Travelling to Australia


  • From September 2021, the department will be trialling a new smartphone app at Sydney International airport which may initially have a slight time impact on travellers. Traveller processing through the biosecurity channels at international airports has not changed. Biosecurity officers have been using a smartphone app to scan traveller passports since 2020 at all international airports.

    All international travellers arriving in Australia should have their passports ready for scanning upon request. National rollout of the new smartphone app will commence from February 2022.

    For questions or concerns about privacy, please refer to the department’s website. For information about the trial, please email the department.
  • See our latest advice on coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Harmful pests and diseases may arrive with travellers coming to Australia.

We screen incoming air and sea travellers and baggage to protect against this risk. We use X-ray machines, detector dogs, physical inspection and questioning.

If you are travelling to Australia, check what to do:

Before you travel

Be prepared. Know what you have to do before you travel to Australia.

Check what goods you can bring into Australia. Import conditions can change, so check each time - even if you travel regularly.

Read our traveller advice and alerts. We publish:

  • alerts on pest and disease risks
  • advice on how to manage those risks.

We also have useful tips for:

If you are bringing alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, electronic equipment and valuable items (including jewellery and currency), check with the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

When you arrive

Your airline or cruise line will give you an Incoming Passenger Card before you arrive in Australia.

You must correctly fill out your Incoming Passenger Card and either:

  • declare any risk goods including food, animal products and plant material (including wooden articles)
  • dispose of any risk goods in the bins at the airport or sea port.

Declared risk goods will be inspected by a biosecurity officer. They may direct the goods for treatment, export or destruction. Goods that do not pose a biosecurity risk will be returned to you.

If you fail to declare or dispose of any biosecurity risk goods, or make a false or misleading declaration on your Incoming Passenger Card, or provide false or misleading information to a biosecurity officer, you:

  • will be caught
  • may be given an infringement notice specifying a penalty amount of up to A$2,664
  • may be subject to civil penalty proceedings, and/or
  • may be prosecuted for a criminal offence. If convicted, you could face a maximum penalty of A$444,000 and/or be imprisoned for up to 10 years.

Your visa may also be cancelled and, if so, you will be refused entry into Australia.

For faster border clearance:

  • do not carry any fresh fruit or vegetables, plants, seeds, meat and animal or wood products
  • ensure that your footwear, sporting and recreational equipment is dry and soil free — including golf clubs, bikes and prams.

In Australia

Some states do not allow you to bring goods from other parts of Australia.

Check the requirements between states. Read travelling within Australia.

Leaving Australia​

Each country sets their own requirements for goods you are allowed to bring.

We do not keep a record of other countries’ requirements.

Before you travel to another country from Australia, check what you can take. Contact the country’s consulate or embassy in your nearest capital city.

Contact us

Contact us for advice to make sure your goods comply with Australian law.

Last reviewed: 9 September 2021
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