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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.

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  • 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.
  • 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.

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 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.

liquids, aerosols and gels bag

Liquids, Aerosols and Gels Brochure

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

liquids, aerosols and gels brochure

Remember:

Containers larger than 100 millilitres, even if only partially-filled, will not be allowed through the security screening point.

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Last Updated: 25 February, 2013