Official German Customs App Now Available for iOS and Android Smartphones

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

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

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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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