Duty free, travel insurance and favourable exchange rates can all help you save money. This article will focus on duty free.
Mix travel and shopping and save with duty free.
Each country has its own customs and quarantine requirements. It is imperative you understand these requirements to avoid valuable items being confiscated or disposed. Before you depart, you can visit the IATA Travel Centre website to obtain information about the countries you are visiting and their specific requirements.
Australian Customs and Border Protection manage the movement of goods and people across the Australian border and each state and territory enforces their own local quarantine restrictions. Restrictions exist on goods that you can bring in and out of Australia.
Duty free allowances apply for travellers returning to Australia.
Learn your limits before you go by visiting the Australian Customs and Border Protection website. Two of the most common duty free items are:
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.
- Alcoholic beverages
If you are aged 18 years or over, you can bring 2.25 litres of alcoholic beverages duty-free into Australia with you. All alcoholic beverages in accompanied baggage are included in this category, regardless of where or how it was purchased.
What to declare?
To find out what you may need to declare visit the information for travellers section of the Australian Customs and Border Protection website, The page “Guide for travellers – know before you go” details what you can and can’t bring into Australia, and what you must declare on arrival.
Also, remember there are restriction when travelling within Australia. For instance, carrying fruit, vegetables, cut-flowers, honey and plants into Western Australia is restricted and you’ll need to place restricted items in the terminal bins provided upon arrival.
So, if you are an Australian travelling abroad and intend to purchase goods overseas, make sure you shop wisely and know what goods you will need to declare on your return.
Travel Insurance can save you money
Another wise shopping decision is to purchase travel insurance. There are thousands of examples every year where unexpected delays, cancellations and injury causes financial loss and inconvenience to Australian travellers. Travel Insurance Plus offers quality travel insurance for less than you might expect.
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