Customs regulations on goods and currencies

Customs Regulations for Goods and Currencies

Customs Regulations for Goods and Currencies
  • Customs regulations relating to goods and currencies of passengers
  • Executive instructions relating to curriences of passengers
  • Currencies of more than ten thousand dollars would be subject to "customs regulations relating to goods and currencies of passengers" and passenger is required to inform customs authority.
  • Failure to comply with the above-said regulations shall result in penalties envisaged in Goods and Currencies Smuggling Law (2013).
  • No physical currency is allowed to be taken abroad unless the passenger has duly informed it. In such case, passenger is not authorized to take abroad another currency.
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Laws and Regulations Governing the Goods of Passengers

Departing passengers, either Iranian or non-Iranian, are authorized to take abroad Iranian products for any amount they wish and non-Iranian products for the amount that has been determined by law, provided that the products, whether Iranian or Non-Iranian, are not business commodities. This is in addition to their personal things that can take with themselves.

Personal Things

By virtue of article 135 of executive bylaw of customs law: "personal thing" has been defined as any used or unused thing that a passenger may reasonably have during a travel for personal use. Such personal things are exempted, but business commodities are not exempted. This is customs authorities who determine whether it is a personal thing or a business commodity.

Article 136 of Executive Bylaw of Customs Law:

Pursuant to article 136, arriving or departing passengers must report to customs administration what things they are taking with themselves during travel. This can be done orally or if customs officer handed them special form, they must fill in the form and give it back. If a passenger hides certain things and avoid telling to officer and the officer inspects and discovers them, that passenger would be treated as per Goods and Currencies Smuggling Law. In some borders, customs officers may use two routes for checking goods of passengers: green route and red route. The passengers who have reported their goods to officer must take the red route, and those who have no goods for which to make a report must take green route.

  • If departing Iranian citizens are taking some goods abroad but they may bring some of them back to Iran, customs administration must, upon their request, determine that part of the goods which may come back to Iran on departure to exempt that part of the goods from payment of importation tax.
  • Foreign nationals who officially work or study in Iran are allowed to take their personal things reasonably without requirement to obtain permit or commercial card when they are going to finish their working or study in Iran.

Regulations Governing Departing Passengers Goods

Regulations Governing Departing Passengers Goods

Dried Fruits

Each passport holder is authorized to have 10kg dried fruits and 100g zafaran. Passengers are not allowed to take pistachio, grained pistachio and zaferan to holy cities in Iraq and other countries.


It is lawful to take 125g caviar if it is sealed by fishery authorities for which a shopping invoice has been produced.

Carpet and Rug

Passengers are allowed to take abroad the hand-woven carpets of no larger than 20 square meters in size. Yet there is no limitations on the number of carpets and it does not limit the above limitation about size. In addition to air borders, carpets are authorized to be taken abroad through land and sea borders as well. However, it is unlawful to take abroad the exceptional carpets with national and historical values. Also it is unlawful to take carpets to Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia

Iranian National Money (Rials) and Foreign Currency

According to regulations of Iran's Central Bank, passengers can take no more than five thousand euros of foreign currency (or its equivalent in other currencies), bank papers and not-registered securities. Otherweise, they must inform customs officers and register application form in customs website (address:….), and present bank declaration or written statement or any other bank note that represents a specific value like money. As for Iranian Rials, a passenger can take no more than IRR. 5,000,000 abroad.

Gold and Silver

Passengers are allowed to take aborad 150 g gold as personal thing and 3kg silver products and vessels as gift or souvenir providing that they are not of exceptional national and historical value. If the they are ornamented with precious stones such as diamond, sapphire and emerald total weight must not exceed one carat.

Home Animals

For taking such animals abroad, passengers have to obtain customs permit and meet national requirements about how to take such animals abroad and what requirements the airliner must meet for that purpose.

Military Ammunitions

No military ammunitions are allowed to be taken abroad.

Objects of Cultural, Artistic and Antiquity Values

Objects of Cultural, Artistic and Antiquity Values It is unlawful to take abroad: antiques, original artistic works, manuscripts and lithography books, calligraphy works, miniature works, precious coins and generally any products (such as CDS etc.) being subject to copyright by Ministry of Culture and anything with exceptional value historically or nationally. Tapes which are not permitted for being reproduced may be taken abroad if Ministry of Culture permits. This applies for videos and computer products and written works such as books and magazines provided that they are not commercial. Any cultural and artistic works can be sent via post either with the passenger or through commercial channels except the following:

  • Holy Quran books which are not stamped by the seal of Holy Quran Publications and Distributions Supervisory Council (affiliate to Islamic Affairs Organization).
  • 35-mm cinema films
  • Original duplicate of old and lithography books
  • Artistic and musical works which are of national value

Medications Unlawful to Take to Middle Asia

The following medications are strictly forbidden for passengers by customs regulations of Middle Asia countries, and heavy penalties have been envisaged for those violating such regulations. Be careful not to take them to those countries.

Arriving Passengers

Arriving Passengers

According to Article 138 of Executive Bylaw of Customs Law, goods of no more than 80 dollars in value (annual) would be exempted from customs due. For more than this limit, the passenger must pay customs due plus twice of the commercial profit of that goods, provided that the cargo is not a business commodity. If the cargo is not a business commodities (and is not unlawful), there is no special formalities as to discharging of the cargo, but if the cargo is business commodities, regulations and formalities of customs law must be followed. Forbidden goods are subject to Article 105 of customs law. On arrival, their list must be presented in full details and a minute must be drawn up being undersigned by passenger. One duplicate of the minute is given to passenger. Personal things of passsesngers are utterly exempted from cusoms dues and business profit providing that they are not for commercial use.

Importation of Iranian National Money (Rials) and Foreign Currency

Foreign currency: it is permissible to import physically all bank documents (suc h as checks, certified checks, travel check and other forms of financial transferable documents) as well as non-registered securities such as bonds up to 10,000 euros or its evquivalent in other currencies. This importation does not require reporting to customs administration. However, if the value is higher than the above-said figure, importer must report to c ustoms administration and regisrter in custojms website ( and deliver the currency to Bank Melli and receive a written acknowledgement reciet bearing tracking code. Note 1: refund of the currency by Bank Melli is subject to permission of Financial Information Unit (FIU). Note 2: arriving passengers are allowed to avoid reporting their currencies with value of more than 10,000 Euros: but in this case, that passenger must enter into departure procedures and take the currency outside of Iran; otherwise, such passenger would be treated under Goods and Currencies Smuggling Law (2013).

Gold and Silver

It is permissible to bring personal gold such as necklace, bracelet, earing, ring, bangle, watch etc., if they appear reasonably as personal things. However, thy must not be over 150 g in weight, otherwise, passenger must obtain prior permission from Central Bank of Iran.

Birds and Animals

Decorative birds are banned to be imported until further notice. However, importation and exportation of domestic animals and stocks is subject to approval of Veterinary Organization and fulfillment of the requirements of customs. Dogs and cats cannot be imported based upon Note 4 of Chapter 1 of Regulations Governing Exportations and Importations.

Telecommunications Technology

Importation of wireless telephone and that sort of products which fall within telecommunications technology is allowed subject to permission of Ministry of Information Technology and Communications.

Plants and Flowers

Importation and discharging of plants of every sort and seeds is pending on permit of plant quarantine unit. For this purpose, provisions of Art. 11 of Plants Preservation Law and permission of agent of Ministry of Agriculture based in airport would be necessary.


Medications can be imported only to the extent of personal use; otherwise, legal permissions such as permission of Ministry of Health etc., must be obtained and importation dues and any legal charges must be paid.

Tobacco and Cigarette

Each passenger is authorized to bring along one box of cigarette containing 200 ordinary cigarettes or 50 cheroot This figure for tobacco is 250 g for each passenger.

Unauthorized Goods

Some of goods are not allowed to be imported in accordance with the laws of the I.R.IRAN. A number of these goods are as follows:

  • Wine of every sort
  • Gambile objects
  • Cold weapons and firearms and explosives
  • Drugs
  • Magazines, videos, films, pictures and any sort of other products which violate Islamic and Iranian values.
  • Any writing and papers which contain anti-religion contents or writing that is in contravention to public order and national security and ethics.
  • Any products that are not allowed to be used under Islamic laws or national laws and that they can not be exported too in accordance with list of authorized goods to be exported as laid down by customs administration.


Passengers are not allowed to discharge raw materials and technical tools necessary for manufacturing factories. Passengers must take along all their personal things or deliver them to Transportation Company in order to reach to destination no sooner than one month before arriving and no later than one month following arrival of the passenger. If passengers failed to import their goods they can prepare bill of laden for them one month preceding the travel until one month after arrival. For this purpose, the have to furnish passport, transportation documents, warehouse slip and go through customs process. In such bill of laden, in both the consignee and consignor boxes, the name of passenger must be inserted. Refrigerator, freezer, television and radio (except portable radios) are no longer an exemption. This also holds for any lawful goods that passengers may bring along through authorized borders and free commercial and industrial zones. Only the objects and things that a passenger takes along for the purpose of gift, souvenir or personal use can be included as personal thing; otherwise, it would be thought that such objects are being brought for commercial purposes for which there are certain regulations and rules to be observed by passenger including having commercial card, registering order with Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade, obtaining permission from competent authorities depending on the sort of goods they are bringing.

Goods of Iranian Nationals Residing Abroad (subject of Art. 119 of Customs Law) Who Are Leaving Their Residence

Home furniture and appliances of Iranians residing abroad for any purpose (personal, political etc.) whose residence was not longer than one year or more, and similarly the home furniture and appliances belonging to foreign nationals arriving in Iran for residence, provide that:

  • passenger's objects and thins be picked from the country of residence and be carried to customs within no less than one month until no later than nine months
  • They must reasonably been for personal use and no commercial purposes.
  • They must have not used exemption for such things within the recent five years.
  • Governmental agents and officers who have been abroad on mission for one year of more are not required to have been abroad for one year, if their mission terminates before one year.

Personal thing means any items and things that are reasonably used for personal purpose. Similarly, home furniture and appliances mean those which are reasonably needed by a household for residence in a specific location. It is up to customs authorities to decide if an item is for personal use and residence or for commercial purpose. This provision is not applicable to cars, motorcycles, and private motor boats.

Suggestions and Warnings
  • Hiding any goods from officers is construed as a form of smuggling attempt to which smuggling laws would be applicable.
  • Extra charge levied on passengers for having extra load by transportation companies has nothing to do with importation tax. They may have their own set of standards, but customs administration relies on value of the goods for computing importation tax.
  • Be careful not to take the load of another passenger mistakenly because it may cause legal troubles to you, and customs administration holds you responsible for any offends as to that wrong load.
  • Try to keep your travel things low. It helps you save time as normally spent for goods processes and customs procedures.
  • Avoid buying foreigner products in order to support national industries and economy.
  • Make sure you have your medications if you are patient on travel. You strictly must have doctor's prescription.
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