March 25, 2023

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POST COVID ERA: arriving in the UK with Kilishi can earn you instant repatriation

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Logjam at Heathrow Airport Baggage Claim Foyer

By: Barrister George Ogunjimi

I received a call early this morning of a young passenger from Nigeria detained by Customs at Heathrow airport and about to be repatriated to Nigeria for bringing Kilishi meat along with her into the country.

There are strict rules guiding the importation of meat and allied products from many countries outside the EU into the UK, and it’s worth it for all travellers, especially from Nigeria and other African countries to keep abreast of these rules in order not to run afoul of the laws, which may be a breach of the landing rules.

If you’re bringing food to the UK from a country outside the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, the following rules apply.


meat or meat products,

milk or milk-based products, except powdered infant milk, infant food or special food (including pet food) needed for medical reasons.

Checking in at Heathrow airport

YOU CAN BRING IN, up to 2kg per person of:

Honey, powdered infant milk, infant food, or special food (including pet food) needed for medical reasons – you can only bring it in if it does not need to be refrigerated before use and is branded, unopened packaging (unless in current use)

shellfish, such as mussels or oysters

snails – these must be preserved or shelled, cooked and prepared.

Frogs’ legs – these must be the back (hind) part of the frog with the skin and internal organs removed

Insect meat: You can bring in up to 20kg per person in a total of fish, including fresh fish – which must be gutted fish products

Processed fish – must be dried, cooked, cured or smoked

Lobsters, prawns

= =George Ogunjimi Esq.

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