Convention concerning Customs Facilities for Touring

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: New York, USA
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 11/09/1957



Sub category

Exemption from Duties



What is it about?

The State Parties have to admit temporarily and free of import duties and taxes the personal effects imported by a tourist. Tax free import is granted under the following conditions: the effects are for the personal use of the tourist, they are carried on the person or the luggage accompanying the tourist and the effects have to be re-exported by the tourist on leaving the country. No abusive import is admitted. Besides personal effects the Convention allows the import of tobacco, alcohol and perfumes in limited quantities solely for the personal use of the tourist.

Why is it relevant?

The State Parties facilitate the development of international touring by exempting tourists from import tax on their personal effects.

Additional Information

The provisions of the present Convention do not apply while the import of the items is prohibited under national legislation for reasons of morality and public security, public health or hygiene, or based on veterinary or phytopathological considerations. The present Convention only applies to items imported by tourists and not to frontier traffic. All Member States to the United Nations may become a Party to the present Convention.


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