November 22, 2021

Australia opens its borders to fully vaccinated students and travellers

On December 1, 2021, Australia is opening its borders to fully vaccinated student visa holders and travellers. Eligible visa holders can now travel to Australia without applying for a travel exemption. After almost two years of border restriction, the Australian government has finally decided to lift the restriction.

Whom does Australia consider fully vaccinated?

To be considered fully vaccinated, you must have completed a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved or recognised vaccine course. Current vaccines and dosages accepted for the purposes of travel are:

Two doses at least 14 days apart of:

  • AstraZeneca Covishield
  • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
  • Moderna Spikevax
  • Sinovac Coronavac
  • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
  • Bharat Biotech Covaxin
  • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for 18-60-year-olds).

Or one dose of:

  • Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.

To be considered fully vaccinated, at least 7 days must have passed since the final dose of vaccine in the course of immunisation. Mixed doses count towards being fully vaccinated as long as all vaccines are approved or recognised by the TGA. You can find up-to-date information on approved and recognised vaccines on the TGA Website.

If you have not been vaccinated with the above doses or schedule, you do not meet Australia’s definition of ‘fully vaccinated.’

Who are eligible visa holders?

If you hold one of the below-mentioned visas, you are an eligible visa holder-

  • Subclass 200 – Refugee visa
  • Subclass 201 – In-country Special Humanitarian visa
  • Subclass 202 – Global Special Humanitarian visa
  • Subclass 203 – Emergency Rescue visa
  • Subclass 204 – Woman at Risk visa
  • Subclass 300 – Prospective Marriage visa
  • Subclass 400 – Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa
  • Subclass 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (other streams, including Australian Agriculture Visa stream)
  • Subclass 407 – Training visa
  • Subclass 408 – Temporary Activity visa
  • Subclass 417 – Working Holiday visa
  • Subclass 449 – Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) visa
  • Subclass 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) visa
  • Subclass 461 – New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa
  • Subclass 462 – Work and Holiday visa
  • Subclass 476 – Skilled – Recognised Graduate visa
  • Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa
  • Subclass 485 – Temporary Graduate visa
  • Subclass 489 – Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa
  • Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa
  • Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa
  • Subclass 500 – Student visa
  • Subclass 580 – Student Guardian visa (closed to new applicants)
  • Subclass 590 – Student Guardian visa
  • Subclass 785 – Temporary Protection visa
  • Subclass 790 – Safe Haven Enterprise visa
  • Subclass 870 – Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa
  • Subclass 988 – Maritime Crew visa

This list of visas is an addition to previously exempted visa categories on travel restrictions. The other eligible visas are https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions

Quarantine 

Different states and territories have different quarantine requirements, and it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet these requirements. Travellers can enter and travel between NSW, Victoria and ACT without quarantining. If you wish to travel to another state or territory, you may not be allowed to enter or be subject to a quarantine period. The restrictions may change at short notice.

You can find more information on quarantine arrangements on the State and Territory Information for travellers website. 

Source: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/vaccinated-travellers

FAQs

If you are an international student willing to travel to Nepal or other destinations outside Australia, you can travel from 1 December 2021. Australia is opening its borders to fully vaccinated student visa holders and travellers from this date. 

If you have an eligible visa, you can come to Australia from 1 December 2021. Remember, the quarantine rules still apply in certain states and territories. If you are coming to NSW, VIC or ACT, you do not need to quarantine. 

Yes, your spouse can travel to Australia from 1 December 2021 provided they are fully vaccinated as per the TGA Website.

You may need to provide a negative COVID-19 test before or after arriving in Australia, depending on the state you arrive at. For example, if you are travelling to NSW, you must have a COVID-19 nose and throat PCR test no more than 3 days before the scheduled departure time of your flight (or your first flight, if you have one or more connecting flights booked for your travel to Australia).

You can check the full state and territory requirements from the official government website.

Quarantine requirements in Australia are determined by State and Territory governments. Travellers returning to Australia may only enter and travel between NSW, Victoria and the ACT without quarantining. The restrictions may change at short notice. 

You can check the full state and territory requirements from the official government website.

At this time, the government is allowing only certain visa holders to travel to Australia, Unfortunately, tourist visa does not fall under this category. You can find the full visa list here.

You need to apply for a travel exemption to bring your parents to Australia. The exemptions are currently granted for parents of Australian citizens or permanent residents only.

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