• Make yourself aware of Customs, quarantine (Agriculture), wildlife, currency and duty/tax free regulations listed in this brochure.
  • Be aware that penalties for possession of drugs can result in heavy fines, imprisonment or even the death penalty in some countries.
  • Ask a Customs officer if you are in doubt about any articles over your duty/tax free allowance on the Incoming Passengers Card, which will be given to you before arriving at the destination country.
    Pack goods to be declared so they are easy to access for Customs examination. This helps speed up your clearance.
  • Arrange for sufficient medicines to meet your personal medical needs. Check with the embassy of the country you are visiting to ensure your medicine is legal there. Obtain a doctor’s letter stating who the medicines are for, what they are, the dosage, and leave medicines in their original packaging.


  • Carry goods for other people. If you do and the goods are prohibited or restricted, you will be held responsible.
  • Believe you are ‘not the type’. Customer offices may select people and their baggage for detailed examination for a number of reasons. Selection should not be seen as a reflection on a person’s integrity or character.
  • Provide false or misleading information to Customs. Penalties for false information (such as false receipts) are severe and may result in your goods being taken from you.
  • Break the law in other countries. The power of the Australian Government is limited and you are subject to the laws of that country.
  • Expect your unaccompanied baggage to receive the same duty/tax free concessions as goods you bring with you.
  • Take prescription medicines subsidised under Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) overseas, unless they’re for your own use or the use of someone travelling with you.
  • Bring back pirated and counterfeit goods. Copyright piracy and trade mark counterfeiting are illegal. In some circumstances pirated and counterfeit goods imported into Australia are liable to seizure by Customs and people importing such goods may be subject to civil litigation or criminal prosecution.