Biosecurity regulations

What you need to know

One of the best aspects of Tasmania being an island is that it means that our agricultural industries and parks are free of many of the troublesome bugs and pests they have in other parts of the world.

The people at Biosecurity Tasmania work hard to keep Tasmania this way, by making sure no-one inadvertently brings in anything that will affect our farms or natural areas.

When passengers arrive by plane at Hobart Airport they’re asked to dispose or declare anything they’re carrying that’s not allowed into the state. They’ll usually be greeted by a friendly person from Biosecurity Tasmania and their detector dog – anything that’s not allowed should be put into the big biosecurity bin. The trained detector dogs will inspect passengers’ bags.

For more information about what you can and can’t bring into the state, please contact Biosecurity Tasmania (external website) or ring before you bring:

Plants/fruits to Tasmania – (03) 6165 3777

Dogs to Tasmania – Toll Free 1800 684 215

Wildlife to Tasmania – for permits (03) 6165 3777

Aquarium and pet fish – for information and restrictions (03) 6165 3777, website:

Livestock – Animal Biosecurity and Welfare (03) 6165 3777