Foreigners including Singaporeans entering Germany from or leaving Germany for a non-European Union country and carrying EUR 10,000 or more in cash or its equivalent PER PERSON are obliged to declare to the German Customs authorities in writing using Form 401 (German customs website: https://www.formulare-bfinv.de/ffw/form/display.do?%24context=BF614DDD4CDD1C14942C), without being asked to do so. This amount takes into account all cash and its equivalent, such as the following examples:
- All bank notes and coins that are legal tender in any country;
- Travellers’ cheques;
- Stocks and Share papers;
- Saving bonds;
- Bank drafts;
- Bank notes and coins that are no longer legal tender but could still be exchanged for Euros (e.g., old German Deutsche Marks and Austrian Schillings);
- Collectors’ coins or bullions;
- Savings books;
- Electronic money;
- Precious metals, such as platinum, gold or silver; and
- Gemstones (including both rough and polished ones), such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires or emeralds.
For further details and elaboration, please refer to the German Customs website http://www.zoll.de/EN/Private-individuals/Travel/Entering-Germany/Restrictions/Cash/Entering-Germany-from-non-EU-country/entering-germany-from-non-eu-country_node.html and the declaration information document at https://www.formulare-bfinv.de/ffw/resources/C4139072893E1C2CEFFF/form/0432.pdf.
If you are travelling to other European Union countries, please note that this is a European Union-wide regulation. For more information, please refer to the European Commission cash controls website https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/individuals/cash-controls_en.
1: The amount per individual refers to the total amount of cash and its equivalent carried by one person. It is not the average amount carried by a family or group of travellers. Individuals carrying EUR 10,000 or more in cash or its equivalent have to fill up Form 401 in duplicate and submit it to the German Customs authorities upon arrival. The Customs authorities will keep one copy and return the other to the traveller after it has been stamped and signed. Please retain the traveller’s copy for the duration of your stay in Germany.
2: The equivalent value of these currencies is determined based on the exchange rates on the day of entering or leaving Germany.
3: The value is determined not based on the nominal value of the collectors’ coins or bullions, but on the purchase price on the day of entering or leaving Germany.