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


Tasmania that contains important information about items you cannot bring into Tasmania. View the video in multiligual 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 hides (all) including antlers and horns
  • Cheese
  • Noodles, pasta, rice, bread, cereals and sauces
  • Tea coffee and biscuits
  • Poultry and poultry hatching eggs
  • 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 the relevant authority.

Items entering TasmaniaFrom all Australian
States and Territories
Reason / Action required
Abalone and abalone products (all) including fresh, frozen, dried, vacuum sealed etc.NoAbalone Viral Ganglioneuritis
Aquarium fish (except goldfish) and molluscsAskTelephone: (03) 6165 3777
Agricultural equipment - Checklist for used and field tested Harvesters and harvesting equipment.AskTreatment 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.
Dirty machinery may contain biosecurity threats including soil-borne contaminants, noxious weeds and restricted plant material.

Refer to the checklist.
Apple/pear trees, cuttings and fruitNoFire blight and fruit fly
Banana plants, fruit and seeds of Musaceae speciesNoMultiple pest/disease risk
Domestic Stock: Birds
Chickens, Geese, Turkey, Japanese Quail, Mallard Duck, Mandarin Duck, Muscovy Duck,  
Zebra Finch, Budgerigars (budgies), Cockatiels, Guineafowl, Peafowl and Canary.
Note: A Wildlife Import Permit is required for all other Caged birds.
*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)AskGovernment permit required for all native animals and birds. See Wildlife Imports.
​Amphibians and reptiles​No​Prohibited entry under the Natural Conservation Act 2002.  See
Cut flowers and foliageNoMultiple pest/disease risk

​*Provided that the dog(s) meet with entry requirements under the Animal Health Act.

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

Please read the Bringing a dog into Tasmania Fact Sheet

Fallow deer skins, hides and carcasses (untanned)AskWildlife Permit required. Phone
(03) 6165 4305.
Feral animals: fox, cane toads, dingo, European carp, Mexican walking fish​, Indian myna
NoFully prohibited
​Ferrets ​Ask​New import restrictions apply. Phone
(03) 6165 3777.

Fish (seafood)
Fish & Fish Products - includes fin fish, rock lobster/crayfish, and molluscs

New conditions apply. Special Authority may be required.

See Restrictions on Fin-Fish & Fin-Fish Products

For mussels, clams and oysters see declaration by consignor form

Rock lobster of genus Jasus, must conform with size and possession requirements of the Living Marine Resources Act 1995

Fishing equipment (all) - marine and freshwater - including boats, scuba gear, waders, wetsuits / diving equipment, etc.Check, Clean, Drain and DryAbalone Viral Ganglioneuritis
Caulerpa (seaweed)
Didymo (rock snot)
Checklist form
Fox and fox products (untanned) including fresh, frozen or dried skins, carcasses, urine, scats, etc.NoProhibited unless accompanied by Animal Health Special Authority
Fruit and vegetables NoFruit fly and multiple pest/disease risk
Garden tools and walking boots with soil AskTreatment to remove soil at owner's expense
Goldfish, aquarium fish NoGoldfish ulcer disease
Grape vines, cuttings and bud woodNoMultiple pest/disease risk
Honeycomb, raw honey, raw beeswax, bees and used bee keeping equipmentNoSmall hive beetle
Hunting trophies - see Fox & fox products; Fallow deer skins; Tanned skins and hidesAskRestrictions apply on the importation of fox and fox products to Tasmania
Leafy vegetablesNoGreen snail
Livestock: cattle, pigs and sheep AskSpecific entry conditions apply.
Check the Requirements for Importing Animals.
Also Fact sheet on importing livestock to Tasmania.
Maize, corn seedAskNew conditions apply
Special Authority may be required
Myrtaceae, the more well-known being eucalypts, teatrees, paperbarks, willow myrtle and bottlebrushNoMyrtle rust
OrchidsAskNew entry requirements apply
Peas in the pod and seed NoPea weevil
Pets AskCats - allowed
Dogs - see above
Pot plants and nursery stock
(see also Orchids)
NoMultiple pest/disease risk
PotatoesNoMultiple pest/disease risk
Salmon, trout, eel, hake, cod, perch, mullet, flounder, bream, flathead, sardine etc
NoMultiple pest/disease risk.

See Restrictions on Fin-Fish & Fin-Fish Products
Seeds for sowing AskSpecific entry conditions apply
Snails, live fish, worms/fish bait (see Pest Fish) NoMultiple pest/disease risk
SoilNoMultiple pest/disease risk
Stock feed/hay/fodder, grain, bird food, lupins Ask

Specific entry conditions apply

See: Fodder in Tasmania Fact Sheet

Tanned skins and hides (all) including antlers and horns YesAllowed entry
Timber, logs and woodAskEuropean 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 Ganglioneuritis
Caulerpa (seaweed) prevention
Didymo (rock snot)

See Checklist form

Weeds - aquatic and terrestrial, including seeds NoFully prohibited. More information about declared weeds.
Yabbies, Marron, Red claw (Freshwater Crayfish)NoFully prohibited, dead or alive.

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.

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

For more information for people travelling to Tasmania:

Ring before you bring:
Plants/Fruits to Tasmania - (03) 6165 3777
Dogs to Tasmania - Toll Free 1800 684 215
Wildlife to Tasmania - for permits (03) 6165 4305
Aquarium and Pet Fish - (03) 6165 3777
Livestock - Biosecurity Vet (03) 6165 3263

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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 $154 - 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 Department of Agriculture and a stringent interstate barrier. Biosecurity Tasmania runs an integrated service, in cooperation with DAFF, in operating these barrier services. They cover both commercial and non-commercial movements, including visitors to the State and the postal service.

International Biosecurity (Department of Agriculture)

For more information for people travelling to and from Australia:
Contact: Australian Government Department of Agriculture
Freecall 1800 020 504
Australian Government Department of Agriculture
Phone: 03 6165 3777
Fax: 03 6173 0225

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 biosecurity authorities.

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

Exotic Fish Species

See the Inland Fisheries website for information on prohibited exotic fish specieswebsite: