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COVID-19 Travel Update: Visa Holders Who Do Not Require Exemption

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COVID-19 Travel Update: Visa Holders Who Do Not Require Exemption

The Australian government has announced that from 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders, including workers, students and graduates, can now travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. Please continue reading to find out whether you are eligible to depart or return to Australia under the new arrangements.

To be considered an eligible visa holder you must hold one of the following visas. Please note if you have applied for one of the following visas, but the visa has not yet been granted, you are not classified as an eligible visa holder: Subclasses 300, 400, 403, 407, 408, 417, 457, 461, 462, 476, 482, 485, 489, 491, 494, 500, 580, 590, 870, 785 and 790.

Under the new arrangement, eligible visa holders travelling into Australia must:

  1. Be fully vaccinated with a completed dosage of a vaccine approved or recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA);

  2. Be fully vaccinated with a completed dosage of a vaccine approved or recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA);

  3. Provide proof of their vaccination status; and

  4. Present a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken within 3 days of departure.

Foreign Vaccination Certificate
Please check the TGA website for the up-to-date list of COVID-19 vaccines that are recognized for inbound travel to Australia.

If you were vaccinated in Australia, you will need to show airline staff your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC). The ICVC will be provided in PDF format for you to print or hold electronically on your phone.

If you were vaccinated overseas and do not have an ICVC, you will need to present a foreign vaccination certificate to airline staff that meets all of the requirements summarised below (please note that paper and digital certificates are equally acceptable):

  • Issued by a national or state/provincial-level authority or an accredited vaccination provider;

  • Written in English or accompanied by a certified translation; and

  • Containing at a minimum name as it appears in the traveller’s passport, either date of birth or passport number, the vaccine brand name, and the date of each dose or the date on which a full course of immunisation was completed.

If the are you a temporary visa holder of a visa that is not included in the new arrangements for eligible visa holders listed above, you may still apply for an exemption to enter Australia. Please contact our office if you require our advice on your eligibility to travel into Australia.

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