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FYI: airport confiscations

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FYI: airport confiscations

I just returned from Peru.

I had some problems in security that I'd like you to be aware of before returning from your trip.

I purchased a fossil of a fish at an artesania that was confiscated. Apparently, you are not allowed to take fossils out of the country, so don't waste your money.

Also, I bought several stone replicas and the larger of these were also confiscated because security thought it could be used as a weapon on the plane.

My advice is to not carry on any sourveniers that you purchase in Peru, but to instead check them in your luggage. This was a major ordeal in security.

Happy travels to Peru. I can't wait to go back. Next time I'll be smarter about what I try to bring back with me.

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1. Re: FYI: airport confiscations

Or if you purchase something that may be complicated to get through customs, you can just mail it home to yourself.

Brussels, Belgium
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2. Re: FYI: airport confiscations

Fossils are an interesting tourist-safety issue.

Good to know that Peru is tourist friendly in that regard. It is well known (at least in Europe) that a stupid fossil can get you in big trouble in non-western countries like Turkey.

A couple of years ago there was a campaign in the EU Parliament to free a French tourist that was in in jail for months after being caught at the airport with a fossil bought on the street of Ankara for one euro.

We dump our small fossil that our guide gave us while walking on a beach near Paracas.

Los Angeles...
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4. Re: FYI: airport confiscations

DHL has offices in Peru and they are reliable.