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Quarantine is a function of AQIS (Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service). AQIS’s role is to prevent the entry into Australia of exotic pests, diseases and weed seeds that could affect plant, animal and human health, as well as the environment. 

On the plane, you’ll be given a passenger declaration card. This is legal document, and you must tick YES if you have any food or goods of plant or animal origin. 

If you have prohibited or unwanted items you don’t wish to declare, drop them in the quarantine bin on the way to collect your baggage. Remember that you can be fined more than $100 on the spot if you do not declare items of quarantine concern. If you’re not sure about the goods you’re carrying or Australia’s quarantine laws, ask a Quarantine Officer.


    Herbs and spices of any kind -  includes herbal medicines and remedies, tonics, teas

    Dried fruit and vegetables  

    Biscuits, cakes, confectionery - includes chocolate, sweets, crisps, roasted nuts, pretzels

    Noodles and rice - includes processed and instant meals (egg noodles and noodles containing meat are prohibited)

    Teas, coffees, juices and other drinks (drinks containing milk, honey or eggs are prohibited)

    Bamboo, cane or rattan basket ware and mats - including coconut carvings, cane baskets

    Fresh flowers and leis - (flowers that can be propagated, such as roses, carnations and chrysanthemums, are prohibited) 

    Pine cones and potpourri - includes natural and decorative products such as wreaths

    Seeds in any form - includes commercially packaged seeds, seed ornaments, and necklaces (all beans, corn and lettuce seeds are prohibited)

    Straw packaging and handicrafts - includes corn dollies, wreaths and decorations made of cereal or grain, and articles stuffed with seeds or straw

    All wooden articles, artifacts, handicrafts and curios - includes carvings, items made from palm fronds or leaves (items made from banana leaves are prohibited)

    Rawhide - includes rawhide drums, shields and artifacts

    Shells or coral in any form - includes jewellery, curios and souvenirs (except with wildlife protection certification)

    Feathers, bones, horns and tusks - must be clean and free of blood, skin, dung or soil

    Skins, hides and furs - must be professionally tanned or cured (some may be prohibited under international wildlife legislation)

    Stuffed animals - must be accompanied by a certificate stating they have been prepared by a taxidermist (some may be prohibited under international wildlife legislation)

    Wool (unprocessed) and animal hair - includes yarns, crafted rugs and clothing Wool must be scoured and hair cleaned

    Holy water

    Animal equipment (used) - includes clothing, footwear, grooming and veterinary equipment, saddles, bridles and birdcages

    Sporting and camping equipment - tents, footwear, hiking boots


    Milk and dairy products -  includes all products that contain milk ingredients (baby formula and New Zealand dairy products are allowed)

    Seeds, beans and handicrafts or souvenirs that contain or are made from seeds or beans

    Popping corn and raw, unroasted nuts - includes raw peanuts and chestnuts (chestnuts from New Zealand are allowed)

    Eggs and egg products - includes whole, dried, powdered and uncooked egg products

    Fresh fruit and vegetables

    Live animals - includes birds, birds' eggs, fish, reptiles and insects

    Meat and all pork products - includes all uncanned or fresh, dried, frozen, smoked or salted meat

    Salmon and trout products - ask about special import conditions (canned salmon is allowed)

    Live plants - includes cuttings, roots, bulbs, corms, rhizomes and stems

    Biological materials - includes human/animal vaccines and therapeutic goods (ask about special import conditions)

    Deer horn/velvet, edible bird's next - (deer horn and/or antler from New Zealand are allowed)

    Soil and sand - includes items filled with soil or sand (rocks free of soil and sand are allowed)



When you declare items or quarantine concern, you’ll be directed to a Quarantine Officer to have them inspected. Your declared items won’t automatically be confiscated. In most cases, they will simply be inspected and returned to you (some items may need treatment to make them safe before they’re returned).  

Some items are prohibited. If you declare them, you’ll be given the option of re-exporting them. If you don’t declare them, they’ll be destroyed and you could be prosecuted. If your items have to be treated to make them safe, you’ll be advised when they are available for collection (in most cases there’s a fee for treatment). You can collect your items yourself or through an agent, or have them posted/couriered to you. You have 30 days to collect your items. If you don’t contact AQIS or collect them within this time, they will be destroyed.


You may meet one of AQIS Quarantine beagles at the baggage carousel. Don’t be alarmed. They’re friendly dogs that have been trained to search for items of quarantine concern. If the dogs are working near you, please place your bags on the floor so that they’ll be ready for inspection.  

Important note: For domestic passengers travelling on international flights, if you’re carrying food or other items subject to quarantine, you must show the Quarantine Officer a receipt or other document confirming that the product is of Australian origin. If you cannot show proof, your goods will be seized. Please note that some states prohibit the entry of fresh fruit from other parts of Australia.




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