Tips For Travellers

DO

  • make yourself aware of Customs, quarantine (Agriculture), wildlife, currency and duty/tax free regulations listed in this guide for travellers.
  • be aware that penalties for possession of drugs can result in heavy fines, imprisonment or even the death penalty in some countries.
  • ask one of our officers if you are in doubt about any articles over your duty/tax free allowance on the Incoming Passenger Card, which will be given to you just before arriving in Australia.
  • pack goods to be declared so they are easy to access for Border Force examination. This helps speed up your clearance. Remember: if in doubt, ask one of our officers what you should declare.
  • have a safe and enjoyable trip. Visit the smartraveller website for travel advice and information
  • arrange for sufficient medicines to meet your personal medical needs. Check with the embassy of the country you are visiting to ensure your medicine is legal in the countries you are travelling to. Obtain a doctor's letter stating who the medicines are for, what they are, the dosage, and leave medicines in their original packaging. For more information, phone Medicare Australia's Travelling with PBS medicine inquiry line: 1800 500 147, or visit the Medicare services page on the Department of Human Services website.

DON'T

  • carry goods for other travellers. If you do and the goods are prohibited or restricted, you will be held responsible.
  • believe you are "not the type". Travellers arriving into, or departing from, Australia may be subject to a baggage search by us and Department of Agriculture Biosecurity officers.
  • provide false or misleading information. Penalties for false information (such as false receipts) are severe and may result in your goods being taken from you.
  • break the law in other countries. The power of the Australian Government is limited and you are subject to the laws of that country. For more information visit the smartraveller website.
  • take prescription medicines subsidised under Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) overseas, unless they're for your own use or the use of someone travelling with you. A $5000 fine and/or a two-year jail sentence is the penalty for dealing with PBS medicine in a way other than which it was meant. For more information phone Medicare Australia's Travelling with PBS medicine inquiry line: 1800 500 147, or visit the Medicare services page on the Department of Human Services website.
  • bring back pirated and counterfeit goods. Copyright piracy and trade mark counterfeiting are illegal. In some circumstances pirated and counterfeit goods imported into Australia can be taken away from you and you may be subject to civil litigation or criminal prosecution.
 

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