Ministry of Agriculture officials remind visitors to Israel that one may only enter the country with one esrog per person. Upon entering, one must present the esrog to ministry inspectors for approval. An inspector will visually examine the esrog to ensure it is not infested. The other minim, lulav, aravos and hadassim may not be brought in since inspection of these items is simply too time consuming.
Ministry officials point out that smuggling is on the rise during Tishrei, involving the 4 minim as well as honey and pomegranates.
Officials add that are accustomed to the smuggling attempts, especially esrogim from Italy, France and Morocco.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)