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.

14 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!

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