Bringing beer in luggage through Iceland

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adnielsen
beers 10484 º places 420 º 13:01 Thu 6/14/2012

Hope someone can help me out. Iíll be visiting Iceland next week for a couple of days and will be arriving with two suitcases full of beer to share later on my trip in continental Europe. Iíve done some searching on entering Iceland with beer but itís vague if I can have 6 liters or 12 liters. Either way, Iíll have more than that. Should I attempt to go through customs without declaring the beer?

Iíll be continuing on to Germany after a couple of days in Iceland. Again, should I just not declare the beer and attempt to go through customs? I imagine that Iíll have around 30 bottles of beer that adds up to maybe 20 liters.

Any info would be appreciated!

Cheers,
Aaron

 
KnutAlbert
beers 6710 º places 323 º 00:59 Tue 6/19/2012

Iíd take the chance and just go through customs. Or beer mail Haukur.

 
jackl
beers 7063 º places 690 º 01:05 Tue 6/19/2012

Originally posted by adnielsen
Should I attempt to go through customs without declaring the beer?

Yes.

 
HenrikSoegaard
beers 13147 º places 472 º 02:21 Tue 6/19/2012

Try to email WinterCoat in Denmark. The brewers wife Disa Fink is icelandic/californian and knows the local habits in Iceland.

Originally posted by adnielsen
Hope someone can help me out. Iíll be visiting Iceland next week for a couple of days and will be arriving with two suitcases full of beer to share later on my trip in continental Europe. Iíve done some searching on entering Iceland with beer but itís vague if I can have 6 liters or 12 liters. Either way, Iíll have more than that. Should I attempt to go through customs without declaring the beer?

Iíll be continuing on to Germany after a couple of days in Iceland. Again, should I just not declare the beer and attempt to go through customs? I imagine that Iíll have around 30 bottles of beer that adds up to maybe 20 liters.

Any info would be appreciated!

Cheers,
Aaron

 
coldbrewky
beers 1688 º places 80 º 04:19 Tue 6/19/2012

Originally posted by jackl
Originally posted by adnielsen
Should I attempt to go through customs without declaring the beer?

Yes.


NO!

 
fiulijn
beers 19119 º places 696 º 06:21 Tue 6/19/2012

Originally posted by adnielsen
I imagine that Iíll have around 30 bottles of beer that adds up to maybe 20 liters.

This is a mighty baggage!

 
GT
beers 9982 º places 672 º 06:37 Tue 6/19/2012

You donít need to declare it, they are gifts, not for resale. And if there real value is not over $2,000 you usually donít declare it regardless.

 
galttfwo
07:38 Tue 6/19/2012

I would declare it, but not specify how much. I have brought a lot of alcohol through customs and no one has ever counted bottles/liters. Iceland security is crazy though. ( or was last time I went through).

While you are in Iceland, try Lava by ÷lvisholt. Damn good stout.

 
adnielsen
beers 10484 º places 420 º 09:31 Tue 6/19/2012

Thanks for the responses. I think I am going to do a little more research. Normally, I would just walk through customs without anything declared, but Iceland seems like it may be more strict.

 
adnielsen
beers 10484 º places 420 º 09:37 Tue 6/19/2012

I am also nervous that I am going to stick out like a sore thumb in the "no declarations" lane with three suitcases.

 
fiulijn
beers 19119 º places 696 º 10:23 Tue 6/19/2012

If I understand correctly (link) there is a limit when entering "Europe" from Iceland.
If that is true (TBC), you will have a limit of 2 liters of beer or wine when entering Germany.

Since many countries are quite relaxed about that (I know by experience Switzerland and Denmark very well, but I also crossed German customs many times), I would suggest:
- if there is no officer at the customs, just walk through; red gate and green gate are just next to each other and in Frankfurt airport often there is nobody
- if there is an officer, stop, with the most innocent face you can put, and tell them you have about 20 liters of beer with you; when I do so in Switzerland, they always smile and let me go with an "enjoy it"; the worst that it can happen in this case is that you will have to pay a (fair?) tax


Good to know as example: in Denmark, home of the Carlsberg piss, there is a limit on wine and liquor at the airport, but not beer (they probably think beer is always <5% ABV, and you wonít spend time telling them that your Triple Iced Barley Wine is stronger than wine).