Australian Borders Reopen for Visa Holders

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If you are like us, you have been waiting for borders to reopen for the past 20 months. We are glad to inform you that the wait is finally over!

From *15th December 2021, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can enter Australia without needing to request for a travel exemption.

Tourists, travelers, skilled migrants, and international students will be able to fly in for the summer as a result of the decision.

*The Prime Minister has announced that the upcoming easing of border restrictions for fully vaccinated eligible visa holders and citizens from Japan and Korea will be paused until 15 December 2021.

Which Visas do I need to Enter Australia?

Eligible visa holders are people who hold the following visas:

Subclass 200 – Refugee visa
Subclass 201 – In-country Special Humanitarian visa
Subclass 202 – Global Special Humanitarian visa
Subclass 203 – Emergency Rescue visa
Subclass 204 – Woman at Risk visa
Subclass 300 – Prospective Marriage visa
Subclass 400 – Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa
Subclass 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (other streams, including Australian Agriculture Visa stream)
Subclass 407 – Training visa
Subclass 408 – Temporary Activity visa
Subclass 417 – Working Holiday visa
Subclass 449 – Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) visa
Subclass 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) visa
Subclass 461 – New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa
Subclass 462 – Work and 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 580 – Student Guardian visa (closed to new applicants)
Subclass 590 – Student Guardian visa
Subclass 785 – Temporary Protection visa
Subclass 790 – Safe Haven Enterprise visa
Subclass 870 – Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa
Subclass 988 – Maritime Crew visa

What do I need to Enter Australia?

Anyone planning a trip to Australia must be fully vaccinated and have a negative COVID test (PCR test) within three days before leaving.

Only New South Wales, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory will allow visitors to fly in without being quarantined due to differing rules in each state and territory.

What Vaccines are Accepted by the Government?

Current vaccines and dosages accepted for the purposes of travel are:

Two doses at least 14 days apart of:

  • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
  • AstraZeneca Covishield
  • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
  • Moderna Spikevax
  • Sinovac Coronavac
  • Bharat Biotech Covaxin
  • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for 18-60 year olds).

or one dose of:

  • Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.
  • At least 7 days must have passed since the final dose of vaccine in a course of immunisation for you to be considered fully vaccinated.

    Are the Borders Open to International Students?

    Vaccinated international students with a valid visa will no longer need an exemption to travel to Australia, but they will be subject to the quarantine arrangements of the state/territory they are travelling to.

    In jurisdictions with quarantine-free travel, international students will not count towards passenger caps.

    How Can I Arrange a Visa to come?

    Contact us today and we will be able to help you with finding the option that is best for you!

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