Special regulations for alcohol and tobacco

Updated: 2/12/2016

There are no restrictions to the amount of alcohol you may bring in to Sweden, but it must be for your own personal use or for your family's use. 

There is no restriction to the amount of alcohol you may bring in, but it must be for your personal use or for your family´s use. You may also bring in alcohol for a celebration (e.g. a wedding or birthday celebration) where you will be serving alcohol.

As of July 1 2008 it is permitted to bring in alcohol via a commercial carrier such as a transportation company or other independent intermediary, such as a friend or neighbour. The buyer must notify the Swedish Tax Agency prior to the transport and lodge a security. If you are ordering alcohol via another party, you must pay Swedish alcohol tax.

You may bring tobacco into Sweden tax-free if you are travelling from another EU country and the tobacco is for personal use (or for your family´s use), and you are personally transporting the products into Sweden.

Find more information on the Swedish Customs website, see the link to the right on this page.

Importation of alcohol and tobacco from a country outside of the EU (such as the Åland Islands and the Canary Islands)

For travellers living in Sweden, duty- and tax-free importation only applies if:

  • the traveller is arriving in Sweden on a commercial airline or
  • the traveller's trip abroad was longer than 20 hours or
  • the alcohol has been taxed in the Åland Islands or Norway.

Find more information on the Swedish Customs website, see link to the right on this page.

Minimum age

The minimum age to bring alcohol into Sweden is 20 years of age and you must be at least 18 years of age to bring tobacco into Sweden.