November 22, 2021

Australia’s International Border reopening for eligible visa holders

From 1 December 2021, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. Eligible visa holders are people who hold the following visas:

Australian borders will reopen on 1 December 2021 to allow travel to Australia without the requirement for travel exemptions for eligible visa holders.

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

Is your visa on the list? Not sure about your eligibility for Australian visas? Contact us for a strategy & advice call.

Further information about these changes are available on the Department’s COVID-19 webpages.

24 Replies to “Australia’s International Border reopening for eligible visa holders”

  1. Sue Ridleycalcutt says: November 22, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    Does this mean that Australian citerzens can travel to the uk and return to Perth with out quarantine

    1. Auspire Immigration says: November 22, 2021 at 6:31 pm

      Hi Sue,

      This is about eligible visa holders being able to enter Australia.
      Different rules apply to Australian citizens!

  2. Kyle says: November 23, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    If we hold one of these eligible visas and, starting 1 December, we fly to Melbourne, for example, but transit through Sydney (more international flights at the moment), will we have any problem with the domestic transit flight? I know a Victoria border permit is required, but apart from that, there’s no problem transiting in Sydney, correct?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: November 23, 2021 at 1:31 pm

      Hello Kyle, That’s amazing you have an eligible visa from the list! With regards to your question: every state and territory has its own rules for access and quarantine. We recommend to check with the relevant local authorities before you start your trip! Safe travels 🙂

  3. Emily Rios Reyes says: November 24, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    I’m currently in Australia and hold a Working Holiday 462 Visa that expires on July 2022. I am fully vaccinated in Australia.

    Technically it would be OK if I go back home just for Christmas (Perú) and then come back to either Sydney or Melbourne?
    Are there any restrictions about which countries I can travel to?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: November 24, 2021 at 7:34 pm

      Hi Emily,

      The 462 Work and Holiday Visa is on the list of visa holders that are allowed to enter Australia without a travel exemption.
      We recommend to check quarantine requirements with the relevant state before you enter Australia.
      Please contact our office for any further queries!

  4. Garima Dial says: November 28, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Are Nz Citizens with only SCV 444 visa eligible to enter Australia if travelling in end December 2021- January 2022?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: November 29, 2021 at 9:20 am

      Hi Garima,

      Thanks for your enquiry. It depends on the agreement between Australia and New Zealand at the time of your travel.
      Please contact our office closer to your travel dates for advice!

  5. Desire Dixon says: December 15, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Good day
    Is there a date for this?
    Coco Tori’s removed South Africa off the red list so does that mean I can enter I hold a 482 visa.

    1. Auspire Immigration says: December 15, 2021 at 9:27 am

      Hi Desire,

      Yes, the 482 Visa is on the list of eligible visas! Safe travels 🙂

  6. James V Henley says: January 10, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Are the borders now open for partners to enter Australia?
    I have not seen my girlfriend for over 2 years and I’d like her to come. Can you help with this?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: January 11, 2022 at 10:28 am

      Hi James,

      Yes, partners of Australian citizens and permanent residents are able to come to Australia.
      We can assist with aall visa types, including Partner Visas.
      Best you book a consultation so we can give you advice and start the process for your girlfriend!

  7. Rudi S May says: February 3, 2022 at 6:12 am


    I’m holding a 482 Visa and have been stuck overseas. Does this mean I can now return to Australia?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: February 3, 2022 at 11:57 am

      Hi Rudi,

      Yes exactly!! The 482 Visa is on the list of visas that are allowed to enter Australia. We are so happy for you!!
      Safe travels. Please reach out if you need our assistance!

  8. Stan Levy says: July 19, 2022 at 6:12 am

    Hi Auspire Immigration,

    I would like to migrate to Australia. I’m not vaccinated and heard that Australia is now open to all people, with or without Covid vaccine.
    Is this correct?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: July 22, 2022 at 4:20 pm

      Hi Stan,

      Yes this is correct! Since 6 July 2022, Australia has lifted all Covid-19 travel restrictions for international travellers.
      We recommend to book an advice & strategy session so we can assess the best visa options for you! Book here
      Speak soon!

  9. Doris S says: September 21, 2022 at 12:01 am

    Hello Auspire!
    I would like to visit my partner in Australia. I’m in Europe at the moment. What is the best visa for me? How long does it take?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: September 21, 2022 at 2:01 pm

      Hi Doris,
      There are several visa options. It depends what passport you hold and how long you want to stay in Australia.
      Contact our office for assistance!

  10. Elvira Bosul says: October 4, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Hello Auspire Immigration!
    I am from Poland and my boyfriend is Australian. We want to apply for the Partner Visa. Can you help us, please?
    Thank you!

    1. Auspire Immigration says: May 13, 2023 at 10:59 am

      Hi Elvira. Yes of course, we can assist you and your partner. Please make an appointment for a consultation so we can assess your visa options. There are a few different Partner Visas to choose from. Book here

  11. Kate Bowe says: May 5, 2023 at 12:17 am

    Hello Auspire Immigration!
    My partner and I are looking to move to Australia – finally!!
    We don’t even know where to begin. I am a nurse and my partner works in IT.
    Is this something you can assist?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: May 13, 2023 at 10:42 am

      Hi Kate,
      Yes absolutely – we can assist.
      Both occupations, nursing and Information Technology are in high demand in Australia. This means you and your partner have various visa options to choose from. Additionally, as a couple only 1 of you needs to qualify for a visa and the other person can be added as the dependent. The same goes for children, if there are any.
      Contact us here for more details!

  12. Ansley Solta says: February 2, 2024 at 5:01 pm

    Hi Auspire Immigration!
    My family and I would like to live in Australia. Are there any restrictions to enter Australia on our South African passports?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: February 3, 2024 at 1:45 am

      Hi Ansley,
      Thanks for your comment. There are no restrictions as long as you and every family member that is migrating with you have a valid visa.
      Please book a consultation so we can assist you with the visa application process!
      Speak soon.

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