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Australia: No chicken, dairy, meat, fruit, or vegetables unless it's retorted/shelf stable (Such as La Briute meals) shmebeble had issues with MealMart- 26 meals
Fiji: Same rules as Australia.
Maldives: No alcohol
Mexico: No beef or cream cheese. Chicken YMMV.
New Zealand: Similar to Australia, some small differences but expect thorough checking
United States: No meat, fruit, or vegetables.
Costa Rica: No raw meat (According to the Health Dept rep at LIR, it's meat on the bone that's an issue, he let us keep all the meat that had no bones - this may be relevant to other countries)
Nicaragua (land crossing): No issues with meat etc, but they taxed us for the 40 bottles of wine (I quickly mocked up a receipt on my phone showing the original price per bottle as $4)
United Kingdom: Click here


No issues experienced in:

Argentina
Aruba
Bahamas
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Cuba
Faroe Islands
France
French Polynesia
Germany
Greece
Honduras (see here for important details)
Hong Kong
Iceland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Macau
Norway
Palau
Seychelles (Reports of them being strict but didn't have trouble)
Singapore
South Korea
Svalbard
Switzerland
Thailand
UAE
US/Guam
US/Hawaii
Martinique ($5,000 worth of wine, meat, dairy - no issues BH)
Zambia
Zimbabwe
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2017, 08:39:22 AM »
People sometimes have issues bringing meat into Israel


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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2017, 09:10:25 AM »
DDF experiences of actual enforcement.
Taking the nothing to declare line doesn't necessarily mean it's not enforced.

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2017, 09:14:56 AM »
Taking the nothing to declare line doesn't necessarily mean it's not enforced.
+1. People bring all sorts of smuggled goods, currency, cigarettes, and other things through the nothing to declare line and don't get caught. If you do get caught, though, you're in trouble.
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2017, 09:48:27 AM »
Taking the nothing to declare line doesn't necessarily mean it's not enforced.

In Norway you're actually better off taking the declare lane and declaring a bottle or something (wine 36 NOK/bottle IIRC), if you're declaring it's much less likely they'll check your bags.
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2017, 10:00:37 AM »
No restrictions in. Out falls into the US rule.
You sure? I had go fill out agriculture form and sign that I had no vegetables.

Even if they dont actually check, I imagine its a bad idea to lie on an actual signed form.

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #20 on: May 03, 2017, 10:33:00 AM »
In Norway you're actually better off taking the declare lane and declaring a bottle or something (wine 36 NOK/bottle IIRC), if you're declaring it's much less likely they'll check your bags.
I believe that strategy is true everywhere

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #21 on: May 03, 2017, 10:34:47 AM »
I believe that strategy is true everywhere

What can you cheaply declare when entering the US? Doesn't everyone exit the same lane anyway?
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #22 on: May 03, 2017, 10:35:45 AM »
Taking the nothing to declare line doesn't necessarily mean it's not enforced.
Really it depends on how suspicious you look and how many people are checked.

In Australia and Mexico for example the majority of people are checked, so their rules are more applicable.
In other places most people aren't checked.

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #23 on: May 03, 2017, 10:36:19 AM »
You sure? I had go fill out agriculture form and sign that I had no vegetables.

Even if they dont actually check, I imagine its a bad idea to lie on an actual signed form.
Who do you even hand in the form to?
They really just care about ex-Hawaii flights. Heavy enforcement in that direction.
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #24 on: May 03, 2017, 10:45:05 AM »
What can you cheaply declare when entering the US? Doesn't everyone exit the same lane anyway?

It's not what you can declare it's the point of going over and asking them if something needs to be declared which in turn will make them much less likely to stop you for anything else

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #25 on: May 03, 2017, 10:59:53 AM »
It's not what you can declare it's the point of going over and asking them if something needs to be declared which in turn will make them much less likely to stop you for anything else
Didn't work for me in AU. Asked them about a granola bar and they went through everything we had.
Though it seemed like they were going through lots of non-declared bags as well.
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #26 on: May 03, 2017, 12:32:36 PM »
Mexico was fine with poultry products as long as made in US.  Israeli Turkey packages confiscated while Empire was fine for example.
They took away $1,200 worth of meat from us (kosher meat usually does not have a USDA seal on it, perhaps thats why?)
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #27 on: May 03, 2017, 12:36:36 PM »
What are NZ's small differences from AU?
Can you bring any POM meals there?
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #28 on: May 03, 2017, 12:37:30 PM »
Is Costa Rica OK with cooked POM meals?
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #29 on: May 03, 2017, 12:45:17 PM »
Mexico: told us no fresh fruit.  Inspected our bag because tennis balls looked to them like oranges.