Bon Voyage! From the team at Brisbane Airport.
All that stands between you and your international flight are three simple steps - and we promise you’ll be on the plane and making plans for your in-flight entertainment in no time.
Step 1: Security and safety (compulsory for all passengers)
It’s compulsory for all departing passengers to undertake a security screening of their body and belongings before travel.
The process involves either passenger screening (x-ray of belongings and walk-through metal detector) or randomised body scanning.
Things to know about passenger screening:
As an international passenger, you need to place your liquids, aerosols and gels in resealable plastic bags for this x-ray process.
Key facts about liquids, aerosols and gels:
Passengers are only able to take liquids, aerosols and gels in containers up to 100ml in size in carry-on baggage.
These restrictions affect items such as drinks, creams, perfumes, sprays, gels, toothpaste and other similar substances in hand luggage.
Contents must be stored in a resealable transparent plastic bag that measures approximately 20cm x 20cm.
Duty free goods in a sealed bag can be taken on board. Please note that if you have stopovers during your flight, your duty free goods might be subject to liquids, aerosols and gels restrictions. Get advice on when to purchase duty free here.
Exceptions apply to baby products, medical (prescription and non-prescription) items and dietary requirements. Exempt items do not have to be carried in the clear, resealable plastic bag, but will still need to be security screened.
Read more information about the restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels.
Read more about how these rules apply to Duty Free goods.
Step 2: Things to know about body scanners
Body scanners are used at Brisbane Airport to detect prohibited items carried on passengers. They use non-ionising millimetre-wave technology to detect items worn or carried on the body, and pose no harm to pregnant passengers or those with medical conditions. Refusal to comply with the body scanning process will mean you are not allowed to board your flight.
Key facts about body scanners:
Passengers will be selected at random to participate in a body scan.
Body scanners used in Australia are equipped with special enhancements to protect your privacy.
They do not show identifying features, rather highlight areas that need further investigation.
For more information about this body scanning process, visit TravelSECURE.
Step 3: Passport Control (compulsory for all outgoing passengers)
The last step before you fly is Passport Control which can be conducted:
Electronically via SmartGate; or
Manually with a Customs and Border Protection Officer.
When can I use SmartGate?
Brisbane Airport’s Departure SmartGates are a simple, one-step process that offer travellers a more efficient way to clear Passport Control. They uses face recognition and matching technology to process travellers.
If you have a scannable ePassport, you may be able to self-process through Passport Control using SmartGate. SmartGate technology can process all travellers, regardless of age or nationality - so long as travellers are able to understand and follow the process without assistance. For more information, visit SmartGate.
When will I be directed to a Customs and Border Protection Officer?
Families travelling with young children, passengers who are unable to use Smartgate without assistance and those with non-scannable passports will be directed to an Australian Border Force Officer for manual processing.