Current Travel Restrictions
To limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Australian community the Australian Government has imposed strict travel restrictions on those seeking to enter Australia.
The current travel restrictions have been implemented on the advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).
Who can enter without a permit?
Australian citizens, permanent residents, immediate family members of an Australian citizen or permanent resident or New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia, can travel to Australia. Immediate family members who hold a temporary visa will need to provide evidence of their relationship.
Spouses and de facto partners are permitted to travel to Australia but prospective marriage visa holders (and other temporary visa holders) are not permitted to travel unless given a travel exemption by the Australian Government .
All travellers arriving in Australia must be isolated in mandatory quarantine accommodation for 14 days from their arrival, with few exceptions.
Who can apply for an exemption?
Travellers who hold a temporary visa and who ARE NOT Australian citizens, permanent residents, immediate family members but who have a compassionate or compelling reason to travel to Australia may be permitted to travel.
To travel you will need to apply for an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner.
Those without a valid visa will not be considered for a travel exemption.
Each case is unique and is considered individually based on the information provided in the application and supporting evidence must be provided.
All applications need to be completed in full, translated in English if necessary, with valid and readable documentation attached. Incomplete applications will be returned, and this will delay the process.
Each application is considered on its own merit and applicants will be informed if further information is required, or why the exemption has been refused.
Applications for exemptions are considered according to the date of the planned travel, with priority given to those needing to travel urgently. Applications for exemptions must be made at least 48 hours prior to any planned travel.
These decisions are not taken lightly, but the Government’s priority is to protect the Australian community against the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information see: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/
VisAustralia still open and working at full throttle
VisAustralia, like the Department of Home Affairs, is continuing to work at full throttle.
We are keen to push the applications of our overseas based clients forward and ensure visas are granted in the shortest possible time. This on-going work will allow you to move to Australia as soon as the travel ban is lifted.
We are also keen to assist people facing visa issues in Australia because of the travel ban. If your visa is expiring, or you have other questions about the impact of the ban on your visa process, please do not hesitate to contact VisAustralia.
We want to reiterate that the travel ban is a temporary measure not related to the process of applying for a visa under the Migration Act 1958. The Australian migration program has a long and stable history and visa processing system will continue. People will continue to be able to migrate to Australia and study in Australia. The closure of the border represents a short-term policy response to what we all hope is a short term health issue.