Visa and Customs


General information on Visa Application

The following information is provided by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. We recommend that all overseas participants to the HUPO 2019 congress read this carefully. Under Australia's universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (the only exceptions to this are New Zealand passport holders and permanent residents of Norfolk Island).

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person's purpose for visiting Australia, and the passport they are holding. Please refer to the links below for guidance on the visa options that may be most suitable for you and make sure you take into account processing times and lodge visa applications as early as possible (submit your application at least 12 weeks in advance).

Letter of Invitation

If you require an invitation letters to assist with your Visa application, please contact HUPO 2019 Secretariat.
Invitation letters can also be downloaded from your online registration profile. This letter assists with your Visa application. You will be able to download an invitation letter once you have paid for your registration fee in full and have entered in your passport details.

How to download the invitation letter:

  • Log onto the registration dashboard as a return delegate by entering your email and password.
  • Scroll the menu to the "Document" section and select the button “Enter Details”.
  • Every field must be filled in for a Visa letter to be generated. Once all details have been filled in, click “GO”. You will be taken back to the main screen and now a button “Download letter” will appear and by clicking this it will generate a PDF visa letter.

South Australia has strict quarantine laws in addition to national laws. The laws are in place to protect our agricultural industries and unique environments against some of the world’s most serious pests and diseases. When arriving by plane, you must declare all food, plant and animal products. If you have items you don't wish to declare, you can dispose of them in quarantine bins in the airport terminal. There are also quarantine checkpoints consisting of roadblocks and fruit disposal bins if you are arriving by road.

Customs & Quarantine

Kangaroo Island Sanctuary

Kangaroo Island is a Ligurian Bee Sanctuary and a Potato Protected Production Area. Carrying honey, bees and bee products onto the island is prohibited. Potatoes are also prohibited unless they have been washed or brushed free of soil and are in new packaging. Rabbits are prohibited on Kangaroo Island. Do not take fresh, unprocessed fruit and fruiting vegetables (including capsicum, chilli, tomato and eggplant) into the Riverland of South Australia without an itemised receipt from an SA retail outlet or a plant health certificate.

Fruit Fly

South Australia is the only mainland state without a permanent population of fruit fly. Please do not bring fruit or vegetables into South Australia. Use the dumping bins around the State to prevent being penalised. Of particular importance is the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone (FFEZ) which specifies that no fruit (including peppers, tomato and aubergine) can be carried over its borders.
South Australia has quarantine checkpoints placed throughout the state consisting of roadblocks and fruit disposal bins. There are mobile quarantine roadblocks that operate on country roads in South Australia.

For more information, visit the Interstate Quarantine website.


South Australia is free of phylloxera, a tiny insect pest that destroys grapevines. If you have been driving through or walking in vineyards locally, interstate or overseas, please thoroughly clean your car, clothes and shoes before entering any South Australian vineyard. Please obtain permission before entering a vineyard in South Australia and look out for designated photo zones, easily accessible from many cellar doors. Alternatively, join a guided tour. You can help protect South Australia's world-class wine industry. For more information visit