Austria Import Restrictions

In order to enter Austria, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Austria government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Austria, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Austria.

Austria Import Regulations

Import restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from Austrian authorities before posting:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products
  • Clothing- soiled
  • Drugs and medicines
  • Foodstuffs
  • Fertilizers
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Jewellery
  • Metals, precious, and items made from them
  • Narcotics
  • Natural therapeutic products
  • Phytosanitary products
  • Pornography
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Plants and parts of plants
  • Radio and television apparatus
  • Raw materials used in the production of drugs
  • Seeds
  • Salt
  • Spirits
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Wines
  • Watches and clocks
  • Weapons and parts
  • Wool and cotton woven fabrics

Special documentation

Commercial goods must include two copies of the original invoice. European Union standards govern all documentation.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Austria prohibits:

  • Aerated and mineral waters
  • Animals and animal products
  • Arms and ammunition
  • Animal, or vegetable fats and oils
  • Alcohol and beverages
  • Articles of iron and steel
  • Articles of apparel/clothing accessories- soiled
  • Aircraft, spacecraft or part thereof
  • Bees, leeches, silk worms, parasites, destroyers of noxious insects intended for the control of those insects, and flies of the family Drosophilidae for biomedical research exchanged between officially recognized institutions
  • Clocks and watches
  • Coffee and tea
  • Cereals
  • Electrical machinery
  • Furniture, bedding and matresses
  • Foodstuffs, prepared
  • Footwear
  • Fruit and nuts
  • Fertilizers
  • Hides and fleeces
  • Inorganic and organic chemicals
  • Lac, gums and resins
  • Miscellaneous manufactures articles
  • Miscellaneous chemical products
  • Mineral products
  • Non-Austrian games of chance
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic and measuring products
  • Photographic or cinematographic products
  • Printed articles, books and brochures- offensive by nature
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Raw hides and skins
  • Toys, games and sport requisites
  • Textile articles; wool, cotton
  • Vegetable products
  • Vehicles, other than railway/tramway
  • Wood and articles of wood
  • Weapons
  • Wood untreated

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