When returning from overseas, you must declare any plant or part of a plant (seed, fruit, etc., and even soil) or a product made from plants in your possession, whether you have an import permit or not, to the inspector on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture or the customs officer in the incoming passenger terminal in the border crossing (air, sea or land) through which you enter Israel.
A passenger in possession of a plant or plant product who does not declare it is liable to the penalties prescribed by law.
The Plant Protection and Inspection Services of the Ministry of Agriculture are responsible for supervising the import and export of agricultural produce and plant products and produce. This includes non-commercial imports in passenger baggage. The purpose of the supervision is to prevent the deliberate or accidental introduction of pests and plant diseases that may cause extensive damage to plants in the wild and to agriculture in Israel - as is customary in many countries around the world.
A new pest that infests an agricultural crop requires farmers to spray the fields with pesticides to reduce and minimize the damage caused by it. These substances may contaminate the air, the groundwater, and even the fruit and vegetables you and members of your household consume. Over the long term, these steps increase production costs and the price of produce to consumers. In many cases, infiltration of a new pest into the country destroys an entire crop industry (such as the penetration of the yellow pecan moss into Israel in the 1970s, which resulted in the destruction of the pecan cultivation industry in Israel).
Bringing a plant, fruit, flower or even one infected seed into Israel can cause permanent damage!
Please help us preserve and protect Israel’s agriculture and wild plants.