Travellers entering Australia from Fiji as of 17th December 2019, can now carry across a maximum of 4kg of kava into Australia with the exception of those travelling to Western Australia and the Northern Territory where restrictions are still in place.

The Office of the Drug Control under the Australian Government’s Department of Health has announced the amount of kava that can be imported by a traveller for personal use has increased from 2kg to 4kg.

In welcoming the announcement, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security, Inia Seruiratu said “the decision is timely for the Fijian diaspora in Australia and friends of Fiji and the Pacific as this will allow them to fulfil their cultural obligations and also socially enjoy kava over the festive season”.

Minister Seruiratu stated that today’s announcement is a culmination of months of discussions at all levels of government and is in line with commitments by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Prime Minister Scott Morrison to further strengthen the Fiji – Australia bilateral relationship under the Vuvale Partnership, which was signed in Canberra in September, this year.

Furthermore, this announcement will go a long way in strengthening people to people links between both countries.

Minister Seruiratu also thanked the Australian authorities for the swift implementation of this important element of the Vuvale Partnership and the commitment made by PM Bainimarama and PM Morrison.

The pilot program for the commercial import of kava to Australia has also been announced for implementation by the end of 2020. Further details on this pilot program are expected to be available in the first half of 2020.

Travellers are encouraged to visit the Office of the Drug Control to fully appreciate this announcement: https://www.odc.gov.au/import-restrictions-kava-and-khat

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