Travellers embarking on a journey from Lapland in Finland to Norway should be aware that Norway is not a member state of the European Union. Consequently, crossing the border between Finland and Norway involves customs formalities, and it’s crucial to be prepared, especially for pet owners.
While travelling by land from Finland to Norway is relatively straightforward, many people overlook the fact that customs formalities are in place between the two countries.
If you have goods to declare when crossing the border into Norway, it is necessary to visit a customs office. Customs offices along the Finland-Norway border can be found in Kilpisjärvi, Kivilompolo, Karigasniemi, Utsjoki, Polmak, and Näätämö.
Requirements for travelling with pets
When arriving at customs, pet owners must present a pet passport and the required certificates. The following conditions must be met for pets to cross the border:
- A pet passport issued by either the EU or Norway.
- An identification (ID) marking for the pet.
- An up-to-date and effective vaccination against rabies, along with a certificate of vaccination.
These requirements are in place to prevent the spread of dangerous diseases, such as rabies, to other animals or individuals in Finland.
Gift imports up to 300 euros free of tax and duty
When returning to Finland from Norway, whether by car or bus, travellers can bring purchases in their personal luggage free of tax and customs duty, up to a maximum value of 300 euros. However, it’s important to note that the value limits for tax and customs duty exemption do not apply to alcohol, tobacco products, and motor vehicle fuel.
Importing fresh fruits and vegetables from Norway is prohibited without a phytosanitary certificate, except for pineapples, bananas, durians, coconuts, and dates.