School leavers travelling overseas What you need to know Departing Australia • • • • • • • Register on Smart Traveller at www.smartraveller.gov.au Log on to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) website and download ‘Know Before You Go’. Leave copies of travel documents and insurance details at home. If carrying prescription medicines, ensure that you have a letter from your doctor with you. Be aware of the liquids, aerosols and gels restrictions (no liquids, aerosols or gels over 100ml can be carried in your accompanied luggage). Further information at www.travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au Complete your ACBPS Outgoing Passenger Card before going to Passport Control. Lock your suitcase and ensure your name and contact details are on your suitcase. While overseas • Make use of safety deposit boxes at the hotels – travel document and cash. • Carry a copy of your travel document and insurance details with you. • If travelling in a group – ensure that other members know where you are. • Have everyone’s phone numbers in your mobile phone. • Carry prescription medicines in their original containers displaying names and dosage requirements. While overseas DON’T • Buy items made from animal products or containing seeds. • Buy or use medications unless prescribed by a doctor. • Buy or use any illegal drugs or performance and image enhancing drugs. • Buy weapons (for example BB guns, laser pointers or flick knives). • Buy counterfeit or pirated goods. • Buy any animals / insects. • Send such items back to Australia. • Believe a vendor when he/she says it’s okay to bring something back to Australia: check first. Prohibited or restricted goods – weapons Prohibited or restricted goods – weapons Prohibited or restricted goods – weapons BB guns and ammunition Prohibited or restricted goods Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs Ketamine GHB / GBL ‘Legal Highs’ containing controlled drugs ‘Legal Highs’ – not necessarily legal • • • • • Products marketed as ‘Legal Highs’ may contain controlled drugs and other unlisted ingredients which are illegal to import and possess in Australia. Before you purchase goods online or overseas, it is important that you are aware of the laws controlling their importation. If you import a product which is found to contain a controlled substance without a permit it will be seized and you may be fined or sent to jail. If you are unsure, you should check Australian import requirements before you buy the items. For more information visit www.customs.gov.au or phone 1300 363 263 Prohibited or restricted goods – drugs Prohibited or restricted goods – drugs Returning to Australia DON’T • Send prohibited or restricted items back to Australia. • Carry anything for anyone else, or let someone else pack your bag. • Purchase any alcohol or tobacco to bring back unless you are over 18 years of age. • Leave your luggage unattended. Returning to Australia DO • Read your Incoming Passenger Card carefully and answer the questions truthfully. When in doubt about a question, answer “Yes.” • If you don’t understand the question ask a ACBPS officer. They’ll be only too happy to help. • Declare any food – including any snacks (and chocolate). • Declare any goods made of wood, bone or containing any other animal products. • Use SmartGate if you have an ePassport. Passenger Duty-Free concessions Most personal items such as new clothing, footwear, and articles for personal hygiene and grooming (excluding fur and perfume concentrates) may be brought back free from duty and tax. Over 18 Under 18 Up to A$900 worth of general goods – including gifts, souvenirs, cameras, electronic equipment, jewellery, watches and the like. Up to A$450 of general goods. 2.25 litres of alcohol beverage No alcohol 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of cigars or tobacco products No cigarettes, cigars or tobacco products Be aware that if you exceed the duty-free concessions you will be charged duty and tax on all items of that type (general goods or alcohol) not just the items that exceed the limits. Questions?