Several announcements have been made regarding the easing of Australian border restrictions in recent weeks. These announcements apply to Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents, as well as temporary visa holders who have not been able to return to Australia throughout the COVID-19 border restrictions.
From November 2021, eased travel restrictions will be in place. These are as follows:
- The parents of Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents will now be considered as ‘immediate family members’ for the purposes of applying for a travel exemption to Australia.
- Double-vaccinated overseas travellers will not be required to undergo hotel quarantine, but may quarantine in their homes for a reduced period. New South Wales and Victoria have announced that double-vaccinated travellers will not be required to undergo quarantine in any form.
- Students and Skilled Migrant temporary visa holders will be able to travel to Australia with eased border restrictions.
- Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents will not need to meet eligibility requirements to leave the country, meaning they will not be required to apply for an outward exemption before travelling.
To support these eased restrictions, the federal government has also expanded the recognised list of COVID-19 vaccines. This list now includes:
- Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd (Comirnaty)
- AstraZeneca Pty Ltd (Vaxzevria)
- Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd (COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen)
- Moderna Australia Pty Ltd (Spikevax)
Further international vaccinations are being considered by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Association.
The federal government has emphasised that these reduced border restrictions will prioritise Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents who have not been able to return to Australia.
If you have any questions about your eligibility for these concessions, do not hesitate to contact our team.