Australian Customs

Customs in Australia

The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS)

Any traveler has to care for compliance with customs regulations itself. You might be aware of the fact that you are not allowed to import or export unlimited amounts of goods. But like any other traveler you surely want to know what you can bring to or take home from Australia.

Therefore AA Education Network will provide Information you will need to know about Australian customs regulations.

The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) is responsible for both controlling quarantine regulations and regulate the flow of goods to and from Australia.

On arrival in Australia, AQIS may inspect your hand luggage to check for items that are forbidden to bring into Australia. If such items are found, they are confiscated and destroyed. If you attempt to import prohibited products, it is likely you will be fined.

You may bring into Australia a range of duty-free and tax-free items as long as they are part of your personal baggage and not for resale in Australia. To access duty free entitlement, Australian Customs will require declaration of the amount and value of goods brought in to Australia.

Here is a brief overview of the most important facts concerning the Australian customs regulations:

  • Strict laws prohibit or restrict the entry of drugs, steroids, firearms, protected wildlife and associated products. All animals, animal products, food stuffs, plants and plant products must be declared.
  • There is no limit on the amount of Australian and/or foreign cash that may be brought into or taken out of Australia. However, amounts over A$5,000, or equivalent must be reported.
  • Travelers 18-years and over may bring 1 liter of alcohol and 250 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco duty free. 
  • There is a duty free allowance of A$400 per person 18-years and over, or A$200 per person under 18-years. 
  • Short-term visitors may bring most articles into the country duty free, provided Customs is satisfied that they are for their own personal use.

For more information please visit the Australian Customs Website. There you will find detailed information on what you may bring in to Australia, and what you can send by mail.



Australian Customs