Before you travel
Before you travel, please take a look at our advice on these pages. For more information about the import restrictions and provisions of the country of destination, you can contact the country’s embassy or authorities. Finnish Customs doesn’t provide information about the provisions of other countries.
Points to consider
If you are taking personal valuables in your luggage to a country outside the EU, you should fill in a luggage certificate at Customs before departure. The form is intended for private persons and it will prove to Customs that you had the items with you on departure.
If you are taking goods abroad with you for commercial purposes, e.g. for sale or temporarily for a fair or for reparation, you’ll have to submit an electronic export declaration for the goods to Customs.
The Finnish Border Guard is responsible for the border controls of people at the border crossing points. If you have any questions about travel documents, please contact the Border Guard. You’ll find the contact information and instructions concerning travel documents at www.raja.fi.
For more information about the travel documents of Finnish citizens, please go to the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
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 embassy or 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.
- The website of Kela (the Social Insurance Institution of Finland)
- Medicines in your luggage when you return
Most countries have their own import restrictions. 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 country’s embassy or authorities. Finnish Customs doesn’t provide information about the provisions concerning goods or gifts taken out of Finland.
You don’t need to notify Finnish Customs if you travel with a pet. When travelling with an animal, the legislation of the country of destination is applied. The traveller is responsible for finding out about the provisions effective in that country before travelling. You can get information about these provisions e.g. from the country’s embassy or veterinary authorities. For more information about the export and import provisions concerning pets, go to Evira's website.
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