The rules on tax-free shopping are
enforced strictly in Italy.
On entering and leaving Italy, luggage is examined or screened by
customs. Permitted amounts on entry include 200 cigarettes and a quantity
of cigars or pipe tobacco not exceeding 500 grams. A maximum of two
bottles of wine and one bottle of hard liquor/spirits per person may
be brought in duty-free. The bottles must not be open. Any other goods
that total more than €175.50 must be declared on arrival and
the duty paid. Non-EU citizens can reclaim the Value Added Tax (VAT)
when leaving Italy or the European Union.
If staying in a private home the visitor must register with the nearest
police station within three days, but normally for hotel guests the
hotel would deal with these formalities.
implementation of new legislation in May 2005, a nationwide crackdown
on the sellers and buyers of counterfeit items, i.e. purses, sunglasses,
watches and belts, bearing luxury labels such as Prada, Gucci, Fendi
and many others now means that criminal charges may be brought against
people caught purchasing counterfeit products with fines up to 10,000
In accordance with EC Regulations, it is obligatory to have a European
Community Veterinary Certificate for pets imported.
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