Souvenirs You Can’t Bring from Some Countries

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Turkey

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Turkey prohibits to export such items as antiques and carpets (if they are more than 100 years old). If they are less than 100 years old, you need to get a certificate in the museum and attach a check.

The historical artifacts include all types of fossils, whether it be stones from the beach, cobblestones from the curb, or fragments of marble. They may be fragments of an ancient Roman column or a fragment of the Hellenistic era. Also, you can’t export jewelry worth over $15,000 as well as fragments of soil, wood, any natural, geological, anthropological, and archaeological objects.

Egypt

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Egypt
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Last year, a couple from Britain was arrested at the Egyptian airport: they found a bronze coin of the antiquity and the Bible published in the 17th century in their luggage. Tourists were released only after examination, proving that these were ordinary souvenirs. Buying antique items, do not forget to take a check from the seller and a document stating that the goods have no historical value.

You can’t export corals, stuffed crocodiles, sea shells, ivory, and other marine life and fauna. Any object of antiquity can be taken out only if you have a special package of documents.

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Thailand

Thailand
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Customs officers of Thailand’s airports constantly confiscate figures and images of Buddha from ignorant tourists who forget to obtain permission to export, and transfer them to the National Museum of Talang. Among one hundred thousand cheap figurines, there is always one that is thousand years old.

China

China
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From China, you can’t take artistic objects and cultural values. However, you can get a certificate from the Administration of Cultural Affairs of the PRC and indicate the antiques in the customs declaration and then you can take them home with you.

Greece

Greece
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All antique items, including fragments of Hellas ruins and pebbles from the Acropolis, which can be found by any tourist, can’t be exported. Buying a copy of the antique statue, do not forget to take a check and a certificate for the customs that the purchase is not of historical value.

Finland

Finland
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Finnish customs officers regularly catch tourists with sturgeon caviar, raw meat, and fish. The items that are prohibited to export include wild flowers in pots, sturgeon caviar, works of art, and antiques over 50 years without a permit. Items of antiquity can be exported only with a special document from the seller. When transporting raw meat and fish, problems may arise.

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