First Point of Entry (FPOE) for aircraft and goods - table version
All international aircraft arriving in Australian territory must land at a landing place that has been determined as an FPOE under section 223 of the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Act), unless permission has been granted by the department to land at a non-first point of entry.
Australia and its territories have a number of first point of entry (FPOE) landing places.
Airports listed in Table 1 have a permanent biosecurity presence and aircraft operators do not need to seek specific permission to land.
- Every international aircraft is legally required to provide pre-arrival reporting (s193 of the Act).
Airports listed in Table 2 that do not have a permanent biosecurity presence.
- Aircraft operators must contact the department if planning to land or unload goods at these airports to ensure that biosecurity services can be appropriately provided and managed. Email Arrivals.
- Additional permission may also be required to land at these locations from the Australian Government’s National Passenger Processing Committee (NPPC), Department of Home Affairs.
Airports that do not appear in either of the tables below are considered a Non First Point of Entry (NFPOE).
- Aircraft operators must request prior permission from the department to land aircraft and/or unload goods at a NFPOE at least 10 business days prior to each flight arrival in Australian territory along with mandatory pre-arrival reporting.
The department’s Guidelines for airline and aircraft operators arriving in Australian territory outlines the biosecurity requirements for permission to land as well as information on regulatory obligations: pre-arrival reporting requirements, pratique, aircraft disinsection and mandatory in-flight announcements.
Please be aware that there have been changes to the determination of landing places that may impact what classes of aircraft and goods are permitted to arrive at an FPOE. It is the obligation of the person in charge or operator of the aircraft to comply with FPOE determinations. Please see the determination for each landing place for current permissions.
Landing places that demonstrated full compliance with regulatory requirements were granted ongoing first point of entry determination. Certain landing places had their transitional first point of entry determination extended and can continue to operate as usual during their extension period.
The determination for Lord Howe Island Airport lapsed on 16 June 2020. As this landing place is no longer an FPOE it is not listed in the tables below.
Please see the first point of entry determination for each landing place for current permissions. Links are provided in the table below.
Table 1: Permanently Serviced Airports
Table 2: Not Permanently Serviced Airports
Return to the map displaying locations of FPOE airports, along with entry requirements.
Telephone the general inquiry numbers 1800 900 090 or + 61 3 8318 6700 (from outside Australia). Email Arrivals, complete an online form to send us your inquiry or view the department’s organisational contacts.