Quarantine - information for private travellers

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Western Australia remains relatively free of pests and diseases that adversely affect our agricultural industries and environment. This allows our primary producers easy access to worldwide markets.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia, through Quarantine WA, has strict biosecurity legislation in place so please check for any restrictions that may apply before importing to WA. It may help avoid a costly fine or even prosecution.

This page offers some advice for private travellers wishing to carry general food items with them into WA.

In accordance with regulated entry conditions, quarantine risk material must be declared to a Quarantine Inspector on arrival into Western Australia.

Below is a summary for travellers of some common imports and their associated entry conditions.

Please keep in mind that Quarantine entry requirements on these listed items can change depending on recent pest and disease outbreaks.

Items that must be free of soil, pests, diseases and any sprouting or green growth

  • beetroot
  • carrot
  • coconut (not in peri-carp, brown husk okay)
  • corn on the cob (with husks are okay)
  • ginger
  • mushroom (commercially packaged)
  • parsnip
  • pineapple
  • passionfruit (pulp only)
  • swede
  • galangal
  • sweet potato
  • pumpkin (peeled and seeds removed)
  • taro
  • turnip
  • turmeric
  • peeled onions
  • peeled garlic
  • commercially packaged leafy greens (no whole lettuces). Must be unopened in commercial packaging.
  • commercially prepared salad packs must be washed, chopped and unopened in commercial packaging. Must not contain fruit fly hosts (eg tomato, capsicum, cucumber, avocado).
  • commercially prepared vegetable packs must be washed, chopped and unopened in commercial packaging. Must not contain fruit fly hosts (eg zucchini, capsicum).
  • home prepared salads must be washed, chopped and well covered with a salad dressing that pools in the corner when the container is tipped. Must not contain fruit fly hosts (eg tomato, capsicum, cucumber, avocado).

Hard 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 family (includes guava, muntries, riberries etc).

Dried fruits and vegetables

  • Permitted if commercially packaged.
  • Mango must have seed removed.
  • Fruit from the Myrtaceae family (includes guava, muntries, riberries etc).
  • 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.
  • Dehydrated cooked meals are permitted.

Nuts

  • All nuts are permitted except for raw walnuts in shell.

Seafood

  • Crustaceans (eg prawns, crayfish, lobster, crabs) must be cooked. Fresh and frozen are not permitted unless they meet specific import requirements. Phone Quarantine WA on (08) 9334 1800.

Honey

Honey is prohibited unless certified.

Bees and hive products are prohibited entry into WA except by permit.

The following hive products (that do not exceed the size or volume listed) may be permitted entry into
Western Australia:

  • pollen, in not more than 800mg capsules, coated tablets, or as liquid extract in not more than 150ml vials
  • honey as dried powder in not more than 35g sachets (usually as an ingredient with tea), liquid in not more than 150ml vials
  • propolis as a liquid tincture, powder, tablet or cream in bottles, tubes, sachets and cosmetics not exceeding 200ml
  • refined beeswax, including beeswax candles, or beeswax foundation comb, which are free of extraneous matter
  • bee venom
  • royal jelly in fresh or powdered form in not more than 800mg capsules, 35g sachets or not more than 150ml vials
  • products containing 5% or less of honey/pollen/bees wax or propolis.

Seeds (edible - commercially packaged)

Seeds that are permitted entry:

  • split peas and lentils, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and soup mixes
  • popping corn must be commercially packaged.

Commercial small seed packets (for planting)

Must be unopened and labelled with the botanic name and of a permitted species (check permitted status via WAOL).

Dried herbs/spices for human consumption

Must be commercially packaged. Should contain no myrtle rust host material (including lemon myrtle and cloves).

Wood

All wood and timber products are permitted entry except for wood with bark from the Myrtaceae family (includes Eucalyptus).

Dried plant products

  • Subject to quarantine inspection for pests or the presence of seed. If pests or seed are found the product will be seized.
  • Should contain no myrtle rust host material (including lemon myrtle and cloves). A good guide for identifying possible host is if there is a eucalyptus or tea tree-like smell. If the inspector has any doubt, the product will be seized for destruction.
  • Microwave heat bags that contain wheat, rice, lavender etc are permitted entry.

Things to be aware of:

  • Household garden equipment (eg. lawnmowers and catchers, whipper snippers, blower vacuums, mulchers) that can be presented for physical inspection at the border may be verified as free from all plant material and insects by an inspector.
  • Flower/foliage arrangements may be seized and destroyed if not readily identifiable.
  • Second-hand fruit and vegetable cartons will be seized and destroyed.
  • Potato hessian sacks will be seized.
  • Truffles must be of a permitted species (check permitted status via the Western Australia Organism List).
  • For plant, bulb and plant material enquiries please email followup@agric.wa.gov.au or telephone +61 (0)8 9334 1800.
  • For information regarding any other items not listed above please contact Quarantine WA on +61 (0)8 9334 1800.
  • Please keep in mind that Quarantine entry requirements on the above listed items can change depending on recent pest and disease outbreaks.

Travelling from WA

Visit the Australian Interstate Quarantine website for information on quarantine restrictions when travelling to other states.

Refer also to the Australian Interstate Quarantine Traveller's Guide. Hard copies of the Traveller's Guide can be obtained by calling the Pest and Disease Information Service on 1800 084 881. 

Contact information

Quarantine WA Imports