Within South Australia, travellers and Riverland residents are reminded that it is illegal to carry fresh fruit and vegetables which could be potential fruit fly host, into the Riverland region without the proper documentation or certificate.
Mobile quarantine roadblocks operate on country roads in South Australia. Motorists travelling to the Riverland from within South Australia may be stopped at a random quarantine roadblock and vehicles checked for fruit and vegetables.
Prominent road signs give warning to travellers approaching this Zone. Roadside bins or pits are available and are clearly signposted for disposal of prohibited produce.
What conditions apply when travelling with fruit/vegetables into the Riverland?
Fresh unprocessed fruit and fruiting vegetables purchased from commercial retailers within South Australia will be permitted into the Riverland if accompanied by:
# An itemised receipt of purchase, or
# A Plant Health Certificate
Note: Cooked, processed, preserved, stewed, dried, frozen or canned fruit and fruiting vegetables are permitted without restriction.
What is not permitted into the Riverland?
The following produce is not permitted into the Riverland, and will be confiscated at a random quarantine roadblock:
# home-grown fresh unprocessed (raw) fruit and fruiting vegetables
# purchased fresh unprocessed (raw) fruit and fruiting vegetables without the proper accompanying receipt of purchase, or Plant Health Certificate.
The message for travellers and Riverland residents is simple:-
Don’t carry fresh, unprocessed fruit and vegetables into the Riverland Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone unless accompanied by an itemised receipt of purchase or a Plant Health Certificate.
Take notice of the prominent road signs and eat or dispose of prohibited produce before entering the zone if the entry requirements cannot be met.
Don’t risk a $2500 fine.