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Old Jan 7th 2020, 10:23 pm
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Would there be any issue with bringing wooden instruments (a violin and a viola) into Australia when we move next month? I'm worried the customs will reject them or fumigate them because they're wooden. Any advice greatly appreciated.
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Would there be any issue with bringing wooden instruments (a violin and a viola) into Australia when we move next month? I'm worried the customs will reject them or fumigate them because they're wooden. Any advice greatly appreciated.
Should be okay - https://www.agriculture.gov.au/trave...ng-immigrating

From the link:

Timber and wooden items

  • Wooden artefacts and toys, musical instruments, furniture, kitchenware, timber, and items with wooden components- check surfaces of your timber items for any signs of insect infestation (sawdust–like powder, fresh holes, chewed timber or tunnels).
  • If you find signs of insect infestation, consider either not bringing the item, or treating it for the timber pests prior to shipment.
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No, should not be any problems, I am not going to do a thorough Internet check but you will have to declare it since it's wooden and show it to them at Customs. I have brought wooden things in through Customs before and no problems.
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Untreated wood needs to be declared. We brought several guitars and a ukulele without any issues. Do take tension out of strings and pack well though.
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I also brought a violin, a viola and a guitar without any problems.
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Thank you everyone. This is a massive relief. Will definitely declare.
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Default Re: Bringing violin/viola to Australia

I will start off by apologizing if this isn't the right location for this post. I tried to search for similar topics, but couldn't find anything for my specific questions and then I found this.
I was just thinking of bringing in guitar and violin in Australia last week but wondered if it's possible to transport now when there is a pandemic going on?
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Originally Posted by dolsonlelan View Post
I will start off by apologizing if this isn't the right location for this post. I tried to search for similar topics, but couldn't find anything for my specific questions and then I found this.
I was just thinking of bringing in guitar and violin in Australia last week but wondered if it's possible to transport now when there is a pandemic going on?
I'd suggest you check with your airline.
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