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Restrictions on foodstuffs

Foodstuffs that may not be brought into the EU

In order to prevent the spread of dangerous diseases, the European Union has laid down special rules for the import of animals and animal products from third countries. Foodstuffs that may not be brought into the EU include meat and meat products and milk and dairy products.

Prohibited foodstuffs of animal origin will be seized and destroyed by the Customs authorities and you may be liable for a fine or even a criminal prosecution.

Exceptions

Powdered infant milk, infant food and special foods required for medical reasons, provided that these products do not require refrigeration before opening, are packaged proprietary brand products and the packaging is undamaged.

Small quantities of  meat, meat products, milk or dairy products for personal consumption from Croatia, the Faroe Islands, Greenland or Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland, the total weight of which does not exceed 10 kg per person. Meat and meat products from Andorra, Lichtenstein, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland are subject to the same requirements as products of animal origin from Member States.

Import conditions

  • You must obtain appropriate documentation from the official veterinary service of the country you are travelling from confirming that the goods meet EU import requirements.
  • You must declare the goods and on arrival at the EU frontier submit the documentation to the authorised bodies for veterinary control.

Prohibited foodstuffs of animal origin will be seized by the Customs authorities and you may be liable for a fine.

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Foodstuffs that may be brought into the EU

Food of animal origin that does not contain meat, meat products, milk or dairy products may be imported in quantities of up to 1 kg and does not need to be declared for the purposes of veterinary control.

Fish, shellfish (crabs, prawns, oysters, mussels, etc.), eggs (including omelettes, egg pasta and powdered eggs) and honey may be brought into the EU from countries on the list of approved countries.

The list of approved countries changes frequently. We advise you to inform yourself about the current situation at border veterinary control posts or the main office of the Veterinary Administration of the Republic of Slovenia, where you can obtain more detailed information.

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