Some countries have some bizarre rules when it comes to what you can and can’t take across the border. If you don't want to waste valuable holiday time explaining yourself to authorities, familiarise yourself with a few of the weirder restrictions...
Cordless telephones, Indonesia
The poor cordless phone has been listed along with narcotics, pornography, firearms, ammunition and fresh fruit as items that you can only bring in to Indonesia with an approved license. Go figure.
Marmite and Vegemite, Denmark
Being the nation of Vegemite fans that we are, I doubt many New Zealanders would fall into the trap of taking Marmite in their luggage when they travel. But just in case you do, the yeast spreads are banned in Denmark because they contain “enhanced vitamins”.
Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs, United States
A couple got a nasty surprise earlier this year when they entered the United States at the Canadian border and were detained because of the six Kinder surprise eggs they had in their luggage. The tiny toys inside them are deemed a choking hazard in America and the eggs are contraband.
Mosquito nets, Nigeria
Thought you were being smart buying that mosquito net before your trip? Not if you’re heading to Nigeria, where they’re forbidden, along with jewellery and mineral water.
New clothes, Malaysia
If you’ve been on a shopping spree before you arrive in Malaysia, remove the tags and wear your clothes around before you pack them. Only three pieces of new clothing and one pair of new shoes are allowed in, before you have to start paying duties.
Irons, toasters, electric frypans, Cuba
Pack crease-free clothes if you’re holidaying in Cuba, because household appliances including irons can not be brought in. Printed materials against the country’s “morality” are also a no-no...
Ceramic tableware, US
While you can take ceramics into America, the US Food and Drug Administration recommends you test its lead levels before buying it - fine for anyone who carries a portable lead-testing kit in their handbag...
Eggplants and red capsicums
Restrictions on bringing in fresh produce are commonplace, but in China eggplants and red peppers get a special mention in the contraband list.
Chewing gum, Singapore
The country known for its squeaky clean image, where you can be fined for dropping litter, doesn’t want to waste time and money scraping up chewing gum from pavements and subway seats. The sweet has been banned since 1992.