Australian Customs and Quarantine Control

When you arrive in Australia complete all documentation and know which items in your luggage you’ll need to declare.

Documents required for Customs clearance

All arriving passengers must complete an Incoming Passenger Card, and present their passport and completed Incoming Passenger Card to an Australian Customs officer on arrival.

Items you Must Declare on Arrival:

  • Food, plants, animals and biological goods - You must declare food items, plant material, animal items, pet equipment, biological materials, soils and sand.
  • Drugs - Penalties for drug offences are severe.
  • Performance enhancing drugs
  • Medicines which may be subject to misuse, abuse or dependence
  • Traditional medicines containing endangered plant or animal products
  • Prescription medicines - no more than three months’ supply
  • Protected wildlife including coral, orchids, caviar and ivory products
  • Heritage-listed goods including art, stamps, coins, archaeological objects, minerals and specimens
  • Veterinary products
  • Firearms, weapons and ammunition
  • Illegal pornography
  • Currency in amounts of A$10,000 or more
  • Defence and strategic goods

Declaring Restricted Items

There are penalties for not declaring illegal and restricted items and for making false declarations on your Incoming or Outgoing Passenger Card. If you’re in doubt, declare your goods or ask a Customs officer for advice.

When Arriving in Australia:

  • Your baggage may be X-rayed.
  • Counterfeit or pirated items may be seized.
  • You cannot take aerosols or sharp objects in your carry-on luggage.
  • Customs officers may question you.
  • Trained dogs may be used to detect illegal drugs or imports.
  • Fireworks, flammable liquids, corrosives, gas cylinders are banned.
  • Laptops and similar electronic equipment are duty-free, provided you take them with you when you leave.
  • You must hold an individual international yellow fever vaccination certificate if you have stayed overnight or longer in a declared yellow fever infected country within six days prior to your arrival in Australia.

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