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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 #30 on: May 03, 2017, 12:51:03 PM »
Mexico was fine with poultry products as long as made in US.  Israeli Turkey packages confiscated while Empire was fine for example.
Laibel Miller (I'm sure Dan knows who he is) told me that when he goes to Mexico he splits the food into two or more suitcases with different people going together each taking one. He feels there's a better chance of getting some through without being hit with the red light upon entry.

While official USDA policy allows bringing in poultry, I have declared it in the past coming from Israel, and was told that the label needs to say that it's fully cooked, and it is up to individual inspector discretion.

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #31 on: May 03, 2017, 12:53:12 PM »
Is Costa Rica OK with cooked POM meals?
Yes, they let all our packaged deli and cooked meats through.  (if there's an issue you can try saying: Comida Kosher para un festival judío)

I can put you in touch with the shliach there if you'd like.
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #32 on: May 03, 2017, 12:55:02 PM »
Mexico: told us no fresh fruit.  Inspected our bag because tennis balls looked to them like oranges.
Reminds me how when I went there with DW and one month old baby, we handed the passports and birth certificate (at that time kids could still travel to Mexico with only a birth certificate) to the border agent (at the airport. The agent looks at the birth certificate first, sees the name and asks me "Uste..... [my daughter's name]?"

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #33 on: May 03, 2017, 03:00:27 PM »
Yes, they let all our packaged deli and cooked meats through.  (if there's an issue you can try saying: Comida Kosher para un festival judío)

I can put you in touch with the shliach there if you'd like.
Was that in SJO or LIR ? In LIR they took away everything

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #34 on: May 03, 2017, 03:39:39 PM »
Was that in SJO or LIR ? In LIR they took away everything
LIR, They wanted to take all our raw meat, I asked to speak to whoever is in charge, the head of customs & health came out and explained that there can be diseases in the meat, I googled and found something about a bone based disease...I asked him about meat without bones, he was surprised and said he will only take away raw meat that has bone (like ribsteaks) and let us go with the rest BH
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #35 on: May 03, 2017, 03:41:31 PM »
Was that in SJO or LIR ? In LIR they took away everything
Raw or cooked?
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #36 on: May 03, 2017, 03:46:20 PM »
Canada allows homemade or restaurant prepared chicken and beef, as long as its under 20kg per person, without any issues? Homemade food needs a label saying where the meat/ chicken originated from? Or is it all "nothing to declare"....?

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #37 on: May 03, 2017, 05:19:40 PM »
Canada allows homemade or restaurant prepared chicken and beef, as long as its under 20kg per person, without any issues? Homemade food needs a label saying where the meat/ chicken originated from? Or is it all "nothing to declare"....?

I declared and all they wanted to know what which animal the meat is from.
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #38 on: May 03, 2017, 05:31:16 PM »
Laibel Miller (I'm sure Dan knows who he is) told me that when he goes to Mexico he splits the food into two or more suitcases with different people going together each taking one. He feels there's a better chance of getting some through without being hit with the red light upon entry.
I believe we have a biblical source for that one...

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #39 on: May 03, 2017, 05:32:40 PM »
Laibel Miller (I'm sure Dan knows who he is)
Yeah, but I hear he eats the food from Pesach programs :P
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #40 on: May 03, 2017, 05:55:43 PM »
Yeah, but I hear he eats the food from Pesach programs :P
You must also know what his other occupation is. Hope no-one ever needs him there.  :P

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #41 on: May 03, 2017, 05:56:59 PM »
You must also know what his other occupation is. Hope no-one ever needs him there.  :P
Sadly, my friend's bother passed away in FL while R' Miller was in Whistler. He was an immense help to them.
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #42 on: May 03, 2017, 06:12:01 PM »
Sadly, my friend's bother passed away in FL while R' Miller was in Whistler. He was an immense help to them.
He does C.K. remotely?

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #44 on: May 03, 2017, 06:14:22 PM »
Yes.
We might need an explanation on that one. How is that job done without being on location?