Customs Regulations for Entering Italy

Customs Regulations for Entering Italy
Italy is popular for adventure tourism because of its many outdoor activities. However, even during a trip spent hiking and biking the Italian countryside, it's important to understand the various customs regulations.

Overview of Customs

All tourists must make general declarations of goods being imported and exported. As such, be prepared when going through customs to experience a thorough luggage screening.

Staying in Italy

If you are staying in a private home, you must register with the local police department within three days of arrival. Hotels will handle this for you.

Duty-Free Shopping

Visitors are allowed two unopened bottles of wine or one bottle of hard liquor. In addition, you are allowed to import 200 cigarettes or 500 grams of pipe tobacco. Anything over a value of 175 euros must be claimed on entry and duty-paid.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

VAT is a tax on Italian purchases that can be refunded by nonresidents. Shopping with merchants that are VAT-friendly allows them to remove the tax or provide you with proper documentation for refund at customs.

Import and Export of Counterfeit Products

According to, Italy passed legislation governing the import/export of counterfeit products such as designer purses, sunglasses, belts and watches. The penalty for having these items in your possession at customs can be a steep 10,000 euros.

Article Written By Travis Wampler

Travis Wampler began his writing career along America's forgotten highway, Route 66. His research received awards from the Association of American Geographers. Wampler has written comprehensive plans and grants for city planning departments and agencies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in geography from Southwest Missouri State University and a master's degree in information systems from the University of Phoenix.

Don't Miss a Thing!

All our latest outdoor content delivered to your inbox once a week.



We promise to keep your email address safe and secure.