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Are you allowed to bring food into Cancun?



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amother
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Post Sun, Dec 03 2023, 5:35 pm
Playa del Carmen specifically.
I want to bring frozen chicken and stuff just wondering if they really enforce that you can’t bring it or it’s just a rule but you most times can get away with it?
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amother
Azalea


 

Post Sun, Dec 03 2023, 5:41 pm
Sorry- my information was about a different country.
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amother
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Post Sun, Dec 03 2023, 6:05 pm
amother Azalea wrote:
They took away my raw chicken and my cooked frozen chicken soup
They missed my packaged frozen satmer dinners.
Every suitcase goes through an x-ray machine before you exit the airport.
There is a kosher local butcher.

Thank you!
The butcher probably costed a fortune no?
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listenhere




 
 
    
 

Post Sun, Dec 03 2023, 6:07 pm
Officially, no. They are strict with it.

If you will get away with it? Maybe.

Do you want to take the risk is the question.
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amother
Plum


 

Post Sun, Dec 03 2023, 9:28 pm
I've heard that they look for people who look frum and go through their stuff extra carefully, since they've learned from experience. And no, wearing a Yankees cap as a "disguise" doesn't work lol. It's up to you if you want to risk it, but you definitely should have a backup plan since there's a good chance they'll take away most or all of your food.
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amother
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Post Mon, Dec 04 2023, 7:57 am
That’s called discrimination. And really not right of them
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amother
Thistle


 

Post Mon, Dec 04 2023, 8:12 am
amother OP wrote:
That’s called discrimination. And really not right of them


It's illegal to take meat (and a number of other foods) from the US to Mexoco. If it's a known thing that frum Jews are known to try to smuggle food across the border (giving
them the benefit of the doubt thay they just don't know better) why is it wrong of them to davka check their bags?
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amother
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Post Mon, Dec 04 2023, 8:32 am
amother Thistle wrote:
It's illegal to take meat (and a number of other foods) from the US to Mexoco. If it's a known thing that frum Jews are known to try to smuggle food across the border (giving
them the benefit of the doubt thay they just don't know better) why is it wrong of them to davka check their bags?

It’s a known thing that Arabs commit terror attacks and hijack planes.
Is USA then allowed to racial profile Arabs in line at the airport? Same thing
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amother
Brown


 

Post Mon, Dec 04 2023, 8:40 am
amother OP wrote:
It’s a known thing that Arabs commit terror attacks and hijack planes.
Is USA then allowed to racial profile Arabs in line at the airport? Same thing

Um but they do get selected more often for "random" screenings.
such is life.
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amother
Papayawhip


 

Post Mon, Dec 04 2023, 8:43 am
amother OP wrote:
That’s called discrimination. And really not right of them


Yeah, it is discriminatory to assume that you might try to swindle food, just because your frum. But wait, didn’t you just ask in your op if you could try to do just that??

Personally I don’t play around with border laws.
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amother
Azure


 

Post Tue, Dec 05 2023, 3:30 pm
I was just in cancun and yes they stopped us by every possible checkpoint and found nothing. Not sure if was cuz we looked jewish. But they would've taken away such foods.
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Amarante




 
 
    
 

Post Tue, Dec 05 2023, 4:37 pm
Most countries - including the US - do not permit food to be brought in by tourists - and that includes meat products.

There is an old movie in which Sophia Loren is caught trying to smuggle mortadella into the US from Italy. Smile

There is no "right" to enter a country and it is completely legal and not considered to be discriminatory to "profile" people because that group of people is known to engage in certain behavior patterns at the border of any country.

I would suspect that the percentage of non-frum people who smuggle food into any country - including Mexico - is extremely low compared to frum people heading for Cancun.

Also a tourist in any country has less rights than a citizen since you do not have any rights to enter a country you aren't a citizen of.

FWIW legally you can't bring certain fruits into California because there is such a fear of importing non-native pests.
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amother
Eggshell


 

Post Tue, Dec 05 2023, 5:28 pm
My daughter went. She took wraps, rice cake, peanut butter, packets of tuna. Purchased fruit and veggie locally.

My daughter went out to eat twice and Purchased Shabbos food.
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amother
Olive


 

Post Tue, Dec 05 2023, 5:41 pm
amother OP wrote:
It’s a known thing that Arabs commit terror attacks and hijack planes.
Is USA then allowed to racial profile Arabs in line at the airport? Same thing


And blacks commit more crime than other groups and therefore there's a bigger police presence on their neighborhoods.
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