Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business - Gandy-Draper. Born a "Norverner", she then spent most of her life "Dann Saff" before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle's loves are Alan, the internet, their three bouncing dogs, good food, and dry white wine - although not necessarily in that order. More about Elle - HERE | Got a news story to share? Click HERE | Want to write for Spain Buddy? Click HERE | Interested in our low cost advertising? Click HERE


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

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

  2. Elle Draper
    May 22, 2015 @ 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 @ 12:43 pm

    May I take my New Zealand Tree Fern to Tenerife ?

  4. Elle Draper
    May 15, 2016 @ 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 @ 3:14 pm

    Thanks, Elle

  6. Carolyn Pearle
    February 10, 2017 @ 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
    February 10, 2017 @ 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 @ 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
    April 25, 2017 @ 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 @ 4:53 pm

    Many thanks Elle :)

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

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

  12. Elle Draper
    July 18, 2017 @ 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 @ 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
    October 27, 2017 @ 1:48 pm

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

  15. Darren Hanness
    December 17, 2017 @ 10:18 pm

    Hi. Elle
    We are moving to catalonia in January and my wife wants to take cuttings of succulents with her .
    Are there any restrictions on these plants ?


  16. Elle Draper
    December 18, 2017 @ 1:51 pm

    As long as the plants aren’t on this list, she should be okay. Good luck! xx

  17. Ross
    December 20, 2017 @ 1:33 am

    I have a similar problem I would like to take a lemon myrtle plant to barcelona (backousia citriodora) which is not on the list but want to be sure.
    Does anyone know or where I can find information please?

  18. Elle Draper
    December 20, 2017 @ 5:48 pm

    Am 99% sure lemon myrtle’s fine. Contact Customs and Excise in your own country though… just for your peace of mind xx

  19. Jean Wilkinson
    February 6, 2018 @ 8:07 pm

    Would it be OK to take a small peace lily (Spathiphyllum) by plane to Spain from England if I pack it securely in a box in my suitcase.

  20. Elle Draper
    February 7, 2018 @ 12:37 pm

    I’ve seen plenty of peace lilies here so I don’t see an issue with it. Watch that packaging though – your case may take a battering xx

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