Quarantine and customs

Things you should know about our quarantine laws

Make sure you're aware of South Australia's quarantine and customs laws before you arrive. We have additional laws to protect our agriculture.

Quarantine Laws

South Australia has strict quarantine laws in addition to national laws. The laws are in place to protect our agricultural industries and unique environments against some of the world’s most serious pests and diseases.

When arriving by plane, you must declare all food, plant and animal products. If you have items you don't wish to declare, you can dispose of them in quarantine bins in the airport terminal.

There are also quarantine checkpoints consisting of roadblocks and fruit disposal bins if you are arriving by road.

Kangaroo Island Sanctuary

Kangaroo Island is a Ligurian Bee Sanctuary and a Potato Protected Production Area. Carrying honey, bees and bee products onto the island is prohibited. Potatoes are also prohibited unless they have been washed or brushed free of soil and are in new packaging. Rabbits are prohibited on Kangaroo Island. 


South Australia is the only Australian state to have avoided an outbreak of phylloxera, a plant lice that destroys grapevines.

If you have been driving or walking in vineyards interstate, please thoroughly clean your car and shoes before entering South Australia. This will help protect our world-class wine industry.

Please obtain permission before entering a vineyard in South Australia.

Fruit Fly

South Australia is the only mainland state without a permanent population of fruit fly. Please do not bring fruit or vegetables into South Australia. Use the dumping bins around the State to prevent being penalized.

Of particular importance is the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone (FFEZ) which specifies that no fruit (including capsicum, chilli, tomato and eggplant) can be carried over its borders.

South Australia has quarantine checkpoints placed throughout the state consisting of roadblocks and fruit disposal bins. There are mobile quarantine roadblocks that operate on country roads in South Australia.

For more information, visit the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service website, and the Quarantine Domestic website.

Find out more about what visa you might need

Citizens of the United States and Canada need a visa to holiday in South Australia. You'll also need a visa to work, study, or stay for over six months.