Australia entry requirements

While entering Australia, you must comply with the entry and import regulations. Learn about the documents you need and which goods you should not pack in your suitcase under any circumstances.

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Travel documents for entering Australia

To enter Australia, you must present some documents to the border officials at the airport. These include:

  • Your passport, valid for at least six months beyond the date of your entry
  • Your approved eVisitor or Australia visa

Depending on your personal case, you may also be required to provide the following documents:

  • Evidence of sufficient funds for your stay, including return or onward travel (e.g., bank statements)
  • Documents about your state of health (e.g., x-rays)
  • Evidence of sufficient ties to your home country (e.g., a letter from your employer or a pension notice)

Entering Australia with children

If you are traveling to Australia with minors, be prepared for more stringent border controls designed to protect children. For your joint trip, have proof of parenthood or custody, copies of birth certificates and (if applicable) adoption papers, letters of authority and/or consent from all legal guardians, and a consent form from the child traveling (the child's signature is sufficient here).

Requirements for entering Australia

Whether or not you are allowed to enter Australia depends on the completeness and accuracy of your travel documents and the personal impression you leave with the border officials. The following criteria are included in the decision on your eligibility for entry:

  • Your eVisitor or visa was issued on the same passport (valid for at least six more months) that you show up at the border with.
  • You are traveling to Australia for the purpose for which your eVisitor or visa was issued.
  • You do not intend to stay in Australia beyond the validity of your eVisitor or visa.
  • You do not pose a risk to the country or the Australian people.
  • You do not intend to give birth in Australia (i.e., you are not heavily pregnant).
  • You do not give the impression of becoming a financial burden to the country.
  • They do not owe any money to the Australian government.

If, after a brief interview and presentation of your documents, the border officials deem you fit, you will be allowed to enter Australia.

Travel safety and customs in Australia

Before crossing the border into Australia, you will need to fill out some forms that help the Australian government manage its customs, quarantine, and security affairs. The entry requirements for Australia specify the following data collections:

Incoming Passenger Card

When crossing the border, you must hand in the completed "Incoming Passenger Card" (IPC) on which you have entered the following data:

  • Your name
  • Your passport number
  • The flight number or the name of the ship on which you arrived
  • Your home address
  • Your telephone number
  • Your email address
  • The country you entered from
  • Your occupation
  • Your nationality
  • Your date of birth
  • Your emergency contact
  • Your planned length of stay in Australia
  • The address of your first accommodation in Australia
  • Information about any intention to immigrate

The Incoming Passenger Card also asks about goods you are carrying that are subject to declaration. These include food, plant and animal products, medical devices, and certain everyday items such as down pillows, outdoor equipment, lighters, wooden items, or laser pointers.

Follow the instructions on the card carefully and rather declare too many goods than too few because there are severe penalties for violating the import regulations.

Vaccinations for traveling Australia

Apart from the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for all international travelers, vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory in Australia if you have been in a yellow fever area for more than 12 hours prior to entry.

In addition, it is recommended to have all standard childhood vaccinations, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and meningococcal disease (ACWY) vaccinations.

Australia travel insurances

There are no mandatory insurances for traveling to Australia. However, we recommend that you purchase travel health insurance to protect yourself from high financial burdens in the event of an emergency.

Import regulations for Australia

If you want to take certain foodstuffs, luxury goods, plants, higher sums of money, or medicine with you to Australia, you must declare them. Even the import of camping and sports equipment is strictly regulated.


You are allowed to bring duty-free goods worth 900 Australian dollars, 2.25 liters of alcoholic beverages, and 25 cigarettes (or 25 grams of tobacco) into Australia. For children, the limit is 450 Australian dollars instead of 900.

If you are traveling as a family from the same household, you can add up your duty-free goods per head and go through customs together.

Means of payment

The import of foreign and local currency is unlimited but must be declared if the value exceeds 10,000 Australian Dollars.

Taking food and plants to Australia

You must be very careful, especially when bringing food and plants (including wood products and cosmetics) on your way to Australia. Follow the import regulations in place very closely.

Entry to Australia: allowed goods
Cookies, bread, cakes, pastries Only for personal consumption, if the products can be stored unrefrigerated, do not contain meat, and if all ingredients are baked thoroughly
Chocolate and confectionery Up to 10 kg if the goods are commercially prepared and packaged and do not contain meat
Coffee 10 kg if the coffee is roasted / 5 kg of green coffee beans if the coffee is clean and repackaged / 1 kg of Kopi Luwak/Civet coffee if the beans are roasted and commercially packaged. Caution: Green coffee needs a health certificate!
Cosmetics 10 kg or 10 l for personal use if the products are commercially produced and packaged
Beverages Fruit and vegetable juices in hermetically sealed metal cans, jars, bottles, or plastic containers, if commercially prepared, packaged, and kept unrefrigerated
Snacks and spreads Maple syrup, golden syrup, potato chips, vegemite, promite, marmite, cheesymite, Nutella, or peanut butter for personal use


Entry to Australia: prohibited goods
Weapons Pepper spray, automatic knives, butterfly knives, blowguns, concealed blades, daggers, electric firearms, extendable batons, knuckle dusters, nunchucks, throwing knives, stun guns (import permits are issued for police/government purposes only)
Food from the plane/ship You may not bring food into Australia from an airplane or ship.
Live plants Only with import permits issued by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.
Fake designer goods Counterfeit designer items, branded goods, and copyrighted goods (e.g., clothing, handbags, cosmetics, electrical goods) are not allowed.
Fireworks Fireworks may not be transported in the cabin or cargo hold.


Entry to Australia: goods that need to be declared
Honey and honey products Quarantine requirements may apply (especially in Western Australia)
Dairy products 10 kg or 10 l for personal consumption if products are commercially prepared and packaged and originate from an FMD-free country
Meat and fish products Commercially prepared, packaged in hermetically sealed cans, jars, or pouches, and kept unrefrigerated
Seeds Approved species according to BICON, commercially packaged with the full botanical name (genus and species) and free of live insects, soil, and disease symptoms
Tea Plain black or green tea (including flavored) in clean and new, unopened packages / Herbal tea, commercially prepared, packed, and labeled, completely dried up to 1 kg
Medicines With doctor's letter, prescription copy, and original packaging for personal use (quantity for maximum three months)
Knives and swords Fixed blade knives, samurai swords, multi-tool knives, slingshots, swords, and bayonets
Animal horns, teeth, and bones Products must be clean and not from endangered or protected species
Beeswax Products for personal use, free of insects, seeds, or other contaminants
Feathers Up to 10 items (including down in blankets, jackets, sleeping bags, pillows) for personal use
Outdoor equipment Equipment (e.g., fishing gear, camping gear, or water sports gear) must be clean and dry.
Fur and leather 110 items for personal use, fully tanned or free of fabric and contaminants
Lighters Up to five disposable or refillable lighters used to light cigarettes, cigars, and pipes
Shells, sand, stones, fossils Allowed if free of contaminants Exception: oyster shells may not be imported into Australia.
Wood and wood products Free of bark, insects, and signs of insect damage or other contamination

For a complete list of Australia's import regulations for food, products, and animals, visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website.