Customs, Department of Immigration and Citizenship

Quarantine & customs

Australia's quarantine and customs regulations restrict travellers from bringing some items, including many plant and animal products, into Australia. Regulations are also in place for domestic travel, and travellers should be wary of carrying plant and food items – especially fresh fruit – from region to region and interstate.

Domestic quarantine

When travelling in regional Victoria, please heed local advice about carrying food, as quarantine regulations restrict travellers from carrying plants and fruit into some regional areas. Affected areas are signposted, have roadside quarantine fruit disposal bins in place, and may stage quarantine roadblocks.

For details about domestic quarantine regulations, visit quarantinedomestic.gov.au

Fruit fly

Victoria is currently experiencing a Queensland Fruit Fly outbreak. Fruit flies lay eggs in fruit and vegetables, rendering produce inedible and devastating crops. Fruit fly can be spread by travellers carrying infested fruit into or between horticultural regions of Victoria.

Please help protect Victoria's horticulture by heeding all local advice about travelling with fruit, and by disposing of fruit in quarantine bins as necessary.

For further information, visit the Department of Primary Industries website

International quarantine

Australia's quarantine regulations require incoming travellers to declare any food, plant material and animal products they are bringing to Australia. If you are in doubt about whether or not you can bring an item into Australia, declare it on your Incoming Passenger Card, or dispose of it in the quarantine disposal bins at the airport.

For details about what you can and can’t bring to Australia, visit the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website

Customs

Without a specific permit, travellers are restricted from bringing certain items into Australia, including heritage-listed goods, protected wildlife, and some medications and veterinary products. All restricted items should be declared on travellers' Incoming Passenger Card. Please note that volume limits apply to duty free goods and sums of money.

For further information about restricted items and customs regulations, visit the Australian Customs website

Tourist Refund Scheme

The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) enables travellers to claim a refund of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) paid on some goods bought in Australia. Refunds can be claimed in the International Departures area at Melbourne International Airport. Make sure you allow sufficient time to make your claim before your flight.

Visit the Australian Customs website for details about what you can claim and how.


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