Customs Regulations Governing the Goods Carried by Passengers

Sanat Haml-O-Naghl, Scientific, Technical, Economic & Informative
January 1995,
Vol. 14, No. 135, Page: 54
Word Count: 1075


Under the Customs Regulations of Iran, passengers, - Iranian or foreign - , may take with them at the time of leaving the country, in addition to personal and travel effects, goods made in Iran without limitation, provided that the goods are not of commercial value. These regulations also cover foreign made goods up to 150,000 Rials. The goods prohibited under Customs Regulation include: arms, narcotic drugs, alcoholic beverages, gambling paraphernalia and transmitters.


Regulations covering outgoing passenger goods :

1. Outgoing passengers, both Iranians and foreigners are allowed to take out of Iran, in addition to travel and personal effects, goods made in Iran without any limitation and goods made out of Iran up to 150,000 rials worth, provided the goods (Iran made or otherwise) are not of commercial interest. A passenger may also take out with him one piece of carpet or two pieces of small rugs, totaling 12 square meters in area.

2. Unauthorized or Conditional Goods: -- Household goods may not be taken out except by foreigners who were officially employed in Iran or studied as university students (at the end of their study or employment and within conventional limits).

-- Exiting antique articles and manuscripts is prohibited.

Regulation covering admission of passenger goods:

Incoming passengers (Iranians and foreigners) entering Iran from abroad or from free trade and industrial zones, are allowed to release, in addition to travelling and personal effects, once a year, goods worth up to 150,000 Rials, as listed hereunder, with exemption from customs duties and commercial benefits and in later arrivals up to the same value 150,000 Rials worth, but without tax exemption. The condition required for the release of these goods (new or second hand) is that they are not religiously and/or legally prohibited, and are not of commercial interest.

List of admissible goods:

  • 1. One laptop or notebook computer carried by the passenger is considered part of the passenger's personal effects .
  • 2. Household goods, operating by electricity, gas or oil, whether they require to be installed at a specific location, or portable.
  • 3. Pieces, spare parts and accessaries of the equipment referred to nder item 2 above.
  • 4. Pieces , spare parts and accessaries of cars, motor cycles and bicycles.
  • 5. Household goods and table ware.
  • 6. Personal effects, pieces and spare parts and requirements thereof.
  • 7. Bags and suitcases.
  • 8. Clothes, cases, shoes.
  • 9. Fabrics.
  • 10. Foodstuffs, including candies, chocolate, bonbons, fruit-juice and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • 11. Healthcare goods, including tooth paste, tooth brush, perfume, eau de cologne, etc.
  • 12. Cosmetics,
  • 13. Materials and devices for smoking (the authorized kind).
  • 14. Laptop or notebook computer and its accessaries
  • 15. Sports equipment and accessaries
  • 16. Stationery
  • 17. Bicycles and tricycles
  • 18. Artificial flowers
  • 19. Air gun
  • 20. Machine made rugs
  • 21. Hand tools, both electrical and otherwise.
  • 22. Newspapers, magazines, books, calendars, photo albums and other printed materials.
  • 23. Toys
  • 24. Trinkets

Furthermore, in case the luggage of the incoming passengers include refrigerators, fridge - freezers, freezers, coolers, washing machines, dish washers, gas cookers, televisions, videos, video cameras, and crockery, customs duties double trade tariffs must be paid for clearance. In the event the luggage accompanying a passenger exceeds the ceiling value, it may be released after payment of customs duties and twice The trade tariffs provided that it is not of commercial interest, and is not prohibited by lawyer religion.

Goods of commercial interest, or goods not included in the list may not be released on application of passenger facilities. The passenger may take the goods out of the country within four months , or release them by fulfilling formalities and regulations governing commercial goods.

Goods can only be cleared under passenger facilities if There are brought to the country by the passenger or were delivered by the passenger himself, to transport or shipping companies, during his stay abroad, where a bill of lauding was received. Such goods must either reach Iran within a month prior to the arrival of the passenger or a month after his/her arrival. Otherwise they may not be released under the provisions of the foregoing facilities.

List of certain prohibited goods:

  • Fire-arms and ammunition
  • Narcotics
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gambling and debauchery paraphernalia
  • Transmitters (Walkie-Talkie)

Importation of used household goods and personal effects:

Importation of used household goods and used personal effects by passengers is not authorized unless they are the personal effects of Iranians who have been residing abroad for at least one year and have not been back during the last six months of their stay. Used household paraphernalia and used personal effects of foreign citizens who arrive in Iran to stay may be released provided that they have been transported from the passenger's homeland and arrive at the Customs from one month prior to the passenger's arrival to nine months thereafter, and suit to the passenger's appearance and social standing, and are not of commercial interest.

Compliance with other terms and conditions stated in paragraph 6 of Article 37 of the Customs Affairs Law is mandatory.

Regulations concerning exportation and importation of golden and silver ornaments and precious stones:

  • 1. Exportation of golden ornaments up to 150 grams is permissible. Precious stones should not exceed one carat.
  • 2. Exportation of silver ware up to 3 Kilogram is permissible, provided that they are not antiques.
  • 3. Importation of ornaments within personal status is permissible; more than that would require previous permission from the Central Bank.

Regulations Governing Foreign Currencies and Rials

  • 1. Importations of foreign currencies in any amount is free.
  • 2. Exportation of foreign currencies in the form of bank notes and travellers cheque is authorized up to US dollars 1,000 or equivalent thereto in other currencies by the bearer of passport, and for each companion (in the case of group passport) up to US dollars 500 excess thereto is permissible in the form of bank cheque or draft drawn by the banking system.
  • 3. Exportation and importation of rials is permissible up to Rls. 200,000.
  • 4. Importation and exportation of Syrian Pounds, Arabian Rials, Emirates Dirhams, Iraqi Dinars, Lebanese and Afghan Pounds are prohibited by passengers and commercially. In case a passenger has them with him at the time of entry, an exchange declaration must be filled to prevent difficulties on exit.


Passengers may take their baggage and effects with them or send them by freight. To freight his/her luggage a passenger must refer to authorized customs holding his/her passport and a confirmed ticket.


Exportation of goods in cans and boxes which do not allow inspection and evaluation, such as canned foodstuff is not permissible.

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