New Arrangements For Eligible Visa Holders

New Arrangements For Eligible Visa Holders

From today (15 December 2021), fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. This includes eligible visa holders in Australia seeking to depart and return.

To be considered an eligible visa holder you must hold one of the following visas.

If you have applied for the visa but it has not yet been granted, you are not an eligible visa holder.


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

Note:  Additional visa subclasses may be added over time.

This is in addition to the exemptions outlined on: Travel restrictions and exemptions.

Quarantine and local requirements

You need to comply with requirements in the state or territory of your arrival, and any other state or territories that you plan to travel to. This includes quarantine and post-arrival testing requirements. Restrictions may change at short notice.

You may be eligible for reduced quarantine requirements when you return to Australia depending on the state or territory to which you are travelling.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet entry, quarantine and any other arrangements for each state or territory to which you are travelling. You may be responsible for costs of quarantine if you arrive in a state or territory without meeting entry requirements.

If you wish to travel on to another state or territory you may not be allowed to enter, or may be subject to a quarantine period.

To check requirements, see State and Territory Information for travellers. Also check our page about Covid-19 Travel Exemptions.


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