Australia Travel Update for Eligible Visa Holders


Fully vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible visa holders can travel to and from Australia without a travel exemption from 15 December 2021.

Originally announced for 1 December, the date has been postponed two weeks due to the new Omicron variant’s potential threat to Australia.

Nonetheless, this major announcement comes just one month after New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) stopped quarantine requirements for Australian citizens, residents and their families travelling to and from Australia.


Eligible Visa Holders


Eligible visa holders include people who hold the following visas:

  • Prospective Marriage visa (Subclass 300)
  • Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa (Subclass 400)
  • Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (other streams, including Australian Agriculture Visa stream) (Subclass 403)
  • Training visa (Subclass 407)
  • Temporary Activity visa (Subclass 408)
  • Working Holiday visa (Subclass 417)
  • New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa (Subclass 461)
  • Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462)
  • Skilled – Recognised Graduate visa (Subclass 476)
  • Temporary Skill Shortage visa (Subclass 482)
  • Temporary Graduate visa (Subclass 485)
  • Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 489)
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 491)
  • Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 494)
  • Student visa (Subclass 500)
  • Student Guardian visa (Subclass 590)
  • Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (Subclass 870)

The full list can be found here.


Fully Vaccinated


Vaccines accepted for Australian travel must be recognised and approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Currently, they are:

  • Two doses of:
    • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
    • AstraZeneca Covishield
    • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
    • Moderna Spikevax
    • Sinovac Coronavac
    • Bharat Biotech Covaxin
    • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for 18–60-year-olds).
  • Or one dose of:
    • Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.

The TGA is also evaluating additional COVID-19 vaccines that may be recognised for travel to Australia.

One must wait 7-days from their final dose to be considered fully vaccinated and applicable for Australian travel.

People who are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, and children under 12 years old, may still be able to enter Australia under very limited circumstances.




Depending on the State or Territory of travel, travellers may be subject to reduced quarantine requirements when returning to Australia.

Currently, travellers may only enter and travel between NSW, Victoria and ACT without quarantining.

Quarantine requirements apply when travelling to other States from these locations.


Contact Us


For assistance with applying for a travel exemption or more information, contact us at Bambrick Legal today:

You can also read more about our Migration and Citizenship services here.

Related Blog – Australia Travel Exemption & Restrictions Update – Oct/Nov 2021

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