Bali What Souvenirs can i bring back

  What Souvenirs can i bring back? We did not worry about what we could legally bring back to Aus until we went shopping. All we were told was that if it is wood don’t bother.   The local people will try to sell you anything and say it is ok, i am looking for a proper list of what you can and can not bring back but all i can find so far are typically vague government guide lines.

 The last time i came through Perth airport I asked  a customs official who said that you can bring wooden carvings back so long as  ONE you declare it and TWO that there are no holes in the product that look like borer holes. If you do not declare it there is a good chance for a on the spot fine and confiscation. If there are borer holes in your carving will be Quarantined and if you want to get it back there will be a inspection fee but i do not how much that is so carefully inspect your purchase first.

I got this from here  * Australian Gov Website *  and i found the information confusing as the website is called What can’t I take into Australia but there is no details of what you cannot bring back only that you need to declare it. Click on the link for a full list, i reproduced the following because it covers wooden products and there are a lot offered in Bali.
*Plant material

  • all potted/bare rooted plants, cuttings, roots, bulbs, corms, stems and other viable plant material
  • banana products including food (fresh and dried) and souvenirs made with banana plant material
  • souvenirs made with or filled with straw, including Thai cushions
  • wooden articles and carvings including painted or lacquered items
  • items that include bark
  • artefacts, handicrafts and souvenirs made from plant material
  • mats, bags and other items made from plant material, palm fronds or leaves
  • straw products and packaging*
  • bamboo, cane or rattan basket ware and furnishings
  • potpourri* and coconut shells
  • Christmas decorations, wreaths and ornaments
  • dried flowers and arrangements
  • fresh flowers and leis.

Light clothing, sandals or flat shoes, sun glasses and a bottle of water. For the middle of the day sunscreen and hat.

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  1. Thanks for such a helpful website – I am going to Bali for the 1st time next week and I am very interested to know what NOT to bring back!

  2. We went to Bali last year and are heading back there next week, we bought some wooden carvings while there and also a coconut shell musical instrument, when coming back into Perth we declared them and they checked them over at Customs & said generally they are fine to bring back in as long as you check them over thouroughly for any little holes (may be caused by wood boring insects) before you buy them.

  3. that list that you have given isnt what you cant bring back its what you HAVE TO declare just incase people were wondering, so you can bring all of that back just make sure you declare it but of course it could still be taken depending on what it is and how high the risk is,,and thankyou very much for the link it helped me alot , cheers 🙂

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