Taking souvenirs home with you
As soon as your amazing Italian vacation is over and you’ve bought lots of souvenirs, it is time to go back home. This is the time when you are realizing that some of your products cannot be taken home with you. It can be easily avoided by reading the security and customs rules. Depending on from which and through which country you are traveling, the regulations may change, but there are a few staple tips that will help you to bring your piece of Italy home free from confiscation.
Declaring your goods
Never lie on your customs form! If they open your bag and see it’s full of non-declared goodies, they aren’t going to believe that you simply forgot to write them down, and fines for this can reach up to 5,000 euro in some cases. Some products, like meats or meat-containing products cannot be brought in. And others require paying duty, like tobacco products and alcohol, or paying fees if you are bringing back goods for resale.
Products you cannot take with you
Here is a list of products you cannot take with you.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables are not allowed in checked or hand baggage.
- Animal products like meat, milk, egg, poultry, and their products, including products made with these materials.
- Meat and meat-containing products: fresh (chilled or frozen), dried, cured and fully cooked meat is generally prohibited from most countries.
Restrictions on alcohol
Italian wine can be brought back home with you only by passengers reaching the age of 21 or older, even if it is a gift. While there are no actual limits on the amount you can bring, you might raise suspicion if you bring back a lot, since they may suspect you intend to sell it. In general each passenger can bring 1 liter of alcohol tax-free. Supposedly even alcohol purchased at the duty-free shops after airport security may be taxable past the 1 liter limit.
Documentation attesting authenticity
Tourists who buy sculptures, paintings or antiques are entitled to receive from the seller the documentation attesting their authenticity or at least the probable attribution and origin. For works that are more than 50 years old, the buyer must present the cultural heritage work to the Export Office in order to obtain a certificate of free circulation.