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New Customs Travel RulesNew Customs Travel Rules

New rules for taking liquids, aerosols and gels through security onto international flights

From 31 March 2007, all airplane passengers on flights travelling into and out of Australia will be required to observe new rules relating to the contents of carry-on luggage:

  • each container of liquids, aerosols or gels must be 100ml or less in volume
  • all containers must be sealed in a transparent, one-litre (by volume) plastic bag; only one of these bags is allowed on board per person

Laws do change

As the law does change, often without any kind of notification, it is highly recommended that you contact the Australian embassy directly if you are unsure of any item you may wish to bring with you.

You may still carry prescription medicines through the airport screening point.

Products for babies and non-prescription medicines needed for the flight are allowed; proof of need may be required. Any kind of baby or child medication MUST BE ACCOMPANIED with the baby or child, and should have a doctors note advising of the need for the particular medication being required by the specific child or baby.

Please note:

You are currently legally required to surrender any liquids, aerosols or gels that are greater than 100ml in volume, including duty free purchases, at the airport screening point.


Random full body "frisk searches" are part of the screening process under these new rules.


Please see information relating to Customs and importing food and wood products into Australia.


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