A SOUTH South Korean tourist has been refused entry to Australia for attempting to smuggle a quantity of cigarettes which had been concealed in the lining of her baggage.
The 67-year-old woman arrived at Perth International Airport on Tuesday on a flight from Singapore.
Australian Border Force officers were alerted after biosecurity officers found ten cartons of undeclared cigarettes under the lining of her suitcase.
While the maximum allowance for duty free cigarettes being brought into Australia is 25 sticks, the woman had brought 2000.
The woman’s visa was cancelled for providing incorrect information on her Incoming Passenger Card by declaring she did not have more than 25 cigarettes.
She was detained at the Perth Immigration Detention Centre pending her removal on a flight back to Singapore on Wednesday.
ABF Regional Commander for WA, Rod O’Donnell, said the ABF was constantly on the lookout for people attempting to bring in more than their duty free allowance of cigarettes and tobacco.
“Tobacco smuggling is one of the ABF’s operational priorities, whether it be by organised crime syndicates, individual profiteers or smokers stockpiling supplies,” Commander O’Donnell said.
“Ten cartons may not seem like a lot, but this was a blatant attempt to circumvent Australia’s cigarette importation regulations.
“Our officers are alert to travellers seeking to bypass our border requirements, and the consequences for those caught can be severe.
“It is a legal requirement under the Migration Act 1958 for all passengers arriving in Australia to honestly answer all questions on their IPC. As with this case, foreign citizens who do not do that risk being refused immigration clearance.”