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List of Prohibited Plants You Can Not Bring into Spain

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We are often asked what plants or produce are allowed to be imported into Spain from the UK, and which aren’t.

banned plants in spainThe following is a list of plants that it is illegal to bring into Spain, along with the pest reason, and should be of help. Mind you – we hope you have your Latin dictionary handy!

Prohibited Plants Quarantine Pests
Fresh fruits of akee, avocado, star berry, allspice, olive, cashew nut, kiwi fruit, Thevetia peruviana, carambola, pomegranate, jaboticaba, broad bean, alexandrian laurel, date palm, Muntingia calabura, feijoa, pawpaw, mammee apple, longan, litchi, and plants of the genera Ficus, Phaseolus, Diospyros (excluding those listed in appendix 41), Carissa, Juglans, Morus, Coccoloba, Coffea, Ribes, Vaccinium, Passiflora, Dovyalis,Ziziphus, Spondias, Musa (excluding immature banana), Carica (excluding those listed in appendix 1), Psidium, Artocarpus, Annona, Malpighia, Santalum, Garcinia, Vitis (excluding those listed in appendices 3 and 54), Eugenia, Mangifera (excluding those listed in appendices 2 ,36 ,43 ,51 and 53), Ilex, Terminalia and Gossypium, and Plants of the family Sapotaceae, Cucurbitaceae (excluding those listed in appendices 3 and 42), Cactaceae (excluding those listed in appendix 35), Solanaceae (excluding those listed in appendices 3 and 42), Rosaceae (excluding those listed in appendices 3 and 31) and Rutaceae (excluding those listed in appendices 4 to 8 ,39 ,45 and 56).  Mediterranean fruit fly
Live haulms and leaves of cabbage, and plants of the genera Cirsium and Verbascum, and plants of the family Solanaceae.  Colorado potato beetle
Live tubers and other underground portions of plants of the genus Chenopodium, and plants of the family Solanaceae(excluding those listed in appendix 46).  Potato cyst nematode
Live tubers and other underground portions of plants of the family Solanaceae(excluding those listed in appendix 46).  White potato cyst nematode
Live plants and plant parts (including fruit, flower and pollen, other than seed) of Pseudocydonia sinensis, medler, loquat, quince, and plants of the genera Aronia, Photinia, Crataegomespilus, Amelanchier, Crataegus, Cotoneaster, Raphiolepis, Stranvaesia, Osteomeles, Dichotomanthes, Pyracantha, Docynia, Pyrus, Sorbus, Heteromeles, Peraphyllum, Choenomeles, and Malus (excluding those listed in appendices 24, 25 and 31).  Fire blight
Live plants and plant parts (excluding seed and fruit ) of Aeglopsis chevalieri, Atalantia missionis, Calodendrum capensis, Triphasia trifolia, Clausena indica, Citroncirus webberi, Swinglea glutinosa, Feronia limonia, Severinia buxifolia, Balsamocitrus dawei, Microcitrus australasica, Microcitrus australis, wampi, and plants of the genera Toddalia.  Huanglongbing
Appendix 
1
Solo type of papaya shipped from Hawaiian Islands directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
2
R2E2 variety, Keitt variety, Kensington variety, Kent variety and Palmer variety of mango shipped from Australia directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
3
Strawberry, cucumber, pepper(capsicum), tomato, eggplant, grape, summer squash and melon shipped from Netherlands directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
4
Valencia variety, Washington Nevel variety, Tomango variety and Protea variety of sweet orange, lemon, grapefruit and crementine shipped from South Africa directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
5
Valencia variety, Washington Nevel variety, Tomango variety and Protea variety of sweet orange, grapefruit and crementine shipped through South Africa from the Kingdom of Swaziland without going by way of other countries to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
6
Shamouti variety and Valencia variety of sweet orange, grapefruit, sweetie, pomelo, lemon and Or mandarin shipped from Israel directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
7
Citrus spp. shipped from Australia directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
8
Navel variety, Valencia variety and Salustiana variety of sweet orange, lemon and Clementine shipped from Spain directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
9
Deleted
10
Ponkan orange, Tankan orange and Liutin variety of sweet orange and pomelo shipped from Taiwan directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
11
Solo type and Tailung No.2 type of papaya shipped from Taiwan directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
12
Solo type of papaya shipped from Philippines directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
13
Litchi shipped from Taiwan directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
14
Litchi shipped from China directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
15
Manila Super variety of mango shipped from Philippines directly to Japan and which meetsthe standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
16
Irwin variety, Keitt variety and Haden variety of mango shipped from Taiwan directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
17
Nan Klarngwun variety, Nam Dorkmai variety, Pimsen Daeng variety, Mahachanok variety and Rad variety of mango shipped from Thailand directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
18
Squash and Melon shipped from China directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
19
Cherry shipped from United States of America directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
20
Lambert variety of cherry shipped from Canada directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
21
Cherry shipped from New Zealand directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
22
Nectarine shipped from United States of America directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
23
Firebrite variety, Fantasia variety and Red Gold variety of nectarine shipped from New Zealand directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
24
Apple shipped from New Zealand directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
25
Apple shipped from United States of America directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
26
Hartley variety, Payne variety and Franquette variety of inshell walnut shipped from United States of America directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
27
Tomato shipped from Canada directly to Japan
28
Straw of wheat and barley group and culms and leaves of plants of the genus Agropyron mixed in hay shipped from United States of America directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
29
Rice straw shipped from China directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
30
Tomato shipped from United States of America directly to Japan
31
Golden Delicious variety of apple shipped from France directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
32
Kyoho variety and Italy variety of grape shipped from Taiwan directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
33
Straw of wheat and barley group and culms and leaves of plants of the genus Agropyron shipped from Canada directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
34
Apple shipped from Tasmania directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
35
Yellow Pitaya shipped from Colombia directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
36
Keitt variety and Haden variety of mango shipped from Hawaiian Islands directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
37
Plum shipped from United States of America directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
38
Cherry shipped from Chili directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
39
Grapefruit,valencia variety of sweet orange and lemon shipped from Argentine directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
40
Mangosteen shipped from Thailand directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
41
Triumph variety of persimmon shipped from Israel directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
42
Tomato and cucumber shipped from Belgium directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
43
Kent variety and Tommy Atkins variety of mango shipped from Brazil directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
44
Cherry shipped from Tasmania directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
45
Tarocco variety of sweet orange shipped from Italy directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
46
Live tubers of potato shipped from United States of America directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
47
Tomato shipped from Mexico directly to Japan
48
Alphonso variety, Kesar variety, Chausa variety, Banganpalli variety, Mallika variety and Langra variety of mango shipped from India directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
49
Underground portions of live plants of the genera Anthurium shipped from Hawaiian Islands directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
50
Harumanis variety of mango shipped from Malaysia directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
51
Tommy Atkins variety of mango shipped from Colombia directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
52
Hylocereus undatus shipped from Viet Nam directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
53
Kent variety of mango shipped from Peru directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
54
Barlinka variety of grape shipped from South Africa directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
55
Hylocereus undatus shipped from Taiwan directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
56
Grapefruit shipped from Turkey directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
57
Sindhri variety and Chaunsa variety of mango shipped from Pakistan directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
58
Thong Dee variety of pomelo shipped from Thailand directly to Japan and which meets the standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

This list may change, so we recommend that you double check the official list HERE

14 Responses to List of Prohibited Plants You Can Not Bring into Spain

  1. Dennis Martin May 22, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Can I take a camellia plant to Tenerife in my car?

  2. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper May 22, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    A beautiful flower, the camellia!
    I’m not sure though. I shall see if we can find out for you x

  3. Dave Lister May 15, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    May I take my New Zealand Tree Fern to Tenerife ?

  4. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper May 15, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    We would recommend you speak to the authorities on specific cases. They will be able to advise you legally and maybe give you some paperwork to take with you.
    Good luck!

  5. Dave Lister May 16, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks, Elle

  6. Carolyn Pearle February 10, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Hi we are in the process of moving ftom the UK to southern Spain, I would like some sort of reassurance that I can take my 5ft Yucca elephantines, and my Mother in laws tongue plants, I’ve have them a long time and don’t want to have to leave them, international movers would be driving over in a van.
    Regards Carolyn.

  7. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper February 10, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Hi Carolyn. I know of people who have brought their yuccas with them – but for your own peace of mind, speak to the movers who should be able to advise for sure. E xx

  8. Martin Azzopardi April 25, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Hi Elle, I was wondering if I can take some very small cymbidium orchid plants bare rooted wrapped tightly in plastic in my suitcase to Spain from Australia. Iv read as much info I can find and specifically seems to prohibit many fruiting and aggressive rouge plants, which these are not. Thanks M

  9. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper April 25, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Hi Martin. I just wrote a long old paragraph about taking them from Spain to Auztralia… then realised you’d asked about the other way around ;)

    I think orchids are fine – plenty are here from elsewhere in Europe and blooming nicely on windowsills and in courtyards everywhere. However – I don’t know about any from Australia. Have a chat to the Australian Customs and see if they can help. Failing that – get someone who speaks Spanish to natter to the Spanish customs department. My gut says it’s absolutely okay – but it’s best to be sure.

    Good luck!

  10. Martin Azzopardi April 29, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Many thanks Elle :)

  11. Paul Joseph July 17, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Can I carry cardamom seeds into Gibraltar? I am then traveling into Spain.

  12. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper July 18, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Not a problem as far as I know. But may be be best to chat to customs at Gib to double-check that leg of your journey. That reminds me – I’m almost out of cardamom pods and I can’t make a curry without them! xx

  13. Jeannie Stone October 27, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Can i bring small wooden boxes and wood ornaments into Spain from Zimbabwe? They are all made from local wood. Would I need them fumigated?

  14. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper October 27, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    They should be fine – plenty of African wooden goods on sale here. But if in doubt, speak to Customs first xx

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