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Liquids, aerosols and gels

To protect you from the threat of liquid explosives, there are rules for taking liquids, aerosols and gels on flights in and out of Australia. These rules also apply to passengers arriving on international flights who are transiting in Australia, and passengers travelling on the domestic leg of an international flight within Australia.


  • The restrictions on the carriage of liquids, aerosols and gels apply to international flights to and from Australia, and to passengers on the domestic leg of an international flight within Australia.
  • The restrictions limit the quantity of liquids, aerosols and gels passengers may take onboard the aircraft with them, including duty free liquids, aerosols and gels.
  • If departing from one of Australia's eight international gateway airports (Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney), and you have duty free liquid, aerosol or gel items purchased from an off airport duty free shop in the sealed bag and with accompanying receipt provided at the time of purchase, it is recommended that you place the items in the baggage you intend to check-in and have the docket ready for inspection once through the screening point. Alternatively you can present the items at a gateway airport screening point to undergo security screening. If the screening process clears the items, you will be able to take them on your flight. If the screening process does not clear the items, you will be asked to surrender them.
  • The restrictions apply to products carried in the cabin of the aircraft by passengers. They do not apply to checked baggage carried in the hold of the aircraft. However, restrictions on dangerous goods still apply.
  • Certain exemptions apply for medicines, medical products, medical devices, and baby products that you may need during the flight. Details of these exemptions are covered in the exemptions part of this site.

Quantity Limits

Passengers travelling on international flights from Australia need to be aware of the quantity limits for liquids, aerosols and gels that can be taken through a security screening point at the airport.

  • Liquid, aerosol or gel products (such as toiletries) must be in containers of 100 millilitres or less (broadly equivalent to 100 grams or less).
  • The containers must be carried in one transparent, resealable plastic bag, like the one in the image below.
  • The four sides of the bag's sealed area must add up to no more than 80 centimetres (e.g. 20x20 cm or 15x25 cm).
  • The plastic bag must be the type that can be sealed and resealed with a sealing mechanism, like a sandwich bag or freezer bag.
  • Only one bag is allowed for each passenger, with exceptions for carers who may carry the bag/s of the people in their care, including children.
  • All containers must fit comfortably into the plastic bag and the bag must be sealed.
  • Containers larger than 100 millilitres, even if only partially-filled, will not be allowed through the security screening point.

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Liquids, Aerosols and Gels Brochure

The following brochure provides an overview of the liquid, aerosol and gel restrictions and screening procedures for international flights departing Australia.

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Last Updated: 16 March, 2016