Customs control

CustomsThe customs clearance point is situated in the check-in area. Here you can declare exported goods  subject to VAT refund, dutiable  items or items customs declaration obligation.

Travellers arriving in Poland from EU country are exempt from customs duties for imported goods as long as the goods are not intended for trade.

Goods imported up to a value of 430 EUR, carried in the personal luggage of persons travelling from a third country to Poland are exempt from the VAT (and consequently, exempt from import duties). Essential medicines required by the passenger, quantities of tobacco and tobacco products as well as liquor are excluded from the aforementioned limits and are subject to the following norms.

Travellers that are over 17 years old and are arriving from a non-EU country are allowed to import the below- listed goods duty-free, as long as they do not exceed the following maximum volumes:

Tobacco poducts:

  • 200 cigarettes, or
  • 100 cigarillos (cigars weighing max. 3 grams each), or
  • 50 cigars, or
  • 250 g of smoking tobacco,
  • or a combination, adding up to the same quantity.

Alcohol and alcoholic drinks:

  • 1 l – spirits with an alcohol content of over 22% or non-denatured ethyl alcohol (ethanol) with an alcohol content of 80% or more, or
  • 2 l – spirits, aperitifs made of wine or alcohol, rataffia, sake or similar drinks with an alcohol content of 22% or less; sparkling wines, liqueur wines,
  • or a combination, adding up to the same quantity,
  • 2 l – wines (non-sparkling wines or non-liqueur wine),
  • 16 l – beer.

Additionally (without age restrictions):

  • 50 g of perfume,
  • 250 ml of eau de toilette,
  • medicine in the volume appropriate to the needs of the passenger.

Besides the products listed above, traveller is allowed to import goods of a total value not highter than 175 EUR, and the traveller is under 15 year old not higher than 90 EUR.

Travellers departing on international flights are obliged to declare the carried:

  • domestic and/or foreign currency exceeding the equivalent of 10 000 Euros in total,
  • goods intended for economic activity or for trading,
  • goods which are subject to export restrictions (e.g. items manufactured before 1945).

Travellers arriving on international flights are obliged to declare the carried:

  • domestic and/or foreign currency exceeding the equivalent of 10 000 Euros in total,
  • goods whose quantity or value exceed the customs allowance.

All information provided above is of general nature only. For detailed information, please refer to the respective Acts of Law published in the Journals of Law (Dzienniki Ustaw) and in the Official Journals of the Republic of Poland (Monitor Polski). Information about customs regulations are to be found on the official website of the Ministry of Finance: www.mf.gov.pl

Some of the goods we use in our everyday life seem harmless: hair sprays, lithium batteries, perfume, matches… However they may be very dangerous when transported by air. For your own safety, and to avoid potential fines, it is very important that you carefully read the dangerous goods information provided by your airline before your flight.

Lithium batteries

Lithium batteries are contained in many items of frequent use. Your cell phone, your laptop, tablet or even camera are powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. When damaged, short-circuited or overheated, these batteries can catch fire.

You should carry your portable electronic devices (PEDs, such as cameras, laptops and phones) in your hand baggage (carry-on), and not in your checked baggage. Under normal circumstances, we can use our laptops, eReaders, tablets or MP3 players on board for working, reading, listening to music or watching movies. Even our cell phones can be used on most airplanes for i.e. playing simple games. However, keep in mind that PEDs may interfere with the airplane equipment and this differs from one type of aircraft to another. This is why airlines require to switch them to “airplane mode” at all times.

Although not recommended, if you need to pack your electronic device in your checked baggage, you have to make sure that the devices are completely switched off and protected from accidental activation. Spare batteries and power banks, however, always have to be transported in your carry-on baggage – never in your checked baggage – and they must be individually protected to prevent short-circuits. E-cigarettes must always be in your hand baggage.

Also, spare batteries, including power banks, should not be recharged while on board the aircraft. Additionally, power banks should not be connected or providing power to a device while on board the aircraft.

Whether in your carry-on or checked baggage – the battery must not exceed a certain watt-hour (Wh), and should be bought from original retailers only and never from untrustworthy sources.

E-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) contain a battery and a heating element that vaporizes a liquid vapour to simulate tabacco smoking.

Several incidents were reported to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) involving e-cigarettes overheating resulting in a fire in checked baggage. For this reason, these devices can only be carried in the cabin, and it is forbidden to recharge them while on board the aircraft.

Personal transportation devices

Small lithium battery powered personal transportation devices, also known as hoverboards, self-balancing devices or gravity boards, were one of the most sold devices recently. However, there have been incidents where these items or their batteries overheated, caught fire and even exploded.

Passengers are not allowed to carry these batteries in their checked bag, as batteries have a rating of 100 Wh or more. Because of the high risk posed by these devices, many airlines have decided to additionally restrict their transport in the cabin. It is therefore safer to leave these items at home when flying.

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