Information for travellers
The best way to prevent Queensland fruit fly (QFF) from spreading is to not travel with QFF host fruits or fruiting vegetables, especially those grown in home gardens, which have a higher chance of being infested with larvae than store-bought produce.
If you have fruit fly in your home garden or live outside of the PFA, you must not bring fruit from your home into the PFA unless it is cooked, frozen, preserved or canned.
If you live outside of the PFA, you can take host fruit and fruiting vegetables that you have purchased from a supermarket or fruit shop located outside the PFA, home.
If you live within the PFA, you are encouraged to shop at your local supermarket or fruit shop to avoid the need for certification and minimise the risk of transporting QFF into the area.
Host produce cannot be brought into the PFA unless you have a certificate for fruit fly freedom or treatment issued by Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) or an accredited business (e.g. grower).
Heavy fines apply if you are caught taking host fruit or fruiting vegetables into the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area without a certificate. Without a certificate, host fruit or fruiting vegetables must be disposed of in quarantine bins located on the roadside before entering the PFA.
Restrictions also apply to carrying fruit fly host materials into some other states and territories - for more information, visit Traveller's Guide to Australian Interstate Quarantine.
What fruit and vegetables are Queensland fruit fly hosts?
Fruit flies lay eggs in many types of maturing and ripe fruit, as well as in some vegetables.
Fruit colour and shape can vary considerably, images are indicative only. Many fruits are also known by different names.