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Prohibited Items & Money Laundering Controlled Items

Prohibited Items

There are some goods you are not allowed to bring into Taiwan. These include:

1. Drugs

  • Heroin, morphine, opium, cocaine, coca leaves, poppy, poppy seeds, amphetamine, marijuana, marijuana seeds, marijuana derivatives containing over 10 ppm of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), derived products of the said materials, etc. are prohibited.
  • Those for medical use, please refer to the "Medicines" section in "Items Subject to Other Regulations".

2. Firearms , Ammunition , and Knives

  • Firearms refer to shotguns, airguns, speargun, harpoon guns, gas gun, etc.
  • Ammunition refer to bullets, explosives, etc.
  • Knives refer to sharpened samurai swords, brass knuckles, etc.
  • Passengers importing the said goods shall have prior approval from the Principal Police Department.

3. Goods Infringing Upon the Rights of Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights

  • Each individual can carry one copy of each work for private use.

4. Fake or Altered Currencies/Securities, or Moulds for Printing Counterfeit Currency

5. Live Wildlife or Protected Wildlife Products 

6. Goods prohibited by law from importation



Money Laundering Controlled Items

Each arriving passenger (resident/foreigner) carrying the following goods is obligated to declare to Customs:

Catogory Limits Declaration
1 New Taiwan Dollars NTD 100,000
  • The excess amount is banned from cross-border transportation.
  • The excess amount could be placed in a local bonded warehouse (charge payable) following a completed customs declaration, and be reclaimmed on departure.
2 Chinese Yuan (Renminbi) CNY 20,000
3 Foreign Currencies (incl. HKD, MOP) USD 10,000 (or its equivalent) in aggregate There is no limit on the amount carried after the completion of declaration.
4 Negotiable Securities* in bearer form USD 10,000 (or its equivalent) in aggregate
5 Gold USD 20,000 in aggregate
  • An import permit issued by the BOFT is required for customs clearance. 
  • The amount declared would be released pursuant to the permit (tax payable). 

Diamonds, Precious stones and/or Platinum (not for personal use)

TWD 500,000 (or its equivalent) in aggregate
  • An import permit issued by the BOFT is required for customs clearance if the aggregate value is over USD 20,000 (or its equivalent).
  • The amount declared would be released (tax payable).

*The term "securities" is defined as traveler's checks, other types of checks, promissory notes, bills of exchange, or other forms of securities.


  1. Failure to declare or a false declaration may lead to confiscation of the items or a fine equivalent to the value of the items.
  2. The limits on each item is applied independently. For example, a passenger could carry NTD100,000 and CNY20,000 without a declaration.
  3. Item 5 & item 6 are dutiable items (incl. items for personal use), please refer to "Duty Free Exemptions and Payment of Taxes" for more information.


About a Family Group:

  • The above mentioned limits applied on any individual entering Taiwan with a valid passport. For example, a mother and her baby could carry up to NTD 200,000 and USD 20,000 in total without submitting a customs declaration.
  • Please make a joint declaration to Customs if the aggregate amount carried exceeding the overall limit.
  • Only by the presence of the whole family during customs inspection will the customs approve the aggregate of allowances.


Documents required: (could be filled on site)


In case of any discrepancy between the English version and the Chinese version, the latter shall prevail.

Content Maintainers: General Affairs Section, Inspection Division

Issued:Inspection Division Release date:2021-07-02 Click times:805