The Department of Home Affairs ( DHA) has introduced a portal for people who need a travel restriction exemption.

You should use the Portal if you are subject to the current COVID-19 travel restrictions and wish to travel to ​or out of Australia because you:

  1. are an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident (being spouses, de facto partners, dependent children and legal guardians)
  2. are a New Zealand citizen who is usually resident in Australia
  3. have a compelling or compassionate reason to travel to Australia urgently​, including critical skills and medical emergencies
  4. believe you meet a departure travel restriction exemption​​.

All requests to DHA should be submitted at least 4 weeks, but not more than 3 months, prior to travel date. Requests to travel outside of 3 months will not be considered, and those within 4 weeks may not be processed in time for planned travel dates. You should check the DHA website regularly as travel restrictions are subject to change.

If you require assistance with an Australian visa application, visa refusal or visa cancellation pleased contact Putt Legal on (08) 9221 7682 or complete our free online assessment application.

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