Can I bring pre-packaged food into the Mumbai airport?

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Hi,

I will be traveling to Pune, India in the near future and would like to bring some food items with me from home. Peanut butter, crackers, coffee. All sealed. As well as, mosquito repellent, hand sanitizer, shampoo, conditioner, soap. Are there any restrictions? Is there any advice you can offer for a first time to India traveler?

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Are you loooking to use specific brands? If yes, then someone will be here shortly to help you.

The items you have mentioned are available in India also.
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Hi, when it comes to coffee and peanut butter, I am very picky so, YES! Definitely!! I am receiving (OH SO MUCH) readily available advice from friends, business associates, etc. who have previously traveled to India and would like to find a happy balance between being somewhat prepared without being overly paranoid. I'm not a big meat eater but am told I cannot have fruit, vegetables and/or anything that has come into contact with the water. Speaking of, I drink water by the gallons, daily, so, I am wondering how to deal with that as well. Also, I will not be able to avoid coming into contact with the water when showering! What am I supposed to do, keep my eyes & mouth shut while plugging my nose? How will I wash? LOL. Should I boil gallons upon gallons and bathe? Really, my mind is reeling! Ice, what about ice? do I buy bottled water by the case and make my own. I feel it will be a very L O N G 3 weeks!! However, I want to enjoy my time there when not working. I want to see the area! I want to wear shorts and a tank top! Is this permissible? Sandals? toe nail polish? Yes, yes, I'm getting off topic.

I'll stop for now.

Any feedback would be appreciated!

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Originally Posted by csj565 View Post Hi,

I will be traveling to Pune, India in the near future and would like to bring some food items with me from home. Peanut butter, crackers, coffee. All sealed. As well as, mosquito repellent, hand sanitizer, shampoo, conditioner, soap. Are there any restrictions? Is there any advice you can offer for a first time to India traveler?

Thank you!
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I understand you are not a regular traveler, but your subject line is quite confusing. Are you asking (a) whether food can be brought into Mumbai airport premises, or (b) whether food can be imported into India through Mumbai?

If your question is (b), there is of course no difference between Mumbai and any other Indian airport; Customs rules are the same at every international entry point in India. Importing food or toiletries for personal use is no problem whether sealed or not, except for some specific restrictions (I googled for that link, and you can too).

If your question is (a), again there is no difference in the rules that apply to Mumbai vs any other Indian airport. If the items you mention will be in your carry-on, things like hand sanitizer, shampoo and conditioner (and possibly even peanut butter) are considered liquids and are subject to the 3 oz restriction when departing. If it's in your checked luggage, there is no problem.
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Originally Posted by csj565 View Post Hi,

I will be traveling to Pune, India in the near future and would like to bring some food items with me from home. Peanut butter, crackers, coffee. All sealed. As well as, mosquito repellent, hand sanitizer, shampoo, conditioner, soap. Are there any restrictions? Is there any advice you can offer for a first time to India traveler?

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Yes, you should be Ok bringing these food and personal care items in, as long as they are for personal use( not resale).
You may be able to get Skippy's peanut butter, and some of the soaps/ shampoos( P and G is pretty active in India) in India, but the prices will be higher than what it is from Costco or Walmart. If you want a specific brand of shampoo say that's found in hair salons( in the US) only , you may be better off taking it with you. Depends on how long you plan to stay
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Have you been any where else? Have your friends also been there before you? Did they give you advice of what to do? Did you find them useful?

The questions you have are usual questions that most first timers to India have. Take time out and read the threads on the similar questions using the search box at the top.

I understand that you would be based in Mumbai one of the largest cities in India. So you should not be paranoid. Just use your common sense that you would use back home.
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You'll have no problem. I always travel with peanut butter as it's a good snack when things are closed. Plus a cheap breakfast. Just need bread or crackers. You can google restricted items to bring into India and I'm sure those items aren't one of them. Just make sure those items are not in your carry-on baggage.

You are talking about 1 item each, right?

Of course there are restictions if you want to bring in a case of hand sanitizers.
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Welcome to IndiaMike and to India, Christine. You will be fine, Mumbai and Pune have been receiving westerners for centuries and most of them survive and even enjoy it.

Others have answered about items you can bring to the country. While you can find most things in India, it is not a bad idea to bring small unopened jars of what will give you some comfort. You do know about restrictions on hand luggage which are imposed at your boarding point, right?

No need to worry about showering with regular water. Really, tap water is not oozing with noxious bacteria, many people drink it. But you may want to be careful with drinking water. Most hotels and good restaurants, particularly in Pune which is very international, provide filtered water, many middle-class homes also now have electric purification systems. You may get the odd tummy rumbling, but no big deal. You could try taking a Steripen with you. You could use bottled water when you are out and about...

I suggest avoiding shorts and tank tops. If nothing else you will be more comfortable in the heat and sun by wearing light cotton clothes covering arms and legs.


Enjoy the trip! I take it this is not a holiday of your dreams?
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Originally Posted by csj565 View Post ...Speaking of, I drink water by the gallons, daily, so, I am wondering how to deal with that as well...
In our many trips to India, we've relied solely on bottled water. We've looked at the filters in hotels and restaurants and found them sometimes pretty discouraging.

Bottled water is available everywhere. You might care to make sure the seals on the bottles are intact. And in hotels and restaurants you might ask them to allow you to open the bottle yourself.
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Welcome to IndiaMike, csj565! How exciting to be getting ready to go to India!

As others have said, bottled water is your best choice, and it's available everywhere. You will be fine eating the vegetables that have been washed and you will be fine showering.

Sandals are permissible and toe nail polish (and finger nail polish) are permissible. Relax and enjoy planning the trip.
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Originally Posted by DaisyL View Post You will be fine eating the vegetables that have been washed
Not meant as raw salads, I hope, but as cooked veggies. You can eat raw things only, if you can peel them yourself. Therefore also beware of raw fruit-salads, if you have not made them yourself.

Eating raw salads used to be safe in the Pune Ashram of Osho, as they had high standards of purifying water to wash their veggies with.

Be careful when eating in upper class hotels. 'Expensive hotels' does not mean higher standards of purity in food preparation. The other way around: Best would be to eat at places very much frequented by locals.

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