Prohibitions and Restrictions on Imports
The import of animals, plants, food products, medication, weapons and many other goods is subject to specific prohibitions and restrictions. These restrictions are applicable to entries from both EU and non-EU states. Special attention must be paid to these regulations in order to protect the life and health of human beings, animals and plants and to ensure public security. It is advisable that you make inquiries prior to embarking on your trip regarding the current import regulations at the Customs Information Office / Customs or at your local customs office.
Under the Austrian Medicines and Medicinal Products Import Act, pharmaceutical products may only be imported to Austria by pharmacies and entities that are authorised to distribute medicines and medicinal products.
Provisions on the protection of species
Today, many animal and plant species throughout the world are endangered in their existence or even threatened by extinction. Both, at international and national level, regulations have been adopted for the protection of these species, which have an impact on international trade to a varying degree.
Travelling with animals
When travelling with animals, certain considerations must be taken into account and adhered to.
Quantitative limits for foodstuffs
Quantitative limits are also in place in respect of foodstuffs carried by private travellers for their own use.
Travelling with plants
Certain restrictions must be taken into account when importing plants, plant products, fruit, wood, seeds, soil and compost (this also includes the transit of such items).
Under the Austrian Pyrotechnic Safety Act, pyrotechnic articles are subject to age restrictions, labelling requirements and require permits in some cases.
Carrying a firearm and the ammunition intended for use with it from EU countries and third countries is subject to various restrictions and requires a permit under certain circumstances.