Customs quotas and regulations

When bringing goods into the Czech Republic there are limits set on certain commodities. If a certain amount is exceeded, duty must be paid, and the importer is required to inform customs of the amount of the commodity he or she is bringing in to the country.

Items for personal use

The amount differs according to the country from which the goods are being brought in. Greater amounts are allowed to pass between EU countries than to and from third countries. For more information on the amount of goods that can be brought into the country, visit the Czech Customs Service website (

The law

Law No. 353/2003 Sb., which deals with consumer taxes

Bringing currency into the country

When bringing in currency, travellers cheques or credit notes worth more than 15,000 euros, the Czech Finance Ministry must be informed of the sum by filling in a form available at customs.

VAT refunds

Tourists from countries outside the EU may request VAT to be returned on purchases over 2,000 Kč. At the border they should produce a receipt bearing the retailer’s stamp and an export form and prove that they have the item with them to the customs officer. The money is returned to the customer on returning to the Czech Republic at the retailer or at Prague Ruzyně Airport through a special company. A purchaser loses the right to have VAT returned if he or she fails to do the above within six months of the purchase being made.

For more information please visit the official Customs Administration website