Post # 1
Hello I am an American from NYC. I marrie last year and have been living in Salzburg Austria since 2012. My husband and I are having a church ceremony in Salzburg Austria. I purchased my dress in NYC and will pick up my dress and fly back to Salzburg next week. Upon arrival in Munich ( my lay over stop) will i have to pay taxes on my wedding dress? American living abroad. I paid a lot of money for my dress plus the NYC taxes. Bringing to Europe and having to pay duty/taxes will be terrible! Anyone else have this situation? Thanks !!!
Post # 3
@Jenny1206: I purchased my dress in Rochester NY and brought it back to Canada without paying taxes at the boarder. I’m then flying with it to Sweden. I’ve checked the regulations (just as a precaution – Swedish customs are very relaxed) and it says:
“If you enter Sweden from outside the EU, the following customs regulations will apply to you:
Typical travel items like clothes, cameras, and similar goods can always be taken through customs in Sweden duty free, without having to be declared.”
I assume a wedding dress falls under CLOTHES, even if it’s not the typical travel item. 🙂 My guess is that the regulations for Austria is similar – I found this vague description, but I’m sure you can find the specifics if you just spend some time looking around.
Now, what I would be more worried about is the actual flight over. Are you planning to bring it with you inside the plane or check it? If you want to have it with you on the plane, make sure your airline allows this!
Post # 4
thank you for your response. I checked munichs customs and it also says personal items duty free but only up to 430€. I’m more concerned because I am not an Austrian but I have a resident card and an address in Salzburg. I was hoping that beachside I’m American with a. American address as well I wouldn’t have any problems traveling abroad with the dress since I’ve already paid Nyc taxes. I’ve also read thy they will charge 12% tax upon arrival but it doesn’t specify if you need to be a citizen. If I’m not a citizen their rules shouldn’t apply to me right? It’s like if I bought a new dress to wear on vacation right? They wouldn’t stop me at customs? Or is it because I’m planning to marry here plus the coat of the dress? I’m freaking out.
Post # 5
Take the tags off so it doesn’t look like an item you’ll resell. Since it’s for personal use you shouldn’t have to pay import taxes.
Have you tried calling the airline? They may have advice for you.