We often hear about strict quarantine rules in Australia. If you are unaware of those, watch some episodes of Border Security: Australia’s Front Line. We often see people who are few days from moving to Australia; get worried about Australia’s strict quarantine rule. They pack and unpack there luggage multiple times just to be sure if they have packed the stuff correctly or not. This guide will help you to understand the Australian quarantine process; so that you’ll avoid regression of packing and unpacking your stuff.
Guideline 1 : Do not assume
All airports in Australia follow strict guidelines of quarantine check. Hence planning is most important. We advise you to make a list of things that you want to take with you to Australia. Your list must be ready at least 3 months before your moving date. We strongly recommend you to avoid making any assumptions while packing your bags. Ask us if in doubt.
Guideline 2 : How much to carry
We recommend you to carry only the stuff that you won’t find in Australia. There are two main reasons behind this advice:
1. Movers and packers services are not cheap. Airlines allow you to carry weight upto 30 kgs without additional charges. This way you’ll save a lot of money in moving your belongings.
2. If you are worrying about whether you’ll get things that you need, then take a two-step approach for this – carry only necessary stuff with you while you move to Australia and once you find your own accomodation then ask your family/friends back home to courier the remaining stuff.
Guideline 3 : Finding Removalists (Movers and Packers)
There are many reliable Removalists services who can help you bring your things to Australia.
We recommend considering India Post to courier your things from India to Australia. There are many other reliable courier delivery services like DTDC and FedEX.
Genuine Removalists often know about the quarantine process and they can help you to understand quarantine requirements. We advise you to discuss truthfully with the removalists about the things that you want to take to Australia.
Guideline 4 : Conditions of items
This is the most important guideline of all. You must keep only clean and dirt-free items in your bags. And this is applicable to kitchen utensils, your shoes or even your kid’s toy. Make sure to clean all the things before you pack them.
Guideline 5 : Avoid bringing these items!
People often assume that a plant seed or a bottle of fruit pulp will not cause an issue in quarantine. And here they make a huge mistake. We strongly recommend to not to make any assumption and follow these guidelines laid down by the Australian government.
Sharp, poisonous, explosive and radioactive materials are not allowed to be carried in the airline. You must not carry any kind of medicines and substances which may be subject to misuse, abuse or dependence. You are not allowed to carry any kind of pornographic material while coming to Australia.
Guideline 6 : Declaration of items
Every passenger arriving in Australia has to fill an Incoming Passenger Card (IPC). The IPC will be given to the passengers during their flight journey by the flight attendant.
The IPC has question related to the items that you are carrying. Answer every question truthfully.
Guideline 7 : What if called for an interview by a quarantine officer.
If you have followed first 6 guidelines; then there is a very little or no chance to be called for an interview by a quarantine officer.
In case they ask you few questions; answer them truthfully. Do not hide anything from the officer. In case you do not understand their question you may ask them to repeat.
We have tried to touch most of the guidelines to be followed in this article but you must be extra careful about quarantine check.
If you have anymore queries, ask us TODAY.