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Travel Restrictions to End for Eligible Visa Holders

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.

Published Tue 23 November 2021.

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