Australia duty-free shopping, inbound regulations, new rules in effect from 1-9-2012: The import of tobacco products into this Country has been reduced to 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of tobacco products or cigars. Travellers under the age of 18 years have no allowance for tobacco products.
Yes, you can buy your Duty Free on arrival in this country, but the limits for tobacco products (cigarettes, cigarillos, cigars, smoking and pipe tobacco) have been reduced. Most major airports in this territory have arrivals duty free shopping facilities in the baggage claim area where you can buy tax-free goods before you pass through customs. This facility not only enables you to pick up any last minute items that you were unable to buy at your outbound airport, but it gives you the inbound duty free opportunity to buy liquid products such as spirits or wine, so you can avoid potential problems like confiscation by security.
More airports are now introducing an online duty free and tax-free pre-order service, this allows you to arrange the purchase of goods before your departure. This may be useful as the sale of liquid products (especially alcohol) and known as 'LAGS', can often be restricted at your departure location due to airport or airline security regulations and although these regulations are gradually being lifted, shopping at arrival and online pre-order can alleviate this problem.
Security rules related to the inbound arrival with duty free goods at Australian airports can be complicated and sometimes ambiguous. The most practical option, so to avoid any difficulty or confiscation, is to buy your duty free liquid goods on arrival in Australia. If you are changing planes in transit at an Australian airport, it is best to seek advice from the local airport information desk and from the retailers in the departure lounge or in the arrivals baggage claim area. Click the image below for more details.