Taxation and Customs Union

Travelling in Europe - what do I have to know?

The European Union (EU) has done a lot to make travelling in Europe simpler. Within the EU, you can cross most borders without being checked and the euro makes it easier to shop around for bargains. Nevertheless you should be aware of a few basic rules in the areas of taxation and customs that might affect you as a traveller.

On this website we therefore aim to provide practical information for tourists travelling within the EU, leaving the EU or entering it. You will find information on VAT refunds, tax and duty free sales, baggage controls at airports, allowances on tobacco products and alcoholic drinks as well as on restrictions relating to foodstuffs and other products brought into the EU from third countries.

Visit the European Tourism Portal "".