As the current busy winter holiday travel season continues, the Australian Border Force has warned travellers about the risks of bringing home illegal souvenirs from overseas. It’s a message travel agents could well pass on to their customers.
ABF Regional Commander NSW, Tim Fitzgerald, says many travellers do not realise items they buy while on holidays are prohibited in Australia, such as credit card knives, laser pointers and electronic shock devices.
“I encourage travellers to check the Can I bring it back? web page before they travel overseas, which was recently launched to help educate travellers on what to avoid buying overseas.”
Can I bring it back? is an easy-to-use traveller guide. It features more than 40 prohibited or restricted items routinely taken from travellers when they return to Australia, including a range of items commonly bought in South East Asia and South Pacific tourist hot spots.
“Some items that are legal in other countries can’t be brought back into Australia. It is important to check Can I bring it back? before buying these items, so you know Australia’s rules and regulations,” Fitzgerald points out.
“Some travellers assume that items such as blow pipes, martial arts weapons, and BB guns are relatively harmless and make interesting, cheap souvenirs. However, they can cause serious injury and are not permitted to bring into this country.”
Initiatives like Can I bring it back? helps the ABF to manage border risks, and keep weapons and drugs out of Australia.
Can I bring it back? can be accessed from any device with a web browser or travellers can download a PDF version for offline use by visiting www.border.gov.au/canibringitback
Edited by William Sykes