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I know it is prohibited to bring meat or dairy products to Germany, but I wonder if bringing cooked meat would also be a problem? It is part of our curries and other material in the curry are beans and vegetables so the only problem is the cooked meat. Does anybody have any exact information?

Here is a link that gives information about fresh meat. But I don't know wether it applies for cooked meat or not?!

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Where would you be coming from? – Gagravarr Jan 7 '14 at 9:19
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This is the relevant information from the German customs agency:

Werden Fleisch, Milch sowie daraus hergestellte Erzeugnisse wie z.B. Käse oder Wurstwaren privat eingeführt, so müssen diese Waren dieselben veterinärrechtlichen Anforderungen erfüllen wie gewerbsmäßige Einfuhrsendungen.

Das heißt, Reisende, die solche Waren mit sich führen, dürfen nur noch über bestimmte Eingangsstellen, an denen ein Veterinär anwesend ist, in die Europäische Union einreisen. Zudem müssen die Erzeugnisse von festgelegten Gesundheitsbescheinigungen und einem gültigen Begleitdokument (Gemeinsames Veterinärdokument für die Einfuhr "GVDE") begleitet sein.

Note that this is based on EU regulation and should thus be similar in the entire EU, and does not apply to good moving inside the EU or from a few associated countries like Norway or Switzerland.

My translation:

When meat, milk or wares produced from them such as cheese or sausages are imported by private persons, those wares must comply with the same veterinary regulations as commercial imports.

That means, travelers who carry such wares can only enter the EU via specific points where a veterinarian is present. Additionally, the wares must be accompanied by specific health certificates and a valid accompanying document (Gemeinsames Veterinärdokument für die Einfuhr "GVDE").

Sounds like a lot of hassle... Maybe you can find deli stores in Germany that sell this cooked meat the way you need it?

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It depends if you enter Germany from an EU country or from a third country.

In the first case there is no problem as long as the meat is for personal consumption. This also applies for products from Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Andorra, and San Marino.

In the second case it is more difficult. Even if the meat is for personal consumption you have to go through a veterinary control. It does not matter if the meat is cooked or not.

Germany, just as all the other EU member states has to comply to the EU regulation 206/2009.

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Yes, in theory, you're supposed to go through veterinary control. In practice there is zero enforcement of this, and if even you were to ask the Customs guy "there's some meat in my curry here, can I bring it in", I suspect he would roll his eyes and wave you through -- it's not exactly the kind of biohazard the law is meant for. – jpatokal Jan 7 '14 at 11:37
@jpatokal: I think you underestimate the conscientiousness of German customs agents. I have seen several documentaries where airline passengers carrying meat and fish were stopped and severely reprimanded and fined. – Michael Borgwardt Jan 7 '14 at 12:43
An obvious solution would be to enter the EU through another country and then proceed to Germany. Even a transit flight through another EU country should be enough to get you off the Customs radar. Though this is probably illegal. – JonathanReez Jan 7 '14 at 14:01
@JonathanReez: it's not illegal, but at least in theory shouldn't make a difference since all EU contries have to implement the same measures. – Michael Borgwardt Jan 7 '14 at 14:26
@Michael Borgwardt: theoretically, yes. Practically, some countries are most likely less stringent than Germany about their custom controls. – JonathanReez Jan 7 '14 at 14:28

For Bio-security reasons,i.e. disease control, most countries will not allow any kind of meat to be brought in, even if it is cooked. I tried to bring some Swedish bear sausage in to S. Korea, customs took it. But, it might have something to do with bear being "good for man's power"

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