Duty Free over 100ml

I have never travelled overseas, so have absolutely NO IDEA how duty free works.
My mum is travelling Sydney - Singapore - Frankfurt - Riga.
Then coming home in about 3 months time Riga - Frankfurt - Hanoi - Sydney.

I'm wanting to ask her to look for some expensive moisturiser duty free in Singapore, but to make it worthwhile, I would want a large size (240ml).

Can she do this, if she'll be taking it in her carry-on?

I know everything changed again recently, and I tried googling it, but I think I've just made myself more confused.

Please help!!

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  • +1 vote

    As long as it's under $900 value, it's covered by the concession, whether in carry on or checked luggage. But wouldn't she have problems taking > 100ml liquid in carry on? Unless it's purchased airside at Changi.

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      Is not possible (Sydney - Singapore - Frankfurt - Riga.)
      Sealed bags only recognised and accepted in any Asian countries. That means if you buy it in Singapore in a sealed bag, item will be confiscated in Frankfurt before Riga. Unless it's a direct flight from Singapore to Riga

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    That was the question - can she take it as carry on?
    How do people buy alcohol? Surely thats over 100ml, and I assume not everyone gets it in their checked luggage.
    If its too much effort, I just wont bother, just wasnt sure of the correct procedure.

    • +2 votes

      If she buys it at a duty free shop they will give it to her in a sealed bag which can go on board.

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        Correct. Just make sure you don't open or try to open the bag.

        Most fragrances are 100ml and less.

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    that's fine, she just has to make the purchase at least an hour before the flight departure time and the staff will seal it in a bag and deliver to the boarding gate where she can collect just before getting on the plane.

    edit: for singapore, that is.

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    Ok. Thanks for your answers. They have been very helpful.
    I will let her know what I want and see what happens…

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    Keep in mind, she will be able to carry it on only for Singapore Frankfurt legs. All other legs it will need to be in checked luggage.

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      Not true.

      Provided it is kept in the sealed bag, you can take it on whatever flight you want (possibly not including America).

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    Singapore has a really good system for duty free. You buy in store, showing your passport and boarding pass. They give you a receipt then they take your good to the gate through security. Once you pass security into the gate they will then hand you the duty free. Not sure of the policy in Hanoi if she buys it on the return leg.

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      It depends on where you're going.
      Australia, they deliver to gate as you said.

      Most other countries you just take it with you in a sealed bag.

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    Thanks. I have just spoken to her, and we've decided it will be much easier to just keep it under the 100ml. She doesn't have many other liquids in her carry on, so it should be fine.

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      It's really no different.

      You can buy over 100ml, without any hassle.

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    To be honest, I’d have a quick google to see how much the particular product is in Riga. I’ve found many cosmetics are cheaper in Europe, especially Eastern Europe, than in Australia or duty free in Asia.

    It may not be, so have a google for the Singapore duty free price too… But if she will have time to hop into a department store in Riga, she can ensure it’s the bigger size and keep it packed in checked luggage the whole way home.

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    It is also possible to buy duty free goods once you have returned to Australia, before moving through the immigration and customs controls. Check to see if the product you want is available at Australian duty free stores. It might be possible to purchase on return and that way she won't need to be carting it with her in her luggage anywhere.

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    i only just read that Singapore on way you want her to buy it she will not be able to take unless she put in check in bags on way back.

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    To purchase in Singapore your poor mother will have to deal with it for the rest of her holiday.

    As previously suggested, check out other options.

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    Thanks again for all the comments.
    I have spoken with my mum. We're both pretty laid back about it. If the price is reasonable, and the process isnt difficult, she'll buy it. If its too tricky, she wont, and I'll just be an adult, and deal with it.

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    I’ve discovered that Riga is no different to many other cities where retail prices are sometimes even cheaper than DF. I suggest to hold on for the return flight and check local retail prices

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    Beware if buying duty free alcohol which is over the 100ml carry on allowance. Although you are allowed to bring 2.25L of duty free alcohol into Australia as carry on if it is in the sealed duty free bags it must be purchased at the final international airport before arriving in Australia. If you are on a multi-flight journey and purchase the alcohol two international airports before you arrive in Australia you will have all duty free items which exceed the standard limits seized at the final international airport before landing in Australia.

    "You can purchase duty free items:
    at the last airport you stop at before entering Australia if the duty free retailer provides a gate delivery service, onboard the last leg of your flight to Australia or upon arrival at an Australian international airport."

    Source: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/travelsecure/carry-on-baggage...

    Edit: this also applies to cosmetics, toiletry items and perfume.

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    I was at Chile airport just a few days ago and they did a bag search prior to entering the plane where they threw out all liquids over 100ml including my water I just purchased from the airport.

    Not so bad for me but more for another passenger who purchased alcohol from duty free just 10 minutes earlier and they told him he has to throw it in the bin or go back and get a refund before boarding finishes.

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    Sealed bags only recognised and accepted in any Asian countries. That means if you buy it in Singapore in a sealed bag, item will be confiscated in Frankfurt before Riga. Unless it's a direct flight from Singapore to Riga

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