The "KVOTE APPEN" from the Norwegian customs
In the following article, we will introduce you to the "Kvote Appen" an ingenious tool and explain the handling. So you can on the one hand to check the somewhat complicated import regulations in Norway for your trip and above all to take more alcohol and cigarettes legally and yet quite cheap ....
Norway does not belong to the EU and has very strict regulations in the country regarding the sale and handling of alcohol. Alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of more than 4.75% are therefore still available only in the state-owned "Vinmonopolet" shops in the larger cities. Accordingly, the entry and customs regulations are equally strict as regards the importation of alcohol and tobacco.
But not only that. It is also strictly controlled and even minor offenses are severely punished. Even in the middle of the night in the ferry harbor of Kristiansand, we experienced that all (!!) motorhomes were checked. But also at the border crossings of Sweden - at least in the south of Norway - often the complete travel traffic is controlled. In this respect, we can only advise against using an evidently safe hiding place in the vehicle in order to illegally import alcohol into Norway in excess of the permitted amount.
The entry requirements to Norway are not only very restrictive, but also very complex. Similarly, as in Iceland, the quantities of beer, wine, schnapps and tobacco are combined by a variable quota. So you can introduce more alcohol in any case, if you do not carry tobacco or just cigarettes with you. But we will come in more detail later. Incidentally, the exact import and customs regulations of Norway can also be found here in detail on the German-> .
Due to these regulations and the already higher price structure in Norway, alcohol is very expensive. A 0.5 liter beer in a supermarket costs between 2 and 4 euros - just to provide a clue. So, the question is, how can you buy or import a little more alcohol cheaply for a longer stay or when traveling in a larger group ...?
If you arrive in Norway, especially in the ferry ports, you have to select a track: "GREEN" means that you have nothing to declare and your quantities carried in accordance with the regulations. By contrast, "RED" means that you have something to declare and want to introduce something beyond the restrictions to Norway. Therefore, you could choose this track and just honestly declare and declare the extra amount.
It is also easier and quite comfortable from home. You load in the App Store of your choice the APP from the Norwegian customs on your smartphone or tablet.
With this app, you can now determine exactly the quota for your trip in advance and if you want to take larger amounts, determine the customs duties and even pay immediately. How to do this, we will show you step by step in the following instructions for the English->
Home screen of the app with the provisions such as the age limits etc ...
This and the other five pictures with the presentation of the app you just wipe away ...
In this section of the app, you can "play" for a long time and try to see what you can import duty-free to Norway. If you move within the Norwegian customs regulations, the cart in the top right corner will be empty. As soon as you exceed your desired amount, you will see an amount at the top of the shopping cart that you have to pay for importing the desired amount as a customs duty.
Important: First, select at the top of the "yellow button" in the app, whether you are traveling alone or with another adult adults (see the following picture).
In the calculator of the app, you can select all items that you want to introduce to Norway.
For example, if you've selected the wine area as shown here, you can use these number buttons to increase or decrease the amount
In our example we introduce too much wine and beer (24 cans of 0.5 liters and 14 bottles of wine 0.75 liters), there is a warning on the cart and if we take this amount with us, we have to pay the amount of NOK 250 ( about 25 euros).
In our example, we want to introduce 14 bottles of wine and 24 large cans of beer and should pay for it 250 NOK - about 25 euros. But since we already know that we will buy a friend in Norway two bars of cigarettes on the ferry, we also enter this in the app. This increases the value of the goods to be cleared and we now have to pay 430 NOK.
Important: You have to know in advance or at least estimate when you will cross the border to Norway. If you do not change anything on the following screen, which opens after a click on the shopping cart, your customs document will be activated after one minute and will only be valid for the next 2 hours. That will not be enough in most cases or will suit you. Therefore, please choose a realistic time - for example, the arrival time of your ferry in Norway.
On this screen, which opens after clicking on the shopping cart, please select the time to cross the border
We choose August 13th at 10:00 am - our Color Line ferry will dock in Oslo
After clicking on "Continue Payment" the screen for entering the credit card data opens
The confirmation that we have paid and paid duly and are therefore allowed to use the green lane at the Norwegian customs on entry despite the larger amount of alcohol
Our import receipt with the timer or the display, from when until when it is active. In 19 hours and 54 minutes we can exceed the Norwegian border with our import volume. Another two hours later, this document expires.
Thus, everything is recorded regularly, properly cleared and we can enter without problems and use the green track at the customs. In case of a check we can show the app with the electronic mountains.
The question is: are the effort and the customs clearance worthwhile ...? A clear "yes". In our case, we took 24 0.5 liter cans of good beer with us. In addition 14 bottles of good wine, which we had bought in the offer for 4.99 euros instead of 7.99 euros in Germany. With the additional 25 euros of customs fees we are thus still much cheaper than if we had bought the comparable quantities and qualities in Norway.
A nice note in their own right, before rumors arise: We took this amount for about 8 weeks and a stay with friends .... 🙂
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