Spanish Customs

Spain's basic customs regulations.

Most often, Spanish customs are loyal to tourists. Stricter controls in the Spanish exclaves of Ceuta and Melilla on the coast of African Morocco.

Import and export of currency in Spain is almost unlimited. When entering from the territory of non-EU countries, amounts over 10 thousand EUR are subject to mandatory declaration. The rules of export from the country are not much different. According to the Spanish Law "On currency regulation and currency control" the amount not exceeding 2500 EUR is allowed to be exported without declaration. The amount from 2500 to 8400 EUR will have to be declared, you will not be asked for authorization documents. For the amount exceeding 8400 EUR you need documents authorizing its export.

From what is prohibited to bring into Spain, you can make a short list. These are narcotics, narcotics-containing preparations, medical preparations (except for those necessary for treatment at a particular moment, in the presence of medical institution certificates). In addition, these are firearms, ammunition, explosives, pornography, flowers, plants, animals, birds, products of endangered species of plants and animals. Fresh food products without vacuum packaging are also not imported, as well as sausage, canned food, lard, chocolate candies.

Poultry meat from Asian countries cannot be imported. The ban does not apply to baby food and preparations necessary for people with certain chronic diseases. Products must be carefully packed, and their weight must not exceed 2 kilograms. If meat and dairy products are found, they will be confiscated and the passenger will pay a fine. More often than not, this list of products also applies to what is prohibited to take out of Spain.

luggage importation, Spain

Those aged 17 or over arriving from countries outside the EU customs area are allowed to import up to 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco duty-free.

Most tourists wonder how much alcohol and other drinks can be brought into Spain.

That is:

  • up to 1 liter of spirits (alcohol from 22%)
  • up to 2 liters of fortified wines and liqueurs (alcohol less than 22%)
  • table wine - up to 2 liters
  • no more than 500 g of coffee or 200 g of coffee extract (for persons over 15 years old)
  • up to 100 g of tea or 40 g of tea extract
  • up to 50 ml of perfume and 250 ml of toilet water

You can bring in personal use goods at the rate of 175 EUR per adult and 90 EUR per child under 15 years of age

The Canary Islands, Ceuta, Melilla, Gibraltar and other European territories are considered outside the EU zone and have separate rules.

For more information, visit the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture's website.

What can I bring on an airplane to Spain? In addition to the above, it is possible to take a DSLR camera, a simple digital camera or a camcorder into Spain in your hand luggage. Chargers and additional batteries can be checked in the luggage. It is also possible to take more than one DSLR camera body. On the airline's website you can find all the necessary information on carrying photo and video equipment, as each airline has its own norms. Video equipment is included in the customs declaration.

There are no restrictions on exporting goods bought for personal consumption (except for new cars) from Spain. How much alcohol can I take out of Spain? If you are exporting spirits up to 10 liters or wine up to 90 liters, the customs officer may require proof that the products are not being exported for commercial purposes, but only for personal use.


Be aware of the specific airline's rules and your country's customs regulations.

The Tax Free refund service in Spain is a tax-free shopping service from Global Blue´s Tax Free Shopping. Tax Free returns are available because you don't have to pay taxes on the goods you buy. To properly process a Tax Free refund in Spain, you need to:

  • Purchase Tax Free goods in Spain in stores that support this system. Ask the staff to give you a Tax Refund Cheque for your tax refund.
  • Putting a Tax Free stamp in Spain. When leaving Spain for your home country or another country, present your purchases, sales receipt and passport at the customs checkpoint and ask them to stamp your Tax Refund Cheque.
  • Get a Tax Refund Cheque
  • Get a refund for Tax Free goods in Spain. You will need to present a stamped Tax Refund Cheque, your passport and credit card at a Global Blue customer service desk or at a refund desk for Tax Free goods purchased in Spain. The refund amount can be given in cash or transferred to an account. For purchases of 90 EUR or more, you can save up to 13% of the value of the goods.

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