| Duty free regulations are prone to change at short notice. The following should be used as a guide only, and travellers are advised to contact the Embassy or Consulate for the most up-to-date information.
Persons over 16 years of age can import the following items without incurring customs duty:
1000 cigarettes or 1kg of tobacco products
1.5l of spirits and 2l of wine
a reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use
gifts up to the value of US$10,000
On entering the country, tourists must complete customs declaration form which must be retained until departure. This allows the import of articles intended for personal use, including valuables and currency which must be registered on the declaration form. Cameras, computers, jewellery and musical instruments should all be declared. Customs inspection can be very long and detailed. It is advisable when shopping to ask for a certificate from the shop which states that the goods have been paid for in hard currency. Presentations of such certificates should speed up customs formalities.
Photographs and printed matter directed against the Russian Federation, narcotics, weapons and ammunition, fruit, vegetables and live animals unless with a special permit.
Arms, antiques and works of art (unless permission has been granted by the Ministry of Culture), precious metals and furs.
Up to 280g of caviar per person can be exported, provided a receipt is shown proving that it was bought at a store licensed to sell it to foreigners.