Australia

Overview

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, Australia has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to Australia, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 03 September 2021

Last Updated at: 03 September 2021

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Global Mobility Updates – Australia

Australia

Overview

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, Australia has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to Australia, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 03 September 2021

Last Updated at: 03 September 2021

THINKING OF MOVING AND LIVING IN AUSTRALIA?

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Global Mobility Updates – Australia

Latest Update

Australia extends overseas travel ban until December 2021

Australia’s Department of Health has extended emergency Covid-19 restrictions for a further three months, effectively banning overseas travel from the country until mid-December.

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Travel Requirements To All Travellers Before Entering Australia

  • All passengers are required to complete the Australia Travel Declaration before travelling to Australia.
  • Passengers travelling to Australia must be tested for COVID-19 72 hours or less prior to the scheduled flight departure.

 

Entering Australia Borders

  • Travellers to Australia (including Australian citizens) must:
    • Quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility in their port of arrival.
    • Complete all relevant declarations and forms so the Australia Department of Home Affairs can arrange quarantine.
    • Undertake contact tracing, in the event of a positive COVID-19 case.
  • Upon entry, passengers must display evidence of a negative test result at the time of check-in. COVID-19 PCR testing is required.
  • Passengers arriving on a green safe travel zone flight are exempt from pre-departure testing requirements. Countries, where COVID-19 PCR testing is not reasonably available, are also exempt, as determined by the Australian Government.
  • Visit the Department of Home Affairs on entering Australia during COVID-19 period for more.

 

Leaving Australia Borders

Notice to all Australian citizen and permanent resident:

  • All Australian citizens and permanent residents not allowed to travel overseas due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • However, if you need to leave Australia, you may apply for an exemption to travel here.

 

Notice to Foreigners:

  • All international visitors are encouraged to depart if it is possible.
  • Travellers that exit Australia may only re-enter to Australia if they meet the entry requirements

Visit the Department of Home Affairs on leaving Australia during COVID-19 period for more.

 

Transiting Australia

  • Foreign nationals transiting through Australia need not apply for transit exemption if they are connecting flights from the same airport without leaving the airport. Or else, you will need to apply to the Commissioner of the ABF for a travel exemption here.
  • To transit through Australia, one must either hold a valid visa or be from an eligible country to Transit Without a Visa (TWOV). Or else, you can apply for a Transit visa (subclass 771) which allows transit through Australia for up to 72 hours.
  • New Zealander, citizen of a Pacific Island Forum country, Timor Leste citizen or resident of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia do not need a transit exemption if the connecting flight departs Australia within 72 hours of arriving flight. Or else, one will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for travel exemptions.
  • For more visit here.

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From 11:59 pm on Thursday 10 June 2021, COVIDSafe restrictions across Victoria have changed.

 

Schools In Metropolitan Melbourne (Applicable to OSHC Program)

* Outside school hours care (OSHC)

  • School staff and secondary school students aged 12 or older must wear a face mask (indoors and outdoors) at school.
  • Children under 12 years of age and students at primary school are not required to wear face masks when at school.

 

Schools In Regional Victoria (Applicable to OSHC Program)

* Outside school hours care (OSHC)

  • School staff and secondary school students aged 12 or older must wear a face mask indoors at school.
  • Face masks are required to be worn outdoors at school.
  • Children under 12 years and students at primary school are not required to wear face masks when at school, or when attending an OSHC program.

 

All Schools

  • Teachers and education support staff are not required to wear face masks while teaching to facilitate better communication, but those who wish to do so, can.
  • Face masks are mandatory for all school staff and school students aged 12 or older when travelling to and from school.

 

Early Childhood Education and Care Service Operations (ECEC)

  • ECEC services are open for all children from kindergarten, long day care, and family daycare.
  • All services must have a COVIDSafe Plan in place.
  • Outside school hours care (OSHC) is only open for children who are eligible to attend school.

 

All information was taken from the State Government of Victoria

For more information on international schools in Australia, you can check out our article on Best International School Australia Consultants. 

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Visa Updates

UPDATE: Visitors are advised to reconsider their need to apply for an Australian visa at this time due to the changes in application process.

Get updates on changes pertaining to visa information here.

 

Visa Processing Arrangements

Due to the COVID-19, there will be disruption of services relating to the visa application processes and services will be increasingly unavailable.

  • This includes overseas panel doctors, English language testing facilities, biometric collection and paper application lodgement centres.
  • Due to unavailable services that prevent applicants from meeting visa requirements, they will be given additional time to complete checks and provide the requested information.

The Department will be prioritising processing visa applications for those travellers in the exempt categories to support urgent travel. It is encouraged that applicants to apply online wherever possible, as these applications will be processed faster than those lodged on paper.

 

Update Temporary Visa Holders

  • International students in Australia for more than 12 months will be able to access their Australian superannuation. The Government will also be flexible in cases where Coronavirus has prevented international students meeting their visa conditions.
  • Seasonal Workers (Seasonal Worker Program and Pacific Labour scheme) will be able to extend their stay in Australia to support the agricultural sector. Seasonal Worker Programme workers will also be able to apply for a Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa in the Australian Government Endorsed Event (AGEE) stream while Pacific Labour Scheme workers are able to apply for a new Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Pacific Labour scheme stream visa.
  • Visitor Visa Holders that are unable to support themselves are advised to return home if it is possible to do so.
  • Temporary Skilled Visa Holders who have been stood down, but not laid off, will maintain their visa validity and businesses will have the opportunity to extend their visa as per normal arrangements. In addition, visa holders will also be able to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation.
  • Working Holiday Visa Holders working in critical sectors (including heath, aged and disability care, agriculture and food processing, and childcare sector) will be exempted from the six month work limitation with the one employer and eligible for a further visa if their current visa is due to expire in the next six months.

More information on COVID-19 information for Temporary Visa Holders in Australia can be found here.

For more information about immigration to Australia, you can check out our article on Moving to Australia? Here Are The Best Australia Immigration Consultants.

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Home Search

Home inspections and auctions are currently allowed in Australia, however, inspections and auction guidelines may differ for each Australian states.

 

Latest Update for Victoria

  • Private and commercial properties can have pre-arranged real estate inspections for up to 10 members of the public.
  • Face masks must be worn while during home inspections.

For more information, you can visit the State Government of Victoria website.

 

New South Wales

  • Home inspections can take place with a one-person per two square metre density quotient.
  • Mask wearing is recommended but not compulsory.

 

Western Australia

  • Home inspections can take place with a maximum of 20 person viewing and a one-person per two square metre density quotient.
  • Mask wearing is recommended but not compulsory.

 

For more information on other Australian Territory home inspections guidelines, please visit here. 

For more information on long-term accommodations in Australia, you can check out our article on Long Term Accommodations In Australia: Your Best Bet.

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Yes. Cats and dogs can be imported to Australia during COVID-19 under stricter conditions

  • Live cats and dogs are prohibited from importing to Australia from Malaysia.
  •  A permit to import a cat or dog from New Zealand or Norfolk Island is not required, but conditions apply. 
  • Cats and dogs have to be transhipped via Sydney to the Post-Entry Quarantine Facility in Melbourne.
  • Pets have to undergo at least 10 days of quarantine isolation in the Australian Government Post-Entry Quarantine Facility in Melbourne.

For more information on importing pets into Australia, you can visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment of Australia website.

For more information on pet relocation to Australia, you can check out our article on Pet Relocation: Exporting Your Pets From Australia. 

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Latest Update

Australia extends overseas travel ban until December 2021

Australia’s Department of Health has extended emergency Covid-19 restrictions for a further three months, effectively banning overseas travel from the country until mid-December.

Travel Requirements To All Travellers Before Entering Australia

  • All passengers are required to complete the Australia Travel Declaration before travelling to Australia.
  • Passengers travelling to Australia must be tested for COVID-19 72 hours or less prior to the scheduled flight departure.

 

Entering Australia Borders

  • Travellers to Australia (including Australian citizens) must:
    • Quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility in their port of arrival.
    • Complete all relevant declarations and forms so the Australia Department of Home Affairs can arrange quarantine.
    • Undertake contact tracing, in the event of a positive COVID-19 case.
  • Upon entry, passengers must display evidence of a negative test result at the time of check-in. COVID-19 PCR testing is required.
  • Passengers arriving on a green safe travel zone flight are exempt from pre-departure testing requirements. Countries, where COVID-19 PCR testing is not reasonably available, are also exempt, as determined by the Australian Government.
  • Visit the Department of Home Affairs on entering Australia during COVID-19 period for more.

 

Leaving Australia Borders

Notice to all Australian citizen and permanent resident:

  • All Australian citizens and permanent residents not allowed to travel overseas due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • However, if you need to leave Australia, you may apply for an exemption to travel here.

 

Notice to Foreigners:

  • All international visitors are encouraged to depart if it is possible.
  • Travellers that exit Australia may only re-enter to Australia if they meet the entry requirements

Visit the Department of Home Affairs on leaving Australia during COVID-19 period for more.

 

Transiting Australia

  • Foreign nationals transiting through Australia need not apply for transit exemption if they are connecting flights from the same airport without leaving the airport. Or else, you will need to apply to the Commissioner of the ABF for a travel exemption here.
  • To transit through Australia, one must either hold a valid visa or be from an eligible country to Transit Without a Visa (TWOV). Or else, you can apply for a Transit visa (subclass 771) which allows transit through Australia for up to 72 hours.
  • New Zealander, citizen of a Pacific Island Forum country, Timor Leste citizen or resident of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia do not need a transit exemption if the connecting flight departs Australia within 72 hours of arriving flight. Or else, one will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF for travel exemptions.
  • For more visit here.

From 11:59 pm on Thursday 10 June 2021, COVIDSafe restrictions across Victoria have changed.

 

Schools In Metropolitan Melbourne (Applicable to OSHC Program)

* Outside school hours care (OSHC)

  • School staff and secondary school students aged 12 or older must wear a face mask (indoors and outdoors) at school.
  • Children under 12 years of age and students at primary school are not required to wear face masks when at school.

 

Schools In Regional Victoria (Applicable to OSHC Program)

* Outside school hours care (OSHC)

  • School staff and secondary school students aged 12 or older must wear a face mask indoors at school.
  • Face masks are required to be worn outdoors at school.
  • Children under 12 years and students at primary school are not required to wear face masks when at school, or when attending an OSHC program.

 

All Schools

  • Teachers and education support staff are not required to wear face masks while teaching to facilitate better communication, but those who wish to do so, can.
  • Face masks are mandatory for all school staff and school students aged 12 or older when travelling to and from school.

 

Early Childhood Education and Care Service Operations (ECEC)

  • ECEC services are open for all children from kindergarten, long day care, and family daycare.
  • All services must have a COVIDSafe Plan in place.
  • Outside school hours care (OSHC) is only open for children who are eligible to attend school.

 

All information was taken from the State Government of Victoria

For more information on international schools in Australia, you can check out our article on Best International School Australia Consultants. 

Visa Updates

UPDATE: Visitors are advised to reconsider their need to apply for an Australian visa at this time due to the changes in application process.

Get updates on changes pertaining to visa information here.

 

Visa Processing Arrangements

Due to the COVID-19, there will be disruption of services relating to the visa application processes and services will be increasingly unavailable.

  • This includes overseas panel doctors, English language testing facilities, biometric collection and paper application lodgement centres.
  • Due to unavailable services that prevent applicants from meeting visa requirements, they will be given additional time to complete checks and provide the requested information.

The Department will be prioritising processing visa applications for those travellers in the exempt categories to support urgent travel. It is encouraged that applicants to apply online wherever possible, as these applications will be processed faster than those lodged on paper.

 

Update Temporary Visa Holders

  • International students in Australia for more than 12 months will be able to access their Australian superannuation. The Government will also be flexible in cases where Coronavirus has prevented international students meeting their visa conditions.
  • Seasonal Workers (Seasonal Worker Program and Pacific Labour scheme) will be able to extend their stay in Australia to support the agricultural sector. Seasonal Worker Programme workers will also be able to apply for a Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa in the Australian Government Endorsed Event (AGEE) stream while Pacific Labour Scheme workers are able to apply for a new Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Pacific Labour scheme stream visa.
  • Visitor Visa Holders that are unable to support themselves are advised to return home if it is possible to do so.
  • Temporary Skilled Visa Holders who have been stood down, but not laid off, will maintain their visa validity and businesses will have the opportunity to extend their visa as per normal arrangements. In addition, visa holders will also be able to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation.
  • Working Holiday Visa Holders working in critical sectors (including heath, aged and disability care, agriculture and food processing, and childcare sector) will be exempted from the six month work limitation with the one employer and eligible for a further visa if their current visa is due to expire in the next six months.

More information on COVID-19 information for Temporary Visa Holders in Australia can be found here.

For more information about immigration to Australia, you can check out our article on Moving to Australia? Here Are The Best Australia Immigration Consultants.

Home Search

Home inspections and auctions are currently allowed in Australia, however, inspections and auction guidelines may differ for each Australian states.

 

Latest Update for Victoria

  • Private and commercial properties can have pre-arranged real estate inspections for up to 10 members of the public.
  • Face masks must be worn while during home inspections.

For more information, you can visit the State Government of Victoria website.

 

New South Wales

  • Home inspections can take place with a one-person per two square metre density quotient.
  • Mask wearing is recommended but not compulsory.

 

Western Australia

  • Home inspections can take place with a maximum of 20 person viewing and a one-person per two square metre density quotient.
  • Mask wearing is recommended but not compulsory.

 

For more information on other Australian Territory home inspections guidelines, please visit here. 

For more information on long-term accommodations in Australia, you can check out our article on Long Term Accommodations In Australia: Your Best Bet.

Yes. Cats and dogs can be imported to Australia during COVID-19 under stricter conditions

  • Live cats and dogs are prohibited from importing to Australia from Malaysia.
  •  A permit to import a cat or dog from New Zealand or Norfolk Island is not required, but conditions apply. 
  • Cats and dogs have to be transhipped via Sydney to the Post-Entry Quarantine Facility in Melbourne.
  • Pets have to undergo at least 10 days of quarantine isolation in the Australian Government Post-Entry Quarantine Facility in Melbourne.

For more information on importing pets into Australia, you can visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment of Australia website.

For more information on pet relocation to Australia, you can check out our article on Pet Relocation: Exporting Your Pets From Australia. 

Check out the following pages and contact information to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.

Contact Information for Australian Government Department of Home Affairs

Australia National Coronavirus Line: 1800 020 080

Latest Coronavirus News from Australian Government 

Updates to Australia’s immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Summary

Here is an overview of the travel restrictions in Australia.

Category:Travel Requirement:
Travel Measures:Others:
Australian Citizen & Permanent Residents-Allowed entry with mandatory 14 day
quarantine at designated facilities, in their port of arrival
-
New Zealand citizen usually resident in AustraliaSubclass 444 visa or other permanent or provisional visaRequired to carry proof of residency to be presented at check-in.
Immediate Family member of Australian Citizen or Permanent Reside (Includes spouse, de facto partner, dependent child(ren), legal guardian)Partner (subclasses 100, 309, 801, 820) and Child (subclasses 101, 102, 445) visa holders May need to provide information to the Department before travelling to Australia.
Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa holders Not allowed entry at the moment-
No Visa Not allowed entry
-
Visitors with exemption (as determine by Commissioner)Exemptions must be granted prior to travelling to Australia.Allowed entry with mandatory 14 day
quarantine at designated facilities, in their port of arrival
-
All other visitors (without exemptions)-Not allowed entryTravellers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to travel to Australia can also use this form to apply for an exemption.

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