Ordering tobacco products online and imports by travellers

Tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or nicotine liquids obtained from a trader by means of distance communication cannot be imported. Imports by travellers are also subject to restrictions.

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.

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.

Imports of tobacco products by travellers

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

Read about the imports of tobacco products by travellers – first, choose where you are travelling from.

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Imports by travellers from another EU country

Cigarettes, cigars, roll-your-own and pipe tobacco, nicotine liquid and herbal products for smoking

You can bring in

  1. no more than the following quantities of tobacco products in packets which do not carry the required health warnings – text warnings in Finnish and Swedish and picture warnings:
    • 200 cigarettes
    • 50 cigars
    • 100 cigarillos
    •  250 grams of roll-your own tobacco or pipe tobacco
  2. no more than 10 ml of nicotine liquid in an electronic cigarette or a refill container in packets which do not carry the required health warnings in Finnish and Swedish
  3. 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.

You are allowed to bring in these products duty free for personal use, that is, for yourself, for your family or as a gift.

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

  1. no more than a total of 1 000 grams of the following in one calendar day:
    • chewing tobacco
    • nasal tobacco
    • tobacco for oral use
  2. 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.

You are allowed to bring in these products for personal use only. Here, personal use means your own use; you are not allowed to bring in these products for your family or as a gift.

Postal deliveries from other EU countries

It is prohibited to order, obtain or receive tobacco products by mail or by comparable means from abroad to Finland. 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.

Read more: ‘Tobacco products as gifts’ 

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Tobacco products brought in by travellers from outside the EU (so-called third countries)

The limits on the tobacco products travellers can bring in vary from product to product and depending on whether the imports are taxable or tax free. These imports are also subject to restrictions concerning place of residence, journey time and mode of transport.

Cigarettes, cigars, roll-your-own and pipe tobacco, nicotine liquid and herbal products for smoking

You can bring in, as taxable products

  1. no more than the following quantities of tobacco products in packets which do not carry the required health warnings – text warnings in Finnish and Swedish and picture warnings:
    • 200 cigarettes
    • 50 cigars
    • 100 cigarillos
    • 250 grams of roll-your own tobacco or pipe tobacco
  2. no more than 10 ml of nicotine liquid in an electronic cigarette or a refill container in packets which do not carry the required health warnings in Finnish and Swedish
  3. 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.

You can bring in, duty free

  • 200 cigarettes OR
  • 50 cigars OR
  • 100 cigarillos (max. 3 g/each) OR
  • 250 grams of roll-your-own tobacco or pipe tobacco.

Travellers may bring in more than one tobacco product mentioned above duty free, if the total of their percentage shares of the maximum duty-free quantities does not exceed 100 per cent (for example 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.

You are allowed to bring in these products duty free for personal use only, that is, for yourself, for your family or as a gift.

You also can bring in, duty free

  1. no more than 10 ml of nicotine liquid in an electronic cigarette or a refill container in unit packets which do not carry the required text warnings Finnish and Swedish
  2. no more than 200 units of ready-rolled and 250 grams of loose herbal products for smoking in unit packets which do not carry the required text warnings in Finnish and Swedish.

The value of these products may not exceed 300 euros, when you arrive in Finland by road. When you arrive by air or sea, their value may not exceed 430 euros.

You are allowed to bring in these products duty free for personal use only, that is, for yourself, for your family or as a gift.

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

You can bring in, duty free

  1. no more than a total of 1 000 grams of the following in one calendar day:
    • chewing tobacco
    • nasal tobacco
    • tobacco for oral use (snus)
  2. 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.

You are allowed to bring in these products for personal use only. Here, personal use means your own use; you are not allowed to bring in these products for your family or as a gift.

Time limits

  • 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.
  • 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.

These time limits also apply to chewing tobacco, nasal tobacco and tobacco for oral use.

Postal consignments from outside the EU (so-called third countries)

It is prohibited to order, obtain or receive tobacco products by mail or by comparable means from abroad to Finland. 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.

Read more: ‘Tobacco products as gifts’ 

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The Åland Islands belong to the customs territory of the EU but not to the fiscal territory of the EU; they belong to the so-called special fiscal territories of the Union.

Cigarettes, cigars, roll-your-own and pipe tobacco, nicotine liquid and herbal products for smoking

You can bring in the following as taxable products to the Åland Islands:

  1. no more than the following quantities of tobacco products in unit packets which do not carry the required health warnings – text warnings in Finnish and Swedish and picture warnings: 
    • 200 cigarettes
    • 50 cigars
    • 100 cigarillos
    • 250 grams of roll-your own tobacco or pipe tobacco 
  2. no more than 10 ml of nicotine liquid in an electronic cigarette or a refill container in unit packets which do not carry the required health warnings Finnish and Swedish 
  3. 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.

You can bring in, duty free, to the Åland Islands:

  • 200 cigarettes OR
  • 50 cigars OR
  • 100 cigarillos (max. 3 g/each) OR
  • 250 grams of roll-your-own tobacco or pipe tobacco.

Travellers may bring in more than one tobacco product mentioned above duty free, if the total of their percentage shares of the maximum duty-free quantities does not exceed 100 per cent (for example 100 cigarettes and 50 cigarillos).

You are allowed to bring in these products duty free for personal use only, that is, for yourself, for your family or as a gift.

You can also bring in, duty free, to the Åland Islands:

  1. no more than 10 ml of nicotine liquid in an electronic cigarette or a refill container in packets which do not carry the required health warnings in Finnish and Swedish
  2. 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.

The value of these products may not exceed 300 euros, when you arrive in the Åland Islands on board an aircraft or vessel that is in recreational use. When you arrive by air or sea on board other than an aircraft or vessel in recreational use, their value may not exceed 430 euros.
 

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

You can bring in, duty free, to the Åland Islands:

  1. no more than a total of 1 000 grams of the following in one calendar day:
    • chewing tobacco
    • nasal tobacco
    • tobacco for oral use (snus)
  2. 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.

You are allowed to bring in these products for personal use only. Here, personal use means your own use; you are not allowed to bring in these products for your family or as a gift.

Time limits

  • 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.
  • If you live outside the European Economic Area 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.

These time limits also apply to chewing tobacco, nasal tobacco and tobacco for oral use.
 

Postal deliveries to the Åland Islands

It is prohibited to order, obtain or receive tobacco products by mail or by comparable means from abroad to Finland. 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.

Read more: ‘Tobacco products as gifts’ 

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The Åland Islands belong to the customs territory of the EU but not to the fiscal territory of the EU; they belong to the so-called special fiscal territories of the Union.

Cigarettes, cigars, roll-your-own and pipe tobacco, nicotine liquid and herbal products for smoking

You can bring in, duty free, from the Åland Islands to mainland Finland:

  • 200 cigarettes OR
  • 50 cigars OR
  • 100 cigarillos (max. 3 g/each) OR
  • 250 g grams of roll-your-own tobacco or pipe tobacco.

Travellers may bring in more than one tobacco product mentioned above duty free, if the total of their percentage shares of the maximum duty-free quantities does not exceed 100 per cent (for example 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.

You are allowed to bring in these products duty free for personal use only: for yourself, for your family or as a gift.

Chewing tobacco, nasal tobacco and tobacco for oral use (snus)

You can also bring, duty free, from the Åland Islands:

  1. No more than a total of 1 000 grams of the following in one calendar day:
  • chewing tobacco
  • nasal tobacco
  • tobacco for oral use (snus)

The value of these products may not exceed 300 euros, when you arrive from the Åland Islands on board an aircraft or vessel that is in recreational use. When you arrive by air or sea on board other than an aircraft or vessel in recreational use, their value may not exceed 430 euros.

You are allowed to bring in these products for personal use only. Here, personal use means your own use; you are not allowed to bring in these products for your family or as a gift.

Postal deliveries from the Åland Islands

It is prohibited to order, obtain or receive tobacco products by mail or by comparable means from the Åland Islands to mainland Finland. 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.

Read more: ‘Tobacco products as gifts’ 

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Points to consider

Ordering tobacco products online

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

Bringing in tobacco products from travels

Customs supervises and controls arriving and departing goods and travellers. Customs supervises the compliance with time limits concerning imports of tobacco products and nicotine liquids in connection with other customs enforcement through control measures aimed the flows of vehicles and travellers in different traffic types.

Section 66 of the Tobacco Act provides for the time limits on imports of tobacco products and nicotine liquids by travellers from non-EEA countries. The time limits are implemented to prevent illegal trade in tobacco products, and to prevent the entry into the Finnish market of tobacco products that are in violation of the Tobacco Products Directive.

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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.

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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 


A private person is allowed to bring into the Åland Islands 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.


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.

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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.

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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 


 


If the unit packets of tobacco products do not bear the required health warnings – text warnings in Finnish and Swedish and the picture warnings – you are not allowed to bring in more than 200 cigarettes to Finland even if you pay the taxes.

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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.

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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.


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 quantity and value limits concerning traveller import, provided that such import takes place occasionally.

If you bring back the same type of products from a trip once or a couple of times, it is a question of occasional traveller import. If you repeatedly bring back the same type of products back from your trips the import may no longer be considered occasional within the meaning of the legislation, and you will have to pay customs duty for the products.

The occasional nature of the import is assessed on a case-by-case basis. In such case, Customs will assess e.g. the type and quantity of the goods as well as the number of times they have been imported.

Applicable legislation

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

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

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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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