Great that you have planned to travel to Sydney, Australia. Sydney is a great place to travel with major attractions like Sydney Opera House, The Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Darling Harbour, The Royal Botanic Garden, Queen Victoria Building and many more. While having all those itineraries planned, flights booked, airport shuttle reserved and excitement going on in your mind, you surely do not want to be interrupted at the airport for not meeting its specifications about what to carry and what not. It is obviously going to be a nightmare to be clinging at the airport when all you want to do is get rid of your luggage and take a tour of the city. So, it is very important that you read the guidelines of the airport that you are travelling to and comply with them.
Here are few things you need to consider to avoid getting into any trouble.
When you arrive at Sydney Airport you must complete an incoming passenger card and clear customs. Australia has some of the most stringent customs and quarantine regulations in the world – it is important that you know which items you cannot bring into Australia and which items you must declare to as there are severe fines and penalties if you do not follow the rules. Weapons and firearms and illegal drugs are prohibited in Australia. Restricted items must be declared to a customs official. These include large amounts of currency over AU$ 10,000.00, prescription medication, food containing animal or plant products, plant items or wooden items. Carrying anything that is restricted by the airport is inviting problems to yourself. Being held at the airport customs after the long flight filled with excitement is the last thing one would want to happen to them. The only way to avoid it is to comply with the regulation of the airport.
For more information check out the Arriving Travellers section of the Australian Government's Australian Customs and Border Protection Service site.