What do I need to do if I arrive by air?

You must present your travel documents and Incoming Passenger Card to officers in immigration clearance.

Once your identity and authority to enter Australia are confirmed, the clearance officer formally approves your entry into Australia.

​After you pass through immigration clearance, your baggage can be collected.


Your baggage might be checked by officers from:
If there are any issues with your identity or your authority to enter Australia, you will be referred to our staff at the airport who might check your travel history, contacts in Australia, or other travel plans.
In some cases, you might be formally interviewed by our staff at the airport, and the interview might be recorded. If you do not speak English, you can ask for the help of an interpreter.
If you do not meet immigration clearance requirements, you could be refused entry to Australia and removed immediately.

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