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.