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Australian Border Closes to All Non-residents

by | Mar 19, 2020 | Migration

Effective 9.00pm AEDT on 20 March 2020.

Only Australian Citizens, Residents and Immediate Family Will Be Allowed to Travel to Australia 

Key Points:

  • All non-residents will be banned from arriving in Australia from 9:00pm AEDT today (20 March 2020).
  • This ban replaces earlier travel bans on foreigners coming from China, Iran, Italy and South Korea
  • Australians who return from overseas will still need to isolate themselves for 14 days.

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the enhanced border measures in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

It Applies to All People Who Are Non-citizens and Non-residents Such as Temporary Visa Holders and Visitor Visa Holders.

Australian Passport Holders and Permanent Residents Will Still Be Able to Return From Overseas but They Will Be Required to Self-isolate for 14 Days.

Who is an Australian Citizen?

A person who holds a current Australian passport

Who is an Australian Resident?

  1. A person who is not a passport holder of Australia but holds a permanent resident visa.
  2. A New Zealand passport holder who is usually resident in Australia

You can come to Australia. You will need to self-isolate for 14 days, at home or in a hotel. You must carry proof of residency (driver’s licence or documents in relation to your residency).

Who Is an Immediate Family Member of an Australian Citizen and Permanent Resident?

In this case, immediate family means:

  • spouses
  • dependants
  • legal guardians

Without Visa – You can’t come to Australia until you have a visa. Apply for a visa and include proof (such as your marriage certificate, your birth certificate or birth certificate for your children). If you are able to travel, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days, at home or in a hotel.

With a Temporary Visa (except for Partner and Child visa holders) – Attach proof (such as your marriage certificate, evidence of de-facto relationship such as shared finances or property, birth certificate or birth certificate for children. Do not travel until Immigration advise that you can. If the person is permitted to travel, they will need to self-isolate for 14 days, at home or in a hotel.

Partner and Child Visa Holders (except Prospective Marriage visa holders) can come to Australia. They will need to self-isolate for 14 days, at home or in a hotel.

Please contact Nevett Ford Lawyers Melbourne today for advice and assistance.
📞: +61 3 9614 7111
📨: melbourne@nevettford.com.au