Biohazard inspections: international non-commercial boats

All non-commercial vessels arriving from overseas must be inspected for biohazards.

This includes yachts and private super yachts.

Inspections reduce the risk of harmful pests and diseases entering and establishing in Australia. They pose a risk to the Australian environment and agricultural industries.

You must comply with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment biosecurity rules and regulations if you are:

  • visiting or returning to Australia
  • importing a yacht.

Inspections are the responsibility of the master and or operator.

To find out more about non-commerical vessels biosecurity rules and regulations, go to the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website.

Read about hull pest inspections for visiting boats.

First point of entry

If you are travelling to Darwin on a yacht you must submit an application to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

Get the form and read more about what happens when you arrive in Australia on the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website.

You must do this 10 days before you arrive.

Biosecurity officers and vessel operators can use the Cullen Bay Ferry Pontoon for clearing of vessels.

For more information

You can call the Acting Regional Harbourmaster on 0428 181 480.

Last updated: 09 March 2020

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