Passengers travelling to European Union (EU) countries are asked to take note of stringent regulations that apply to the importation of restricted products such as meat and milk products for personal consumption.
Certain meat and milk products are allowed to enter the EU, such as the following:
- Powdered infant formula, infant food and special foods required for medical reasons, provided:
- The product does not require refrigeration before consumption;
- it is a packaged registered trademark or proprietary brand product;
- the packaging is intact.
Passengers wishing to bring other types of meat or milk products into the EU must:
- Obtain, prior to travel, all necessary documentation from official veterinary services of the country from which they are travelling (the documents must state that the goods conform to all requirements for entry into the EU);
- declare all such goods and present related documentation upon arrival at an authorized EU border inspection post for veterinary control.
All meat and milk products that do not conform to applicable regulations will be confiscated and disposed of at the EU border inspection post. Failure to declare meat and milk products may result in a fine or criminal prosecution.
Policies on restricted items vary from one country to another. Passengers should learn about restrictions as they apply to their destination by consulting websites like the following:
- For the U.S.: visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture website.
- For the U.K.: visit the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) website.