When travelling in the EU territory
When travelling to the European Union (EU) member states, there are no restrictions on transportation of purchased or carried goods, provided that such goods are intended for personal use and not for sale. However, it should be taken into account that there are certain product groups listed in the regulatory acts to which specific imports restrictions in terms of transportation and quantity are applied, such as tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, coffee etc.
In the laws and regulations additional restrictions are applied to some EU territories regarding transportation of excise goods in personal baggage.
If the quantity of excise goods transported from one EU member state to another exceeds the official limit, at border crossing the goods must be declared and the excise tax paid to the state revenue service for the excess quantity of goods.
The following limits are determined for the goods subject to excise duty that have been purchased in an EU Member State for personal use with all taxes being paid in the respective state and taken to Latvia or another EU Member State:
• 800 cigarettes;
• 400 cigarillos (cigars weighing not more than 3 grams each);
• 200 cigars;
• 1 kilogram of smoking tobacco;
• 110 litres of beer;
• 90 litres of wine (including a maximum of 60 litres of sparkling wine) or other fermented beverages;
• 20 litres of intermediate products (medium-strong beverages);
• 10 litres of other alcoholic beverages (strong beverages);
• 10 kilograms;
• 110 litres.
As regards tobacco products, EU countries may limit the number of cigarettes you can bring with you from certain other EU countries, which do not yet charge the minimum level of excise duty under Council Directive 2011/64/EU of 21 June 2011 on the structure and rates of excise duty applied to manufactured tobacco. This limit cannot be lower than 300 cigarettes. Currently, Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Slovenia and Sweden apply this lower limit for travellers coming from Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Hungary. (Updated information is available on the homepage of the European Commission Director-General for Taxation and Customs: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/common/travellers/within_eu/index_en.htm)
When travelling outside the EU territory
When arriving by air in the EU from a non-member state of the EU, no customs duty or VAT tax is charged on the traveller’s luggage if its total value does not exceed 430 Euro per person. Children under 15 years of age can bring goods for personal use at the value not exceeding 285 Euro.
Personal luggage means new, unused goods intended for the traveller’s or his/her family members’ personal use or as gifts unless the type and quantity of such goods testify to their import for commercial purposes. The traveller’s own clothes, toiletries and other used items are not considered personal luggage.
When travelling by air, a person may bring for personal use
• 200 cigarettes or
• 100 cigarillos (cigars weighing not more than 3 grams each), or
• 50 cigars, or
• 250 grams of smoking tobacco, or
• Tobacco products in any combination provided that the percentage applied to individually determined quantities in total does not exceed 100 per cent.
• 1 litre of distilled beverages and alcohol, provided that the alcohol content exceeds 22%; non-methylated ethyl spirits with alcohol content of 80% and more, or
• 2 litres of distilled beverages, alcohol and wine- or alcohol-based aperitifs with alcohol content not exceeding 22%; sparkling wine, dessert (liqueur) wine;
• Above-mentioned alcoholic beverages in any combination, provided that the percentage applied to individually determined quantities in total does not exceed 100 per cent;
• 4 litres of non-sparkling (still) wines;
• 16 litres of beer.
Persons under 18 years of age are not granted relief from import duty payment for tobacco products and alcohol carried into the country.
Non-alcoholic drinks and coffee, observing the value limits for movement of goods. When bringing non-alcoholic beverages and coffee from third countries, such as Russia or Belarus, the approved quantity limits for food products must be observed - in personal luggage for non-commercial purposes such food products can be brought in that do not contain the products of animal origin, provided that their total weight do not exceed 10 kg.
Crossing the State border of the Republic of Latvia (both on arrival and departure) in places, which are also external border of the European Union, any natural person must declare cash if it is equivalent to or exceeds 10 000 euro, submitting a written declaration of the cash. The declaration forms are available free of charge from a competent authority at the border crossing point, as well as on State Revenue Service (SRS) homepage in Latvian, Russian or English. Declared cash is recalculated in euro using the currency exchange rate (in lats) set by the Bank of Latvia on the day of border crossing.
Additional information about declaring cash is available on SRS homepage.
Get more information on goods allowed for transportation in a baggage, not paying import duties, in the booklet "Traveller’s ABC" issued by the State Revenue Service (SRS): https://www.vid.gov.lv/default.aspx?tabid=11&id=87&hl=1
You can get additional information on the conditions for movement of goods on SRS website www.vid.gov.lv and by calling to SRS informative phone 67120000 (select the option "Customs")
Information regarding transportation of food products for personal use is available on the website of the Sanitary Border Inspection of the Food and Veterinary Service www.pvd.gov.lv .