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Information about bringing alcoholic beverages to Finland

Please look from Tulli's (Finnish Customs) webpage for up to date information about quantities of alcoholic beverages. 
Select "What can I bring in free of duty and tax from the EU?" if you bring alcoholic beverages from another EU country. 


Embassy of Finland cannot guarantee if following information will be changed at certain time. Information is updated on July 10, 2019.

 

What can I bring in free of duty and tax from the EU?

You can import alcoholic beverages for private use or as a gift if you bring in the products in the vehicle in which you yourself arrive in Finland.

The guideline limits are:

110 litres of beer (over 0.5%)

10 litres of other alcoholic beverages (over 1.2% ethyl alcohol content, e.g. strong alcoholic beverages, long drinks made from ethyl alcohol)

20 litres of intermediate products (max. 22%, including aperitifs, e.g. vermouths, bitters, sherries)

90 litres of wine, of which 60 litres can be sparkling wine (includes long drinks and ciders produced through fermentation)

Cider and long drinks are not equated with beer.

In addition, if you don’t import beverages of some of these types you cannot replace them with more beverages of another type.

Travellers can import more alcohol than this for private use, but, if requested, they must be able to present credible proof that the amount of alcohol that exceeds the guideline limits is meant for private use.

However, a person travelling to or from Åland cannot be sold more than two litres of beer free of tax. Otherwise, the same quantity limitations that apply to imports from outside the EU also apply to imports from Åland, as well as from the Canary Islands.

110 LITRES OF BEER

over 0.5%
e.g. 13 cartons (24 x 0.33 l) + 21 cans (0.33 l)

 

90 LITRES OF WINE

Of this total amount, 60 litres can be sparkling wine, ciders and long drinks
e.g. 10 boxes (12 x 0.75 l)

 

20 LITRES OF INTERMEDIATE PRODUCTS

Max. 22%, including aperitifs, e.g. vermouths, bitters, sherries
e.g. 3 boxes (12 x 0.5 l) + 4 bottles (0.5 l)

 

10 LITRES OF OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

over 1.2% ethyl alcohol content, e.g. strong alcoholic beverages, long drinks made from ethyl alcohol
e.g. 1 box (6 x 1.00 l) + 4 bottles (1.00 l)

 

Family and celebrations

Family is considered to include all persons living at the same address and in the same household. However, if relatives in direct lineage (parents, children, grandparents) import alcohol for a family celebration (e.g. a wedding, a birthday, some other significant occasion) without compensation as a gift, this kind of import of alcohol is also considered import for personal use even if the relatives are not living at the same address and are not part of the same household.

If you import larger quantities for the purpose of serving them at, for example, your birthday or wedding, you must, if requested, be able to prove that the celebration will take place.

However, please note that importing goods in exchange for any kind of compensation is considered commercial and is thus subject to tax regardless of how much you import. For instance, you cannot import alcohol for a group of friends.