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Duty to declare cash and equivalent means of payment when entering or leaving Germany

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:

  1. All bank notes and coins that are legal tender in any country;
  2. Travellers’ cheques;
  3. Stocks and Share papers;
  4. Saving bonds;
  5. Bank drafts;
  6. 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);
  7. Collectors’ coins or bullions;
  8. Savings books;
  9. Electronic money;
  10. Precious metals, such as platinum, gold or silver; and
  11. 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.


Voßstraße 17
10117 Berlin
Federal Republic of Germany

(49)(30) 226 343 - 0

Emergency Contact for Singaporeans in Germany:

+49 (0) 152-2341-2182
(Please note that this number is only in use outside the Embassy’s normal operating hours.  The Duty Officer’s priority is to handle emergency or urgent consular cases, especially from Singaporeans in Germany. We ask that all non-urgent and general enquiries (e.g., visas) be directed to our main line during office hours or via email.)

(49)(30) 226 343 75


Operational Hours:
Mon - Fri
9.00 am - 1.00 pm;
1.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Closed on Sat and Sun, German public holidays and Singapore's National Day (9 August)

Visa Hours:
Mon, Tues , Thurs , Fri - 9.30am to 12.30pm
Wed 2pm to 4.30 pm

How to find us:

The Embassy is located just off Potsdamer Platz (opposite the Berlin Marriott Hotel). The nearest underground (U-Bahn) station is Potsdamer Platz or Mohrenstrasse on the U2 line.

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