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Cash movement limits
Travelling with money? Know when you're required to declare it.
You are allowed to travel with any amount of money. However, if you are entering or leaving the European Union carrying an amount over 10,000 euros, or its equivalent in a different currency, you are under a legal obligation to declare it at Customs. Know the rules and always travel within the law.
What is the minimum amount that I am obliged to declare at Customs?
All passengers entering or leaving the European Union carrying an amount equal to or above 10,000 euros, or its equivalent in a different currency, in cash or convertible securities, such as bonds, shares or traveller's checks, must declare it at Customs.
Some EU Member States have implemented extraordinary control and reporting measures for the circulation of money within the EU. These will be implemented alongside the European regulations presented here.
Where do I declare cash or cash equivalents?
The declaration form, duly filled in, must be submitted at Customs, inside the airport, in the Arrivals area.
Why must I submit the declaration? And what happens if I don't?
Declaring cash or cash amounts equal to or greater than 10 thousand euros is a legal obligation for all passengers entering or leaving the European Union.
By doing so, not only will you be complying with European law, but you will be contributing to fighting money laundering and terrorism financing, as well as other illegal activities.
Moreover, declaring your valuables prevents you from having your money retained or seized, or from being subject to a penalty, which may happen in the event of a failure to declare or false declaration.
For more information on the restrictions imposed on the circulation of money within the European Union, visit ec.europa.eu/eucashcontrols .