Bringing foods from the EU

When you arrive in Finland from another EU country, you can bring foods almost without any restrictions.

Pork and wild boar meat are exceptions

There are regions in the EU from where you can bring pork and wild boar meat to Finland only in limited quantities, as there is African swine fever in those regions.

For example, the Baltic countries are among the regions under restrictions.

The swine fever situation may change fast. If you are going to bring pork or wild boar meat to Finland, always check the current situation on the Food Authority website.

Bringing foods from outside the EU

Fruits and vegetables

You cannot bring in fresh plants or plant products to Finland from outside the EU without a phytosanitary certificate. Since it is almost impossible for a private person to get a phytosanitary certificate, it means that in practice fresh fruits, berries and vegetables cannot be brought to Finland from outside the EU.

This means that you cannot bring in as much as one apple or orange without a phytosanitary certificate from the country of departure. A phytosanitary certificate is required for almost all fresh fruits, berries, vegetables and root vegetables.

A certificate is not required for bananas, dates, durian, pineapples or coconuts. You can bring in frozen, dried and preserved products, as well as coffee and tea without a phytosanitary certificate.

Products of animal origin

Imports of products of animal origin from outside the EU are restricted, as they pose a risk of spreading animal diseases.

Meat, fish and milk

When you arrive in Finland from outside the EU, you are not allowed to bring in any of the following:

  • meat
  • meat products
  • milk
  • milk products.

Travellers can bring at most 2 kilograms of infant formula meant for personal use. Infant formula cannot however be ordered on the Internet.

You can also bring in chocolate as a gift even if it contains milk.

You are allowed to bring in 20 kg of fishery products or one gutted fish regardless of its weight.

Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Andorra, Liechtenstein and San Marino are exceptions as concerns imports of products of animal origin. From these countries you can bring meat, meat products, milk and milk products regardless of their non-EU status.

  • The quantity of products that can be imported from these countries is not restricted when
  • the value of the products does not exceed the value limits for gift imports and
  • the quantity can be deemed reasonable for personal consumption.

The weight limit for fish products does not concern these countries.

Do bear in mind that the country of departure, for example Norway, may have placed restrictions on exports of fishery products. Check with the customs authority of the departure country to find out if export restrictions apply.

Other animal-derived foods

You can import other products such as honey, eggs, snails and frogs’ legs in quantities not exceeding 2 kg.

You can import a maximum of 125 grams of caviar. If you wish to bring more caviar, you will need a CITES export permit from the country of departure. More information on import permits is available at the end of the page.

Animal food

Animal-derived foods meant for pets cannot be imported from outside the EU. For example, you cannot import cat food or dog food that contains meat, chicken or fish.

If you are travelling with a pet, you can however bring with you the food that your pet needs for health reasons. 

Unrestricted foods

You can bring to Finland

  • candy and chocolate
  • biscuits, cakes and other bakery products that are not mixed or filled with meat products meat concentrates.

The Food Authority website has more information on foods that can you import freely for personal use.


When you arrive in Finland from outside the EU, note the value limits for imports. You can import gifts and passenger items without paying tax and customs duty

  • for a value of 430 euros when you arrive by air or sea
  • for a value of 300 euros when you arrive by other means.

Foods are also included in the value limit.

Read more about the value limit for tax exemption concerning passenger import items.