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Customs. What regulations are there?


Find out what limitations there are for bringing products into Spain, depending on your country of origin, and find out how you can recover the value added tax (VAT) on the purchases you have made during your trip.

  • What can you bring into Spain and with what limitations?

    There are a number of products which have entry or exit limitations in Spain from outside the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. These include cultural goods, wild fauna and flora and products derived from these, vegetables and plant products, weapons and ammunition, medicines, tobacco and alcoholic beverages.

    Likewise, in the case of tobacco and alcoholic beverages, the amount must be declared and the corresponding taxes must be paid if you are carrying the following amounts or more: 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars, 250 grams of tobacco, 1 litre of alcoholic beverages with a strength of more than 22%, 2 litres of alcoholic beverages with a strength of less than 22%, 4 litres of wine and 16 litres of beer.

    In terms of medications, only those necessary for personal use are allowed, and they must be accompanied by a copy of the prescription or medical report.

  • Customs and money. What is VAT and how to recover it? TAX-FREE

    VAT or value added tax is an indirect tax on the final consumption of products and services. All residents outside the European Union can request a refund of the amount derived from occasional purchases of items for personal use or for gifts.

    To recover VAT, you must request the DIVA tax free form at the time of purchase. At the airport or port of departure, you must present the DIVA form on the DIVA automatic machines. You will need to carry your passport with you, plus the invoices and goods for which you request a refund. Finally, you can claim the return from the store where the purchases were made or through tax free management entities. These may include:

    • Global Blue España S. A. (formerly European Tax Free Shopping Spain S.A.)
    • Planet Payment Spain SAU (formerly Cashback and Premier Tax Free)
    • Innova Taxfree Spain (formerly Spain Refund S.L.)
    • Caja de Ahorros y Pensiones de Barcelona
    • Open Refund S.L.
    • Comercia Global Payments Entidad de Pago S.L.
    • Financiera El Corte Inglés, E.F.C.
    • Travel Tax Free, S.L.U.
    • S21 TAX FREE, S.L.
    • B FreeTax Back S.L.
    • Safety Tax Free España, S.L.
    • Wiblink, S.L.
    • Getrefund, S.L.
    • Secret Berbere Europe S.L.
    • Traveleasy GmBH
    • Pucela Brain Storm, S.L.
    • Refundit, S.L.

    Remember that VAT refunds must be requested at the European Union airport or port of departure, and the purchase must have been made no more than three months before departure.

    Furthermore, in order to request the refund, the total value of the goods purchased must be above 90.15 euros (inclusive of taxes) for each receipt.