Immigration and Customs regulations

Immigration and laws when coming to AustraliaAustralia 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.

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 Goods that must be declared
Except under Quarantine conditions and approved by Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS), check before you travel. These goods might be allowed, however, you must declare them at Customs.
Dairy products or eggs and products containing eggs Seeds and nuts, includes packaged seeds, seed ornaments and necklaces, nuts out of shell such as salted nuts
Live animals, includes birds, birds, eggs, fish, reptiles and insects Plant products, straw packaging, wooden articles, artefacts, handicrafts, articles stuffed with seeds or straw, carvings, items made from palm fronds or leaves
Meat and meat products (fresh or dried) including canned pork Animal products, includes items made with rawhide, such as drums, shields, artefacts, treated skins, hides, furs, hair or feathers
Seeds and nuts, includes raw peanuts, unroasted nuts Food, includes cooked, uncooked and ingredients
Fresh fruit and vegetables, salmon and trout (fresh or dried) Dried fruit and vegetables
Live plants, includes cuttings, roots, bulbs, rhizomes and stems Herbs and spices of any kind
Handcrafts and souvenirs that contain or are made from seeds Biscuits, cakes and confectionery
Salmon and trout products (canned salmon is allowed) Noodles and rice
Biological materials, includes human/animal vaccines and therapeutic goods (ask about special import conditions) Teas, coffees and milk based drinks
Deer horn/velvet, edible birds nest packaged products Bamboo, cane or rattan basket-ware and mats
Soil and sand, straw and hay packing/stuffing or straw ornaments 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.