Declare cash and certain other means when crossing the border Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If you are carrying cash or certain other funds of EUR 10,000 or more when entering or leaving Germany, you must inform customs. The customs authorities monitor the movement of cash across Germany's borders. This applies, among other things, to travel from and to the European Union (third countries). You must observe certain declaration requirements for cash with a total value of EUR 10,000 or more. You must convert foreign currencies into euros using the exchange rate on the day of entry or exit. Cash is defined as Cash such as banknotes and coins that are valid means of payment, banknotes and coins that are not valid means of payment but can still be exchanged for a currency that is valid means of payment. For example, German marks or Austrian schillings can still be exchanged for euros. transferable bearer instruments such as travellers' cheques, cheques, promissory notes and certain payment orders commodities that have a high value in relation to their volume; these are coins with a gold content of at least 90 percent and gold bars, nuggets or nuggets with a gold content of at least 99.5 percent

Basically none, but if required documents about the co-leader, the owner, the recipient, the economic origin and the intended use of the cash


Forms: yes online procedure: no Written form required: for cash and border crossing to or from a third country: yes in other cases: no personal appearance required: yes

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Preconditions
You are entering Germany from a third country, travelling from Germany to a third country or transiting through Germany, and you are carrying cash with a total value of EUR 10,000 or more.
On your way to or from a third country, you must declare cash of EUR 10,000 or more in writing: When entering or leaving a third country, you must declare cash in writing to the responsible German customs office without being asked to do so. Use the form "Declaration for cash" for this purpose. You can download the form in German and English from the customs website. When crossing the border, hand in the completed form to a customs official at the customs office. When crossing the border, look for the signs on site and ask for counters where you can hand in the declaration. If you are entering Germany by plane, you may not use the green exit, but must hand in your declaration at the red exit. Make sure that the declaration form and any additional sheets used are signed when you present them to customs. Customs will check your details. If necessary, you may need to provide appropriate receipts, deeds or other documents. If your information and statements are proper, complete and conclusive, and there is no reason to believe that the cash may be connected with criminal or administrative offences, you may continue your journey unhindered with your means of payment. If there is reason to believe this, Customs may seize the cash within the framework of the statutory regulations and time limits in order to clarify its origin or purpose. Note: Customs may inspect the means of transport and your luggage during inspections. If there is reason to believe that you are carrying cash under your clothing, Customs officers may also search you physically.

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Federal Ministry of Finance

Last update or date of publication
01.03.2021