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Travelling overseas: liquids, aerosols and gels

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Australia restricts the quantity of liquids, aerosols and gels you can carry onboard international flights only, these restrictions do not apply to your checked-in baggage. This applies if you are:

  • leaving Australia
  • arriving on international flights
  • transiting through Australia from another country
  • travelling on the domestic leg of a flight departing from an Australian international terminal, e.g. passengers departing Sydney international airport on a flight to Melbourne.

These restrictions are strictly applied. Security screening officers have the final say if there is any doubt about what items can be carried onboard.

You are also advised to check the dangerous goods restrictions.

What are liquids, aerosols and gels?

Liquids, aerosols and gels are:

  • Liquid—a substance that is liquid when at room temperature.
  • Aerosol—a substance kept in a container under pressure.
  • Gel—a jelly-like substance.

What are the quantity restrictions?

  • Liquid, aerosol or gel items must be in containers of 100 millilitres (volume), 100 grams (weight) or less.
  • Containers must fit into one transparent and re-sealable plastic bag like a snap-lock sandwich bag.
  • 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).
  • Only one bag is allowed per passenger, with exceptions for carers who may carry the bag/s for people in their care, including children.

Containers larger than 100 millilitres or 100 grams, even if only partially-filled, will not be allowed through the security screening point. For example, a 200 gram toothpaste tube that is half-full will not be permitted.

At the screening point all liquids, aerosols and gels in your carry-on baggage must be separately presented for screening.

Examples of liquids, aerosols and gels:

LiquidsAerosolsGels
Liquid, aerosol or gel items must be in containers of 100 millilitres (volume), 100 grams (weight) or less.
  • Perfume
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Mouthwash
  • Oils
  • Vinegar
  • Sauces—e.g. salsa, gravy
  • Soups
  • Stews
  • Salad dressing
  • Soft drinks
  • Juice
  • Bottled water
  • Canned food with high liquid content (abalone, sardines, tuna)
  • Creams
  • Liquor—e.g. wine, beer
  • Deodorant
  • Hairspray
  • Sunscreen spray
  • Shaving cream
  • Lipgloss
  • Hairstyling gels
  • Jam
  • Yoghurt
  • Honey
  • Peanut butter
  • Cheese spread
  • Soft cheese—e.g. brie, camembert
  • Vegemite
  • Shaving gel
  • Toothpaste
  • Gel filled tablets—e.g. fish oil tablets

Some items may not be obvious, such as snow domes or toys with liquid inside. If you are unsure if an item will pass screening, pack it in your checked baggage.

What is exempt?

Baby products, prescription and non-prescription medicines (including special dietary products), and medical items required during a flight are exempt. For medicines and medical items, you will need to present these items along with proof (e.g. doctor's letter) at the screening point.

For more information on exemptions, refer to: