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Travel Essentials: Customs Entry (Personal)


  • Animal skins
  • Aviary ornamental birds from countries infected with Avian influenza
  • Eggs and white meat from South East Asia
  • Live birds of any species (incl. game birds and birds of prey), eggs, feathers, meat or meat products from Croatia, Romania and all Balkan countries.
  • Meat and poultry and derived products from Thailand
  • Narcotics and drugs
  • Pets under the age of 3 months
  • Pornographic material


  • Agricultural products require a Phytosanitary Certificate
  • Birds
  • Currency:
    If arriving directly from or traveling to a country outside the E.U.: amounts exceeding EUR10,000 or the equivalent in another currency (including banker's draft and checks) must be declared 
    There are no restrictions for local currency and foreign currencies if arriving from or traveling to another E.U. country
  • Firearms, ammunition and combat knives
  • Pets
    Dogs, cats and ferrets and all other pets may only enter Italy if accompanied by owner or a person responsible for them. Up to a maximum of five pets are permitted.
    Each pet must have a European Community Veterinary Certificate, issued in the country of origin, by a certified veterinarian. Certificate must include pet's state of health and prove it has an effective vaccination protection against rabies: animals under 3 months will not be allowed entry.
    Pets must have a readable tattoo or an electronic identification system (microchip/transponder) with the pet owner's name and address. The certificate (issue date not to exceed 30 days prior to the departure date) is valid for 4 months from the date of the official veterinarian's signature or endorsement by the competent Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and is equivalent to the E.U. Pet Passport. Italian diplomatic of consular representatives have certificate forms available.
    Parrots, parakeets, rabbits and hares also require health certificates and are subject, to examination when entering Italy.
  • In Italy, it is mandatory to use a muzzle for dogs that walk on the streets or any open space without a leash, and a muzzle and a leash for dogs in public places and public transportation.
  • Plants and vegetable products require a Phytosanitary Certificate
  • Antiques, photographs, works of art, carpets, and other types of media and artistic pieces.