Bringing food into Ireland from outside the EU for your personal use
There are certain foods that you cannot bring into Ireland if you are coming from outside the EU. This includes food that you:
- have in your luggage, or
- send to someone, or
- order remotely (for example, by mail, by telephone or via the Internet) and have delivered to you
Meat, milk and their products
You cannot bring meat, milk or their products into the EU from countries outside the EU.
The only exception is for these products brought in from the Faeroe Islands, Greenland or Iceland, provided the combined weight is less than 10kg.
Powdered infant milk, infant food, and special foods or special pet feed required for medical reasons
You can bring these foods if they weigh less than 2 kilograms and provided that:
- they do not require refrigeration before opening
- they are packaged proprietary brand products for direct sale to the final consumer, and
- the packaging is unbroken unless in current use
This includes eviscerated fishery products and certain shellfish such as prawns, lobsters, dead mussels and dead oysters.
You can bring in or send to the EU a combined quantity which is less than 20kg (or the weight of one fish if this is higher).
There is no weight restriction if you are coming from the Faeroe Islands or Iceland.
Other animal products
For example, honey, live oysters, live mussels and snails.
You can bring in up to 2 kilograms.
These rules do not apply to animal products transported between the Member States of the EU, or for animal products coming from Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino, and Switzerland.
Further information on importing foods of animal origin into Ireland can be found on the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine website and on the EU Commission website
Last reviewed: 5/7/2021