Article by: Hari Yellina (Orchard Tech)
Prime Minister, Scott Morrison has announced that Travel Exemption requirements will be removed for fully vaccinated travellers to come to Australia from 15 December 2021 – including for some Skilled Visa and Student Visa holders. The change will allow eligible travellers with a valid visa to come to Australia without having to request Travel Exemption permission from the Government.
From 15 December 2021, the below fully vaccinated visa holders will not need a Travel Exemption for travel to Australia:
Skilled and Other Temporary Holders
Student and Graduate Visa Holders
Family Visa Holders
Humanitarian Visa Holders
Additional visa subclasses may be added in the future. The above is in addition to current travel restrictions and exemptions to enter Australia.
You also need to be aware that States and Territories have the discretion to set dates for opening the international border in their jurisdiction and you may not be able to enter specific States and Territories.
Quarantine requirements are determined by State/Territory regulations therefore you should check these requirements at the time of travel. You will need to comply with the quarantine rules in the State/Territory of your arrival as well as any other States/Territories you plan to travel to. Restrictions may also apply that prevent travellers from entering from particular States/Territories without an exemption.
Currently, fully vaccinated travellers returning to Australia can only enter and travel between NSW, Victoria and the ACT without quarantine. Travellers to or between other States/Territories may need to quarantine.
The Australian Government considers the below travellers who have had the below dosages of Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved/recognised vaccines to be ‘fully vaccinated’:
At least 7 days must have passed since the final dose of the vaccine. Mixed doses may count towards being fully vaccinated.
Exceptions apply for the below:
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children aged 12-17 years may be able to travel with a fully vaccinated parent or guardian. Quarantine and caps on international arrivals may apply. Travellers will need to show a vaccination certificate as proof of vaccination to enter Australia and other requirements for Australia Travel Declarations and pre-flight COVID testing will continue.