Clearing customs and border protection

Whether you’re a visitor or resident returning home, all passengers must clear the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service checkpoint. Please make sure you have a passport, visa (if applicable) and completed incoming passenger card ready. In line with Australian Government regulations, please do not take any photos or record film in these service controlled areas.

Clearing quarantine and biosecurity

The Australian Government has strict security measures and procedures restricting or prohibiting certain items from being brought into Australia. For more information on items you must declare and what items you cannot bring into Australia, please visit the Department of Agriculture website.

What you cannot take onboard International flights

From 30 June 2018, people travelling internationally will notice some changes to how they are screened in Australia. Passengers will be required to present all powders in their carry-on baggage separately for screening.

There will be quantity restrictions on some types of powders but most common powders remain unrestricted. Check the powder, liquid, aerosol and gel restrictions before you travel.

Powders, liquids, aerosols and gels

If you’re travelling overseas, there are restrictions on the quantity of liquids, aerosols and gels and some powders you may carry onboard, including those bought from duty free. These restrictions apply to all passengers leaving on international flights, as well as those who are transiting and/or travelling on the domestic leg of an international flight within Australia. Certain exemptions apply for medicines, medical products, medical devices and baby products that you may need during the flight.

The Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs website provides more information about PLAG restriction and exemptions.

Prohibited items

Some items are prohibited from being carried onboard to ensure your safety. These are called prohibited items and include sporting goods, kitchen utensils, tools and other items with sharp edges or points capable of injuring someone. If you’re not sure whether an item is prohibited, visit the Department of Home Affairs website, check with your airline, pack it in your checked baggage or leave it at home.


Weapons of any kind are not permitted to be carried onto an aircraft on you or in your carry-on bag. Weapons include but are not limited to firearms, parts of firearms including ammunition, replica firearms and martial arts equipment. If you’re not sure whether an item is a weapon or not, check with your airline or leave it at home. For further information, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Dangerous goods

There are a range of items which are not permitted onboard an aircraft because they are considered a dangerous good. These goods may be explosive, flammable, magnetic, caustic or generally too dangerous to be taken on the aircraft. To find out more about dangerous goods, visit the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

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