Great News From the PM At the start of October 2021 – International travel to resume!!
I’m really excited to delete all of the previous content on this page – the travel exemption rules which have plagued all of us for most of 2021 (because of the COVID-19 pandemic) are nearly at an end! 🙏🏽
The great breaking news is that the Prime Minister has announced a major return to business as usual for Australian citizens and permanent residents who are 12 years and above and who have received two (2) doses of vaccination.
Does this apply to you? If you are in this group then you should be free to exit Australia in November (dates tobe confirmed) and you’ll not need to make any special application for any travel exemption.
Australian citizen or permanent resident children below the age of 12 and who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons might also be able to travel overseas without an exemption.
The sting in the tail is it of course those Australian citizens and permanent residents who are not double vaccinated – if you fall into this category then you will need to continue to follow current border processes when seeking to enter into Australia or if you are seeking to return into Australia. This means you will need to formally make an application for a travel exemption to exit and similarly make a formal application when you are seeking to re-enter.
In other exciting news for Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents who are currently stranded outside of Australia is that there will not be any formal requirement to obtain any travel exemption to return provided you can show at check-in that you have been double vaccinated.
Temporary Visa holders in Australia
If you neither have Australian citizenship nor hold a permanent residence visa for Australia (you are present in Australia as a temporary resident or without any visa at all), then there should be no difficulty for you simply to go to the airport to exit Australia. No travel exemption should be required for you.
Warning for bridging Visa holders seeking to exit Australia:
If you have been in Australia without any visa and you wish to exit Australia as either the holder of a bridging Visa C class or a bridging Visa D class or bridging Visa E class, you may wish to seek advice to exit because there are considerable disincentives for this cohort of people (namely an exclusion period of up to 3 years during which you cannot be granted certain visas).
How I can help you?
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The travel exemption application process is designed to be user-friendly for individuals, without the need for migration lawyers. However, sometimes circumstances are such where you may prefer to outsource the process to a migration lawyer.