Customs And Kosher Food

This post first appeared as “Costa Rican customs gives dentist a food carte blanche” in The Times of Israel.

A young girl sits in the dentist chair. (Illustrative photo credit: Nati Shohat/FLASH90)

Kashrut observant travelers should not expect Costa Rican customs authorities to allow them into the country with kosher food — unless they happen to be dentists coming to provide free dental care.

The Costa Rica Star reported on Dr. Yoav Taub’s landing at Juan Santamaria International Airport with his wife and baggage full of kosher food. It seems the couple from Beachwood, Ohio had not been aware ofKosher Center in the Pavas area of San Jose, the only supplier of kosher food in the country, and had brought their own provisions with them. The Star explained that bringing food into the country can be “a highly bureaucratic affair,” and that normally, the Taubs would have been separated from their chow.

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© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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