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Temporary visa holders are being welcomed back to Australia

The Australian Government has announced that the border will be opened to temporary visa holders from December 2021.

Despite concerns about the new Omicron variant strain of COVID-19 in a move that provides certainty to so many the Government will press ahead.

It is planned that fully vaccinated travellers who hold certain temporary visas which are outlined below can travel to Australia without seeking a travel exemption.

Skilled and student visa holders and humanitarian, working holiday and provisional family visa holders will be able to come into Australia.

Importantly international students who are one of the main stays of the Australian educational and tertiary sector will also be allowed back in.

Whilst all international students will be subject to Australian Government border restrictions and any State and Territory quarantine and testing requirements it is a very welcome development and information can be found here.

For eligible visa holders to enter the country, they must have had a vaccine approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and a negative COVID-19 PCR test within three days of departure.

Current vaccines and dosages approved by the TGA for the purposes of travel are:

  • Two doses at least 14 days apart of:
    • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
    • AstraZeneca Covishield
    • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
    • Moderna Spikevax or Takeda
    • Sinovac Coronavac
    • Bharat Biotech Covaxin
    • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for 18-60 year old’s).
  • Or one dose of:
    • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.

The eligible visas are:

  • Subclass 163 – State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner Visa
  • Subclass 173 – Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa
  • 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 402 – Training and Research visa
  • Subclass 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (other streams, including Australian Agriculture Visa stream)
  • Subclass 405 – Investor Retirement visa
  • Subclass 407 – Training visa
  • Subclass 408 – Temporary Activity visa
  • Subclass 410 – Retirement 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 487 – Skilled – Regional Sponsored 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 560 – Student Temporary Visa
  • Subclass 571 – Student Schools Sector Visa
  • Subclass 572 – Vocational Education and Training Sector Visa
  • Subclass 573 – Higher Education Sector Visa
  • Subclass 574 – Postgraduate Research Sector Visa
  • Subclass 575 – Non-Award Sector Visa
  • Subclass 580 – Student Guardian visa
  • Subclass 590 – Student Guardian visa
  • Subclass 785 – Temporary Protection visa
  • Subclass 786 – Temporary Humanitarian Concern visa
  • Subclass 790 – Safe Haven Enterprise visa
  • Subclass 870 – Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa
  • Subclass 884 – Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa
  • Subclass 988 – Maritime Crew visa

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