International Students, Skilled Workers and Prospective Marriage Visa Holders Back in Australia in December 2021

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced today that starting on 1 December 2021, holders of certain types of provisional visas including Student, Skilled, Working Holiday, Humanitarian and some Provisional Family visas are eligible to enter Australia provided they are fully vaccinated. 

These eligible visa holders do not need a Travel Exemption to enter Australia.  They are, however, required to present a negative Covid-19 test result obtained within three days from their flight to Australia, and a proof of full vaccination with vaccine approved or recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Quarantine requirements will depend on the State or Territory of arrival.  For instance, those arriving in New South Wales are generally not required to undergo quarantine or self-isolation.

Below is the complete list of visas whose holders are eligible to enter Australia starting  December.

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 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (other streams, including Australian Agriculture Visa stream)
Subclass 407 – Training visa
Subclass 408 – Temporary Activity 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 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 580 – Student Guardian visa (closed to new applicants)
Subclass 590 – Student Guardian visa
Subclass 785 – Temporary Protection visa
Subclass 790 – Safe Haven Enterprise visa
Subclass 870 – Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa
Subclass 988 – Maritime Crew visa

Those who are eligible to enter Australia are advised to read and follow the steps in the Department of Home Affair’s Traveller’s Checklist before their departure.  The checklist includes obtaining a proof of vaccination, undertaking a Covid-19 test within three days from departure/flight, completing the Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before departure/flight and checking the quarantine rules of the Australian State or Territory of arrival.

If you have any questions or if you wish to apply for an Australian visa, please send an email to: or call us at (+61) 044 999 2077