Australian borders are re-opening for international skilled workers and students from 1 December 2021

by | Nov 25, 2021 | Migration

The Australian Government has announced that Australian borders will reopen 1 December 2021 by providing new arrangements for eligible visa holders.

The Department of Home Affairs has released a broad list of fully-vaccinated visa holders that are eligible for travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. This list ranges across family-related visas, work visas, student visas, and humanitarian visas.

This list includes the following visa subclasses, as well as many others:

  1. Subclass 200 – Refugee Visa;
  2. Subclass 300 – Prospective Marriage Visa;
  3. Subclass 408 – Temporary Activity Visa;
  4. Subclass 417 – Working Holiday Visa;
  5. Subclass 461 – New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship Visa;
  6. Subclass 485 – Temporary Graduate Visa;
  7. Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa;
  8. Subclass 500 – Student Visa; and
  9. Subclass 870 – Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa.

A travel preparation list has also been released to assist those planning their travel to Australia. This list includes information on the following:

  1. Quarantine requirements per Australian state or territory;
  2. Evidence of COVID-19 vaccination requirements;
  3. Information regarding the Australia Travel Declaration requirement;
  4. A negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result; and
  5. The arrival process at the airport.

To support these eased restrictions, the Therapeutic Goods Administration has also expanded the recognised list of COVID-19 vaccines. This is to allow more travellers to meet the criteria for these eased restrictions. This list now includes:

  1. AstraZeneca Vaxzevria;
  2. AstraZeneca Covishield;
  3. Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty;
  4. Moderna Spikevax;
  5. Sinovac Coronavac;
  6. Bharat Biotech Covaxin;
  7. Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for 18-60 year olds); and
  8. Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.

If you have any questions about your eligibility for these eased restrictions and new arrangements, do not hesitate to contact our team.

Nevett Ford Lawyers – Immigration Lawyers Melbourne & Australian Citizenship Lawyers
Telephone: +61 3 9614 7111
Email: melbourne@nevettford.com.au
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