Immigration customs

Australia has very strict Customs laws about what is allowed to enter the country. All animal and plant products that you bring into Australia must be declared for inspection. It is your responsibility to be familiar with Australia's immigration and customs regulations before entering the country and to comply with all applicable laws. We suggest that you become familiar with the Department of Home Affairs regulations before starting your trip.

What can I bring into Australia?

All animal and plant products, including food items, must be declared for inspection and in most cases are returned. The following lists include the more common items.

Goods that are prohibited

Except under Quarantine conditions and approved by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, check before you travel:

  • Dairy products or eggs and products containing eggs
  • Live animals, includes birds, birds, eggs, fish, reptiles and insects
  • Meat and meat products (fresh or dried) including canned pork
  • Seeds and nuts, includes raw peanuts, unroasted nuts
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables, salmon and trout (fresh or dried)
  • Live plants, includes cuttings, roots, bulbs, rhizomes and stems
  • Handcrafts and souvenirs that contain or are made from seeds
  • Salmon and trout products (canned salmon is allowed)
  • Biological materials, includes human/animal vaccines and therapeutic goods (ask about special import conditions)
  • Deer horn/velvet, edible birds nest packaged products
  • Soil and sand, straw and hay packing/stuffing or straw ornaments

Goods that must be declared

These goods might be allowed, however, you must declare them at Customs.

  • Seeds and nuts, includes packaged seeds, seed ornaments and necklaces, nuts out of a shell such as salted nuts
  • Plant products, straw packaging, wooden articles, artefacts, handicrafts, articles stuffed with seeds or straw, carvings, items made from palm fronds or leaves
  • Animal products, includes items made with rawhide, such as drums, shields, artefacts, treated skins, hides, furs, hair or feathers
  • Food, includes cooked, uncooked and ingredients
  • Dried fruit and vegetables
  • Herbs and spices of any kind
  • Biscuits, cakes and confectionery
  • Noodles and rice
  • Teas, coffees and milk based drinks
  • Bamboo, cane or rattan basket-ware and mats
  • Wooden articles
  • Fresh flowers and leis
  • Dried flower arrangements
  • Pine cones and potpourri
  • Shells or coral in any form
  • Feathers, bones, hams and tusks
  • Stuffed animals
  • Wool (unprocessed) and animal hair, includes yarns, crafted rugs and clothing
  • Animal equipment, includes clothing, footwear, grooming and veterinary equipment, saddles, bridles and birdcages
  • Sporting and camping equipment, includes tents, footwear, hiking boots, golfing equipment and bicycles
  • Bee products

Please Note: unaccompanied baggage may attract inspection charges.

You must declare any of the listed items on your Travellers' Statement (obtained when you enter Australia - this is a legal document). If you are unsure, it is best to declare.

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