Joining QF10 in PER transferring to QF95, clear customs in PER or MEL?

By rogerau | Apr 05, 2018, 01:22 PM
I'll be flying to the US in May on QF10 from PER to MEL, then QF95 from MEL to LAX. I know it's the same plane, and with the new customs hall open in PER at terminal 4 does anyone know if I can/will clear customs in PER or if I need to do that in MEL?
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By henrus | Apr 05, 2018, 02:30 PM
You'll clear immigration in Perth and once arriving in Melbourne you should be released into the airside terminal area (after another possible security check).

I say possible because the current government regulations don't require rescreening of passengers at international transits if they've come from an international airport somewhere in Australia. Whilst I haven't heard of reports yet my guess is that QF is lazy and will funnel you out into the arrivals area forcing you to go through security screening again. (I'd love to know if this is the case from someone who's done this transfer already or yourself later in May.)
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By ChrisCh | Apr 05, 2018, 03:20 PM
I've done a similar sort of transit back when QF8 flew as Dallas-Brisbane-Sydney, with the Brisbane-Sydney leg via the international terminals.

I began my journey in Brisbane, flying Brisbane-Sydney on QF8 and was continuing onwards on a Sydney-Hong Kong flight - I was checked-in from Brisbane through to Hong Kong and departed Brisbane as an 'international' passenger (so no orange D sticker), and just went through transit security screening in Sydney without going out and back through passport control.

While technically there'd be no requirement to go through security again at the Australian transit point, that'd only be possible if the 'upward' aerobridge is unlocked so that you can enter the airside area, which in my case it wasn't.

On other 'domestic international' transits, such as from Brisbane to Hong Kong via Cairns, I've just been able to walk up into the departures hall without going through security again.
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By rogerau | Apr 06, 2018, 01:04 PM
Thanks for the replies, I'll update after my trip in May
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