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Customs - Here’s What You Need to Know

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Customs - Here’s What You Need to Know by Alena Fateeva

So you’re on the plane and roughly an hour out before you arrive at the heavenly destination where you’ve chosen to vacation in. suddenly the flight attendant hands you a customs declaration form. If you purchased anything at the airport shops, you might well have something to declare, but what exactly are those “need t be declared” items?
 
The answer is pretty simple: anything and everything you didn’t check in when you departed from home. It’s imperative that you keep slips and receipts for the declaration process, and also that you keep everything packed together so that they’re easily accessible.
 
Other than purchases, there are a few standard items that need to be declared, regardless of whether you checked them in back home or not. These items include:

  • Firearms
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Plants
  • Seeds
  • Meat products
  • Cultural artifacts

 
These are just general guidelines, and countries vary tremendously in their customs regulations, which is why you still need to sit down and do your research about what the customs laws are for the country that you are traveling. Avoid the embarrassment of having your items detained and get your facts sorted before you embark on your travels.

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