The obligation to declare cash, securities and valuables
Above a specific threshold, you must declare cash, securities and valuables to French Customs.
Sums of money (cash or cheques), securities (shares, bonds, etc.) or valuables in an amount equal to or greater than €10,000 (or its foreign currency equivalent) carried by an individual must be declared to French Customs, which carries out controls in this area. The goal is to combat the laundering of the proceeds from illegal activities, particularly drug trafficking.
There are two parts to the French system for monitoring physical flows of capital:
- A European part based on Regulation (EC) No 1889/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2005 on controls of cash entering or leaving the Community. The regulation is applicable to transfers of cash from or to non-EU Member States (extra-Community transfers).
- A domestic part based on Article L.152-1 of the French Monetary and Financial Code, codified in Article 464 of the French Customs Code, which governs intra-Community transfers of cash.
Failure to declare sums and false declarations are punishable under Article 465 of the Customs Code, by a fine equal to one-quarter of the sum to which the offence or attempted offence pertains, together with confiscation of the entire amount by French Customs.
What you must declare
You must declare to French Customs negotiable instruments that are in bearer form or endorsable as well as cash.
In particular, you must declare the following securities and valuables:
- Coins and banknotes
- Bearer cheques
- Traveller's cheques
Cheques for which the drawer is not the beneficiary
Non-domiciled commercial papers
Non-domiciled letters of credit
Anonymous bearer bonds
Securities, bearer bonds and other negotiable debt papers in bearer form or endorsable
You must declare the following only during physical cross-border transfers to or from an EU country:
Types of transfers that require you to make a declaration
Transfers from France to:
- Non-EU countries
- The European Union
Transfers to France from:
- Non-EU countries
- The European Union
You must also make a declaration during any transfers to and from Monaco.
Under the current regulations, you are not required to declare interbank transfers.
Who must declare?
All individuals (whether French residents or not) must comply with the obligation to declare.
These declaration requirements also apply to couples, families and domestic partnerships, whenever the total of the amounts carried by the group in question exceeds the 10,000-euro threshold, even though the amount carried by each individual is under €10,000.
Please note. Do not agree to carry luggage or objects for a stranger! !
Transfers on behalf of a third party.
Your declaration must be accompanied by elements identifying the owner of the cash, securities and valuables being carried (whether an individual or legal entity).
How to fill in your declaration
You must use cerfa form n°13426 to make your declaration.
It contains space for the following information:
The declarant's first and last names, place and date of birth, civil status and nationality
The amount, type and source of the funds and their intended use
The status, company name, first names, VAT number and full address of the recipient of the amounts, other than the declarant
The intended recipient of the cash, securities or valuables
The route being taken and the means of transport
Where and when to file your declaration
A declaration can be submitted by the person transporting the funds:
You may also submit your declaration cerfa form n°13426 by post, but this option is expected to be phased out. It should be postmarked no later than five days prior to the start of your trip, together with an envelope with the address to which you would like the stamped declaration to be sent. It should be sent to:
We urge you to use Dalia, the online declaration service!
Please note: you cannot regularise your status by filing a declaration after the fact.
DALIA, for your online declarations
Are you planning to travel with cash, securities or valuables worth more than €10,000? You must declare them to customs.
Save time and declare online!
- Go to the prodouane.gouv.fr website
- Create a user account by clicking on "inscription" (sign up) in the upper right-hand corner of the home page
- When your signup has been validated, log in and click on the tab "Dalia: déclaration d'argent liquide" (Dalia: cash declarations) in the list that appears on the left-hand side of your personal account page
- Launch the application. Once you have read the terms and conditions of use, click on "saisir une déclaration" (enter a declaration)
- Fill in the declaration form and validate it
- You're done! You have fulfilled your obligation to declare. Note: Please note down your registration number; you will need it if you are inspected.
You can also save and print your completed declaration form.
Need to consult your online declarations?
No problem! Log onto the prodouane website, launch the Dalia application and click on "consultation de vos déclarations antérieures" (consult your prior declarations).
Need to delete an online declaration?
You may delete a declaration made online up to two days prior to your departure date.
Here's how: log onto the prodouane website, launch the Dalia application and click on "consultation de vos déclarations antérieures" (consult your prior declarations) and click on the red cross to permanently delete your declaration.
- French Monetary and Financial Code: Articles L.152-1 to L.152-6; Articles R.152-6 to R.152-10
- French Customs Code: Articles 464 and 465
Decree no. 2012-1182 of 23 October 2012 amending Books I and VII of the Regulatory Section of the French Monetary and Financial Code
- The Order of 7 November 2012 authorising the introduction of an automated processing system named "Dalia" and amending the Order of 1 July 2003 creating an enforcement information system
Order of 7 November 2012, issued pursuant to Articles R.152-9, R.721-6, R.731-7, R.741-9, R.751-9 and R.761-9 of the French Monetary and Financial Code
- Regulation (EC) No 1889/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2005 on controls of cash entering or leaving the Community
- The Official Customs Bulletin no. 6826 of 30 June 2009 has been repealed.
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