or quantitative restrictions. The Tax Administration is responsible for excise taxation and for providing information on it.

Travellers arriving from outside the customs and fiscal territory of the EU (from outside the EU), or from within the customs territory but from outside the fiscal territory of the EU (e.g. from the Canary Islands) are allowed to bring in 300 euros worth of cigarette paper by road and 430 euros worth of cigarette paper by air or sea. Read more about imports by travellers.

Ordering cigarette paper

You can order cigarette paper from within the customs and fiscal territory of the EU for personal use without any quantitative restrictions. According to the Act on Excise Duty on Tobacco, however, cigarette paper is subject to excise duty. The Tax Administration is responsible for excise taxation and for providing information on it.

If you order cigarette paper from within the customs territory, but from outside the fiscal territory of the EU, your consignment will be cleared through customs and excise duty and VAT will, as a rule, be levied on it.

If you order cigarette paper from outside the customs and fiscal territory of the EU, your consignment will be cleared through customs, and the standard import duties and taxes – usually customs duty, excise duty and VAT – will be levied on it.

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Legislation

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

                            

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