Inbound trip to Australia for temporary visa holders
As of March 20, 2020, only Australian citizens / permanent residents and New Zealand citizens who normally reside in Australia can travel to Australia.
Exceptions for temporary visa holders:
- Immediate family member (spouse, de facto partner, dependent child or legal guardian) of an Australian citizen or permanent residence.
- Compelling or compassionate reason to travel to Australia urgently.
- Invited by the Australian government to support the COVID-19 response.
- Australian accredited diplomats currently living in Australia and their immediate family.
An exception request must be made this online form. Exceptions are checked on a case-by-case basis and must be granted before traveling to Australia.
The request for exemption at the Commissioner’s discretion must include:
- Passenger details: Name, date of birth, visa type and number, passport number, Australian home address, Australian phone number)
- Case information: why this case should be considered for the Commissioner’s discretion / exemption
- Supporting statement: A declaration and evidence of how the person fulfills one of the grounds for an exemption or excise duty at the discretion of the Commissioner above should be attached to the application
- Proof that you meet one of the exceptions up before the trip.
Self isolation requirement
As of Saturday, March 28th, 2020, overseas residents must be quarantined for 14 days.
This is intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the community, and severe penalties apply to those who fail to comply with the order.
Some people were quarantined in hotels for 14 days to contain the pandemic.
COVID-19 requires an exceptional response, and quarantine time is required for the safety and health of Australians, including family and friends of the self-isolated.
The 14-day quarantine period
In order to support compliance with the quarantine order and, above all, to reduce the spread of the virus, “visitors” are accommodated in a designated accommodation for a period of 14 days.
During this time they are not allowed to have visitors unless they enter the premises for medical purposes or due to an emergency.
At the end of the 14-day quarantine period
If you stay healthy after 14 days of quarantine, you don’t need any tests before you are released from isolation.
Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents – Travel Abroad from Australia
As of March 25, 2020, Australian citizens and permanent residents will be penalized for traveling off the coast unless an exception is requested prior to the trip. This does not apply to temporary residents, e.g. 482 visa holders.
Exceptions for outbound trips:
- People who normally live in a country other than Australia
- People whose travels involve essential work in offshore facilities
- People who are involved in the daily behavior of outgoing and incoming goods
- Individuals who are involved in official government affairs (including members of the Australian Defense Force (ADF))
- Aviation and seamanship and associated security forces
Exceptions are assessed on a case-by-case basis for those who meet the criteria listed below. The reasons can be one of the following:
- Individuals whose travels are part of the response to the COVID 19 outbreak, including the provision of assistance
- People whose travels are essential to the management of critical industries and businesses (including export and import industries)
- People who are traveling to receive urgent medical treatment that is not available in Australia.
- People who are in urgent and inevitable personal matters.
- For compassionate or humanitarian reasons
- Where the trip is in the national interest
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