Traveller's Guide to Tasmanian Biosecurity - What You Can and Can't Bring into Tasmania

​​​Tasmania has some of the world's most stringent biosecurity requirements. Please help us protect Tasmania from introduced pests, weeds and diseases by ensuring that when you visit us you are not carrying or importing any restricted items. The introduction of a pest, weed or disease into a production area can result in expensive controls being implemented and loss of markets, which can cost primary industries and the community millions of dollars.

For more detailed information on the import into Tasmania of plant, plant material, animal products, pets and other restricted or prohibited items please visit our Guide to Importing page.

This quick reference guide can help you as you travel to Tasmania, but remember, requirements may change. To stay up to date, or for further information, please contact your relevant interstate biosecurity authorities.​​​​


Yes =  Yes; you can bring this item to Tasmania More Information =  Ask for more information
– you may need a permit or provide further information*
No =  No; you cannot bring this item into Tasmania

 * See contact information below

 Animals and related items

Animal skins, hides, carcases, including taxidermied animals and birds. See: Anim​als allowed unrestricted entry
 • Wool, fur and hair both processed and unscoured derived from sheep, alpaca, rabbit, goat, camel, etc, and 'raw' silk including dead silk cocoons (ok if clean and free of weed seeds).​
More Information

Bees (including honeycomb, raw beeswax, bee suits, veils and gloves and used beekeeping equipment). See: Bees webpage
Birds: Zebra finch, Budgerigars (budgies), Cockatiels, Guineafowl, Peafowl and Canaries. See: Animals allowed unrestricted entry
Cats, horses, guinea pigs. See: Animals allowed unrestricted entry

Crustaceans (freshwater species - alive and DEAD - including yabbies, red claw, marron and freshwater crayfish). See: Inland Fisheries Service - Biosecurity ('Controlled Fish')  

Dogs (must be treated for hydatid tapeworm and be declared free from the brown dog tick within 24 hours prior to arrival). See: Dogs information
More Information
Feral animals alive (fox, cane toad, European carp, Indian myna etc.). See: Invasive mammals
Ferrets. See: Ferrets information
 Fish (freshwater or marine)
 • Private or commercial imports (live imports including aquarium species). See: Live Freshwater Fish or Live Marine Fish​
More Information
 • Fishing bait (snails, worms etc). See: Aquatic pests and diseases
 • Fish products. See: Fish and Fish Products
More Information
 • Goldfish. See: Live fish imports
Ins​​​ects No
Livestock (cattle, pigs, sheep etc.). See: Pigs information, sheep information
More Information
Native wildlife & aviary birds. See: Wildlife information
More Information
Poultry & hatching eggs (Chickens, geese, turkey, pigeons and duck). See: Poultry and pet birds
​• ​Feathers (ok if clean and free from skin and flesh).​​

​Reptiles & amphibians. See: Tasmanian Lizards

 Food items

Camping foods (freeze-dried, dehydrated) Yes
​Comb honey (honeycomb). See: Bees and apiary products and equipment
Dairy products including milk, cheese & yoghurt (fresh & powdered) Yes
Eggs. See: Egg food safety scheme
Fish (canned) Yes
Fish - flake, snapper, coral trout, barramundi, tuna, whiting, trevally, ling, squid, crab meat, prawns, scallops, marine rock lobster/crayfish (fresh/frozen, whole/fillets) ** Yes
Fish - salmon, trout, eel, hake, cod, perch, mullet, flounder, bream, flathead, sardine; Shellfish - oysters, clams, mussels, abalone (dead or alive)
Honey (must be declared to Biosecurity Officers) - Must be free of wax and bee debris. See: Bees and apiary products ​and equipment​​
More Information
Meats (poultry, sausage, salami, sliced meats) Yes
Meats (pork, lamb, beef for personal consumption) Yes
Processed foods (noodles, bread, rice, cereals, baby food, biscuits, fruit cake, pastries, jams, sauces) Yes
Tea & coffee Yes

** Seafood must be labelled with scientific and common names

 Fruits, vegetables & nuts (products)

Fruit and Vegetables (fresh) No
Fruit and Vegetables (cooked, hard frozen, canned, preserved, dried commercially) Yes
Fruit salad mix (fresh)
Green salad mix (pre-packaged) Yes
Green salad mix
Herbs (fresh) More Information
Herbs & spices (dried & non-viable) Yes
Nuts (dried only) Yes
Onions, shallots, chives, garlic More Information
Seeds (all) (peas, lupin, chickpeas & canola have specific import requirements)
More Information
Potatoes (fresh or seed) No

 Machinery, equipment and related items

Agricultural and recreational equipment contaminated with plant material or soil No
Boots (free of soil) Yes
Fishing, diving equipment incl. boats, surfboards and waders (marine or freshwater), Clean & dry more information here
More Information
Used beekeeping equipment (includes bee suits, veils and gloves)

​​Vehicles, machinery (cars, motorcycles, utes, trucks, trailers, farm equipment etc.) contaminated with plant material or soil (see our website for information on weed hygiene​)​


 Plants and related items

Bulbs, corms see importing plants
More Information
Cut flowers & foliage More Information
Fruit & Vegetables (plants, seedlings & seeds)
More Information
Garden tools (free of soil) Yes
Grapevines, cuttings or bud wood
More Information
House/pot plants & nursery stock More Information
Soil or anything containing soil No
Stock feed (hay, grain, birdseed/sticks) More Information
Untreated timber & timber products
More Information
Weeds & weed seed see prohibited seeds list

For more information on carrying the following items into Tasmania, please contact:

  • Plants/Fruits to Tasmania - (03) 6165 3777
  • Dogs to Tasmania - Toll Free 1800 684 215
  • Aquarium and Pet Fish - (03) 6165 3777
  • Fish, fish products and fishing/diving equipment (marine and freshwater) – 03 6165 3777
  • Livestock/pets/bees/domestic animals (including livestock restrictions applying to Bass Strait Islands) 03 6165 3777
  • Native wildlife and aviary birds – 03 6165 4305
  • Restricted fin-fish – 03 6777 2200
Further Information

This quick reference guide can help you as you travel to Tasmania, but remember, requirements may change. To stay up to date, or for further information, please contact your relevant interstate quarantine authorities​.

Plant Biosecurity Manual

Conditions and restrictions for the import of plants and other prescribed matter into Tasmania:
Plant Biosecurity Manual

Exotic Fish Species
For information on prohibited exotic fish species contact the Inland Fisheries Service on telephone 03 6165 3038 or by email:

Further contact information: Biosecurity Tasmania Contact Us Page


Biosecurity Enquiries
Phone: 03 6165 3777