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Tasteless!?In Indonesia, cobras are made into hamburgers

It makes you feel sick in your stomach! Cobras are processed into hamburgers in an Indonesian restaurant. Photo reporters have now documented the brutal cobra slaughter.

Before the cobras land between two halves of a bun as a meatball with lettuce and tomatoes, the heads of the snakes are separated from their bodies with a hatchet. Then they are skinned with a sharp knife.

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Cobras are considered a delicacy not only in Indonesia, but also in other Southeast Asian countries. Especially in Vietnam there is one snake farm after the other. The reptiles are boiled, fried or, as a specialty, placed in schnapps and served as a spirit.

What makes us shake our heads is quite normal in these countries. The animals are considered an exclusive meal for the rich. Snake hearts or the blood of animals are said to have a strengthening effect. A cobra menu costs around 20 euros in a Vietnamese market.

Don't forget: Eating is also a question of habit and culture.

But not only the meat of the snakes is popular: The skin is made into bags and belts. It is illegal to trade in such products. Anyone who brings such a "souvenir" from their vacation and is caught by customs faces high fines.

Because while the consumption of cobras in Vietnam or Indonesia does not violate animal welfare regulations, provided the animals come from documented breeding, the export of snake products as souvenirs is prohibited without documents relating to the protection of species.

The terrible truth: According to the Nature conservation organization WWF the demand for Kobra products has increased dramatically worldwide.

You can read here which holiday souvenirs you can bring in and where you could face penalties:


Numerous animals and plant species and products made from them may not be imported at all or only with special permission. If you are not in possession of the relevant species protection documents, the souvenir will be confiscated at customs and there is a risk of a heavy fine or even a fine. Be careful with cacti, coral jewelry, ivory figures, belts made of snakeskin or prepared butterflies - no matter what the seller says.


Counterfeit branded items such as textiles, bags, watches, cosmetics or CDs are not punished in this countryprovided that the counterfeits brought along are carried in the personal luggage of the traveler, the total value does not exceed the travel allowance and no commercial traffic is recognizable upon import (smuggling).


Nevertheless: Buying counterfeit goods not only harms the brand manufacturer concerned, but can also endanger your health. Toxic dyes in textiles, insufficient cushioning in sports shoes, untested automotive spare parts and adulterated cosmetics cannot be ruled out. If the value exceeds the travel allowance, any counterfeit will be retained.

general value of goods

When entering from non-EU countries, souvenirs and products for personal use to the value of a maximum of 430 euros (for air and sea trips) or 300 euros (for other trips) remain duty-free. For travelers under the age of 15, the total value of goods does not exceed 175 euros.

Do not add tax exemptions

The maximum limits apply to one person at a time. This means that even if you as a travel group (for example as a married couple traveling together) have bought a laptop together for 599 euros and nothing else, you have to declare the goods! The exemptions cannot be added up.

Alcohol within the EU

In principle, you are allowed to bring goods with you within EU countries duty-free (note exceptions, such as the Canary Islands!), Provided they are intended for personal use. Maximum limits apply to goods subject to excise duty (alcohol, cigarettes). A maximum of ten liters of spirits, 20 liters of liqueur or vermouth, 90 liters of wine (including a maximum of 60 liters of sparkling wine) and 110 liters of beer may be brought to Germany duty-free from EU countries.

Alcohol from outside the EU

For alcoholic souvenirs from non-EU countries, such as Switzerland or the USA, the following upper limits apply for travelers aged 17 and over: one liter of high-proof (from 22 percent alcohol) or two liters of drinks with less than 22 percent alcohol, four liters of non-foaming Wines and 16 liters of beer. When entering from countries that do not belong to the EU, you must always expect border controls.


From all EU countries, vacationers can choose to import 800 cigarettes, 400 cigarillos, 200 cigars or one kilogram of smoking tobacco.

Tobacco from outside the EU

People who are at least 17 years old are allowed to bring the following tobacco products from countries outside the EU duty-free: 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars or 250 grams of smoking tobacco


Refueling within the EU: a full tank and up to 20 liters of fuel in the reserve tank can be brought to Germany tax-free for personal use. From non-EU countries, in addition to the tank content, a maximum of ten liters may be brought in the portable reserve canister.


Ten kilograms of coffee can be imported duty-free from an EU country.


The import of drugs into Germany is subject to the strict provisions of the German Medicines Act. Medicines from abroad may only be brought in quantities that correspond to the personal needs of the traveler during his trip.


In order to avoid the introduction of epidemics, poultry meat, eggs and poultry products are not allowed to be imported from many non-EU countries. Special import regulations apply to meat, milk and dairy products, as well as eggs. This also applies to travel provisions.

More information

You can find this and much more information in the current travel time leaflet - Your way through customs published by customs.

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