Bringing back a souvenir is a great way to remember your trip of a lifetime, but if you’re traveling overseas, you may want to pause before you throw that trinket in your suitcase. While many products you purchase in other countries can be brought back to America with no problems, a handful of items are going to raise a red flag when you go through U.S. Customs. Some items are banned outright, while others require special permission to bring home. Here are seven items that travelers are forbidden from bringing back to the United States.
The so-called green fairy is no longer banned in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean you can necessarily bring a bottle back from your trip abroad. Any absinthe you take through U.S. customs must be “thujone-free.” (Thujone, a chemical component of wormwood, was once thought to induce the hallucinations that gave the drink its notorious reputation.) In addition, “the term ‘absinthe’ cannot be the brand name; the term ‘absinthe’ cannot stand alone on the label; and the artwork and/or graphics cannot project images of hallucinogenic, psychotropic or mind-altering effects,” according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.