Germany’s Ministry of Finance has released a specialty app for Android phones and the iPhone that will help travelers coming into Germany find out what items can be legally brought into the country. The app covers all the basics and allows users to enter in the quantity of certain allowed items, such as cigarettes and alcohol, to see if it is within the legal limit and how much you may have to pay in taxes. While it is a simple app, it can save travelers a lot of headaches and confusion once they confront German customs.
The app does not need an internet connection to work, so you don’t need to worry about any international data charges showing up on your bill. For some reason though, the Ministry of Finance has only made the app available in German, so travelers who don’t have a basic understanding of the language will find the app useless. You would think they would at least add English as an available option. If you are going to be making a trip to Germany and have relatives that want you to bring along some gifts, I suggest downloading the app beforehand to make sure you clear customs. “Zoll und Reise” is currently available for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Source: German Ministry of Finance