21 February 2017 by Anna Staford
Guidance for individual travellers bringing food or other products with a plant or animal origin into the UK for personal use, or receiving such products by post.
What products you can bring into the UK depends on where you are travelling from, and not where the products were produced or packaged.
If you’re travelling from a country within the EU, you can bring any fresh foodstuffs - fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy or other animal products (eg fish, eggs and honey) - into the UK.
When travelling from outside the EU, there are strict rules about bringing food products, plants and plant products back into the UK for your own personal consumption or use. This guide gives further details about the restrictions on other food products being imported for personal use, in luggage or by post or courier, and explains exactly which foodstuffs are exempt from the restrictions. It also gives additional details about some European (non-EU) countries and the restrictions that apply to them.
Diseases like foot and mouth disease and bird flu can be brought into the UK via animal products (particularly those containing meat or milk). Fruits and vegetables may carry pests that can infect plants and vegetables in the UK. Such diseases and pests can have a devastating effect on our farming livestock, crops and the environment. Animal-related products may also risk human health from diseases, residues or contaminants (eg from fish, honey, untreated animal hides).
The risks can also be economic: the foot and mouth disease outbreak in 2001 is estimated to have cost £3 billion relating to agriculture and the food chain.
This guide does not cover produce taken from the UK to another country. You are strongly advised to check with the authorities of the country you want to export to, as only they can give you failsafe advice as to what is an acceptable and legal import into their country.
From EU countries: You can bring any fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy or other animal products (eg fish, eggs and honey) into the UK if you’re travelling from a country within the EU.
From non-EU countries the following items are banned:
From non-EU countries the following items are restricted:
The rules apply to any products carried in your personal luggage or sent by post (including those ordered online) and even if they’re for yourself, bought in a shop (including at an airport), home-grown/made or vacuum packed.