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What do I need to do with liquids, aerosols and gels?

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  • At the security screening point, liquids, aerosols and gels must be in containers of 100 millilitres or less.
  • These items must be in one clear, resealable plastic bag where the sum of the four sides of the sealed area does not exceed 80 cm (e.g. 20x20 cm or 15x25 cm).
  • The bag must be removed from your carry-on baggage and put into a tray for X-ray screening.
  • Products exempt from the quantity restrictions do not need to be in a clear resealable bag.
  • Present any prescription or non-prescription medicines, special dietary products, or baby products separately to security screening officers.
  • If you are transiting or departing an Australian international gateway airport (Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney Airports), you can present your duty free liquid, aerosol and gel items for screening. To undergo screening, the items need to be in the sealed bag provided at the time of purchase and have accompanying proof of purchase.

The screening process will determine if your duty free items can go onboard. If they do not pass screening you will be asked to surrender the items. You can continue to place duty free items in your checked baggage prior to checking in at an Australian airport if you prefer. For more information about transit requirements for liquids, aerosols and gels visit the inbound transit requirement page or departure requirement page.

If you are travelling on an international flight or a domestic flight departing from an international terminal, you should pack your liquids, aerosols and gels into your clear plastic bag before arriving at the airport.

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If you are transiting through an overseas airport after departing Australia, and you are carrying duty free products greater than 100 millilitres, these may be taken during screening at transit airports. However, if your duty free products are packed in a Security Tamper Evident Bag (STEB) it may assist you to transit overseas airports where STEBs are accepted. Check with your airline whether you are transiting and which items will be accepted at the transit airport security screening point.

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Last Updated: 23 July, 2014