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Traveling abroad with food

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Food is available for purchase anywhere. Nevertheless, there are various reasons why one traveling to a foreign country might want to bring their own food from home. The food available where one is traveling may not be what one is accustomed to eating. One may not feel it is clean enough for them. One's favorite foods may not be available. Or one may have religious dietary requirements that cannot be met easily with the food sold in that country.

In most countries, it is legal to bring at least some types of food over the border. But there often at least some restrictions. Most commonly, fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat are banned. Also included a lot of the time are fish, seeds, and grains. Non-perishable processed foods are more likely to be allowed.

The reason behind these limitations is disease control. These types of food could be responsible for carrying microbes that are capable of infecting the food supply of the land.


Check what is available[edit]

Before going on a trip, check what foods are available for purchase in the place where you are visiting. In many places, it may be more extensive than you could imagine.


Weight limits[edit]

One thing that may make it more difficult to travel with food are the weight limits imposed by some modes of travel, particularly aircraft. With so much international travel made by airplane, hefty fees are charged to those who exceed their checked baggage limits by even a minute amount.

Laws by country[edit]

The following is a partial list of laws found in some countries:

  • Australia: All food must be declared, and failing to declare food upon entry may be subject to fines and prosecution. Many commercially processed and packaged foods are allowed.
  • Brunei: Meat that is not halal according to Muslim law is banned in the country and may not be imported.
  • Singapore: Chewing gum is prohibited.

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