Is there some general, definitive EU regulation about bringing fruits from outside of EU? My flight will be São Paulo, Brazil - Paris - Frankfurt - Katowice (Poland), but I'm more interested if there is a general rule.

I found some information on the internet but it's mostly vague, for example this leaflet from France customs says


potatoes, soil, seeds

The following products are AUTHORISED importation based on certain conditions

fruits, vegetables, certain flowers

They must meet all of the following conditions

  • be stored in personal luggage
  • be intended for personal consumption
  • not pose a health hazard
  • not be banned from importation
  • small quantities


The potential health hazard and risk of spreading harmful organisms varies depending on the country of origin and the type of plant.

There is already a question Do I have to declare my fruits flying into the EU?, but it seems Netherlands-specific.

I'm planning to bring several typical Brazilian fruits like starfruit, atemoya, graviola and mangaba, everything for personal use.

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The French Customs website has a complete list, but in French. I suspect it is the same list for the rest of the EU. You're allowed 5 pieces or 5 kg (whatever works best for you) of:

  • Fresh vegetables and fruit, except citrus.
  • Edible roots and rhizomes, without any soil on them.
  • Barks/peels for human consumption, except citrus.
  • Thank you, that's clearer. So it seems that every country has different laws and everytime I fly to EU I may be treated differently?
    – Kuba
    Aug 29, 2017 at 12:01
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    Laws in the EU are unified. That's the main concept behind the EU.
    – user67108
    Aug 30, 2017 at 10:16

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