All aircraft are required to apply to the Lord Howe Island Board for entry to Lord Howe Island and complete all applicable biosecurity requirements.

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Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage listed location. Over 75% of the Island is designated as a permanent park preserve, surrounded by the Lord Howe Island Marine Park which includes the world’s southernmost coral reef.

Effective environmental protection assists with achieving Lord Howe Island’s overarching environmental vision of protecting the Island’s World Heritage values, biodiversity and threatened species.

On-island environmental goals and undertakings are underpinned by the LHI Biodiversity Management Plan and supported by legislation including the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015, Lord Howe Island Regulation 2014 and the Lord Howe Island Act 1953.

The Lord Howe Island Board owns and operates the Lord Howe Island Airport which provides a range of aviation facilities for the benefit of the community, leisure and professional sectors. The Airport is a key service for the Island community by providing passenger and limited freight services on a daily basis.

Built in 1974 by the Australian Army Corp of Engineers the Lord Howe Island Airport heralded the end of the regular flying boat service to/from Rose Bay in Sydney.

Lord Howe Island Airport is a Certified Security Controlled Airport in accordance with Civil Aviation Regulations and Aviation Transport Security Regulations. As a result, a high degree of safety and security requirements and regulatory controls are in place.

Operationally the Code 2C runway is 888m in length with a grooved asphalt surface. Aerodrome operating times are daylight hours only. Solar powered runway, taxiway and terrain lighting is available and activated on request for emergencies only. The Airport also provides an Automatic Weather Information Service (AWIS) and an Aerodrome Frequency Response Unit (AFRU) or 'Beep Back'.

Qantaslink Airlines provide daily services to/from Sydney.

Common aircraft in use include helicopters, light single, large twin engine. Fuelling facilities are available for aviation gas and Jet A1 (AVTUR).

Aircraft operators should refer to the Fees and Charges area of this website for current costs associated with Airport use.

All aircraft operators are strongly encouraged to read the Lord Howe Island entry in the En-route Supplement of Australia (ERSA – FAC & RDS) published by Airservices Australia. The Obstacle Limitation Surface (OLS) is extensively infringed with terrain to the south and east. Due to the topography of the Island wind conditions may generate severe turbulence. Bird hazard also exists at the aerodrome.


As the operator of an aircraft which will be landing on Lord Howe Island, it is likely that you will be a carrier of biosecurity matter. As such, you have a vital role to play in helping us to protect paradise, on Lord Howe Island.

Biosecurity is the protection of our economy, environment and community from the negative impacts of pests, diseases, weeds and contaminants.

Under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015, biosecurity is a shared responsibility and anyone who deals with biosecurity matter has a general biosecurity duty.

The general biosecurity duty can apply to anyone. It provides that any person who deals with biosecurity matter or a carrier, and who knows (or ought reasonably to know) of the biosecurity risk posed (or likely to be posed), has a biosecurity duty to ensure that the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised - so far as is reasonably practicable.

For more information on the general biosecurity duty, visit:

Under the Biosecurity Act 2015, all international aircraft, vessels and goods become subject to biosecurity control when they enter Australia. Under biosecurity control you can only enter Australia at ports that are first points of entry (FPOE).

Lord Howe Island is not a First Point of Entry.

Aircraft and vessels visiting Lord Howe Island from international departure points (including Norfolk Island) require approval from the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment for entry to Australia at a Non-First Point of Entry (under the Biosecurity Act 2015).

It is also a requirement that Border Force processes are followed for international arrivals:

Proof of FPOE and Border Force approvals for international arrivals must be provided to the Lord Howe Island Board before approval will be granted for entry to Lord Howe Island.

For further information regarding Border Force requirements please contact:

Rachael McFadyen, Australian Border Force Officer. Phone: 02 6563 2481

Biosecurity Requirements

There are certain actions which you are required to undertake before your departure to Lord Howe Island.

Guidelines - Lord Howe Island Biosecurity - Aviation - August 2020  PDF 264 KB

These actions are simple, and effective. The small amount of time it takes to perform these checks and actions can wholly prevent the introduction of harmful pests and diseases.

Failure to fulfil your general biosecurity duty and/or those actions prescribed in the regulations, or making a false declaration, may result in refusal of the aircraft to land/stay on Lord Howe Island, or penalties being issued under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015.


Do I really need to check my luggage for animals like reptiles?

Yes. There have been at least two separate incidents where exotic skinks were transported to Lord Howe Island, most likely in the luggage of those who arrived on private aircraft.

Small animals, including insects, geckos, skinks, and mice are all known to have been unintentionally transported to remote islands in personal luggage.

Can I being my pets or other animals to the Island?

No live animals are permitted for import to Lord Howe Island without prior approval from the Lord Howe Island Board. This includes all domestic animals and pets.

Can I bring my own food to the Island?

Yes. It is however incredibly important that all food items are carefully inspected for any pest sign or presence.