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Inbound Transit Requirements

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  • Passengers transiting on arrival in Australia will be re-screened at the transit airport before re-boarding the aircraft and departing for their final destination.
  • Screening technologies for liquids, aerosols and gels have been in place at the transit screening points of Australia's eight international gateway airports (Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney Airports) since 1 July 2012.
  • These technologies will be used to screen your duty free items to see if you can carry them onto your next flight.
  • Any liquids, aerosols or gels carried by transit passengers that do not meet the quantity restrictions or pass screening will not be allowed through the screening point. This includes duty free items.
  • Passengers should check with their airline to find out if they will be transiting on arrival in Australia.

Passengers arriving and transiting in Australia en route to their final destination, either in Australia or another overseas country, will be required to get off the plane with all their carry-on bags and personal items. Passengers will then be re-screened at a transit screening point before being allowed back on to the aircraft.

Duty free liquid, aerosol and gel items purchased at the departure airport overseas or onboard the inbound flight before arrival in Australia, that are in the sealed plastic bag provided at the time of purchase and with accompanying proof of purchase will be screened at the transit screening point of a gateway airport. If the screening process is not able to clear your duty free items, you will not be able to take the items beyond the screening point and will have to surrender them to screening officer for disposal. If the screening process clears your duty free items, you will be able to take them onto your next flight.

Passengers are sometimes not aware that they will be transiting on arrival in Australia. It is your responsibility to check your ticketing, or check with your airline to see if this might be the case.

Screening officers do not have any discretion to allow items that do not meet the quantity limits or do not pass the screening process through the screening point. Any liquid, aerosol or gel items that do not meet quantity limits or pass screening, will not be allowed through the screening point.

Transit Liquids, Aerosols and Gels Flyer

The following flyer outlines the liquid, aerosol and gel requirements for passengers who will be passing through the international transit screening point of Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney Airports.

liquids, aerosols and gels transit brochure

Did you know?

Even passengers travelling on the domestic sector of an international flight within Australia are subject to the liquid, aerosol and gel restrictions. For example, passengers travelling on the Sydney–Melbourne leg of a Sydney–Melbourne–Hong Kong flight will depart from the international terminal and are subject to the liquid, aerosol and gel restrictions.

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Last Updated: 23 July, 2014