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Larry Lim




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PostPosted: Mon 14 Feb, 2011 6:49 pm    Post subject: Bringing Sword through Czech Republic Customs         Reply with quote

Dear All,

I'm posting this on behalf of a Czech friend who is now working overseas:

This friend of mine wanted to purchase a sword (possibly a katana) then bring it home by putting it into his check-in luggage when he returns to Czech Republic.

I have this nagging concern that he may get into Customs problem at Czech immigration.

Can anyone advice/clarify on this? Thanks in advance.

Larry
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Vaclav Homan




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PostPosted: Mon 14 Feb, 2011 11:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hallo Larry
If I understand good what you mean.
In Czech is free legislation as in anglosaxon countries. There is not immigration officers only alien police more for checking illegal works. We don´t know problem to date with terorism and imigration like in France or England.
Sword sharp or for fencing is like knife and knife are legal without restiction, only in City is better wearing sword in scabbart but police mann are wery toleration to it.
You don´t need registration your sword and If you live in EU you have no problem comming and wearing sword in Czech.

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Gottfried P. Doerler




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PostPosted: Tue 15 Feb, 2011 2:45 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

why not send it in a package via post ?
all the swords i ordered from czech came in a package, so the other way can`t be a problem either.
and i don`t think officials fear terrorists with swords.
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Christian G. Cameron




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PostPosted: Tue 15 Feb, 2011 4:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I recently took an Albion Lichtenauer through Canadian, UK, and Finnish customs. I received comments at every stop, and had to visit the customs shed at every stop--but the officers (Canadian, Finnish and UK) were respectful and mostly just eager to get their hands on my toy. I lost a little time, but it wasn't bad at all.
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Jörg Z.





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PostPosted: Tue 15 Feb, 2011 7:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Larry!

There should not be big problems. Thoughts i have about this:

-Put the sword in the Check-In Luggage, it sure isnt allowed in Hand Luggage Happy
-At he Arrival in Czech Republic, there should be a "Red Exit" at the Customs Checkpoint for "Goods to declare". To be sure your friend maybe should declare his sword to a Customs Officer there by himself. I dont know the Weapons Law there, but a sword should not be a problem to import.
But, depending on the Value of the Sword, there are maybe Import-Taxes, because he brings it from outside of the EU.
Or you just phone the customs station and ask to be realy sure Happy

Greetings
Jörg
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Larry Lim




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PostPosted: Tue 15 Feb, 2011 8:58 pm    Post subject: Thank You : )         Reply with quote

Thank you all for your quick & valuable responses, gentlemen.

I shall advice my Czech friend accordingly - check-in luggage, declare items, be prepared for taxes, etc..

Larry
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