Customs and Duties

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Customs and Duties

For non-EU citizens, foreign banknotes amounting to more than $2,500 must be declared for re-export.

Only one per person of such expensive portable items as cameras, camcorders, computers, and the like is permitted into Greece. You should register these with Greek Customs upon arrival to avoid any problems when taking them out of the country again. Sports equipment, such as bicycles and skis, is also limited to one (or one pair) per person. One windsurf board per person may be imported/exported duty-free.

To bring in a dog or a cat, they must have a pet passport and be identified by the electronic identification system (microchip) according to ISO standard 11794 or 11785. They must also have been vaccinated against rabies. Traveling pets must also be accompanied by a health certificate for noncommercial movement of pets (regulation EC No. 998/2003) endorsed by a USDA state veterinarian.

For more information on Greek Customs, check with your local Greek Consulate or the Greek Ministry of Finance in Athens, which has more-detailed information on customs and import/export regulations.

Finally, there are also limits to the amount of goods you can bring back to the United States duty-free. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection department maintains accurate information on those limits.

Contacts in Greece

Ministry of Finance - Customs Office. 210/354–2138; 210/354–2122; www.gsis.gr.

Contacts in the United States

U.S. Customs and Border Protection. www.cbp.gov.

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