Member since 30 Oct 2017
Total posts 4
Help/advice please - We are flying into CBR on the new QR Doha to Canberra flight next March, scheduled to arrive at 0830. We would like to book 1100 QF flight to MEL - will this be enough time to clear immigration and customs and then check in for MEL flight please? I understand MEL checkin closes an hour before so that would leave an hour and a half for immigration/customs/collect luggage. We have UK passports so understand can use E-gates and travelling J both flights if that makes a difference. Many thanks
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Member since 13 Jul 2012
Total posts 150
Canberra does not show up in the list of airports that have SmartGates on arrival. It is very likely that you will have to queue up to an immigration officer instead.
Member since 13 Aug 2014
Total posts 2
As dimi said no smart gates in Canberra. But I've flown J class into CBR with Singapore Airlines many times and I am getting into a taxi to go home within 15 minutes of getting off the plane, I love it so quick. You will have time to check in for your next flight.
Member since 09 May 2013
Total posts 345
Domestic check in for flights in australia is 30mins cut off (including bag drop off, for all flight numbers above 400) unless your aircraft number is from 1-399 (QF) which is 60mins. Australian Immigration is one of the quickest even if you do not have smart gates option. Baggage delivery is also very efficient. I would be surprised if it took you more than 30mins from getting out of your seat in the aircraft to be at the check in counter at Canberra domestic.
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,110
If you're departing internationally from Canberra there are SmartGates, however. Interesting that there are none for arriving passengers!
Member since 01 Mar 2011
Total posts 32
Just an aside the CBR QR flight is an extension of DOH -SYD so would CBR passengers clear immigration and customs in SYD as per LAX connections or remain on board and clear in CBR. If the former then Pandra will arrive as a domestic passenger in CBR so lots of transit time.
Member since 14 Nov 2015
Total posts 43
Canberra is a small and very well run airport. Even if your flight is an hour late, you'll likely be fine. I once landed internationally and was in my own bed 20 minutes after walking out of the plane door.
Thanks everyone, that’s really helpful. Good to know it’s a 30 min cutoff (its QF 853), and it would be an added bonus if we do clear immigration & customs in SYD - it’s classed as a technical stop and is only an hour so won’t count on it though.
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