Australia Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Import regulations:

Free import if 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 liters of alcoholic beverages per person aged 18 years or over;

Group 3 - tobacco: 25 cigarettes or 25 grams 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 further details please refer to

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 authorization. Weapons and ammunition can be carried as checked baggage with the knowledge and consent of the airline.

Wild Fauna and Flora:

The import of certain endangered species of plant, live animals and their products is prohibited or restricted under CITES.
For further details please refer to CITES:

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. any fruit or food;
3. firearms/weapons;
4. intellectual Property.
For further details, please refer to: and go to "can-you-bring-it-in" or contact the Customs Information and Support Center (CISC). Tel: 61 2 6275 6666. E-mail: [email protected].

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. Detailed information can be found at .
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 ABF Form B465, Crew Declaration.


Pets may be brought into Australia from AQIS approved countries. More information about bringing pets into Australia can be obtained from the AQIS Live Animal Import program .
All pets must travel as manifested cargo, not as accompanied or unaccompanied baggage. Pets must travel in a container that meets the standards specified in container requirements of IATA live animals regulations. The container must be nose and paw proof. More information can be found at .

Passengers with disabilities are allowed to travel with assistance dogs in cabin or as checked baggage if they have all necessary pre-approvals and import permit. More information can be found at
All other passengers are not allowed to bring the pet inside any Australian airport.

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Baggage is cleared at the first port of entry in Australia.

Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of Australia, if passengers do not leave the transit area.
NOTE: Adelaide (ADL) and Sydney (SYD) are closed between 23:00 and 06:00. Transit passengers must leave the transit area and clear their baggage through Customs.

Passengers traveling from Norfolk Isl. and transiting in mainland Australia must proceed to Australian Border Force (ABF) control and collect their baggage.


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: travelers entering/departing Australia must declare, if requested, any of the following Bearer Negotiable Instrument (BNI):
bills of exchange; cheques; promissory notes; bearer bonds; traveler's cheques; money orders, postal orders or similar orders; negotiable instruments not covered by any of the above paragraphs.

Airport Tax

No Airport Tax is levied on embarkation at the airport.

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