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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. Something Fishy was allowed sealed milk and cheese from the U.S.
Belize: Click here
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)
Galapagos: Extremely strict. Click here for more details.
Fiji: Same rules as Australia.
Maldives: No alcohol
Mexico: No beef or cream cheese. Chicken YMMV.
New Caledonia: Same rules as Australia.
New Zealand: Similar to Australia, some small differences but expect thorough checking
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)
Taiwan: no meat at all, even beef jerky or other dried meats. Even frozen airline meals are banned so no POM meals either (source).
United Kingdom: Click here
United States: No meat, fruit, or vegetables.


No issues experienced in:

Argentina
Aruba
Bahamas
Belgium
Bermuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina (Neum land crossing)
Brazil
Canada
Croatia (Debeli Brijeg and Neum land crossings, Zagreb)
Cuba
Czech Republic
Ecuador (NOT Galapagos - see the top section for that)
Faroe Islands
France
French Polynesia/Bora Bora
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Guatemala
Honduras (see here for important details)
Hong Kong
Iceland
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Kenya
Lesotho (Sani Pass land crossing)
Macau
Madagascar
Malaysia
Martinique ($5,000 worth of wine, meat, dairy - no issues BH)
Malawi
Mauritius
Montenegro
Morocco
Norway
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Philippines
Sao Tome and Principe
Seychelles (Reports of them being strict but didn't have trouble)
Singapore
South Africa
South Korea
Svalbard
Switzerland
Tanzania
Thailand
UAE
Uganda
US/Guam
US/Hawaii
Vanuatu
Vietnam
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Author Topic: Countries That Have Food Restrictions  (Read 184704 times)

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #100 on: January 29, 2021, 04:51:07 PM »
From us mainland to St Thomas Anyone?
That's the US...no rules.
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #101 on: April 14, 2021, 11:03:41 AM »
Tanzania: they got all suspicious at JRO until I said the word "kosher" and they waved me through.

Uganda: No issues at all in EBB.
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #102 on: July 08, 2021, 11:57:30 AM »
If meat is cooked packaged and had us inspection label will it be a problem in Los cabos Mexico?

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #103 on: January 10, 2022, 04:10:23 PM »
No issues in:

Brazil - GRU
Sao Tome and Principe - TMS
Ghana - ACC
Kenya - NBO
Malawi - LLW
South Africa - JNB
Zimbabwe - VFA

Belize - BZE: guy got all suspicious and gave me a giant red x on my customs slip. The guy at the exit didn't even look at it and I just walked out bh.
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #104 on: January 13, 2022, 06:46:44 AM »
No issues in:
Belize - BZE: guy got all suspicious and gave me a giant red x on my customs slip. The guy at the exit didn't even look at it and I just walked out bh.
We had to bribe the airport officials at BZE (like $400) to let our meat & wine in. 
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #105 on: January 23, 2022, 12:28:18 PM »
Where can I find info about bringing food into the Dominican Republic?

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #106 on: January 23, 2022, 12:37:33 PM »
Where can I find info about bringing food into the Dominican Republic?
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #107 on: February 20, 2022, 03:17:23 PM »
what is not allowed to be brought into Israel?

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #108 on: May 30, 2022, 08:56:54 PM »
No issues in
India (DEL)
Vietnam (HAN)
Malaysia (KUL)
Singapore (SIN)
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #109 on: May 31, 2022, 02:14:46 PM »
Flew to San Jose, Costa Rica in May 2021, they x-rayed my suitcases and found 1kg meat -- they allowed it through only because it had USDA inspection sticker.

Note, entire EU - import of dairy and meat from outside EU - is strictly prohibited, although in the larger airports inspection is rare.
https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/carry/meat-dairy-animal/index_en.htm

"If you travel to the EU from a non-EU country, you are not allowed to bring any meat or dairy products with you. 

When arriving in the EU you may have to undergo official controls by the authorities. If you are carrying any meat or dairy products, which you have not declared they will be confiscated and destroyed, you may also be fined or face criminal prosecution."
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #110 on: May 31, 2022, 03:37:14 PM »
Note, entire EU - import of dairy and meat from outside EU - is strictly prohibited, although in the larger airports inspection is rare.
https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/carry/meat-dairy-animal/index_en.htm

"If you travel to the EU from a non-EU country, you are not allowed to bring any meat or dairy products with you. 

When arriving in the EU you may have to undergo official controls by the authorities. If you are carrying any meat or dairy products, which you have not declared they will be confiscated and destroyed, you may also be fined or face criminal prosecution."

Those are the rules for pretty much any country on earth. The question is who enforces and who doesn't.
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #111 on: May 31, 2022, 09:09:30 PM »
Flying to Greece through Geneva from the US. Any have any recent data points in bringing frozen meals

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #112 on: July 19, 2022, 07:47:40 AM »
Anyone have recent experience with flying from Non-EU to Venice Airport (VCE)?
Officially, they do not allow any meat from outside EU, but my question is really more if I don't declare, how likely that they'll x-ray my bag?
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #113 on: July 20, 2022, 03:37:02 PM »
Direct flight TLV-Varna took away all our packaged cold cuts, let us keep wrapped schnitzel

Cancun - Confiscated tuna wraps

USA - Took away instant noodle soup, only chicken flavor (go figure)

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #114 on: July 26, 2022, 04:57:54 PM »
Not sure if this belongs on this board... I posted on Venice master thread but didn't get any good response...

Does anyone know if I could fly from Israel to Venice with a disposable charcoal grill in my check-in? I don't know if they sell them there, so it's easier for me to buy here and bring them with me.
I did a quick google search, and could not figure out if I could fly with them.
Does anyone have any experience with this?

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #115 on: December 10, 2022, 08:30:15 PM »
No issues experienced in:
Peru
Ecuador
Guatemala

Galapagos: all bags are thoroughly checked at departure and if approved are then tamper-evident sealed. Expect an extremely thorough examination, they will tear through your bag and check every single thing. I followed all the rules to a T - it's complicated but they will find something if you try to sneak it in. I came prepared with a printout of their list with everything I had circled and the restrictions noted, and they really appreciated that.

One thing I was not expecting was a complete ban on plastic goods - there is nothing online but there's a giant sign in the airport. They allowed me to keep it after I promised to bring back all my trash.
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #116 on: December 25, 2022, 06:09:34 AM »
That's the US...no rules.
Mainland to/from Hawaii has rules. I was once stopped at agriculture for having something round-ish in my bag.
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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #117 on: December 27, 2022, 09:39:03 PM »
Anyone know of restrictions for Anguilla?

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #118 on: February 08, 2023, 02:01:40 AM »
Brought hot dogs and cold cuts into honduras

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Re: Countries That Have Food Restrictions
« Reply #119 on: February 23, 2023, 07:30:07 PM »
Anyone have any issues recently bringing in foods like prepackaged deli and chicken into the turks and caicos?