Australia Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Customs Rules

Import regulations::

Free import provided goods are carried by passenger:

Group 1:
General goods not exceeding AUD 900 for passengers aged 18 years and over (AUD 450.- for persons under 18 years of age), including gifts, souvenirs, cameras, electronic equipment, leather goods, perfume concentrates, jewellery, watches and sporting equipment.
Personal goods are free from duty and tax if they are:
-owned and used by passenger overseas for 12 months or more.
-imported temporarily (a security may be required by Customs).

Group 2 - alcohol: 2.25 litres of alcoholic beverages per person aged 18 years or over;

Group 3 - tobacco: 50 cigarettes or 50g of cigars or tobacco products per person aged 18 years or over.

Note: There are penalties for not declaring prohibited and restricted goods and for making false declarations on you incoming or outgoing passenger card. For details consult "Guide for Travellers" in www.customs.gov.au.

Arms and Ammunition regulations::

Declaration required for all firearms, weapons and ammunition including real and replica firearms and BB air guns, knives and electric shock devices. Some items require a permit and police authorisation. Weapons and ammunition can be carried as checked baggage with the knowledge and consent of the airline.

Wild Fauna and Flora::

All food, plants, animal goods, equipment used with animals, biological materials, soils and sand; must be declared to Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service.

Additional Information on regulations::

Prohibited and Restricted Goods:
The import of the following types of goods may be restricted or prohibited, and may require an import permit.
1. Drugs and Medicines - except if restricted medications have been prescribed to the passenger;
2. Firearms/Weapons;
3. Intellectual Property.
For more details, see: www.customs.gov.au , or contact the Customs Information and Support Center (CISC) on telephone: +61 2 6275 6666, 1 300 363 263, or by e-mail at: information@customs.gov.au.

Quarantine information:
All food, plant material and animal products must be declared on the Incoming Passenger Card and inspected by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) upon arrival in Australia, and may require treatment or documentation prior to entry. Quarantine risk goods may be quarantined, seized, returned to country of origin or destroyed.For a full list of quarantine conditions, see www.aqis.gov.au
Visits to rural areas and any items used in rural areas (including camping, fishing and golf equipment, footwear, bicycles), or items carrying contamination from soil, faeces or plant material must be declared and presented for inspection.

Crew members customs regulations::

Crew are to complete Customs form B465, Articles in Possession - Aircrew.

Pets::

Live animals may be brought into Australia from AQIS approved countries. More information about bringing animals into Australia can be obtained from the AQIS Live Animal Import program. All live animals must travel as manifested cargo, not as accompanied or unaccompanied baggage. Animals must travel in a container that meets the standards specified in container requirement of IATA live animals regulations. The container must be nose and paw proof.
For further information about bringing live animals into Australia, including disability dogs, contact the Live Animal Import program of AQIS. Tel: +612 6272 4454; Fax: +612 6272 3110; e-mail animalimp@aqis.gov.au or www.aqis.gov.au/icon.

Baggage Clearance regulations::

Baggage is cleared at first port of entry if final destination is not an international airport; or with a long connection time. Otherwise, baggage is cleared at final port of destination.



Airport Embarkation Tax

No Airport Tax is levied on embarkation at the airport.



Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

Same regulations as for export apply.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Australian Dollar-AUD) and foreign currencies: no restrictions up to AUD 10,000.- (or equivalent in freely convertible currency).
Warning: Any amount of Australian or foreign currency in coins and bank notes exceeding AUD 10,000.-(or equivalent in freely convertible currency) has to be declared in a Cross Border Movement Report (CBMR) .

Other than coins and bank notes: travellers entering/departing Australia must declare;if requested, one of the following Bearer Negotiable Instrument (BNI):
1. Bill of exchange.
2. Cheque.
3. Promissory note.
4. Bearer bond.
5. Traveller’s cheque.
6. Money order,postal order or similar order.
7. Negotiable instrument not covered by any of the above paragraphs.




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