For the items included in the personal baggage of travelers coming from non EU countries, when entering Greece, certain relief from duties and taxes that are imposed on import, is provided.
Personal baggage Personal baggage is the whole baggage that the traveller presents to the Customs upon his/her arrival in Greece, as well as the ones he/she may present to latter to the same Customs, provided that they had been registered upon his/her departure, as accompanied baggage, by the company that undertook the transfer of the traveller.
Conditions for tax relief In order for the tax relief to be granted, the items should not be of commercial use. The imports of items that:
are of an occasional use and
include exclusively items that are intended for personal or family use of the travellers or are to be offered as gifts and are not of a commercial use beyond any doubt, as far as their nature and quantity is concerned.
In order for the monetary threshold to be implemented, segmentation of the value of an item is not allowed. That is to say, if the value of the imported item is of €800, whether the monetary threshold is €430, duties and taxes will be collected on the total value of the item, i.e. on the €800.
Tax relief is provided per traveller.
For example, each traveller is granted for a relief of an item up to €300 and the spouses bring an item valued €600, the tax relief of two travellers (300+300) is not allowed to be added, in order to receive tax-free the item valued €600.
Extent of tax relief
Tax relief is granted for imported goods not exceeding a total value of €300 per traveller.
The monetary threshold is €430 for air and sea travellers.
With regard to travellers aged under (15) years old, the tax relief is limited to items of a total value up to €150 without reference to the means of transport.
The value of the personal baggages of a traveller, that are imported temporarily or re-imported after their temporary export and the value of pharmaceutical products required for the personal needs of the traveller are not taken into account for the implementation of the above exceptions.
With regard to residents or workers in frontier zone and the crew of means of transport, tax relief is limited to items of a total value up to €175.
For the following goods, the quantities that may be imported tax-free per traveller are the following:
Products of tobacco
For air travellers: 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos (cigars of a maximum weight of 3 grams each) or 50 cigars or 250 gr. of tobacco, or a proportional assortment of these different products
Travellers using all the other means of transport:
40 cigarettes or 20 cigarillos (cigars of a maximum weight of 3 grams each) or 10 cigars or 50 gr. of tobacco, or a proportional assortment of these different products
Alcohol and alcoholic beverages, except from still wines and beer:
Alcohol and alcoholic beverages, with an alcoholic strength exceeding 22% vol. or undernatured ethyl alcohol of 80% vol and over: 1 litre or Alcohol and alcoholic beverages, with an alcoholic strength not exceeding than 22% vol.: 2 litres or a proportional combination of these different products. Additionally, a total of 4 litres of still wine and up to 16 litres of beer.
For travellers under (17) years old, no tax relief is granted for tobacco products and alcoholic beverages.
For goods, which are not of a commercial value, that are included in the personal baggage of travellers coming from non EU countries to the countries of the European Union and their value exceeds the limit of tax relief they are entitled to, but does not exceed the amount of €700 per traveller, a flat-rate duty of 2,5% applies to their value, as well as the corresponding V.A.T.