Departing or arriving: things you must know

According to Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, here are listed of things you must be familiar with or know before leaving your country and arriving in Australia.


  • you should have your passport, completed outgoing passenger card and boarding pass ready;
  • if you are 18 years or over, on your return to Australia you can bring up to $AUD 900 worth of tax-free goods ($AUD 450 for under 18), 2.25 liters of alcohol and 250 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco products.
  • you must declare amounts of $AUD 10, 000 or more in foreign or Australian currency you take out or bring into Australia;
  • you should beware of buying souvenirs made out of animal or plant material as they may be prohibited; and
  • taking prescription medicines subsidised under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) overseas that are not for your personal use or for the use of someone travelling with you, is illegal. For more detail, you can call Medicare Australia’s Travelling with PBS medicine inquiry line: 1800 500 147.


  • you should have your passport and completed Incoming Passenger Card ready;
  • declare all food (canned, packaged and fresh), animal and plant material;
  • pack all goods you wish to declare in an easily accessible bag to assist with Customs inspection; and
  • be honest with Customs.

You can call Customs in Australia on +61 2 6275 6666 or their website at for more information and questions.

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