Traveling vegetarian

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I’ve seen so-called “vegetarian passports” before, which basically have “I’m a vegetarian/vegan” in a number of different languages, so that when traveling to another country, you’re covered. But I’m mighty impressed by this Vegetarian Passport site, which has over 70 languages represented. Clicking through each language takes you to a GIF image (or in some cases, text) with two sections, the first for lacto-ovo vegetarians, the second for vegans. Print it out, take it with you, and it’s highly unlikely that anyone will have any questions about what you do and don’t eat. Here’s the English:

1. I am a vegetarian.

This means: because of my beliefs I don’t eat anything obtained from a killed animal.

So I don’t eat: red meat (including minced meat, all kinds of sausages, etc) fish, shrimps, mussels poultry (including chicken, turkey, duck, or goose) any other meat products

But I do eat: vegetables, potatoes, tomatoes, nuts, mushrooms, rice, fruit, butter, milk, cheese, eggs, corn and corn products, etc. Soups and sauces may be made with vegetable stock, but not with meat or chicken extracts. Frying and baking may be done in vegetable oil, vegetable margarine, or butter, but not in any other animal fat.

2. I am a vegan.

This means: because of my beliefs I don’t eat anything of animal origin.

So I don’t eat: red meat (including minced meat, all kinds of sausages, etc) fish, shrimps, mussels poultry (including chicken, turkey, duck, or goose) any other meat products any dairy product (milk, cheese, butter, yogurt) eggs honey any other product which comes from an animal

But I do eat: vegetables, potatoes, tomatoes, nuts, mushrooms, rice, fruit, corn and corn products, etc. Soups and sauces may be made with vegetable stock, but not with meat or chicken extracts. Frying and baking may be done in vegetable oil or vegetable margarine, but not in butter or any other animal-derived fat.

Looks to me like they have all the bases covered. I may be going back to Vietnam for a few weeks in the coming months, so here’s a note to myself: take the Vietnamese page along in my wallet.

Note that the images displayed on the page may not be the proper dimensions. Load the image individually before printing to make sure it all prints at the right size.

One Response to “Traveling vegetarian”

  1. Michael

    I know this is a very old article but the link does not work any more and I really like the idea. I have the Vegan Passport in print, but since I am vegetarian I figure it will be simpler to get a good meal with a similar guide for lacto-ovo-vegetarians. Thanks for any input.

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