Very thoughtful and strict Melbourne International Airport immigration strategy
Introduction to Melbourne International Airport:
It is also called Tullamarine Airport after its place name. It is Melbourne's main airport and the only international airport. It is located 25 kilometers northwest of Melbourne and takes about 30 minutes by car. The airport is divided into 4 terminals. All international flights depart from or arrive at T2 of the second terminal. T1 (Quntas, JetStar), T2 and T3 (Virgin, DEX) belong to the main building, and it is only a 5-minute walk away. Arrive at T4 (Tiger).
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Melbourne's international airport is not big, and you will reach the arrival hall after walking tens of meters from the boarding bridge. After a long wait and a few hours of long-distance flight, the first thing that greets you is not Australian Customs, but a warmly furnished and ingeniously designed duty-free shopping mall.
Here you have to admire the store’s business acumen. They put the duty-free shop on the only way for travelers. Every traveler must pass by the shelves full of exquisite goods, which are filled with world-famous perfumes. Electronic products are also the most popular cigarettes and alcohol, because the price of tobacco and alcohol here is about 60% of the market price, every traveler can't help but hope that there is something to buy when they walk by. Moreover, the shelf interval design is very reasonable, and even a large number of people can pass through smoothly and comfortably. It is indeed hard work to do things so carefully.
Once the duty-free shop has passed, the immigration counter will be immediately. The main purpose here is to check whether your Passenger Incoming Card is filled in correctly, by the way, write your entry information into the database, and then stamp a symbolic stamp on your passport, indicating that you have officially stepped into Australia. ! The entry declaration card is issued on the plane, so you can ask the flight attendant for the Chinese version! If not, please ask the stewardess to explain to you, and help you write something under her guidance.
Sometimes the customs will ask questions about the immigration card, asking if you have any food, do you understand the meaning on the card? If you can speak English, you can deal with it. If you don’t know how to speak, I can’t speak English well. Translate. *Here is a tip to be placed on the correct team. On the left side of the counter is the immigration counter for passengers with Australian passports (Australia and New Zealand Passport); on the right is the immigration counter for tourists, students (Visitors) holding foreign passports. Why should I explain this? Because sometimes the counter line of Australian passport holders is already queued to the duty-free shop, but there are very few visitors at the counter. At this time, we should squeeze in decisively and don't be confused by the long line!
After passing the arrival hall, walk straight to pick up the checked luggage, and then enter the line again to check the luggage. There is only one line, honestly line up, take the modified entry declaration card that has just been checked by the customs, and hold it in your hand. At about the same time, the customs staff will check your card and make sure you are on the green channel (no Declaration channel) or the red channel (declaration channel). This depends on your entry card. If plants, drugs, more than 50 cigarettes and 2250ml of wine, have you ever been to South America or Africa, will it be uncomfortable? Basically, you will be allocated to the green channel. As long as you do not bring prohibited items or similar prohibited items, the inspection speed here will be much faster, as long as the luggage is checked under the X-ray. If you take the red channel, it means that you have an item to declare in that column, and you have to open your schoolbag and show the item to the customs. For example, if you bring a wooden product, you have to show it to the customs to see if the wooden product meets the entry requirements. No, if you don’t meet the rules, you will throw it away.
Australia entry declaration and prohibition guide
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Australia's customs and quarantine departments are very strict in the inspection of incoming passengers, especially prohibiting or restricting the carrying of animal and plant machinery products. Items that threaten the survival of Australian animals and plants are not allowed to be brought into Australia. These items include:
Any form of food, including dry, fresh food, cooked food, preserved food, etc., wood products, plant roots, stems, leaves, fruits, seeds, etc., do not carry Chinese herbal medicines, straw products, etc.
Animals, any part of animals and products in contact with animals, including equipment, eggs, biological samples, birds, fish, insects, corals, shells, honey products, pet food, etc.
Mud or objects stained with soil, such as sports equipment, sports writing, etc.
Drugs, steroids, firearms, various weapons, drugs, etc.
If you are over 18 years old, you can bring ordinary items worth up to 900 Australian dollars into the country to enjoy tax-free concessions. If you are under the age of 18, you can only enjoy the tax-free concession for entry of ordinary items up to 450 Australian dollars. Common items include gifts, souvenirs, cameras, electronic equipment, leather products, fragrances, jewelry, watches and sports equipment.
Detailed procedures for departure and tax refund
Terminal 2 of Melbourne Tullamarine Airport is for international flights. After arriving at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, you should go to Ground flour, and students who depart to First flour.
Those who need a tax refund should pay attention to the red and black letters at the end of the right side of the picture below, which is Australia Custom.
Due to the implementation of new safety standards by plane, all liquids and gels must be checked in, so you must go to this place to apply for tax refunds for checked luggage. If you are hand-held, you can skip here.
When you go in, if no one rings the bell, someone will come out and ask you to open your luggage to check the tax refund goods you want to take out of the country, show the invoice, and then put a stamp on the back of the invoice.
Then go back to the 2nd floor and look for the airline check-in counter. If you can’t find it, look at the display board in the middle of the picture. After the check-in procedure, the luggage can be checked safely, with the stamped invoice, passport and air ticket in hand. After completing the check-in procedures, go through a shop, the door in the middle is at a place separate from the person who sent you, where you have to put your personal cosmetics in a bag, as if there is a 100ml limit. As soon as you enter, you are at the Australian customs, where you go through the exit formalities.
Melbourne’s tax refund window is located on the right side of the customs, Tourist Refund Scheme, which is easy to find. It is worth noting that the items you are refunding tax must be carried with you, must be Check-in, and you need to show it to the ticketing staff to stamp your receipt before you can proceed with the tax refund. You need an invoice with taxes, your international air ticket (or boarding card) and passport.
After passing the customs, just line up in the past, show the stamped invoice, passport, and bank card account number or credit card, and the money will be refunded to you. After going through the border inspection, it is to check the carry-on luggage. After passing the metal door, you will arrive at the boarding gate.