Check the import restrictions before placing an order – as the ordering party, you are responsible for making sure that regulations are followed. This information can be found in the This information can be found in the Customs restrictions manual (only available in Finnish).
If you wish to order goods that require a licence to be imported, you should apply for the licence from the relevant authority before you order. Customs does not issue import licences.
Examples of restrictions
Note that the list is not exhaustive.
- Restrictions and prohibitions apply to the import of food supplements and medicines. More information: Evira or Fimea.
- Prohibitions and restrictions may apply to imports of foodstuffs. More information: Evira.
- The import of firearms, firearm components and ammunition is subject to restrictions. Import licences are granted by the Police. Ask the Police or read more in the Customs restrictions manual (only available in Finnish).
- The import of goods derived from endangered animals and plants may be prohibited or may require a permit. The permits are issued by the Finnish Environment Institute. More information: Environment Institute.
- The import of plants and seeds is subject to restrictions. More information: Evira.
- The import of precursors of explosives requires a licence. More information: the Police.
- The import of pleasure boats and pleasure boat engines is subject to restrictions. Ask Trafi for more information or check the Customs restrictions manual (only available in Finnish).
- Radio remote control devices that use frequencies that are prohibited in Finland. More information: Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority.
Non-medicinal products ordered online may be classed as medicines in Finland
Customs detains and seizes large amounts of medicines from consignments ordered from online stores. At Airport Customs alone, several hundreds of cases of smuggling, medicine offences and medicine violations are revealed each year, and as many as thousands of administrative detentions of medicines are carried out.
Points to consider
You are not allowed to acquire or receive medicinal products by post from a country outside the EEA
You are only allowed to acquire medicinal products from within the EEA
A private person may receive, for his or her personal use, prescription and non-prescription medicinal products from another EEA country in a quantity corresponding to no more than three months’ use, provided that:
- the medicinal product has a marketing authorisation in the state from where it was acquired, or, if the medicinal product does not have a marketing authorisation, it was purchased with a prescription appropriately issued by a person authorised to do so;
- the medicinal product has been acquired from a supplier authorised to carry out retail supply of medicines in the country of purchase; and
- the person is able to prove that the medicinal product is intended for his or her personal treatment. For prescription medicines, this can be done by presenting the prescription or medical certificate appropriately issued by a person authorised to do so, or in the case of an electronic prescription, by presenting a summary print-out that can be obtained from the pharmacy.
- If you have ordered medicinal products by post from the EEA, you must have the required documents before receiving the products.
- Self-medication products, i.e. over-the-counter medicines: For every medicinal product, a prescription status is defined, indicating whether the medicine in question may be supplied without a prescription and the maximum package size in which the medication can be purchased without a prescription. When you order medicines online, make sure you know the package sizes and the prescription status of the medicinal product. More information from Fimea: fimea.fi – Self-medication products
When ordering medicines online or from an online pharmacy, make sure that the pharmacy is a legalised distance seller of medicines. Online services that operate in the European Union can be identified by a pan-European logo. Read more: fimea.fi – Common European logo for online services (in Finnish and Swedish).
- You are not allowed to acquire or receive medicinal products containing a narcotic substance by post from outside Finland.
- You are not allowed to acquire or receive veterinary medicinal products by post from outside Finland.
You can find detailed information about restrictions in the Customs restrictions manual (in Finnish).
Customs supervises import goods that are subject to restrictions by means of risk analysis and X-ray, with the help of detector dogs, and by performing goods inspections when needed.
- Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira – (e.g. health products and food supplements, animal imports)
- Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority STUK – (e.g. laser products)
- Fimea – (e.g. herbal medicinal products, medicinal homeopathic and anthroposophic products as well as instructions for making a classification request)
- Environment.fi – (e.g. endangered animals and plants and products made from them (CITES))
- Police – (e.g. firearms and firearm components)
- Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority – (e.g. frequencies for telecommunications equipment)
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