Cash and/or equivalent assets

When sending, receiving or travelling with cash worth €10,000 or more you may have to notify customs, and account for its origin and intended use.

To prevent money laundering and organised crime, and fight terrorism there are rules for introducing and removing large amounts of cash across the EU border. Different rules apply depending on whether you are travelling, or sending or receiving cash.

Besides notes and coins, “cash and equivalent assets” is also defined as traveller’s cheques, cheques, promissory notes, investment gold and money orders payable to bearer.

Travelling with cash

If you plan to bring €10,000 or more in cash when crossing the EU border you are required to notify Swedish Customs. You can give notification via the internet or in the passenger surveillance area at the border.

Find out how to report large cash amounts here: Travelling with cash.

Sending or receiving cash

If you are planning to send or receive cash worth more than €10,000 by mail or parcel, you must be able to demonstrate, upon request, the origin of the funds and their intended use.

Swedish Customs monitors cash movements

Swedish Customs has the right to search for cash in vehicles, luggage, handbags, letters and parcels.
If there are reasons to believe that a person has not reported that they are travelling with cash we may perform a bodily search. We also have the right to seize cash worth €10,000 or more, if we have reasons to believe that it is incorrectly or not fully declared.

For information about entry and exit requirements for cash in other countries, please contact your travel agency or the embassy or consulate of your country of destination. Find contact information to the Foreign Office, embassies and consulates on Sweden Abroad’s website.

More information

EU Cash Controls - European Commission

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