What is the average time taken to clear a customs checkpoint in Brisbane ?
I am (not an Australian citizen) flying in from the US in a flight that lands at 6.15 AM and have a connecting flight to Darwin at 8.30 AM. Would this be a sufficient time window ?

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    Always tell the attendants that you have a connecting flight, they will usually help you move faster through the line. – Max Jan 17 '14 at 14:38

Sounds like you're on QF8 connecting to QF824 which means it's all on the one carrier - so worst case if there's a problem and you miss your flight Qantas will simply put you on a later flight to Darwin.

The standard "Minimum Connection Time" at Brisbane between those 2 flights is 2 hours, so you're within that window which means that a connection is at least possible.

Unfortunately Brisbane, like most Australian airports, has different Domestic and International terminals, located a few kilometers apart. Thankfully there is a landside bus which is free for connecting Qantas passengers which runs every 10-20 minutes so the connection is not difficult, but can take 30 minutes to get between terminals if you're unlucky.

QF8 is one of the first flights to arrive in the morning, and frequently arrives early, which means that there's normally not a large backup at immigration (especially as most of the passengers on QF8 continue on to Sydney without going through immigration).

So presuming your flight is relatively on-time (or early!) you should have no problems making your connection.

  • There's queues for both Immigration, then after baggage collection another for customs. The latter depends on the queue size, and how much screening they decide you need – Gagravarr Jan 17 '14 at 9:20
  • Would you also be able to tell if I will go through customs/immigration in Brisbane or Darwin or both ? – happybuddha Jan 18 '14 at 1:07
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    Brisbane only. Generally in Australia you go through immigration at your first point of entry, however there are a few exceptions, including QF8 if you carry on to SYD as the BNE-SYD leg is considered an international flight. However as you're getting off in BNE and moving to a domestic flight, you clear immigration/customs in Brisbane. – Doc Jan 18 '14 at 1:09
  • If the two flights are on the same booking, if you miss the Darwin flight due to customs/immigration/connection issues, the airline will generally get you on to the next flight. If they are on different bookings, then missing the Darwin flight may be considered a no-show and you may lose that airfare. – Sam Jan 18 '14 at 1:23
  • @Sam Actually Qantas will (as a matter of policy) re-accommodate regardless of whether they are on the same booking or not. However what you have said is indeed true of many other airlines. – Doc Jan 18 '14 at 1:31

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