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Vatican City

Check our destination guide for postal restrictions and requirements


The following items are prohibited from importation, meaning they won't be allowed to enter the destination country, territory or region.

To check which items are considered dangerous and prohibited for sending from Australia, download our dangerous goods guide (1.2MB).

  • All items prohibited by Italy
  • Animals
  • Airline tickets, blank stock
  • Asbestos
  • Bearer shared certificates, bearer bonds, uncashed travellers cheques, open tickets (lottery, football match, theatre)
  • Bullion and currency
  • Cash
  • Cheques, bank
  • Clothing- soiled
  • Films
  • Jewellery
  • Perfumes
  • Photographic apparatus
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Plants and parts of plants
  • Publications contrary to public order, morals and religion
  • Tobacco.

Cash and Perfumes are prohibited under International Express to the Holy See.

Perfume is prohibited under International Express.

Lithium batteries

Lithium batteries and devices containing them are prohibited from being sent via International Express.


For International Express articles going to the Holy See, all types of batteries and devices containing them are prohibited from being sent.

Import restrictions

If an item is subject to import restrictions, it means that provisions must be met before it will be released from customs in the destination country, territory or region.

We recommend you confirm import restrictions with local authorities before posting:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal skins and products
  • Antiques
  • Books
  • Chemicals, non-hazardous
  • Coffee and coffee samples
  • Cologne cosmetics and perfume
  • Dangerous good, haz or comb mats
  • Drugs: prescription and non prescription
  • Fabrics and fabric samples
  • Foodstuffs
  • Furs
  • Ivory
  • Leather goods
  • Medical Samples
  • Medical/dental supplies and equipment
  • Oil products
  • Perishables
  • Personal effects
  • Phones/modems
  • Plants and plant products
  • Pornography
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Pornography
  • Radio equipment
  • Seeds
  • Ship spares
  • Shoes
  • Tea
  • Televisions, television equipment
  • Textile articles
  • Works of Art
  • Yarn
  • Weapons
  • Wood products.

EDN’s and export permits are required for:

  • Kangaroo skins
  • Crocodile skins
  • Emu oil
  • Fish oil
  • Bunker oil
  • Coal
  • Petroleum bases products
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Any other alcohol including beer and spirits all volumes.

Okay to send? Send responsibly.

As the sender, it's your responsibility to make sure your items don't break any laws or rules – both within Australia and in the destination country.

Restrictions and conditions can change at short notice so the information on this page should be used as a guide only. For the latest information, you should check the UPU prohibitions & restrictions (PDF 3.2MB) or contact the destination country's customs, postal trade or government authority.

It's also your responsibility to check if the destination country imposes any duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees on the item you're sending. If you're unsure, please contact the consulate office of the destination country.

Special documentation

In addition to our customs forms, authorities in the destination country, territory or region require further documentation for some items.

Same as Italy.

Delivery locations & exclusions

Before sending to this destination, it’s worth noting a few more details about our international delivery services.

Delivery locations & exclusions data (Personal)

  • International Express (carried via the EMS network) - Parcels deliver to all destinations
    International Express - Parcels does not deliver to a Post Office Box or Poste Restante.
  • International Express - Letters service available on a non-guaranteed basis

For more information from the overseas carrier, check the Vatican City Post Office website.