Cash

If you are travelling with cash worth €10 000 or more when you enter or leave the EU, you must submit a cash declaration to Customs on your own initiative:

Import or export of cash is not prohibited or restricted as such.

Please note also: If cash is sent by post, freight or courier, Customs may ask the sender or the recipient to provide the corresponding information for cash control. A customs declaration must also be submitted for these consignments.

Cash includes 

  • banknotes and coins
  • other means of payment, such as cheques and negotiable promissory notes
  • gold coins (with a gold content of at least 90%) 
  • gold bars, nuggets and clumps (with a gold content of at least 99.5%). 

Credit cards are not considered cash.

Do I have to declare my cash? 

See below what to do in different situations:  

Returning from a trip

I’m arriving from a non-EU country I’m arriving from another EU country

Select below how much cash you have with you

Cash worth less than €10 000 Cash worth €10 000 or more

You don't need to declare the cash to Customs.
Choose the green channel.

Submit a cash declaration to Customs when you arrive in Finland. You should primarily use this method of declaration. 

Complete and print out the declaration form beforehand. Enclose a copy of your passport or ID card with the declaration.

Choose the red channel. You can also get the declaration form from the customs office at the border crossing point.

Sending the declaration by email

You can also send the cash declaration to Customs in advance by email. Send the declaration to the address kateisvarailmoitus(at)tulli.fi at least 24 hours in advance of your arrival. In addition, you must also visit Customs at the border crossing point to present your cash and to confirm the declaration you sent.

Please bear in mind that using email is not always secure, as the information may be accessible to a third party.    

Select below how much cash you have with you

Cash worth less than €10 000 Cash worth €10 000 or more

You don't need to declare the cash to Customs.

Choose the green channel.

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You don't need to declare the cash to Customs.

Choose the green channel.

Going on a trip

I'm travelling to another EU country I’m travelling to a country outside the EU

Select below how much cash you have with you

Cash worth less than €10 000 Cash worth €10 000 or more

You don't need to declare the cash to Customs. Choose the green channel.

In some EU countries, the obligation to declare cash also applies to travellers from other EU countries. The value limit for cash that must be declared may also vary. Check any requirements of the destination country.

You don't need to declare the cash to Customs. Choose the green channel.

In some EU countries, the obligation to declare cash also applies to travellers from other EU countries. The value limit for cash that must be declared may also vary. Check any requirements of the destination country.

Select below how much cash you have with you

Cash worth less than €10 000 Cash worth €10 000 or more

You don't need to declare the cash to Customs.

Choose the green channel.

Submit a cash declaration to Customs when you arrive in Finland. You should primarily use this method of declaration. 

Complete and print out the declaration form beforehand. Enclose a copy of your passport or ID card with the declaration.

Enclose a copy of your passport or ID card. You can also get the declaration form from Customs at the border crossing point.

Sending the declaration by email

You can also send the cash declaration to Customs in advance by email. Send the declaration to the address kateisvarailmoitus(at)tulli.fi at least 24 hours in advance of your departure. In addition, you must also visit Customs at the border crossing point to present your cash and to confirm the declaration you sent.

Please bear in mind that using email is not always secure, as the information may be accessible to a third party.   

Points to consider

You may be fined. You may also be subject to criminal investigation and legal proceedings. 


By controlling movements of cash, Finnish Customs aims to detect means transported across the external border of the EU and related to money laundering or financing of terrorism. At Helsinki Airport and at the border crossing points on the Finnish-Russian border, Customs also uses cash detection dogs.

More information of money laundering: Moneylaundering.fi


Contact us

Contact Customs Information Mon–Fri 8 am–4.15 pm

Please have a look at the frequently asked questions.

If you have a question about the arrival of parcels, its contents or the handling fee, please contact Posti.

Customs Information Service