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Old May 24th, 2010, 01:56 AM
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Anyone traveled overseas with a hookah? I'm leaving for Amsterdam this week and I'd like to take my baby with me. I just don't want to give a customs agent a new toy to take home with them and land in Holland pissed off. haha

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Old May 24th, 2010, 01:58 AM
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I would say to look online at customs for any countries you will be in, around, between, on top of, underneath, etc.

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Old May 24th, 2010, 02:00 AM
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I've had customs search my hand luggage at scihpol before, they saw the hookah I had bought from Dubai duty free, but just let me go about my business.
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Old May 24th, 2010, 02:06 AM
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my guess is that so long as customs KNOWS it's a hookah and what is smoked in it is legal in their country you'll be fine.

Also, it's Amsterdam, I'm fairly sure you'll be okay
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Old May 24th, 2010, 02:15 AM
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my guess is that so long as customs KNOWS it's a hookah and what is smoked in it is legal in their country you'll be fine.

Also, it's Amsterdam, I'm fairly sure you'll be okay
+1 lol I think you just have to worry about getting it out of the states and back in... Amsterdam lol worried about hookahs? Nahhh
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Old May 24th, 2010, 03:12 AM
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I've traveled in and out of the U.S. with a hookah, coals and shisha all in my checked luggage. Got searched acouple of times (which is the norm for me). And have gotten through no problems at all. They may ask about the shisha but just show em its tobacco, and you'll be fine.
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Old May 24th, 2010, 03:22 AM
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Gone to Japan from DC and had no problem with it. My wife has gone from DC to Japan with my other one and didn't have a problem. Should be fine..
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Old May 24th, 2010, 05:00 AM
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In Holland you can take a hookah through customs. But you are only allowed to bring in 250 gram of tobacco per person. So if you bring in more with you hand luggage and they stop you then they take it (only the tobacco).

But they don't stop everybody. I have taken more tobacco into Holland in my suitcase then allowed.

Anyway what are you going to do in Holland and for how long will you be there?
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Old May 24th, 2010, 08:54 AM
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went from Egypt back to UK. There were signs everywhere in the airport saying hookah's should be in main luggage, not hand luggage
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Old May 24th, 2010, 10:28 AM
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Anyway what are you going to do in Holland and for how long will you be there?
My family lives in Wassanaar, not far from Den Haag. I'll be coming over to visit them for about a month and spend some time traveling around Europe with them. It's my first time visiting.

When you say that you can only bring 250g per person, do you mean just hand luggage? Can you check in more than that?
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Old May 24th, 2010, 10:37 AM
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You will be fine, I have travelled a couple times with my Hookah as hand luggage and in my suitcase and have had no issues. However if you travel with tobbacco that might be a problem. As said above its against the law to take more than 250g without paying tax.
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thers no official prob in carrying hookah with urself... but i suggest not to take it with u....
rest u can take hookah without any hasslee
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Old May 24th, 2010, 11:47 AM
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I brought my hookah back from Germany and I actually flew over Amsterdam. The hookah is no problem, people there know what it is. BUT you cannot take more than 250g of tobacco there unless you don't mind paying taxes on it. 250g is free, everything above that will be taxed. That's importing in general, no matter if it's in your suitcase or backpack.

So yeah, go ahead and take it and take my advice and buy some coals there. A 3kg bag of coals in Europe is around 5 Euros, so like $3. Here in the US, you'd pay around $30 for that amount of coals. Check out the thread I just started about Belgian Natty Coal Disks, see if you can get your hands on some of them for cheap over there. If not, buy some Cocobricos, they're pretty much the same as Coconaras but just way cheaper!
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Old May 24th, 2010, 02:53 PM
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nice! thanks for the advice, DaSebsch. I didn't realize that coals were so damn cheap over there. I'm really looking for some places in Holland where I can pick up some shisha...I'm going to take 500g with me, (Nakhla mizo grape and Tangiers Orange Soda). Hopefully they won't notice and I won't have to pay taxes on it. I figure it won't be that bad if I do, though. How much are taxes on tobacco?
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Old May 24th, 2010, 03:35 PM
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Well I'm not sure, you might want to send PCServe a PM, he would know better than me since he's ordered from the US a couple of times. I know that a 250g can of Starbuzz goes for 35 Euros, and the cost of the tobacco itself is about 17 Euros, so the rest is all taxes.
I don't know about Holland but I do know that Germany has a limit on the amount of moisture in Shisha tobacco, so all the tobacco over there is pretty dry. I think a fellow HP member from the Netherlands can help you out better with that, man.
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Old May 25th, 2010, 01:53 AM
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don't mean to correct you Dasebsch but 5 Euros is about $6 US still cheap as hell for 3kg of coals
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Old May 25th, 2010, 04:20 AM
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First of all I already wanted to welcome you here in Holland. Second... my firs hookah I bought in Egypt. As you can imagine they are for sale on almost every corner. They even came in a cool carrying bag. But when I came to the airport they wouldn't let me take it with me. They said it could contain a stinger (GTA missile) :S:S I was like: WTF!!!!

So I took everything out the carrying bag and tried to fit it in my luggage. I got the most accept the stem. The put in in the cargohole free of charge. And luckely it arrived in one piece so I was happy.
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Old May 25th, 2010, 04:48 AM
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In Holland they do not tax you for to much shisha, they will seize it (but I just took around 2.5 kilo with me from Egypt and as long as they don't notice there is no problem).

In Holland you are able to get some Nakhla in shops, but it is expensive. If you like I can try to get you some extra shisha here if you need it. But keep in mind that it is more expensive then in the states.
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Old May 25th, 2010, 04:52 AM
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In Holland tobacco isn't as dry as Germany, they dont have a moisture limit afaik. But.. finding good cheap tobacco is hard, because it's very expensive.. You can find cheap tobacco in turkish stores, and you have to ask if they have cheap tobacco because they aren't allowed to sell it so cheap. 50gr of Nakhla is €5,80 here, but if you ask if they have cheap shit you can get 250gr for like €8-10.

The taxes in Holland are €59 per kg, +19% btw. So too expensive I think. Just dont buy tobacco here if you live in the States
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don't mean to correct you Dasebsch but 5 Euros is about $6 US still cheap as hell for 3kg of coals
Nah, man, the Euro is stronger than the dollar.


Right now $1 = 1.22 Euros

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&s...=&oq=&gs_rfai=
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Old May 25th, 2010, 09:10 AM
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Dasebsch you are wrong, 1€ is worth more than 1$.

You switched the dollar and € mark.
1 Euro = 1.2219 U.S. dollars


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Old May 25th, 2010, 09:23 AM
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Yeah, man I'm sorry. I got confused for a second. :P
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Well it used to be stronger. It used to be something like 1 Euro = 1.46 U.S. Dollars. But times change I guess. It would be easier to just have one currency in the world
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Old May 25th, 2010, 11:50 PM
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Yeah, that was before Greece crashed and burned.

It'll go back up though, no worries.
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I'm not. I think the euro will always be stronger then the dollar.
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