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taking food to Greece

Hi- coming from the USA and want to know if I can bring Gerber baby food meat, individual packets of spam, and individual meat sticks (like slim Jims but healthy ones, lol) along with my gluten free crackers, individual peanut butter packets, baby food prune packets, things like that? I have severe medical dietary restrictions due to disease and these are foods I can safely eat. Someone told me you cannot bring meat dairy or fruit into the EU but do these processed and packaged things count? I can understand not bringing in a wheel of cheese or a leg of lamb, or case of apples, but what about a small amount of food like this in my checked suitcase?
Anyone? Im so frustrated trying to find out.

Posted by
1096 posts

You can not bring any kind of meat or dairy to the EU without permission. Full stop. I.e. not even a can of spam or a cheese sandwich. Fruits and vegetables are in general allowed, even if there are exceptions.

Posted by
566 posts

https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/carry/meat-dairy-animal/index_en.htm

"You are, however, allowed to bring in powdered infant milk, baby food and foods required for medical reasons - subject to some restrictions. You are also allowed to bring in limited quantities - for personal consumption - of other animal products including fish products, snails and honey."

I think you should contact the State Department for their interpretation of EU rules and regulations. As already mentioned they are very strict.

Posted by
6133 posts

Perhaps you should tackle the problem from the other way. Work on finding what you can eat there.

Ask your lodging hosts where things you need can be purchased. There has to be baby food and other tolerable items there.

Posted by
1096 posts

Do not contact any foreign agency, their interpretation of the rules are as valid as mine. If you have any questions, ask the relevant EU agency or the greek customs.

But I agree that the easiest way is probably to ask yourself what you can eat that is available in Greece.