Additional Categories Added For Persons Exempt From Travel Restrictions To Enter Australia
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Additional Categories Added For Persons Exempt From Travel Restrictions To Enter Australia

The Department of Home Affairs will now allow additional categories of persons to be automatically exempt from travel restrictions to enter Australia. This means that the following categories of traveller are not required to apply for a travel exemption prior to arrival in Australia:

Travel Exemption NOT required To Enter Australia

    • an Australian citizen
    • a permanent resident of Australia
    • an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident
    • a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia and their immediate family members
    • a diplomat accredited to Australia (holding a subclass 995 visa)
    • a traveller transiting Australia for 72 hours or less
    • airline crew
    • maritime crew including marine pilots
    • recruited under the Government approved Seasonal Worker Program or Pacific Labour Scheme
    • holder of a Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 188) visa

Family members of Australian citizens or permanent residents will still require a visa before entering Australia.Addtionally, travel to Australia for holidays or non business reasons is still proving very problematic.

As further restrictions are lifted, we’ll provide further feedback here, this recent change is a small and positive step in the right direction though.

Are you trying to travel to Australia?

Are you looking to enter Australia and are you finding the COVID restrictions standing in your way? We’d love to hear your story. Let us know in our comments.

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts!

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