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A Simple Guide to Carry-on

A Simple Guide to Carry-on.

Restrictions apply to what passengers can and cannot carry-on when travelling on international flights at Melbourne Airport. What items are prohibited from carry-on baggage can be confusing, so we’ve put together a simple explanation to help get you through security faster and avoid frustrating confiscations.


Aerosols, Liquids & Gels

Restrictions for aerosols, liquids and gels apply to international flights.

Containers 100mls or less can be carried in your hand luggage, but must collectively fit into a re-sealable, transparent plastic bag just 20cm x 20cm or smaller.

Larger items or aerosols, liquids or gels exceeding the limit should be packed in the bags you check-in. It’s best to only carry-on what you need during your flight and keep everything else in your checked-in luggage.

Passengers flying directly to their destination with no stopovers can carry-on any liquid, aerosol or gel item purchased Duty Free at the airport.

What classifies as aerosols, liquids and gels?

  • Water and other liquid drinks
  • Soups, syrups, jams, stews, sauces and pastes
  • Liquid foods
  • Creams, lotions, cosmetics and oils
  • Perfumes
  • Sprays
  • Gels, including hair and shower gels
  • Foams, including shaving foams
  • Deodorants
  • Pastes, including toothpaste
  • Mascara
  • Lipsticks, lip gloss or lip balm
  • Any item of similar consistency to any of the above

Explosive & Flammable Items

Passengers are not permitted to carry-on flammable liquids, gases, or any other dangerous items.



Both prescription and non-prescription medicines, such as sprays, contact lens solution and cough syrups are exempt from carry-on restriction. However certain conditions apply.

Passengers carrying prescription medicines must also carry a letter from their medical practitioner.

Passengers requiring non-prescription medications can only carry-on the amount required for the flight.

Baby Products

Exemptions apply to products required for babies, such as baby milk, sterilised water, baby food and wet wipes. Passengers can only carry-on the amount of baby products required for the flight.


Passengers are permitted to carry-on any amount of Australian or foreign currency; however, amounts of A$10,000 or more must be reported to Customs and Border Protection before departure.


There are no restrictions on electronic equipment, such as laptops, smart phones and iPods, but laptops must be presented separately to customs for screening.

Checked-In Baggage

It’s also important to check your airline’s policy for checked-in luggage, as bags checked-in are also subject to screening. Airlines can have different restrictions, which can be found on the airline’s website or on your flight itinerary.


Happy Travels!

We hope that you have a great trip – whether you are departing from Melbourne Airport or another one across the world.





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