What items you can take abroad depends on where you're going. Check the rules with the customs authorities in the country you are travelling to. Find out what you need to be aware of.
When you enter another country, the customs rules there always apply. It doesn't matter whether you're travelling by car, boat or train or any other way. Customs rules can also vary within the EU. If you're travelling through several countries, make sure you know the rules in each one.
Never take drugs or weapons abroad.
Extra rules often apply to products like:
- Animal-based or animal-derived products and foodstuffs like cheese, eggs, meat or fish
- Flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables
- Cigarettes and tobacco
Check with customs in the country in question what the rules are.
Only if accompanied by extra documentation
You can take most medicines with you abroad. However, it's important to obtain a medication passport from your doctor or pharmacy. This is a list of all the medication you take. It may help avoid awkward questions at the border. And it's also useful if you need to refill your prescription abroad.
For some medications, you will also need a legalised medication certificate in order to take them abroad.
The rules for bringing pets across the border vary by country. As a result, your pet may need an EU pet passport. Or certain vaccinations.
If you are travelling outside the EU with € 10,000 or more in cash (euros or foreign currency) or assets (gold or gold coins), you must declare this to Customs. This is so that Customs know you have these items on your person. You do not need to pay any tax to Customs.
It does not matter if the items belong to you or someone else.
If you are travelling by plane, not everything can go in your hand luggage. Airlines have rules about taking liquids or sharp objects in your hand luggage. Contact your airline for more information.
Returning to the Netherlands
If you are returning to the Netherlands, Dutch Customs rules apply. See what you can and cannot bring back to the Netherlands from abroad.