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 certain circumstances, you must permit plants, plant products, wood, seeds, soil, compost, etc. originating from non-EU countries to be examined by the Plant Protection Service at the border. Entry into Austria is only possible at customs offices where Plant Protection Service personnel are available.

You must apply for registration with the responsible department of the Plant Protection Service prior to your departure. Furthermore, you will require a plant health certificate issued by the responsible foreign agency.

Exemptions are in place for goods for your own use within the following limits:



1 spray of unpackaged cut flowers (at most wrapped in one sheet of film or paper, but not in cartons or other packaging), except for those originating from Malaysia, Singapore or Thailand.


Other goods from European and Mediterranean countries, e.g. plants and plant products

  • 80 litres of packaged soil
  • 3 houseplants, pot plants (e.g. oleander, palms)
  • 10 balcony plants, garden perennials (no woody growth)
  • 20 vegetable seedlings
  • 3 trees or shrubs
  • 1 kg bulbs and tubers
  • 1 Christmas tree (cut)
  • 1 bunch of brushwood
  • 1 brushwood wreath
  • subject to the variety, various low quantities of seed

Please note: If an import ban is in place, these exemptions do not apply. General import bans are in place, for example, for bonsai plants, citrus plants, or vines. This means that these goods may not be imported under any circumstances.

Special regulations apply to imports from French overseas territories and departments, from the Canary Islands, and from Ceuta and Melilla.

Please take note of any species conservation regulations that may apply (e.g. for live orchids).