Duty Free Limits

  • Duty Free Limits

    As Christmas is fast approaching you may be thinking of heading overseas, in which case it is time to refresh your Import duty-free limit awareness.

    Our travel TIP: We are a big advocate of traveling with only carry-on luggage. It means you have less stuff to lug around, you avoid having to pay baggage fees and the airline can’t lose your luggage if it’s not checked.

    Don’t go over your duty-free limits:

    • General Goods: adults – AUD900, kids – AUD450
    • Alcohol – 2.25 liters
    • Tobacco – 25 cigarettes or 25g tobacco.

    There may be airline rules about cabin or hold baggage or aviation safety laws that mean you can’t take certain items in the cabin or on the plane.

    Traveling with family

    Families coming back to Australia on the same flight or voyage may combine (pool) their individual duty-free concession limits. To do this, families must stay together when going through Customs clearance.

    A family includes a person and his or her de facto partner (including same-sex couples) and any of their children under 18 years of age or a husband and wife, and any of their children.

    For example, a family of two adults and two children would have a combined duty-free allowance of AUD 2700.


    If in doubt, always declare. Penalties may apply if goods are not declared.


    If you bring in more than your duty-free allowance for general goods, you’ll need to pay duty on all your general goods not just on the excess.

    The same goes for alcohol and tobacco/cigarettes.


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