If I buy a smartphone ~700 USD from New York while travelling and come back to Greece, will there be fees while entering the country? The same phone costs about 1000 USD in Greece i am guessing from Customs.

Will there be some kind of check in the Customs? Is there a specific amount of devices i can bring in the country(i might need 2)?

Will i have to declare what i bought in the US?

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    Yes, you will have to pay customs and taxes if you bring such a phone back to Greece. Except for that, you should however make sure that the phone you buy in the US will work properly in Europe. The cellular networks operate in different frequency bands and most smart phones come in different models for the US and European market. Sep 20, 2019 at 12:43
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    @Matteo: Usually the burden of proof runs the other way. You will be liable for customs duties unless you can prove that you bought it in Greece. Sep 20, 2019 at 14:03
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    @Matteo so your life advice is to keep the law only when you are sure you'd get caught breaking it? o_O
    – chx
    Sep 20, 2019 at 17:24
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    Be careful regarding the phone you buy. Many North American phone models do not support the necessary radio bands to work with 4G LTE in Europe or elsewhere in the world. An "expensive" phone like an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy should be fine, but you should research the specific phone you are interested in, before you spend the money. Sep 20, 2019 at 22:30
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    Thank you fo your replies, @NateEldredge I think it is not possible to proove that i bought my current device from Greece. Also do these "customs duties" aply only for electronic devices?
    – G. Siganos
    Sep 23, 2019 at 5:32


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