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I am going to Serbia this summer and I would like to know how many cigarettes I can bring back to the European Union.

P.S I am going from Serbia to Latvia through Frankfurt (Germany) by plane.

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I think it DOES vary from country to country. So you have to say which countr(y)(ies) of the EU you want to go in/through to get an appropriate answer. – Vince Jun 4 '14 at 18:12
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I think it may vary from country to country, but usually you're allowed to bring 200 cigattes.


Each Member State decides on the limit applicable:

  • 200 cigarettes or 40 cigarettes;*
  • 100 cigarillos or 20 cigarillos; *
  • 50 cigars or 10 cigars; *
  • 250 grams of tobacco or 50 g smoking tobacco*

*Each amount represents 100% of the total allowance for tobacco products and any combination of those products must not exceed 100%. Example: 100 cigarettes + 50 cigarillos = total allowance

The website of the German customs administration confirms that 200 cigarettes can be brought into Germany tax/duty-free.

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Am I the only one who's confused about: 200 cigarettes or 40 cigarettes.... – Karlson Jun 4 '14 at 13:52
@Karlson As far as I understand it some countries allow 200 cigarettes and other only 40. – Dirty-flow Jun 4 '14 at 13:54
Shweet!!! Let's add to the confusion. :) – Karlson Jun 4 '14 at 14:05
+1 Member states can indeed choose between the lower and higher thresholds (but not set an arbitrary threshold), as explained in article 8 of the directive mentioned on the page. – Relaxed Jun 5 '14 at 15:51

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