Taipei Customs(台北關)

Inbound Traveler Declaration

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Declaration for Inbound Passengers

  Passengers carrying controlled or restricted articles into the country under one of the following circumstances are obliged to declare such items in the "ROC Customs Declaration Form" submitted to customs and pass through the “Goods to Declare” counter (Red Channel) for customs inspection and clearance. However, if there is any doubt or question, please consult the Customs before passing through the Green Channel.

1. Red Channel Clearance(pdf file):

(1)   Luggage or goods with total value exceeding duty-free allowance of NTD20,000 or cigarettes and liquor exceeding duty-free allowance (200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 1 pound of tobacco, 1 liter of alcoholic beverage).

(2)   New Taiwan Dollar more than  NTD100,000.

(3)   Foreign currencies (incl. HKD, MOP) more than USD10,000 or its equivalent.

(4)   Chinese currency more than  CNY20,000.(amount exceeding CNY20,000 shall be placed  in   bond for subsequent return abroad)

(5)   Negotiable securities (incl. bearer traveler's checks, promissory notes, drafts, and securities) with face value exceeding USD10,000 or its equivalent.

(6)   Gold exceeding a total value of  USD20,000.

(7)    Diamonds, precious stones and/or platinum totaled NTD500,000 (or its equivalent) and not intended for personal use.

(8)   Any aquatic products, or animal, plant or any endangered species of wildlife or products thereof (link to Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan).

(9)   Unaccompanied luggage.

(10) Other dutiable articles or things to be declared.

2.  Green Channel Clearance:

Passengers not carrying the articles mentioned above may pass throuth the “Nothing to Declare” counter ( Green Channel) without declaration.

Duty Exemption

1.  Personal belongings and household articles (excluding controlled or restricted articles) carried by inbound passengers may be granted duty exemption as follows :

(1)   Each person, 20 or over in age, may bring in alcoholic beverage (1,000 cc or less without limitation on the number of bottles), plus 200 cigarettes, or 25 cigars or 1 pound of tobacco

(2)   Articles are already owned and used by the passengers abroad, and their customs value does not exceed NT$10,000 for each piece (set)

(3)   Other articles for personal use (not including the articles mentioned above ) if their total customs value does not exceed NT$20,000 for each passenger

2.  Samples carried by inbound passengers may be granted duty exemption if the total customs value not exceeding  NT$12,000

Dutiable Articles

Duty, commodity tax and value added tax shall be imposed on dutiable articles imported in excess of  the duty exemption limit.     

Value & Quantity Limits:

1.  Dutiable articles in accompanied or unaccompanied baggage may be passed on payment  of duty, provided the total customs value does not exceed US$20,000 for each passenger.

2.  The total value of dutiable samples, machine parts and accessories, industrial and other raw  materials, instruments, apparatus, hand tools, etc.(excluding controlled articles), shall not exceed US$20,000 per passenger.

3.  Import permit is not required for an inbound passenger carrying only one dutiable article of accompanied personal effects which exceeding the prescribed value limit but not belonging restricted or controlled article.

4.  For alcoholic beverage and cigarettes over th quantity limit (alcoholic beverage 5,000 c.c., plus 1,000 cigarettes or 5 pounds of bobacco oor 125 cigars), an import permit is required.

5.  Passengers who have previous offense record and travel frequently in and out of the country (2 trips or more within a period of 30 days, or 6 trips or more within a period of 6 months), or passengers who are paid for carrying goods may be subject to more stringent customs inspection and, if necessary, allowed only half of stipulated quantity and value limits.

6.  Personal effects and daily necessities for personal use during the trip may be brought in duty-free by transit passengers, but their other personal belongings are liable to the same treatment as specified in the preceeding paragraphs.

7.  For dutiable articles in excess of the quantity of value limits, even when properly declared, an import permit is required within 2 months following  the date of arrival. The passenger may choose to place the exceeding portion in bond for subsequent return abroad within 2 months following the date of arrival, or simply declare in writing to abandon the exceeding portion.When necessay, an extention not exceeding  1 month may be allowed. If none of the above actions has been taken upon expiry of the period, the goods shall be deal with according to Article 96 of the Customs Act.

Unaccompanied Baggage

1.  The quantity and main items of unaccompanied baggage must be declared in writing the “ROC Customs Declaration Form” when the passengers arrives. The baggage must arrive within six months following the date of the passenger's entry.

2.  Unaccompanied baggage failing to arrive within the time limit or not having declared in the Customs declaration form shall be dealt with according to the general import procedure. Exception can be made in case the explanation given (such as delayed arrival of the vessel) is acceptable to the Customs.

3.  Declaration for articles in baggage must be filed within 15 days following the arrival date of the means of transport, failing which the articles shall be dealt with according to Article 73 of the Customs Act.

4.  When the unaccompanied baggage arrives, the passenger or someone authorized by the passenger shall produce passport (or entry permit) and make import declaration.

Money Laundering Controlled Items

Effective from June 28, 2017, inward passengers or crew members carrying money laundering controlled items over the following limits are required to declare to Customs:

1.  New Taiwan Dollar Notes

NTD100,000. Not more than NTD100,000 in notes can be brought in by each passenger unless a permit from the Central Bank of the Republic of China (helpline:+886-2-23571945) is obtained in advance.

2.  Foreign Currencies (incl. HKD, MOP)

Totaled USD10,000 (or its equivalent).Passengers must declare the amount of foreign currencies in excess of USD10,000 (or its equivalent in other foreign currencies). There is no limit on the amount of foreign currencies that can be carried into Taiwan.

3.  Chinese Currency (Renminbi)

Not more than CNY20,000 in notes can be brought in by each passenger. The amount in excess of CNY20,000 should be declared to the Customs and placed in bond for subsequent return abroad.

4.  Negotiable securities (incl. bearer traveler's checks, promissory notes, drafts, and securities)

Passengers or crew members must declare negotiable securities with face value in excess of USD10,000 or its equivalent. There is no limit on the amount of negotiable securities that can be carried into Taiwan.

5.  Gold

Totaled USD 20,000 (or its equivalent).If the total value of gold exceeds USD20,000, an import permit issued by the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA, helpline:+886-2-23510271) is needed at the port of entry, and the clearance of goods and inspections are required, too.

6.  Diamonds, precious stones and/or platinum totaled NTD500,000 (or its  equivalent)

When the total value of items exceeds USD20,000, the excess amount is not allowed to be carried into Taiwan without a permit from MOEA(Helpline:+886-2-23510271).Items valued over the limit are not required to declare to Customs if intended for personal use.

Note:

l .  Any false-declaration or non-declaration of the above items will result in a fine or confiscation of the items.

2.  The prescribed limits on each category of items set forth above are applied independently. For example, a passenger carrying USD8,000 and also a gold bar of USD12,000 is not required to declare to Customs.

Medicines

1. Non-prescription drugs, if total quantity not exceeding 36 bottles/boxes (12 bottles/boxes each), are allowed to be brought in for personal use.

2. Prescription drugs, if no prescription(or a supporting document), is allowed to brought in with the amount of up to 2 months use.  

3.  A total of 12 items of Chinese medicine herbs( 1 kg each), and Chinese medicines with total quantity not more than 36 bottles/boxes (12 bottles/boxes each) may be brought in.

4. Medicines carried must be declared. Any quantity in excess of the limits allowed maybe returned abroad. If undeclared, such excess portion shall be confiscated and passengers carrying forbidden medicines shall be dealt with according to law.

5. Classification and Allowed Quantities of Medicine for Personal Use, and Environmental pesticides in Inward Passenger Luggage (pdf) 

Quantity Limit on Agricultural Produce and Mainland China Products

1. Agricultural produce: 6kg (Live animals, plants and their products, as well as fruits, are prohibited. Dogs, cats, rabbits and animal products imported in accordance with the Act for Prevention and Control of Infection Animal Diseases, or dried/prepared aquatic animals, or live plants and their products imported in accordance with the Plant Protection and Quarantine Act are excluded from such restriction.).Please refer to Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, Council of Agriculture.

2. For the items and quantities allowed, please refer to Quantity Limit for Personal Use of Agricultural, Animal, Aquatic Products, Alcoholic Beverage and Cigarettes ; Quantity Limit for Personal Use of Mainland China Products.

Forbidden Articles

Articles listed below shall not be imported:

1.  Heroin, morphine, opium, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine, etc. prescribed in the “Act for the Control of Narcotics” and their derivatives and products.

2.  Arms (including shotguns, fishing guns, air guns, etc.), ammunition (including bombs, cartridges, and explosives), assault knives and other weapons of war prescribed in the “Act Governing the Control of Guns, Ammunition and Knives.”

3.  Any wild animals, and endangered wildlife species or products thereof are not allowed to be imported, unless a permit issued by the BAPHIQ is obtained in advance; if the species is included in the list of CITES, the CITES import permit shall be required for Customs verification.

4.  Articles infringing upon the rights of patents, trademark and copyrights.

5.  Fake or spurious currencies or securities, or moulds for printing counterfeit currency.

6.  All restricted substances and drugs of non-prescription or non-medicinal nature (including marijuana).

7.  Fruits, live animals, plants and their products. Please consult the BAPHIQ for the import and export of pets, plants and products thereof.

8.  Other articles prohibited by law from importation.

Additional Regulation

1. Passengers who bring items of controlled telecommunication radio frequency devices should apply for an import permit issued by the National Communications Commission (NCC), with the exception of personal portable land cellular phones no more than two.

2.  Please declare honestly according to the instruction on Customs declaration form.

3.  Once the declaration form has been handed over to the Customs officer, no additional declaration will be accepted.

4.  Those carrying dutiable articles, controlled or restricted articles without correct declaration shall not be allowed to pass through the Green Channel.

  • *Contact Telephone: 24 hours a day
  • Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
  • Terminal 1 Arrival: 03-3982307
  • Terminal 2 Arrival: 03-3983386
  • Taipei Songshan Airport: 02 -25464698

Contact point : General Affairs Section, Inspection Division

TEL : (03)3982293

  • Date:2017-08-28
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