Travel Restrictions in Place on Australian Border
The Department of Home Affairs has clarified some of the information regarding the restrictions in place on the Australian Border.
From 9pm Friday AEDT, the 20th of March, the following restrictions come into force.
Permanent Residents, Citizens, their Immediate Family members and Bridging Visa Holders
Citizens and Permanent Residents
There are no restrictions on Permanent Residents, Citizens or their immediate family members, and they can continue to enter Australia. They are however subject to a 14 day self-isolation period.
New Zealand Citizens
New Zealand citizens who live in Australia as Australian residents are also exempt, as are New Zealanders transiting to New Zealand. Exemptions for Pacific Islanders transiting to their home countries will continue to apply. They are however subject to a 14 day self-isolation period.
Immediate Family members of citizens or permanent residents
Immediate family members of citizens and permanent residents are not restricted from entering, as long as they hold (or obtain prior to travel) a valid visa for entry. They are however subject to a 14 day self-isolation period.
Immediate family members include spouses, dependents and legal guardians. If you hold a partner or child visa you can enter without further documentation. If you are an immediate family member holding a temporary visa you will need to provide evidence of your relationship. Travelers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to travel to Australia can use this form to apply for an exemption before you travel.
Temporary Residents and Temporary Visa Holders
Unfortunately, for the time being, temporary visa holders who are currently outside of Australia and are not a family member of a citizen or permanent resident, will not be able to re-enter Australia. Their visas will not be cancelled unless they attempt to enter.
We are awaiting advice from the government as to whether there will be any exemptions, such as for medical personnel or essential workers.
Bridging visa holders
If you are currently travelling overseas with Bridging visa and your Bridging visa expires while you are overseas, you will need to apply for another visa. Bridging visas cannot be granted if you are outside Australia.