Duty Free Allowances


Passengers departing Australia

If you are leaving Australia with duty free purchases of general goods, alcohol and/or tobacco, you need to ensure that you have not exceeded the duty free concession limits of your destination(s). For information about duty free concession limits for your destination(s) check with your airline or visit one of the Heinemann Airport Tax & Duty Free Stores.

You must also ensure that you comply with the restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) for your international flights.

Passengers arriving in Australia

If you are entering Australia, the following is information regarding duty free allowances.

Personal belongings / items:

Most personal items may be brought into Australia in your accompanied baggage free of duty and tax. Such items include clothing, footwear and personal grooming articles. Personal items are free from duty and tax if they have been owned and used by you overseas for 12 months or more, or they are imported temporarily (Customs clearance may be required). 

For other goods, limits apply. Duty free allowances apply to the following items if they are:

  • accompanied goods,
  • imported in carry-on or checked-in baggage, or
  • purchased at an arrivals duty free store upon entering Australia.

Note:  If you exceed Australia’s duty free concession limits, duty and tax is payable on all items of that type (eg. general goods, alcohol, tobacco), not just the item/s which exceed the limit.


Up to 2.25 litres of alcoholic beverages (liquor, wine and champagne) per adult (passenger must be 18 years or over) can be brought into Australia duty-free. All alcohol in accompanied baggage is included in this category.

Remember: Alcohol is subject to liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) restrictions.  You cannot board your flight with a bottle or container of alcohol exceeding 100ml in your carry-on luggage. Alcohol that exceeds this amount may not be allowed on board as a carry-on depending on where you are flying in from, and if you purchased the item in your last port of call before Australia or if you are transiting in between before the final leg to Australia. Please check with the customs service of each destination for more information to avoid confiscation before reaching Australia.

To avoid any problems, you can pre order your duty free alcohol online before your trip and collect it when you arrive at Sydney Airport.

Tobacco Products:

If you are aged 18 years or over you can bring 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of cigars or tobacco products duty-free into Australia with you. All tobacco products in accompanied baggage are included in this category, regardless of how or where they were purchased.

General Goods:

AU$900 worth of goods per adult (traveller 18 years or over), or

AU$450 worth of goods per traveller under 18 years and aircrew can be brought into Australia duty-free.

General goods include gifts/souvenirs, electronic equipment, leather goods, jewellery, watches, perfume and sporting goods brought in from overseas or purchased in Australia on a duty/tax free basis on arrival.  Note: General goods DO NOT include alcohol and cigarettes (see above for limits for alcohol and cigarettes).  

A family entering Australia can pool their individual allowances.

For example: a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) are entitled to bring in:

4.5 litres of alcoholic beverages (2 x adults alcohol allowance of 2.25L= 4.5L) 

100 cigarettes (2 x adults tobacco allowance of 50 cigarettes = 100) 

$2,700 worth of general goods (including gifts, souvenirs, cameras, electronic equipment, leather goods, jewellery, watches and sporting goods) (2 x adults general goods allowance + 2 x traveller under 18 years general goods allowance).