Immigration and Customs
Australia’s biosecurity inspection and quarantine regulations are very particular about keeping diseases and pests out of the country that could devastate the agricultural and dairy industry. That’s why there are food, plant material, animal products and some medicines that are forbidden from entering the country. Please take the time to read what items are prohibited from entering Australia.
Before you land in Australia, you will receive an Incoming Passenger Card. You must declare any food, plant material, animal products and medicines that you have with you. An officer at Customs will inspect this. Should you fail to declare, you may receive a fine. If you have items you don’t wish to declare, you can dispose of them in quarantine bins in the airport terminal. Also don’t be afraid to ask airline staff if you have any questions, they will only be too happy to help.
If you are bringing any medicine and unsure whether or not they are prohibited, please contact your nearest Australian diplomatic mission. You can locate the list of Australian diplomatic mission’s here.
If you are carrying more than AU$10,000 in cash, you must also declare this on your Incoming Passenger Card. Rather than carrying large sums of money, it is advised that you arrange for an electronic transfer of funds into your Australian bank account once it has been opened.
For more information read:
Arriving in Australia – Declare it: You must declare all food, plant material and animal products on arrival in Australia to ensure they are free of pests and diseases. Further details can be found at the link here: https://www.abf.gov.au/entering-and-leaving-australia/can-you-bring-it-in/
Arriving Travellers: The following website provides information for arriving travellers on documents required for customs clearance, information for sea travellers and items you must declare on arrival (including cash/currency) www.agriculture.gov.au/travelling/travel-agent-resources/factsheet-travelling-returning
Can I pack that? – Dangerous Goods App: Are the items you’re packing safe to fly? This app helps inform you about what you can and can’t pack in your luggage, and You’ll also receive information about how to safely bring Goods with you. Download for: Android – external site iOS
Duty-free Concessions: The following website lists the duty-free concessions available to travellers entering or returning to Australia. Information is available in multiple languages. www.sydneyairport.com.au/info-sheet/duty-free-allowances-for-arriving-passengers