Australia is very protective and proud of their environment. Australia’s environment is famous of free from many pests and diseases found in other parts of the world. Therefore Australia has its own reliable and powerful quarantine department called Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service or AQIS (http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis).
Their job is to prevent/protect Australia soil from any attack from pests and diseases. Before your departure, you need to check the things you’ll bring to Australia beforehand. If you unsure, you can check their website to see the list of items you can/can’t bring to Australia prior to departure.
There also a form you need to fill up which usually the airlines provided to you before the arrival which called Incoming Passenger Card as shown on below.
The best and safe way is to declare the food you brought with you to avoid on-the-spot fine up to $AUD220, or persecution and face a fine up to $AUD66,000 or 10 years imprisonment which may result in a criminal record.
The Quarantine team will do whatever they can to make sure that Australia soil is protected. On arrival your baggage may be X-Rayed, inspected or even checked by a detector dog team.
You will not be penalised if you declared your items beforehand.
The items you declared will be returned to you after inspection; however anything that presents a disease riskĀ or contain insects or larvae will be withheld.
So it’s important that you read this section before your departure to Australia.
Here are the useful links you might consider to have a look before:
- What can’t I take into Australia
- What can’t be mailed to Australia
Here is the general list of prohibited goods to bring to Australia:
- fresh fruit and vegetables
- live plants and bulbs
- prohibited and restricted seeds
- unidentified seeds, which can include some foods, including spices
- live animals (including pets) that require an import permit
- biological products including some plant based, herbal medications
- unprocessed goods of plant or animal origin
- soiled items, or items containing organic residues
- items knowingly infested with pests or a disease.