Guide to Importing

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Restricted or prohibited items


Tasmania has some of the world's most stringent biosecurity regulations. Please help us retain Tasmania's disease-free status by ensuring that when you visit us you are not carrying or importing any restricted items. The introduction of a pest 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.

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. ​ ​

Biosecurit​y Tasmania has produced a video for travelers to Tasmania that contains important information about items you cannot bring into Tasmania. View the video in multilingual captioned formats on our YouTube Channel​.


 
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YES - What you can bring into Tasmania​

When travelling to Tasmania from ALL mainland States you may bring in the following goods:

  • Dried nuts​

  • Processed foods including commercially dried, cooked and canned fruit and vegetables, hard frozen fruit and vegetables

  • Freeze dried camping foods

  • Meat for human/personal consumption including salami, hams and meat sticks

  • Canned fish

  • Tanned skins and hi​des (all) including antlers, horns, and taxidermied birds and animals

  • Wool, fur and hair both processed and unscoured derived from sheep, alpaca, rabbit, goat, camel, etc, and 'raw' silk including dead silk cocoons (must be clean and free of weed seeds)

  • Cheese

  • Noodles, pasta, rice, bread, cereals and sauces

  • Tea coffee and biscuits

  • Poultry and poultry hatching eggs

  • Feathers (must be clean and free from skin and flesh)

  • Cats, horses and guinea pigs

  • Baby food

Permits are required for the following items coming into Tasmania: (available by contacting Biosecurity in your originating State)

  • Bulbs, corms etc. that are dormant and free of soil

  • Fruit, vegetables and cut flowers

  • Plants and nursery stock

  • Native birds and wildlife

  • Livestock/Domestic Animals

  • Soil and plant samples imported for analytical purposes at biosecurity approved laboratories

See also: Requirements for Importing ​Animals to Tasmania


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NO - What you can't bring into Tasmania

These items are either fully prohibited, need specific certification or require treatment.
Ask = Please contact Biosecurity Tasmania


Items entering TasmaniaFrom all Australian
States and Territories
Reason / Action required

​Abalone (live) and abalone products (all) including fresh, frozen, dried, vacuum sealed etc.

​No

​Abalone Vira​l Ganglioneuritis

​Aquarium fish, snails, molluscs, invertebrates, crustaceans, etc (live, marine or freshwater).

​Ask

​Telephone: (03) 6165 3777

​Agricultural equipment - Checklist for used and field tested Harvesters and harvesting equipment.

​Ask

​Treatment to remove soil at owner's expense.

​Harvesters and harvesting equipment - used and field tested.

​Mandatory inspection in Tasmania of all imported harvesters and harvesting equipment.

Ask

​Dirty machinery may contain biosecurity threats including soil-borne contaminants, noxious weeds and restricted plant material.

​Apple/pear trees, cuttings and fruit

​No

​Fire blight and fruit fly

​Banana plants, fruit and seeds of Musaceae species

​No

​Multiple pest/disease risk

Domestic Stock:

Birds, Chickens, Geese, Turkey, Japanese Quail, Mallard Duck, Mandarin Duck, Muscovy Duck.

Zebra Finch, Budgerigars (budgies), Cockatiels, Guineafowl, Peafowl, Canary.

Note: A Wildlife Import Permit is required for all other Caged ​​Birds. Contact Wildlife Services to enquire if you need to make Application​ for a Wildlife Import Permit. (This may be in addition to any other import requirements listed on this website.)

*Yes​

​The following birds are domestic stock (birds) and do not require a Wildlife Permit:

Japanese Quail (Coturnix japonica), Domestic Fowl (Gallus gallus), Domestic Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), Mallard Duck (Anas platyrhynchos), Domestic Goose (Anser anser), Domestic (Chinese) Goose (Anser cygnoides), Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschate), Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus), Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata), Common Canary (Serinus canaria), Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris), Common Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) and  Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulates).

*Both common and scientific names must appear on the bird’s transport cage.

All birds are subject to a Biosecurity Tasmania check upon arrival.

Fruit, bird seed and plant material imported as feed or bedding is not permitted entry to Tasmania.

​Native birds and wildlife (including caged birds)

​Ask

​Government permit required for all native animals and birds, see Wildlife Imports.

​Amphibians and reptiles

​No

​Prohibited entry under the Nature Conservation Act 2002, see Applying to Amend the List of Species that can be Imported into Tasmania.

​Cut flowers and foliage

​No

​Multiple pest/disease risk

​Dogs

​Yes*

​*Provided that the dog(s) meet with entry requirements u​nder the Biosecurity Act.

Require treatment for Hydatids tape worm (some exceptions) call 1800 684 215

Dogs must be declared free from the brown dog tick​.

Please read the Bringing a dog into Tasmania Fact Sheet


For the full list of entry requirements relating to the importation of dogs into Tasmania, please refer to the Tasmanian Animal Biosecurity Manual

​Fallow deer skins, hides and carcasses (untanned)

Yes*

*Must be free of weed seeds, soil and ​insects.​

Feral animals (alive): fox, cane toads, dingo, European carp, Mexican walking fish​, Indian myna

No​

Fully prohibited

​Ferrets

No

Ferrets cannot be imported into Tasmania.​


Ferrets are a controlled animal in Tasmania under the Nature Conservation Act 2002.


Phone (03) 6165 3777

Fish (as seafood): including fin fish as fillets, fish products, etc.

Molluscs (as seafood): abalone, mussels, oysters, pipis, etc (alive or dead).

​​Ask



​New conditions apply. May need to make Application for Individual Permit.

Refer to the Tasmanian Animal Biosecurity Manual​ for more information about fish import requirements.

For mussels, clams and oysters see declaration by consignor form

​Rock lobster, Saltwater (marine) crayfish​ (as seafood only, alive or dead)

​Yes

​Rock lobster of genus Jasusand Sagmariasus must conform with size and possession requirements of the Li​ving Marine Resources Act 1995 and the Fisher​ies (Rock Lobster) Rules 2011​

​Fishing equipment (all) - marine and freshwater - including boats, scuba gear, waders, wetsuits / diving equipment, etc.

Check, Clean, Drain and Dry

​Abalone Viral Ganglioneuritis
Cau​lerpa (seaweed)
Didymo (rock snot)
Checklist form

​Fox and fox products (untanned) including fresh, frozen or dried skins, carcasses, urine, scats, etc.

​No

Prohibited unless accompanied by Individual Permit. To apply go to Application for Individual Permit. See also the Tasmanian Animal Biosecurity Manual

​Fruit and vegetables

No​

Fruit fly​ and multiple pest & disease risks

​Garden tools and walking boots with soil

Ask​

​Treatment to remove soil at owner's expense

​Goldfish

No​

​Goldfish ulcer disease

​Grape vines, cuttings and bud wood

​No

​Multiple pest/disease risk

​Honeycomb, raw beeswax, bees and used bee keeping equipment

​No

​Small hive beetle

​Hunting trophies - see Fox & fox products; Fallow deer skins; Tanned skins and hides

​Ask

​Restrictions apply on the importation of fox and fox products to Tasmania


​Leafy vegetables

​No

​Multiple pest/disease risk

​Livestock: cattle, pigs and sheep

Ask​

​Specific entry conditions apply.
Check the Requirements for Importing Anima​ls.​
Also Fact​ sheet on Importing Livestock into Tasmania.

​Maize, corn seed

​Ask

​New conditions apply, see Application for Individual Permit.

Myrtaceae, the more well-known being eucalypts, teatrees, paperbarks, willow myrtle and bottlebrush

​No

Myrtle rust

​Orchids

​Ask

​New entry requirements apply

​Peas in the pod and seed

No​

​Pea weevil

​Pets

Ask​

​Cats - allowed
Dogs - For the full list of entry requirements relating to the importation of dogs into Tasmania, please refer to the Tasmanian Anim​al Biosecurity Manual

​Pot plants and nursery stock
(see also Orchids)

​No

​Multiple pest/disease risk

​Potatoes

​No

​Multiple pest/disease risk

​Salmon, trout, eel, hake, cod, perch, mullet, flounder, bream, flathead, sardine etc

​No

​Multiple pest/disease risk.

Refer to the Tasmanian Animal Biosecurity Manual​ for more information about fish import requirements

​Seeds for sowing

Ask​

​Specific entry conditions apply

​Snails, live fish, worms/fish as bait (see note below about Exotic Fish Species)

No​

​Multiple pest/disease risk

​Soil

​No

​Multiple pest/disease risk

​Stock feed/hay/fodder, grain, bird food, lupins

Ask​

​Specific entry conditions apply

​Tanned skins and hides (all) including antlers and horns

Yes​

​Allowed entry

Wool, fur and hair both processed and unscoured derived from sheep, alpaca, rabbit, goat, camel, etc, and 'raw' silk including dead silk cocoons

​Yes

​​Allowed entry (must be clean and free of weed seeds)

​Feathers

​Yes

​Allowed entry (must be clean and free from ​skin and flesh)

​Timber, logs and wood

​Ask

​European house borer

​Watercraft (all) - marine and freshwater - including fishing boats, jet skis, yachts, kayaks, canoes, etc.

Check, Clean, Drain and Dry

​Mandatory inspection for Abalone Viral Ganglion​euritis
Caule​rpa (seaweed) prevention
Didymo (rock snot)

See Checklist form

​Weeds - aquatic and terrestrial, including seeds

No​

​Fully prohibited. More information about declared weeds.

​Yabbies, Marron, Red claw (Freshwater crayfish)

​No

​Fully prohibited dead or alive under Inland Fisheries (Controlled Fish) Order 2015. See also Inlan​d Fisheries Service - Biosecurity.

IMPORTANT: This information relates to Tasmanian domestic travellers only. Each Australian State has different biosecurity regulations so please check with each State individually.

For commercial Tasmanian imports and exports please contact Biosecurity Tasmania directly for specific requirements on (03) 6165 3777.


Contact Details

More information for people travelling to Tasmania:

Ring before you bring:

Plants/Fruits to Tasmania - (03) 6165 3777

Aquarium and Pet Fish - (03) 6165 3777

Livestock - (03) 6165 3777

Dogs to Tasmania - Toll Free 1800 684 215

Wildlife to Tasmania - for permits (03) 6165 4305


​Our Biosecurity Barriers

We are very serious about biosecurity, so if you do by mistake bring any restricted items into Tasmania, pass them to the biosecurity officer at the barrier checkpoint for inspection. If you pass the checkpoint, our trained sniffer dogs will detect these items and you may be fined on the spot. Also, special conditions apply for the importation of agricultural and earth moving machinery.

Tasmania has an overseas biosecurity barrier, administered by the Australian Government​ and a stringent interstate barrier. Biosecurity Tasmania runs an integrated service, in cooperation with the Australian Government, in operating these barrier services. They cover both commercial and non-commercial movements, including visitors to the State and the postal service.


International Biosecurity 

For more information for people travelling to and from Australia contact: 

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

General inquiries: 1800 900 090 or + 61 3 8318 6700 (from outside Australia)

National office: +61 2 6272 3933

Website: Travelling to Australia​


Further Information

Plant Biosecurity Manual

For conditions and restrictions for the import of plants and other prescribed matter into Tasmania see the Plant Biosecurity Manual.

Exotic Fish Species

For information on prohibited exotic fish species contact the Inland Fisheries Service on telephone 03 6165 3038 or email infish@ifs.tas.gov.au

Contact

Biosecurity Enquiries