Many countries have restrictions on what you can bring into that country, including food, pets, and medications. Even over-the-counter medications may be prohibited in some countries. Check with the foreign embassies and consulates in the U.S. for your destination country to find out what is prohibited. Foreign embassy and consulate contact information can also be found in the Country Specific Information for each country.
A number of countries have restrictions on what items you can export or take with you when departing that country including, but not limited to:
Countries may require export permits, which may take some time to process. Travelers who violate foreign customs rules can be detained at the airport, fined, have the items confiscated, and, in some cases, be sentenced to prison.
To be safe, check with foreign embassies and consulates in the United States for your destination country before you travel. You can also find general information about a foreign country’s customs in the Country Specific Information we provide at travel.state.gov.
There are some items that you cannot bring into the United States, or that you can bring in only under certain conditions. For information on U.S. customs regulations and procedures, see the Customs and Border Protection booklet “Know Before You Go.”
Many wildlife and wildlife products are prohibited from import into the United States. You risk confiscation and a possible fine if you attempt to bring them into the United States. For more information see:
Watch out for the following prohibited items (this is an illustrative list):
For more information, you may contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement, at 1-800- 344-9453, or send an email to the Fish and Wildlife Service at firstname.lastname@example.org.