Prohibited Items When Traveling To The U.S.

The ESTA visa programs offer the convenience of visa-free travel to the United States. But there are many prohibited items that travelers can not bring into the country. Before leaving for that trip, here are pointers you may want to consider for things you are planning to bring.

Commonly Restricted Items

Items that are usually prohibited are those that affect public safety and defeat the national interest of the U.S. Some of these restricted items are dangerous objects and illegal drugs and substances. To avoid hassles, hefty fines, and even jail-time, click here for a list of commonly prohibited items. 

Strict Measures On Food Products

The reason food is not allowed at airport security is to protect their agriculture and livestock. Pests and diseases may be brought in from these items and may easily wreak havoc on their food supply. There are more food items listed banned from entering the U.S. than those that are allowed. The following are some of the food products that are not allowed entry to the U.S.:

  • Rice
  • Foods with unsafe packaging

  • Fruits and vegetables

  • Meat and fish products

Notes On Bringing Medications

There are different restrictions when it comes to bringing medications on your Esta visa travel to the U.S. Here are some of the requirements to pass the U.S. border:

  1. Medications should be in their original containers.

  2. You should have a valid and current prescription or doctor’s note written in English. The doctor’s note should explain your medical condition and provide reasons why you need the medication. 

  3. You should not bring an amount more than what you will need or only a 90-day supply of the medication.

  4. Do not attempt to bring narcotics.

  5. Declare the medications to U.S. Custom and Border Protection upon entry and exit to U.S.

When you are planning to come to the U.S. with medications, you should contact appropriate agencies for inquiries. 


It is worth noting and understanding the laws to avoid bringing prohibited items into the U.S. Be sure to check with your agency and review your guides to save you a hassle-free journey. 


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