When you are travelling to Australia, you will get an incoming passenger card (IPC) on the plane shortly before your arrival. You have to fill it in and then present it later on at the passport control.
So it’s best to carry a pen with you on your trip and write down some information in advance, such as the address of your accommodation, so that you have it at hand on the plane.
In order to make it easier for you to fill in, I will explain the questions on the form in the following.
The first thing to note is that you fill out the card in English. And this is how it looks:
A: Your last name
B: Your first name
C: Your passport number
D: Enter the number of your flight here. It is mentioned on your flight ticket. Or fill in the name of the ship you are traveling with
E: Enter the address of your accommodation in Australia here, no matter if it is your hotel, an AirBnB or a private accommodation. If you are going to travel in Australia, enter the address of your first accommodation
Q: Are you planning to live in Australia for the next 12 months? For example, if you are in Australia for work & travel for one year, you tick ’Yes’. If you are staying in Australia for less than a year, tick ’No’
G: If you are not an Australian citizen, the following information is required:
- Do you have tuberculosis?
- Do you have any criminal convictions?
On the right side of the front page, information about the goods you are importing to Australia is required. Tick ’Yes’ or ’No’:
1: Goods that are either prohibited or limited, such as medicines, steroids, illegal pornography, firearms, weapons or illegal drugs
2: More than 2250mL of alcohol beverages or 25 cigarettes (this actually means cigarettes and not packs) or 25g of tobacco products
3: Goods obtained overseas or purchased duty and/or tax free in Australia with a combined total price of more than AUD$900, incl. gifts
4: Goods/samples for business/commercial use
5: AUD$10,000 or more in Australian or foreign currency equivalent
Note: If a customs or police officer asks, you must report travellers cheques, cheques, money orders or other bearer negotiable instruments of any amount.
6: Meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, dairy, fruits, vegetables
7: Grains, seeds, bulbs, straw, nuts, plants, parts of plants, traditional medicines or herbs, wooden articles
8: Animals, parts of animals, animal products including equipment, pet food, eggs, biologicals, specimens, birds, fish, insects, shells, bee products
9: Soil, items with soil attached or used in freshwater areas e.g. sports/recreational equipment, shoes
10: Have you been in contact with farms, farm animals, wilderness areas or freshwater streams/lakes etc in the past 30 days?
11: Were you in Africa, South/Central America or the Caribbean in the last 6 days?
Then sign at the bottom on the front with the current date
H: Your phone number
I: Your email address OR
J: Your address in Australia again
K: First and last name of an emergency contact (this can be someone in your home country or in Australia)
L: E-mail address of your emergency contact OR
M: Address of your emergency contact
N: In which country did you board this flight or ship (indicate the country of your stopover if you had one)
O: What is your usual occupation?
P: Nationality as shown on passport
Q: your date of birth
Then state whether you A permanently emigrate to Australia, whether you B only travel temporarily or as a tourist to Australia, or whether you are C a permanent resident of Australia who is travelling back.
If you tick B, the following information is required:
R: Your intended length of stay in Australia
S: Your country of residence
U: The main reason for travel:
- Visiting friends or relatived
If you tick C, the following information is required:
T: Country where you spent most time abroad
U: The reason for your travel, see U above
If you have any questions about certain information while filling in, you can ask a flight attendant. They can certainly answer your questions or at least help you.
Arrive safely and have a great time in Australia! 🙂
Have you already read my post about the 7 to-dos for your first week in Australia? If you are going to Australia for a longer period of time or even permanently, it`s worth having a look!