I'm going to be staying in a village in rural India. I've heard that quarantine is sometimes concerned about dirt possibly bringing things into the country. How likely is this to be an issue?

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    I believe they usually ask if you've been on a farm in the past N months. So just being somewhere rural is probably not the same thing. I can't remember how many N is though. – hippietrail Jun 24 '15 at 16:07
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    It's likely that quarantine will be concerned about where your footwear has been. Why not simply clean your shoes? – Greg Hewgill Jun 24 '15 at 19:39
  • @GregHewgill: Is that all you have to do? – Casebash Jun 24 '15 at 23:06
  • @Casebash Yes. If they're clean, dry and declared, you'll have no problems. – lambshaanxy Jun 24 '15 at 23:34

From the Department of Agriculture - Arriving in Australia page, there's a section for "Other items" that states:

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  • used sporting and camping equipment including tents, footwear, hiking boots, golf equipment and bicycles (need to be checked to ensure they are clean and free from soil contamination)

It should be sufficient to clean your shoes before arrival in Australia, to remove any soil residue that you might have picked up along the way.

Make sure you do declare your outdoor footwear, so the inspectors can assess them. If you fail to declare such items, and the inspector determines that you should have declared them, you will have further problems.

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    ... the "further problems" are usually a fine (about $200). So make sure you declare them :) – Ayesh K Jun 25 '15 at 8:43

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