Australian Border Travel Restrictions & Exemptions

by MAC

Australia’s borders are closed. Only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.

Feeling trapped with the inability to travel freely internationally?

In this video, our Senior Registered Migration Agent, Julie Williams, talks about Travel Exemptions.

0:12 Australian Border Travel Restrictions
1:14 Who can travel to Australia?
1:48 Quarantine
3:35 ETA/ Visitor Visa
3:42 Travel Exemptions on Compassionate and Compelling Reasons
5:20 Exemptions to enter Australia on Critical Skills and Sectors
6:18 How Do you apply for a Travel Exemption?
6:40 How long Travel Exemptions take to be granted?
6:50 How long do they last for:
07:04 I am an Australian citizen/ permanent resident, Can I leave the country?
07:41 When will the Travel Restrictions be lifted?

For further information regarding Australian Border Travel Restrictions & Exemptions, please access

Looking for more information on how to get a visa into Australia or New Zealand? Would you like to discuss your case with one of our experienced Registered Migration Agents? Contact us today!

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Jainexi Panchal October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Can student subsequent 500 visa holder enter Australia, if her husband is in hobart?

Jamar Walter October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

What does migration have to do with keeping australian safe that's why there is hotel quarantines

Raj V October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Dear Julie, Thanks for the video, It is really helpful. I am on 482 visa currently working in Melbourne. My partner is at offshore from almost a year. She has a dependent visa and full working rights but doesn't have any job offer from an Australian employer. We applied for an exemption but it got rejected.

Is there any way or option to make exception application successful? Thanks.

Drhemant Parekh October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Hi jully hope u doing good
I am 36 yers old doctor and have 10 years plus experience . I want to move Australia so kindly do needful regarding this . What is basic need to get pr . I heard that before getting pr I should register with AHPRA , is it true ? If yes then what is other way without register with AHPRA to come to Australia

Drhemant Parekh October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Hi my viza is expired on 18 October , which is tourist business class . And Australia health board (AHPRA) wants me to come in person visit for registration . So can they give me extension in my viza or I want to apply newsy ??
Kind Help please me regarding this

Joshua Mwaniki October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

What about brother or sister?

Joshua Mwaniki October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Wait immediate family members can come?

Helen Tan October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Hi Julie one question plz what about parents visa can apply now

Amit Sharma October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Hi there I am newzealand citizen who’s been living in Melbourne from last 2 years. I want to travel to India for couple of months so do I still require to register with Australian abf ( austrelian border force )

Nana Akwasi Oppong October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Please I've received my COE and studies has began wanted to know if I can or qualify for the traveling exemption

jamil akhter October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Good morning.
My name is jamil akhter,I am 3year diploma of associate electrical engineer. My age is 49year.
I want come to Australia.
Am I eligible?

Garrett Ederer October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

🙌Hoping to move there in 2021! 🙌

Negede Akalu October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

My Excellency Australian Government skilled workers program my Excellency I applied work permits and permanent resident Visa of Australia and Me and my spouse are a Registered Nurse BSC degree and my first daughter is Electrical engineer and my second daughter is Studying Engineering Arectrure in Adama science and Technology University (ASTU)4th year students and finally my Last son is in grade 8th and my Excellency when notify me my permanent resident Visa to Australia and I need yours genuine reply quickly??

Claire Gregory October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

I am UK citizen and my partner is Australian citizen. We have been separated for 6 months now as covid affected my previous visa conditions and I had to fly back to UK. We are in a registered de facto relationship and have joint bank accounts and registration certificate to prove it along with photos and witness forms from friends.

I applied for my exemption and visa at the same time but I applied under visitor visa 650. I noticed you only mentioned visa 600 in the video. Will this affect my chances of getting approved? How long is the wait for a approval?

Thank you! X

Rishi Vikram October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Thanks for giving honest information.

Rishi Vikram October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Nice please add more video 17 occupations list

Steven Voigt October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Stop idiots complaining about boarder closes putting the economy 1st before people's lives

Coming Soon October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Why do I have to be tested if I'm not showing any symptoms? If I wasn't showing symptoms and I called the hospital they wouldn't test me unless I was showing symptoms…

anna colica October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Hi Julie, my husband and i were supposed to go to italy in May 2020 to live for a minimum of one year and because of the covid our flights were cancelled. My husband is a dual citizen and I am an australian citizen going to italy to re-gain my italian citizenship. Can you please advise we need to do to apply for an exemption to leave australia and which documents we would need to show or declaration that we are definitely going to Italy for a minimum of 12 months. Also can we do one application for the both of us?

Nikola Jory October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Super helpful information, Julie. Thank you. I'm just wondering how it all works if my partner gets an exemption on the subclass 600, but flights to Melbourne aren't happening. How would she get to me? She'd obviously have to fly into Sydney or Brisbane, but as far as I know there aren't domestic flights to Melbourne. Do they allow people to cross the border into Victoria if they're staying with a Victorian resident? I'm assuming she'd have to catch the train, or maybe fly into Avalon, but I wouldn't want her having issues with the police. It complicates things even more that I'm in rural Vic and she'd have to travel through metro Vic to get to me. I don't know if you guys would know much about that but I thought I'd ask.

Kim Sang October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

I think Australia will close border until end of 2021 !
All couple/family that are separated can't even see each other. It will be 2 year

SUPER CAR legends W.A October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

I can't get a flight back home I'm Australian citizen

101 jojo October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Please could you advise me ? My brother is an australian citizen and permenant residence for 36 yrs. I need to get to Melbourne very soon. My brother has melanoma cancer and spread to brain lung kidneys and abdomen. He having treatment. He now live with his son.. What is the situation after 14 days quarantine and do i get a ticket first and 3 month visa stay before i apply for exemption. if i buy ticket and exemption not granted then what ?

Bung Muffin October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Thank you Julie. Appreciate the advice

Claudio Coppola October 22, 2020 - 12:47 pm

I've read on multiple articles that Italians CAN travel to Australia, provided they self-quarantine in a hotel room for 2 weeks. But, apparently, even the internal borders are still shut, let alone the international ones. What gives?


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