From 1 December 2021, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can come to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.
Eligible visa holders include skilled, employer sponsored, students, working holiday makers and provisional family visa holders. There are also a number of refugee and humanitarian visas that have been included.
The travel exemption to fly internationally will apply to those already in Australia who are fully vaccinated and are the holders of an eligible visa. Unfortunately, this doesn’t currently include Bridging Visa holders in Australia nor New Zealand citizens who don’t meet the exemption requirements.
Eligible visa classes:
Subclass 300 – Prospective Marriage Visa
Subclass 400 – Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Visa
Subclass 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) Visa
Subclass 407 – Training Visa
Subclass 408 – Temporary Activity Visa
Subclass 417 – Working Holiday Visa
Subclass 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa
Subclass 461 – New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship Visa
Subclass 462 – Work & Holiday Visa
Subclass 476 – Skilled – Recognised Graduate Visa
Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage Visa
Subclass 485 – Temporary Graduate Visa
Subclass 489 – Skilled – Regional (Provisional) Visa
Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa
Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa
Subclass 500 – Student Visa
Subclass 590 – Student Guardian Visa
Subclass 870 – Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa
In order to be considered fully vaccinated, you must have received doses of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved vaccine 14 days apart with the final vaccination being administered at least 7 days prior to travel to Australia.
Quarantine free travel is currently only available to those entering New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. You must check quarantine requirements to any other state or territory before commencing your travel.
Further information for all states and territories can be found at: https://www.australia.gov.au/states
Travel Bubble Open to Japan & South Korea
Also from 1 December 20221, Australia is welcoming fully vaccinated citizens from Japan and the Republic of Korea following the opening of a travel bubble with Singapore from 21 November 2021.
Citizens of Japan and the Republic of Korea who hold a valid Australian visa will be free to travel from their home country quarantine-free to participating states and territories and without requiring a travel exemption.
Under these arrangements, travellers must depart from their home country; provide proof of their vaccination status and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within three days of departure.
We expect more announcements in the coming weeks for additional countries.