APPLYING for COVID TRAVEL EXEMPTIONS TO AUSTRALIA
20 May 2021
Restrictions remain in place and travel to Australia possible only available if you obtain an exemption. The COVID-19 Travel Restrictions are constantly changing. This information is correct as at 20 May 2021.
You are automatically exempt from the travel restrictions and can enter Australia (without obtaining an individual exemption) if you are:
The Commissioner of the Australian Border Force and decision makers may grant you an individual exemption if you are:
You must hold a visa and an exemption to Australia’s travel restrictions before you travel. The exemption application needs to have all required evidence and we back the evidence up with written submissions.
Many people receive denial of an exemption because insufficient evidence is provided or the evidence is not adequately presented. All documents need to be officially translated into English.
Compassionate and Compelling Reasons to Travel
The Commissioner of the Australian Border Force may grant you an exemption if you are seeking to travel for compassionate and compelling reasons. Compassionate and compelling reasons include, but are not limited to, needing to travel due to the death or critical illness of a close family member.
You must hold a visa and have an exemption before travel.
If you are travelling due to the death or critical illness of a close family member, you can apply inside this timeframe seek a priority decision.
Temporary visa holders departing Australia during COVID-19 Restrictions
Temporary visa holders in Australia can depart Australia at any time, however, they will generally not be permitted to return within a separate excemption being granted.
When to Apply - atleast two weeks (however this can be overcome with proper submissions) , but not more than two months, before the planned travel.
Most travel exemption requests are finalised within 7 days. Complex requests can take longer.
To complete a travel exemption request you should hold a visa, or have applied for a visa, and provide information and documents to support your request. Many people receive denials because of the lack of evidence or not presenting the evidence adequately. With our applications written submissions are added to the applications.
Depending on the category and reasons the evidence required can include;:
A travel exemption does not guarantee a seat on a flight. If you are not granted an exemption, you will not be permitted to board a flight to Australia.
If you would like to apply contact us and provide us with as much detail as you can, including which category you likely satisfy, the timing of travel, details of any previous denial and the number of people needing an exemption.
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