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You do not pay customs duty or VAT on books for your own use.

Exemption from VAT also generally applies to

  • newspapers and magazines
  • comics published in book form
  • song books
  • audiobooks with the same content as a printed book

Exemptions do not apply books sold together with another product and which are part of a common product unit.


  • You pay VAT on a book that you order with a t-shirt as a single item with a common price.
  • You do not pay VAT if you order a book simultaneously with other items from the same store, and where the book is ordered independently of the other goods.

It can sometimes be difficult to know what qualifies as a book or not.

Examples of what is not considered to be a book

  • music sheets
  • photo books