Preparing to fly


Shopping: what you can and can't buy...and where

The restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels does not mean the end of airport shopping – far from it. The guide below will help to explain the new arrangements for shopping before and after security at Melbourne Airport.


At Melbourne Airport: Before security

You can continue to purchase all items at the variety of shops located before security. Be mindful, however, of purchasing any liquids, aerosols or gels. Do you plan on taking them through security?

If they are more than 100ml, then they will have to be surrendered at the security screening point, and will be destroyed.

Check with the duty free stores for what can be purchased after security screening.


At Melbourne Airport: After security

Direct flights (flights with no stopovers):
If you are travelling direct to your destination (meaning that your journey ends at the first point it lands after leaving Australia, eg: Melbourne – Singapore), you can generally purchase any product after security, including liquids, aerosols and gels.

Flights with a stopover:
If you are travelling on flights with multiple stops (eg: Melbourne – Singapore – London), you can continue to purchase a range of duty-free and tax-free items after security – including liquids, aerosols and gels.

However should you wish to carry these items beyond your first stop, we recommend you discuss your options with a sales assistant before purchasing, as restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels for outbound flights vary from country to country.


Flying into Australia

Security arrangements vary from country-to-country. Check with your airline before purchasing items after security at other international airports.

Duty Free can be ordered from Downtown Duty Free and picked up upon return to Australia. For more information, visit


Transit passengers

Transit passengers are security screened alongside other departing international passengers. As such, any items over 100ml will need to be surrendered at the screening point.  For example, if you are transitting in Melbourne Airport (AKL - MEL [transit] - SYD), all hand carry LAGs over 100ml will need to be surrendered.

If you are ending your journey at your next stop, you can purchase all items after security – including liquids, aerosols and gels.


If you have any questions, we recommend: