The Big Changes To Carry-On Rules All Aussie Travellers Need To Know

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The Big Changes To Carry-On Rules All Aussie Travellers Need To Know

New rules are coming into play that will restrict the amount of powder products you can include in your carry-on baggage when travelling internationally.

The Australian Government will be enforcing the new rules from June 30.

If you’re planning on travelling with inorganic powder products, which could include things like talcum powder, you’ll need to present them when you go through baggage screening. However unlike with liquids, you won’t need to put them in a bag.

You’ll only be able to carry a total of 350g of inorganic powders like salt, sand, some talcum powders and some powdered deodorant.

However organic powders like food and baby formula are fine and are not restricted.

Most cosmetics are not restricted, but no clear definitions on whether your bronzer or foundation will be ok have been provided. As we transition into these new rules you may want to play it safe and only carry small quantities, or put your makeup in your checked baggage.

  • There is no limit on organic powders, such as food and powdered baby formula.
  • There are quantity restrictions on the amount of inorganic powder that can be carried, such as salt, talcum powder and sand.
  • Inorganic powders must be in containers of 350 millilitres (volume), 350 grams (weight) or less.
  • The total volume of inorganic powders must not exceed 350 millilitres, 350 grams per person. 
  • Passengers cannot tip powders out to fall under the 350ml threshold as the restriction is calculated on total container volume.

There are no restrictions on the number of containers of inorganic powders per person, provided the total volume of all the containers of inorganic powder is 350 millilitres or less.

At the screening point all powders in your carry-on baggage must be separately presented for screening. Unlike liquids, they do not need to be put in a re-sealable plastic bag.

These restrictions do not apply to domestic travel.

For more info please see the Australian Governmen's Travel Secure website.

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