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Customs and Border Protection

Prohibited Items

You must not bring illegal drugs (such as marijuana, cannabis, heroin, cocaine, amphetamines), all food, plant material, animal products, firearms, weapons, ammunition, and over $10,000 in Australian currency (or equivalent) into Australia. Some pharmaceuticals also require declaration.


Declaration and Inspection

  • Declare or seek advice on uncertain items. Australian Border Force officials may question travelers and use trained dogs to detect banned or restricted items.

  • Failing to declare can lead to fines or prosecution under the Biosecurity Act 2015.

  • Violating biosecurity regulations, including providing false information or failing to comply with biosecurity officer instructions, may result in visa revocation.

  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

  • Regulates imports to protect Australia's environment and agriculture from pests and diseases.

  • Check biosecurity rules before packing. Prohibited items include fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, live plants, and seeds.

  • Some goods have strict import requirements. Use the Biosecurity Import Conditions System (BICON) to check specific conditions.

  • Failure to declare can lead to fines up to A$2,664, visa revocation, and possible deportation.


Additional Information

For more details on what you can bring or send to Australia, and customs procedures, visit the Department of Agriculture's website and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment's website.

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