At whichever Australian airport one enters Australia, the air ticket cost will be similar, although one will, of course, be limited to the airports served by the airline chosen. Possible entry ports are Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Perth and Darwin. Some airlines allow arrival into one airport and a departure from another.
You might for example decide to land in the south in say Melbourne and depart from the north in Cairns or Brisbane.
Immigration is generally a fast efficient process but at peak times such as early morning when all the Asian flights arrive queues can build up. A visa
will be needed and a passport that has at least 6 months validity. An arrivals card must be completed by all passengers, this is usually provided by the airline.
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
If arriving from an overseas location you will have to pass through quarantine as well as customs. This is a very strict process and nearly all bags are X rayed and many searched. Trained dogs will run around all the bags by the luggage carousel and you may be asked questions even before you reach the customs desk. Do not be alarmed, quarantine is a very serious issue in Australia and every precaution is taken.
It is simple, do not bring any food of any description into Australia. If you have by mistake brought something in there are bins to dispose of food items as you come off the plane. To attempt to smuggle food or flowers or other items on the list into the country is a very serious offence with heavy fines or imprisonment. If you wish to bring food into Australia you must declare it
The importation of drugs is as in most countries a very serious crime and you will be caught
due to the extensive screening of incoming passengers into Australia.
The duty-free concessions available to travellers are for A$900 worth of goods (A$450 for people under 18 and both air and sea crew members ) including gifts (given to you or intended for others), souvenirs, cameras, electronic equipment, leather goods, perfume concentrates, jewellery, watches and sporting equipment. Alcohol and tobacco products cannot be included in this concession. These goods can be obtained overseas; purchased in Australia duty or tax free before departure; goods for which a tax refund has been approved through the Tourist Refund Scheme or purchased from an inwards duty free shop on arrival.
FROM 1 SEPTEMBER 2012
If you are aged 18 years or over you can bring 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of cigars or tobacco products duty-free into Australia with you. All tobacco products in accompanied baggage are included in this category, regardless of where or how they were purchased. You are allowed to bring 2.25 litres of alcoholic beverages for each passenger aged 18 years or over
If you exceed any of the concession limits set out above, Customs will charge you duty and tax on the entire importation or purchase within that group of items. You can pool your duty free concessions if you are a family travelling together. Family means husband and wife and, if any, a child who is, or children who are, under the age of 18 years.
Most personal items such as new clothing, footwear, and articles for personal hygiene and grooming (but not fur or perfume concentrates) may also be brought into Australia in accompanied baggage free from duty and/or tax. If you have anything in excess of your duty free concession, declare the goods and provide proof of purchase to Customs for calculation of any duty and tax to be paid.
Business travellers carrying commercial goods or samples may need to obtain permits for their goods depending on the nature of the goods, regardless of value. Quarantine and wildlife regulations and other restrictions may also apply to certain goods. A customs entry for Customs clearance may be required if the goods carried are valued over $A250.
Laptop computers and other similar electronic equipment for personal use may also be brought in duty/tax free provided Customs is satisfied you are taking these goods with you on departure.
Failure to declare goods in excess of your concession could result in the application of penalties. If in doubt, contact a Customs officer or call 1300 363 263 (Australia only) for information. If overseas, call +61 2 6275 6666.
Yellow fever vaccination
If you have travelled through or landed in Tropical Zone Central Africa or South America within the previous six days before arriving in Australia, you will need a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate for each person who is over twelve months old. This applies even if there was no outbreak of Yellow Fever in the infected area at the time of your visit. You do not need any other health certificates to enter Australia.
Australian Customs Information
Australian Quarantine Information