If you move to Denmark, get married or acquire personal belongings by inheritance, your personal belongings may be introduced duty-free. You are not liable to pay VAT if you meet the conditions that apply.

You are not liable to pay customs duties on your personal belongings when moving to Denmark from a country outside the EU if you meet the conditions specified in the Danish-language guide entitled Toldvejledningen (Customs Guide). The conditions may, for example, be:

  • You must have owned and used your belongings for a minimum of six months.
  • Your belongings must be used in the same way after you have moved to Denmark.
  • You must have lived outside the EU for a minimum of 12 consecutive months.
  • Your personal property must be imported no later than 12 months after you moved to Denmark.
  • You must keep this property for 12 months after importing it, and you cannot pawn, lend or rent it out

Personal belongings must be things intended for your own personal use or for use in your household such as:

  • Personal equipment, household appliances and furniture (movables and household effects)
  • Bicycles and motorcycles
  • Motor vehicles for private use, including their trailers, caravans, pleasure boats and private aircraft

You may also introduce household goods corresponding to your and your family's normal usage, pets and riding horses, as well as portable tools, equipment or instruments necessary for performing your work.

Motor vehicles 

You can import your vehicle into Denmark in connection with transfer of residence without paying duties and VAT if you have used the vehicle for a minimum of six months and it has done more than 6,000 kilometres. You must be able to provide a foreign registration certificate to document the registration of your vehicle. The first 12 months you are not allowed to sell, pledge or rent out your vehicle. In addition, you must be able to document that you have lived outside the EU for at least 12 consecutive months.

Declaration of personal property transferred to Denmark

Once your personal property arrives, you must make a customs clearance declaration. Shipping agents or carriers normally make them. In addition, you must fill in a form declaring your personal property. The form provides information about the personal property and is used as a declaration to the customs authorities that it observes the rules for being duty free.  

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Foreign motor vehicles and number plates

You are not liable to pay customs duties on belongings which you introduce into Denmark in connection with your entry into marriage. This also applies if you buy new things and bring them to Denmark.

You are not liable to pay customs duties on gifts which you bring with you to your wedding. However, the value of such gifts may not exceed EUR 1,000 (or DKK 7,500).

You must meet the conditions specified in the Danish-language guide entitled Toldvejledningen (Customs Guide) in order to be exempted from customs duties. The conditions may, for example, be:

  • You must have been living outside the EU for a minimum of 12 consecutive months before entering into marriage.
  • You must be able to document that you are getting married. 
  • You must introduce the goods into Denmark no later than four months after your wedding day and no sooner than two months before your wedding day.

You are not liable to pay customs duties on personal belongings which you have acquired by inheritance. However, this exemption does not apply to goods, such as:

  • Alcoholic products, tobacco and tobacco products
  • Commercial vehicles
  • Livestock

You must introduce the personal belongings you have inherited into Denmark within two years of the final settlement of the estate. You must also be able to document that you have inherited the belongings.

You are not liable to pay customs duties on the belongings and textbooks which you bring with you if you are going to attend school or study in Denmark when coming from a country outside the EU.

When you move to Denmark, get married or acquire personal belongings by inheritance, you may introduce your personal belongings VAT-free when moving from a country outside the EU to Denmark. However, you must meet the required conditions.

Please see our legal guide (in Danish) for further legal information.