In preparation for your arrival into Cairns please ensure you have your passport, completed Incoming Passenger Card and airline ticket available for inspection. If you are unsure what to declare to Customs and Border Protection, tick ‘yes’ to the question or ask a Customs and Border Protection officer who can assist you in determining what goods should be declared.

Some Australian and New Zealand ePassport holders, aged 16 years or over, can choose to use SmartGate to self-process through passport control. SmartGate uses the data in the ePassport and face recognition technology to perform the customs and immigration checks that are usually conducted by a Customs and Border Protection officer. Travellers will still need to complete an Incoming Passenger Card prior to using SmartGate. For more information on SmartGate please visit