Australia’s international borders to reopen to fully vaccinated travellers from 21 February

Australia has announced that it’s borders will re-open to fully vaccinated travellers on 21st February, 2022.

This is ahead of the April 2022 opening of borders  that was recently suggested.

It’s been almost 2 years – March 2020 – since tourists, aside from the odd exemption, have been able to travel.

Australia reopening

Australia to re-open 21st February, 2022

Visa holders who are not fully vaccinated will still require a valid travel exemption to enter Australia, and will be subject to state and territory quarantine requirements. These details are to be confirmed.

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Australia reopens to international travellers on 15 December, 2021

The DHA have confirmed that have reopened to vaccinated travellers as of 15 December, 2021. See the DHA announcement below.

” Reopening to international travel

Australia is reopening its border to vaccinated travellers. This is part of our step-by-step and safe reopening to the world. From 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated visa holders from the following cohorts will be able to travel to Australia without an exemption:

  • international students
  • skilled migrants
  • refugee/humanitarian, and
  • temporary and provisional family visa holders.

This was to begin from 1 December 2021, however the reopening was paused due to the emergence of the ‘Omicron’ COVID-19 variant.

As part of Australia’s reopening to fully vaccinated travellers, international safe travel zones have been introduced for New Zealand and Singapore. International safe travel zones with Japan and Korea will begin from 15 December 2021.

For up-to-date information on travel requirements, visit the international safe travel zone and COVID-19 and the border webpages.”

If you have any questions about a visa application and/or exemptions then please Contact Us.

 

Australia to re-open borders mid December?

Media speculation is that Australia will finally re-open to some travellers

Reports are coming out that Australia will finally take the next step to re-open its borders.

They were due to open on the 1st December, 2021 to some visa holder. This was however quickly postponed for 2 weeks with the spread of the Omicron variant.

News Limited – 9 December, 2021

Biggest hint yet that Australia’s international borders will reopen as planned on December 15

The Guardian – 10 December, 2021

Australia likely to reopen to international students and skilled workers next week

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Travel exemptions for Parents of adult Australian Citizens & Permanent Residents to open

Australian travel exemptions for parents to open on 1st November, 2021

The DHA have announced that parents of Australian Citizens and Permanent residents will soon be able to apply for an exemption to travel to Australia.

This is great news for parents that want to reunite with their children and their families in Australia.

Immediate family exemptions

Who is a parent? 

The definition of parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents includes:

  • biological parents
  • legal (including adoptive) parents
  • step-parents
  • parents in-law.

Exemption & valid visa required 

Before you travel, you will need to have an approved travel exemption. To submit your exemption request you will need to provide evidence of:

  • your adult child’s Australian citizenship or permanent residency; and
  • your parental relationship to the Australian citizen or permanent resident.

You will also need to hold a valid visa.

Quarantine requirements  

Quarantine in Australia is managed by the states/territories. Travellers will  need to comply with the arrangements in the state/territory that they are arrive in. There may be also be requirements in the state/territory that travellers ultimately wish to travel too.

Some states, such as NSW & Victoria, are removing some quarantine requirements for eligible vaccinated travellers as of 1st November. Other states/territories will follow in due course so keep an eye on what’s needed at the time of travel. This could mean no quarantine, or more than one period of quarantine.

If you have any questions about a visa application and/or an exemption request then please Contact Us.