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5 things I learnt in Australia... 2) Border Control is real!
Remember that TV show Border Control? It’s not a joke! This is what happens at Australian airports all the time. I’m very careful with my luggage but even I had my shoes scraped out, my lettuce sandwich taken away (after a national flight!) and had to declare every single wooden item in my suitcase, from a small picture frame to chop sticks. And the drug swipes... nowhere else in the world have I been swiped as often as in Australia. So make sure you do not buy those funny looking mushrooms in China! In fact, don’t bring any food items that contain nuts, honey, seeds, fruit or veg into the country at all – chocolates & candy are usually fine - but declare them anyway!
To be on the safe side declare all food, camping equipment & everything you think contains wood. The punishment for bringing illegal stuff into the country is pretty harsh. You may wonder why a place like Australia -which is home to some of the most poisonous animal & plant species- gets so freaked out if you accidentally import an organic apple from New Zealand in your backpack? It’s all about a very sensitive eco-system. Even a tiny fruit fly from New South Wales can wreck havoc on Western Australia’s harvest. So be careful, declare everything you’re not sure about and most importantly – never ever lie to the customs officers! It’s their job to protect their country. They’re usually super friendly though ☺
...to be continued... #aussie #travelhacks #australien #travel #adventure #backpacker #workingholiday #oz #customs #downunder #traveltips #whatilearnt #immigration
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