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 toembarking on your trip regarding the current import regulations at the Customs Information Office / Customs or at your local customs office.

  • Medicines

    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. read more

  • 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. read more

  • Travelling with animals

    When travelling with animals, certain considerations must be taken into account and adhered to. read more

  • Quantitative limits for foodstuffs

    Quantitative limits are also in place in respect of foodstuffs carried by private travellers for their own use. read more

  • 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). read more

  • Pyrotechnic articles

    Under the Austrian Pyrotechnic Safety Act, pyrotechnic articles are subject to age restrictions, labelling requirements and require permits in some cases. read more

  • Carrying weapons

    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. read more