I am travelling to Italy to meet some friends and will be taking small-ish electronics like Kindles/e readers as a gift. Is there a limit on the value of goods? Where can I find information on the exemptions/rules regarding gifts and limits on the value of the goods I can carry?

The only reliable source seems to be the airport website, but all the links are in Italian and the browser translate function doesn't generate any easily understandable information. I did see a limit of 150 euros on the page but couldn't understand if that applied to gifts and what other stipulations might be in place.

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You could find some information in the web site of the Italian customs.

Being Italian, I find it quite embarrassing to realize that the f.a.q. section is not translated into English.

As far as I was able to understand reading the f.a.q. you can have with you imported goods for a maximum value of 430,00 €. The 150,00 € you were mentioning in the question is the limit for children under 15 years of age.


Are you talking about entering the EU? It's the same all across the EU. The information you're looking for is right here.

Other goods (including perfume, coffee, tea, electronic devices etc.):

Up to a value of €430 for air and sea travellers

The value on an individual item may not be split up. The value of personal luggage (i.e. suitcases) and medicinal products for the personal needs of the traveller do not count. Member States may reduce the above limits to € 150 for travellers under 15 years.

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