International yachts entering Australian waters are considered to be of high quarantine risk and are closely monitored by AQIS.
International yachts frequently spend many months sailing in areas which are known to be of high risk for timber pests. Pests such as termites and borers are difficult to detect and could devastate native fauna from transmission to animals (and pets) onboard yachts. Biofouling is an additional significant quarantine risks that yachts can bring into Australia. As a result, yachts arriving in Australian waters must be inspected on arrival for quarantine risks, prior to being granted pratique.
Many yachts enjoy entering non-proclaimed or uninhabited ports. However, these ports are the most susceptible to a quarantine incursion (insects, rodents etc). AQIS request yacht owners to please pay close attention to AQIS requirements by keeping our marine and unique biodiversity secure.
As AQIS is a fully cost recovered government department, fees and charges will apply for the time taken to inspect yachts.
For further information regarding cruising yachts please refer to the sections below.
- Yacht Biosecurity–Starting on the right tack
- Super yachts
- What can I bring in
- Pets onboard yachts
- Process – Pre-arrival, Arrival, Post-arrival
- Timber components
- Time Limited Pratique - What is it?
Note: All returning Australian yachts from international waters will be subject to AQIS inspection in accordance with the Quarantine Act 1908.
12 Jul 2012