Travelling to Australia from overseas?
Anyone who has travelled to Australia will likley remember the presence of Customs and Biosecurity Officers at our airports and seaports. Amongst their important functions is to manage the wide range of risks that could be posed by goods being carried in checked baggage or hand-luggage. Beyond the threat posed by exotic fruit flies, fresh fruit, plants and plant products could potentially carry a range of pests that would have a major impact on our agricultural industries and natural environment.
The simplest solution is not to carry any fresh fruits, vegetables, live plants, seeds when you travel to Australia. However, just as important is to declare any of these that items that you are carrying. This can be done on the incoming passenger card that will be handed to you during your travel. Incoming Passenger Cards are also available at aiports after you have disembarked but before you have passed through passport control. There are severe penalties for making a false declaration or for failing to declare goods that might pose a biosecurity risk. You will not be penalised for declaring goods, even if they are not allowed into Australia.Learn more about travelling to Australia (agriculture.gov.au)
Travelling within Australia?
Just as we want to keep Australia free from serious pests and diseases, we also want to keep regions within Australia free from fruit flies and other pests. For example, South Australia and Tasmania remain free from all economic fruit flies and this is worth protecting.
So while fresh fruit makes a great snack while travelling, it is important to follow domestic quarantine conditions. These are publicised via signs, amnesty bins, announcements and other public awareness material.
Fines and penalties apply for failing to comply with interstate quarantine requirements.Learn more about travelling insterstate (interstatequarantine.org.au)
Below is a video from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources about Australia’s fruit fly pest free areas (9min42)