NEWS Border clearance advice for religious pilgrims

Border clearance advice for religious pilgrims 

We recognise the importance of religious events such as the Hajj, Umrah and Arba’een and the right to travel for such events.

Making the pilgrimage to Mecca is a joyous opportunity for travelling Muslim Australians. We encourage anyone travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj to familiarise themselves with Australian border processes prior to travel.

Arriving at the airport

All passengers should arrive no later than three hours prior to departure to allow enough time for check-in, border processing and any unexpected delays. After checking-in for your flight you should progress directly to border processing.

Border clearance

We are committed to maintaining the security of our nation and screen all arriving and departing passengers.

When you are departing, have the following ready for clearance at the border:

  • passport
  • boarding pass.

Before you arrive into or depart from Australia, Australian Border Force (ABF) officers might examine you and/or the items you are carrying. Officers may inspect all baggage, goods and documents that you are travelling with at the time you arrive or depart Australia.

This includes electronic devices and their contents, such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops, and other storage devices.

ABF officers assess passengers based on border risk and will never stop individuals based simply on race, religion, ethnicity or travel destination. In all cases, ABF officers are expected to treat passengers with dignity and respect.

Declaring cash or foreign currency

There is no limit to the amount of cash or foreign currency you can bring into or out of Australia. However, if the total value is AUD$10,000 (or the foreign currency equivalent) or more, you must declare it at the Australian border.

This includes Australian dollars, foreign currency, or any combination of this, being carried on your person, in your baggage or if someone else is carrying it for you.

To declare you must complete a Cross-Border Movement - Physical Currency (CBM-PC) form and submit it to an ABF officer at international airports on departure.

Sharing money between people travelling with you to avoid reporting requirements is called 'structuring' and is against the law.

Know what is on your electronic devices

It is an offence to bring into or take out of Australia, material that is offensive, or advocating violence in any form. This includes images or videos held on electronic devices that portray cruel and revolting acts, child pornography, and material that advocates or praises acts of terrorism.

By keeping images like this on your electronic devices such as a hard drive, computer or mobile phone, even if someone has sent them to you, you may be committing an offence.

More information

Download a copy of the Border clearance advice for religious pilgrims information sheet:

For more information about border clearance processes visit our Going through the border page.

Passengers should also check latest travel advice from the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Smart Traveller website.

To provide feedback about your experience at the border, visit our Compliments, complaints and suggestions page.