So, you are visiting Australia
as a tourist or you’re looking for a new place to
You will need to know what to expect when
going through the Australia customs or any country’s
customs for that matter.
Here are what you should
know and follow:
As a standard operating procedure in any airport or
custom clearance, you should have your passports and
incoming passenger card ready.
An officer will
process and return your documents before you can
proceed to the baggage hall and the baggage
If traveling with the not-so usual
essentials, which you can’t part with,
declare them ahead so as to avoid confusion or
confiscation of such.
You have to declare
firearms, ammunitions and any kind of weapon. These include
real ones, replicas and toys that resemble the real ones.
Other things considered as weapons are knives, blowpipes,
crossbows, nunchukas, paintball markers, knuckle dusters and
all other electric shock devices. These may be permitted
entry pending safety testing and police authorization.
confusing with illicit drugs, vitamins, prescription
medicines, including herbal, traditional and
alternative medicines must be declared to the
Performance and image enhancing drugs must
also be declared upon arrival.
Examples of these
drugs are DHEA, growth hormones, and all andronegic
and anabolic steroids.
These kinds of substances
require a permit to be imported to Australia.
you’re traveling with a pet, their drugs and
medicines should also be declared and cleared with a
Australia Customs does not limit the amount of money
you can bring in or out of the country. However,
money exceeding 10,000 Australian Dollar must be
Sometimes the Customs requires the accomplishment of a
Bearer Negotiable Instruments or BNI form for personal checks, travelers checks,
promissory notes, and postal as well as money
Biological goods are also required to
be declared and quarantined by the Australia Customs. These
include animal, plants, foods, sands and soils and all other
biological materials. Even equipment used with animals also
needs to be declared.
Failure to do so might result to prosecution or payment of
Australia makes it a point to
protect its wildlife hence traditional medicinal and
regulated products cannot be imported or exported
without passing through the Customs’ strict rules
These include caviar, coral, ivory
products, orchids and other hunting trophies.
Heritage-listed goods such as artworks, collection
of coins, stamps, archaeological objects, minerals
and other specimens also need clearance from the
The last and the
most sensitive goods that require clearance from the Customs
are the goods categorized under defense and strategic
These include, but are not limited to biological
agents, lasers and sensors, explosives, military vehicles,
and other advance technologies and mechanisms used in