Travelling with 10000 Euros or more?/ Entering Germany from a non-EU country
Anybody entering Germany from a third country (non-EU Member State) carrying cash (cash money and securities) with a total value of 10,000 euros or more must declare this amount of money to the competent German customs office in writing. You must inform the customs official orally when asked whether you are bringing other means of payment deemed equivalent to cash if their total amount is 10,000 euros or more.
Cash subject to declaration
“Cash” comprises cash money and certain securities.
Cash money includes, for instance,
· banknotes and coins that are legal tender, or
· banknotes and coins that are not legal tender, but that can still be exchanged for currency that is legal tender (for example, deutschmarks or Austrian schillings, which can still be exchanged for euros).
Securities include, for instance,
· savings bonds,
· cheques, travellers’ cheques,
· shares, and
Foreign currencies shall be valued in euros at the exchange rate applicable on the day of entry.
The value of collectors’ or bullion coins (such as Maple Leaf, Eagle, Wiener Philharmoniker) shall be calculated based on its actual value and not the coin’s nominal or face value.