Australia Delays Reopening Plans for Visa Holders

Australia Delays Reopening Plans for Visa Holders

People eager to return to Australia have been plunging in and out of hope and despair as the country announced it had delayed the reopening of its borders over Omicron concerns.

1 December should have been a time of celebration but things took a turn for eligible visa holders planning to travel to Australia. 

The plan was delayed for two weeks because of uncertainty over the Omicron variant.

This meant that vaccinated international students, working holidaymakers, skilled migrants, and individuals with humanitarian visas have to wait a little longer before returning to Australia

From 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. 

To be considered an eligible visa holder you must hold one of the following visas:

  • Subclass 163 – State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner Visa
  • Subclass 173 – Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa
  • Subclass 200 – Refugee visa
  • Subclass 201 – In-country Special Humanitarian visa
  • Subclass 202 – Global Special Humanitarian visa
  • Subclass 203 – Emergency Rescue visa
  • Subclass 204 – Woman at Risk visa
  • Subclass 300 – Prospective Marriage visa
  • Subclass 400 – Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa
  • Subclass 402 – Training and Research visa
  • Subclass 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (other streams, including Australian Agriculture Visa stream)
  • Subclass 405 – Investor Retirement visa
  • Subclass 407 – Training visa
  • Subclass 408 – Temporary Activity visa
  • Subclass 410 – Retirement visa
  • Subclass 417 – Working Holiday visa
  • Subclass 449 – Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) visa
  • Subclass 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) visa
  • Subclass 461 – New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa
  • Subclass 462 – Work and Holiday visa
  • Subclass 476 – Skilled – Recognised Graduate visa
  • Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa
  • Subclass 485 – Temporary Graduate visa
  • Subclass 487 – Skilled – Regional Sponsored visa
  • Subclass 489 – Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa
  • Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa
  • Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa
  • Subclass 500 – Student visa
  • Subclass 560 – Student Temporary Visa
  • Subclass 571 – Student Schools Sector Visa
  • Subclass 572 – Vocational Education and Training Sector Visa
  • Subclass 573 – Higher Education Sector Visa
  • Subclass 574 – Postgraduate Research Sector Visa
  • Subclass 575 – Non-Award Sector Visa
  • Subclass 580 – Student Guardian visa
  • Subclass 590 – Student Guardian visa
  • Subclass 785 – Temporary Protection visa
  • Subclass 786 – Temporary Humanitarian Concern visa
  • Subclass 790 – Safe Haven Enterprise visa
  • Subclass 870 – Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa
  • Subclass 884 – Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa
  • Subclass 988 – Maritime Crew visa

Australia Reopening Plans

The current plan is for the easing of restrictions to occur on 15 December. That means, everything that was meant to occur on 1 December will occur on this date.

Quarantine requirements now apply to all international travellers arriving in Australia. Each state has implemented its own rules so it is important to remain up-to-date on the relevant process for your arrival destination.

Currently, Victoria and New South Wales are enforcing a 72 hour home isolation, while all other states have mandated a 14-day hotel quarantine. This hotel quarantine has to be at an approved medical accommodation and will need to be organized in advance. International travellers will also need to get tested upon arrival

Australia’s Travel Ban

A temporary ban has been placed on all travel by non-Australian citizens from the following eight African countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Eswatini

People who have been in any of these countries in the past 9 days will not be able to enter Australia if they are not a citizen or a permanent resident. 

Australian citizens and permanent residents can still return home if they have been in one of these countries in the past 14 days, however will be required to do a 14-day quarantine in an approved hotel.

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