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Jun 17, 2009 10:44 AM

Bringing food into France from US

I wasnt sure exactly where to post this, but I'm going backpacking for 3 weeks in the Pyrenees and I whenever I go backpacking I bring emergency food. I do plan to mostly eat food that I get in the area, but I am also interested in bringing dried, flaked beans. They are super lightweight and packed with protein which is what makes them perfect for emergency backpacking food, but I'm afraid they will get taken away at customs. Does anyone know if they will be allowed in? Thank you!

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  1. I never heard of French customs taking food away. It's actually so unusual to bring food that way that no one even thinks you might do it. I think you're pretty safe.

    1. in 25 years of back and forth i have never once been asked even a single question about what i am bringing into france. customs is a non-issue when going to france. all they ask for is your passport.

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      1. re: jock

        The last time we went the guy (American) in front of us told the agent he had put his passport in his carryon which they had taken to be checked because of size or whatever when he was getting on the plane, and he had remembered it was in there only after it was taken that the passport was in it. The agent rolled his eyes and let him pass...

      2. Its France. Pack what you want.

        1. France, like the rest of the EU, is not going to care less what food you are bringing in

          Why would we?

          1. A few years ago going through Charles de Gaulle for the Paris Air Show (which is on now) I saw an arriving African walking through the Green line at customs with a goat carcass over his shoulder. So i wouldn't worry too much about bringing food into France.

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