Customs, police and the Department of Taxes and Duties of the Republic of Cyprus are fighting the smuggling of cigarettes. They are being illegally taken to the country through Larnaka and Pafos airports and checkpoints on the Green Line. Smugglers have to pay significant fines, but this does not stop them.
What does the law say?
Persons older than 18 years arriving in Cyprus from countries outside the EU customs zone are allowed duty-free imports up to 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of tobacco. In case of arrival to Cyprus from another EU country, duty-free import of up to 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1 kg of tobacco is allowed.
7 MayThe customs service of Larnaca Airport inspected the baggage of the Turkish Cypriot with a British passport and the Slovaks flying to Liverpool. During the inspection, 50 kg of Golden Virginia tobacco, packaged in 50 grams, and 80 blocks of Marlboro and Silk Cut cigarettes were found. Tobacco products were purchased in the occupied territories of the island and delivered to the Republic of Cyprus without paying taxes. The amount of the penalty was 13 500 euro.
15 MayCustoms officers decided to inspect the suitcase of a woman who arrived from Moldova and walked along the Green Corridor at the airport of Larnaca. In her luggage was found 71 block of cigarettes. The woman had to pay 2840 euro fine. The police detained a Cypriot waiting for a Moldovan citizen in the arrivals hall. It turned out that he arrived on the same flight from Chisinau. In his luggage they found 89 blocks of cigarettes. The penalty was 3119 euro. As the press service of the Customs Department, earlier this pair was already fined for the same.
17 MayOn the highway Larnaca - Limassol, a car was stopped moving at a speed of 144 km / h. Having written out the penalty to 29-year-old driver, the policemen decided to inspect his car. As a result, 302 block of cigarettes was discovered. The driver could not explain their origin and answer the question whether all taxes and fees are paid. The investigation is under way.
17 MayEmployees of the customs service of Larnaca airport during the routine inspection of baggage of arriving passengers found 150 blocks of cigarettes in two suitcases of tourists from Russia. 36-year-old man and his 21-year-old companion left the airport in unexplained circumstances, without paying the tax from the detected cigarettes. The police found out that they had stayed at a hotel in Protaras. 18 May the couple was detained. The investigation is under way.