Quarantine: frequently asked questions

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The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's (DPIRD) Quarantine WA service is here to support individuals and businesses as they pursue their activities, while ensuring our borders are protected from incursions of unwelcome pests, weeds and diseases. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions, or if you would like more information please call Quarantine WA on +61 (0)8 9334 1800.

Frequently asked questions

Can I bring my cat and dog in?

Yes, there are no major entry restrictions for cats and dogs. Owners are required to brush the animal(s) to remove any seeds in their fur prior to arrival. No specific vaccinations, vet certificates or paperwork is required. However, there are restrictions for birds, reptiles, fish and frogs. Permits or licences may be required for some of these. For more information on restrictions please contact the Invasive Species team at DPIRD.

Can I bring my pet birds in?

Most birds are allowed entry into Western Australia (WA) however some will require a permit or licence and a few species are prohibited. Contact the WA Department of Biosecurity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) to check the pest status of your bird. Seed and any fruit and vegetables in bird cages is prohibited and will be removed. 

Where inspections take place at the Eucla and Kununurra road checkpoints, where animals are inspected 24 hours a day — this inspection only involves a check for quarantine risk material in the animals cages and photographs taken for sending to DBCA for confirming identification of the animal. Further inspection at your destination may be required.

If the correct permits have not been sought or the animal is of a prohibited species re-export out of WA may be required at the importer's expense. In some case the animal may be denied entry into WA or have to be euthanased.

At Perth Domestic Airport inspections are carried out in the quarantine area of air cargo buildings during business hours (see below). Most animals transferring to Regional airports will be inspected at Perth Domestic Airport prior to transhipping. The animal will be held in the quarantine area until cleared by an inspector. A delay may occur if an inspector is not immediately available.

You must arrange transport of your animals so they can be inspected during business hours, even if you are arriving at a different time.
You are responsible for your animal's welfare while they await inspection. Animals arriving outside business hours will be held in appropriate facilities until inspected during business hours.

Inspection hours/days

Business hours: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Business days: Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.

No inspections are available outside these times.

Contact Quarantine WA to arrange inspection on +61 (0)8 9334 1802

Why am I not allowed to bring honey from the east coast and yet I can I buy it (honey) in the shops here?

Honey purchased in WA from the east coast has been treated and meets strict quarantine requirements. It’s certified as treated and is verified by our officers on arrival into WA. Most tourists and travellers are more likely to bring untreated honey and it’s difficult to verify if it has been treated to meet our quarantine requirements.

Can I bring in fruit cake?

Yes, this is allowed as it is cooked and processed fruit.

Can I bring in cakes, biscuits, cheese and milk?

Yes, these products are all allowed entry into WA.

Can I bring in fresh fruit and vegetables?

Generally no fresh fruit and vegetables are allowed, except for the following exceptions (providing they are free of soil, pests, disease and any sprouting or green growth):

  • beetroot
  • carrot
  • coconut (not in peri-carp, brown husk okay)
  • corn on the cob with no husk
  • ginger
  • mushrooms (commercially packaged)
  • parsnip
  • pineapple
  • swede
  • galangal
  • sweet potato
  • pumpkin (peeled and seeds removed)
  • taro
  • turnip
  • tumeric
  • peeled onions
  • peeled garlic
  • watermelon - peeled and diced (small amounts)

Can I bring in fruit salad?

Uncertified fresh fruit salad is not allowed and is usually seized, however cut pineapple is allowed entry.

Cooked and tinned fruit and fruit salads are permitted.

Can I bring in fresh salads?

No green salads are permitted.

Can I bring in cooked food and/or tinned food?

Yes, all cooked food and/or tinned food is allowed entry into WA. Dehydrated meals are also permitted.

Can I bring in meat, fish or seafood?

Yes, fresh or frozen meat and fish is allowed entry into WA.

Raw crustaceans (fresh and frozen) are not permitted, i.e. prawns (including prawn bait), crabs and lobster (crayfish).

Can I bring in home dried fruit and vegetables?

Only if commercially packaged, subject to inspection for insect infestation. Mango must have seed removed.

Home-dried fruit is usually not acceptable unless the inspector is satisfied that the product is dried to the same standards as commercially dried fruit.

Can I bring frozen fruit and vegetables?

All fruit and vegetables are permitted if hard frozen on arrival except:

  • grapes
  • mango with seed
  • unpeeled onions
  • unpeeled potatoes
  • fruit from the Myrtaceae fanily (includes guava, muntries, riberries etc)

Can I bring my pantry herbs and spices?

Yes, the most commonly used herbs and spices are allowed, subject to inspection on arrival. They must be declared to ensure there are no prohibited seed types. (e.g. cloves, bay leaves and lemon myrtle). The contents must be in a jar or commercially packaged.

Can I bring in my pot plants or bulbs?

Yes, but subject to prior approval from Quarantine WA. You must apply prior to importing the plants or bulbs using the Import Approval Request form. Contact Quarantine WA on +61 (0)8 9334 1800 to obtain a copy of the form. 

Fees and charges apply for approvals and inspections.

Can I bring in dried flowers including pot pourri?

Yes, however they are subject to inspection to verify there are no restricted/regulated seeds or plant material and the dried matter is free from insects.

Inspection fees will apply.

Can I pack my household goods in fruit/vegetable boxes?

No, they will be seized at the point of entry into WA. Fruit and vegetables boxes may act as hosts for diseases, insects or eggs for insect pests such as fruit fly or codling moth.

Hessian potato sacks are prohibited and all other hessian sacks must be declared and are subject to inspection for seeds and other quarantine risks.

Can I bring my lawn mower, whipper snipper and other gardening tools?

Yes, these items are allowed but must be free of soil, seeds and other plant material.

Empty plant pots must be cleaned of all soil and potting mix.

All of these items must be declared to Quarantine WA and are subject to inspection on arrival.

I am moving interstate from WA, what can I take?

Each State operates under their own biosecurity legislation and this means there are different requirements for each state. You can check this via each State's website listed on our Exporting from WA or contact Quarantine WA on +61 (0)8 9334 1800 and ask to speak to our exports officer.

I am travelling interstate, what can I take with me?

Each State operates under their own biosecurity legislation and this means there are different requirements for each State. You can check this via each State's website listed on our Exporting from WA page or contact Quarantine WA on +61 (0)8 9334 1800 and ask to speak to our exports officer.

Restrictions within WA

The movement of plant products into and/or out of the following zones below is controlled. These controls are designed to keep these areas free of certain pests and diseases.

Broome area

There are restrictions in place on the movement of palm plants and palm foliage (carriers of palm leaf beetle) from the Broome area.

There are restrictions in place on the movement of bees, bee products, and apiary equipment (carriers of small hive beetle) from the Broome area.

Kununurra and Carnarvon areas

There are restrictions on the movement of banana plants and parts of banana plants (except fruit), and soil, (as carriers of Panama disease race 1) from the Shire of Carnarvon.

There are restrictions on the movement of banana plants and parts of banana plants (except fruit and tissue culture) (as carriers of banana aphid) from the Shire of Carnarvon.

There are restrictions on the entry of banana containers from another state or territory (as carriers of Panama disease (tropical race 4)) into the Carnarvon and Kununurra areas.

Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA – near Kununurra)

There are restrictions on the movement of cut flowers and foliage, fruit, plants and vegetables (carriers of melon thrips) from the ORIA / Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley.

From 1 April to 30 November each year, there are restrictions on the movement of citrus and stone fruit (carriers of Mediterranean fruit fly) into parts of the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley’s Ord River Irrigation Area.

Kimberley division

There are restrictions on the movement of banana plants and parts of banana plants (except fruit and tissue culture), and soil, (carriers of banana weevil borer) from the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley.

There are restrictions on the entry of nursery stock, cut flowers and foliage, and leafy vegetables (carriers of silverleaf whitefly) into the Kimberley division from the Shire of Carnarvon.

Potato growing areas (Gingin and South West)

Potatoes imported into WA from another State/Territory (carriers of potato cyst nematode) are not allowed entry into WA potato growing areas.

Contact information

Quarantine WA Imports

Author

Lesley DMarton