"Have you been on a farm?"
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Jan 25, 2013 5:59 PM Last Post By: ianw6705
Jan 23, 2013 11:43 AM
Jan 23, 2013 11:49 AM
Jan 23, 2013 12:00 PM
2The best I've found is this.
Worst case scenario: items don't make it through.
But based on a first hand account on another forum, they take you to another line and spray your shoes.
Jan 23, 2013 12:20 PM
3I visited a farm in Switzerland, and upon returning to the US, marked "yes" to the question. They took my shoes and sent them through a machine which sprayed them. It was pretty hard on the leather, so in retrospect I wish I'd worn cheap non-leather shoes on the farm instead.
Customs also took the opportunity to sort through my bag with a little more vigor than ordinary, but it was relatively painless.
But it took an extra half hour though, on top of the regular wait times to go through customs, so plan accordingly if you're transferring.
Jan 23, 2013 1:20 PM
Jan 23, 2013 1:38 PM
5Yes, it's dirt on your shoes.
The virus that causes foot & mouth can survive for a month in soil, in coolish weather. So they don't really want your dirty shoes getting out of the customs area without being cleaned.
There are also some plant fungi and even human diseases that can hang out in soil.
The plural of anecdote is not data.
Jan 23, 2013 2:09 PM
6But it took an extra half hour though, on top of the regular wait times to go through customs, so plan accordingly if you're transferring.
I had the opposite experience returning to Australia after doing some work on a farm in Fiji (film work, not actual farm work). By declaring Yes, I went through AQIS (the quarantine service) where my clothes and shoes were scrutinised, however it was considerably quicker than the regular line through customs.
Jan 23, 2013 4:52 PM
Jan 23, 2013 7:55 PM
8Well, I have said Yes to that question several times, and also to the "I have touched livestock" and "I am bringing food". They (customs) have asked me for details, and every single time I've been let through without any further delay. Only one time there was a little fuss and I had my tent and boots analyzed, but that was in New Zealand, and it was pretty quick.
Jan 23, 2013 9:04 PM
9Well, I have said Yes to that question several times, and also to the "I have touched livestock"...
I trust there were no un-biblical alliances involved in all this, Mad Max. And New Zealand you can understand - they have a wonderful disease-free agricultural sector, and do not want to stuff it up.
Jan 25, 2013 2:16 AM
10Well Ian, I have spent a lot of time around animals during my journeys, and it is a very rewarding experience. Let me ask you, have you ever just spent a couple of days with a herd of ungulates? Living like one of them, drinking their milk, sleeping on the desert floor, under the stars? It teaches you something.
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