Traveling to Dubai? Do not bring ‘Balut’

SAN FRANCISCO – The Philippine Consulate General in Dubai issued a warning last Tuesday to Filipinos who are traveling to the United Arab Emirates not to transport ‘balut’ or cooked fertilized duck eggs from the Philippines.

The Consulate General’s office in Dubai said that it has received “several reports from various individuals regarding the confiscation of Philippine duck eggs (balut) upon entry into Dubai as pasalubong from the Philippines.”

consulateThe consulate office went on to advice that the popular Filipino delicacy is subject to confiscation upon entry by customs authorities, and could delay clearance through immigration for anyone caught with the cooked duck eggs.

“Balut”, usually a 16- to 21-day-old boiled fertilised duck egg, is a popular Filipino delicacy also common in other Southeast Asian countries.

“The entry of commercial and non-commercial quantities [for personal consumption] of balut into Dubai without necessary customs/health certificates may result in confiscation by Customs authorities and possible delay in immigration clearance of the bearer,” the advisory read.