Australia Travel Exemption & Restrictions Update

Updated: 22 Oct 2021 

The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, has announced that as of 1 November 2021 there will be no quarantine requirements for people arriving in Australia via New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

Specifically, Australian citizens, residents and their families, will be allowed to enter NSW and ACT from overseas if they are fully vaccinated.

They may also travel between the State and Territory.

Immediate family members of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or New Zealand citizens who usually reside in Australia, have been able to apply for travel exemptions for some time now to enter Australia, subject to a variety of factors.

A person is considered to be an immediate family member if they are:

  • A spouse;
  • A de facto partner;
  • A dependent child; or
  • A legal guardian.

However, as of 1 November 2021, parents of adult Australian citizens and permanent residents will also be considered immediate family members, and thus qualify to make an application for a travel exemption.

This is no doubt welcome news to Australians who are looking to reunite with their family members, specifically their parents, who are overseas.

The news also means that vaccinated Australian permanent residents, citizens, and their families, will be allowed to depart Australia and return, again from 1 November 2021.

Notably, they may depart from wherever they may be located in Australia, but may only return via NSW or ACT without needing to quarantine.

Travel restrictions will further ease throughout the country as Australians continue to make the decision to get vaccinated.

NSW and ACT are becoming two of the most vaccinated locations in the world, with over 80% of the population (aged over 16) fully vaccinated.


Where Else Can I Travel in Australia From NSW & ACT?


As of 20 October 2021, fully vaccinated travellers arriving in Victoria from Sydney will no longer have to quarantine or be tested.

Anyone who isn’t vaccinated requires a permit, must isolate, be tested within 72 hours, and stay in quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

However, anyone (vaccinated) travelling from regional NSW or ACT to Victoria still requires a permit to enter Victoria.

People coming into NSW and ACT from Victoria have to quarantine for 14 days.

Further travel restrictions will be relaxed as more States hit the desired 80% vaccination mark, with Victoria and Tasmania on track to hit the threshold in November, and the rest of Australia by the new year.


Travel Exemptions


If you are unsure about whether or not you need a Travel Exemption to travel to Australia, refer to our flowchart here.


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

Related Blog – I am a partner of an Australian Citizen (Permanent Resident). Can I travel to Australia during the COVID-19 Travel Ban?

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