Australia International Travel Exemptions

The Australian Government has extended its ban on overseas nationals entering Australia for a further three months. Australia’s international travel ban well now stay in place until 17th December 2020.

What does this mean for offshore visa applicants?

Under Australia’s international border restriction, only Australian citizens, permanent residents, and their families are permitted to enter Australia. However, if you are an overseas national and have applied for an Australian visa offshore, you may be eligible for a travel exemption.

Offshore applicants who have applied for a temporary skilled visa or hold a current visa with an occupation on the  Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL), will be eligible to apply for an exemption to travel to Australia. You are not required to hold a current visa to lodge a travel exemption request.

What do I need to apply?

You can apply for an international travel exemption via the Department of Home Affairs website. When applying, you will need to provide the following information:

  • traveller details: name, date of birth, visa type and number, passport number
  • proposed residential address and phone number in Australia
  • your reasons for coming to Australia and why you should be granted an exemption
  • a supporting statement: setting out how you meet one of the grounds for an exemption
  • accompanying evidence.

Upon arrival in Australia, you will have to adhere to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period to be undertaken at designated facilities. Any cost for quarantine will need to be paid by the arrival. Please refer to the Department of Home Affairs’ covid19 webpages for current international traveller arrangements:

To apply for interstate travel please see intended travel State or Territory links listed below;

Are you an Employer looking to nominate an Overseas National?

If you are an Australian employer who is seeking to employ an overseas national, we would strongly advise that you speak with our team before applying.

There are no provisions that allow refunds of the nomination fee or the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy should your application be refused or withdrawn due to not satisfying the LMT requirement.

Why Putt Legal?

Putt Legal are your specialists in Immigration Law. We can assist you in making your migration to Australia seamless.

The Australian visa process can be complex and confusing; our lawyers work with you to guide you through every step of the way.

We are highly qualified and experienced in immigration law matters and are committed to providing expert advice in every individual case.

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