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The value limit

If you have been outside Norway for more than 24 hours, you can bring goods worth up to 6,000 Norwegian kroner without paying duties.

For shorter trips abroad, you can once within a 24-hour period bring goods worth up to 3,000 Norwegian kroner free of charge.

This value limit applies to the total sum of the items you have purchased, excluding alcohol and tobacco products.


If you are a tourist and not a resident of Norway, there is no specific value limit for temporary items you can bring into Norway as personal belongings.

Examples of such personal belongings include clothing, laptops, mobile phones, jewelry, and other items you intend to use during your stay and take back out of Norway. If you have goods that will remain in Norway, such as items you plan to give away or use up, you cannot bring more than the 6,000 kroner value limit.

The quotas for alcohol, tobacco, and food items apply to all travelers entering Norway.

Declaration of goods exceeding the value limit for release for free circulation

If you have purchased goods exceeding the value limit, you must declare them for the release for free circulation procedcure. You will need to pay a 25% value-added tax (VAT) on most items. Additionally, some items may have customs duties. In simplified terms, this mainly applies to clothing and food items. 

You can pay the duties when you cross the red zone at the border. Make sure to choose a border crossing with a staffed customs office. If you choose to cross the border without declaring the goods and are stopped in a customs control, the items may be confiscated, and you could be reported for smuggling.

Not all border crossings have a staffed customs office before you enter Norway; it may be located on the Swedish or Finnish side. These customs offices handle clearance tasks for Norway. Check the map to find the nearest staffed customs office along the route you plan to take.

Remember that you can choose which items to include within the value limit. 


If you have been outside Norway for more than 24 hours and have purchased a sofa for 5,000 kroner and a stroller for 3,000 kroner, it is advantageous to include the sofa within the value limit while paying duties for the stroller.

When the value of a single item exceeds the value limit, you must pay duties for the entire value of that item. For instance, if you have purchased a sofa for 10,000 kroner, you would need to pay duties on the full value.

Items that constitute a whole cannot be divided and imported separately across multiple trips or by different individuals. This applies even if the value of each individual part is below the value limit. For example, if you have bought a kitchen for 50,000 kroner, you cannot extract parts of the kitchen to fill the duty-free quota of 3,000 or 6,000 kroner. Instead, you can use the duty-free quota for other items within the value limit.