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Travel Exemption to Australia COVID-19 Pandemic


Travel Exemption to Australia for Critical Skill Individual? Congratulations! You can travel to Australia now

During this COVID-19 pandemic, Australia restricted its regulation on people entering their borders. Since March 2020, Australian borders have been strictly closed. There have been very limited numbers of flights to and from Australia. These strict border measures are applied to protect the Australian community’s health.

Many Australian citizens and permanent residents stranded overseas were unable to return until exemptions were made on 20 March 2020, that Australian Citizens, Australian permanent residents, New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia, and their immediate family members can travel to Australia.

If you do not fall under these categories and you are planning to enter Australia to visit, study, or work, you are not exempted.

Well, now there are still some hopes to enter Australia during COVID-19 Pandemic!

On the 8th August 2020, Australian Border Force issued a new regulation regarding travel exemption. Foreigners having critical skills needed in Australia may be exempted to travel despite the closure of the borders. These travel exemptions that may apply to an individual, are:

  • Travelling at the invitation of the Australian Government or a state or territory government authority to assist in the COVID-19 response;
  • Providing critical or specialist medical services, including air ambulance, medical evacuations and delivering critical medical supplies;
  • With critical skills required to maintain the supply of essential goods and services (such as in medical technology, critical infrastructure, telecommunications, engineering and mining, supply chain logistics, agricultural technology, food production, and the maritime industry);
  • Delivering services in sectors critical to Australia’s economic recovery (such as financial technology, large scale manufacturing, film and television production and emerging technology), where no Australian worker is available;
  • Whose entry would otherwise be in Australia’s national interest, supported by the Australian Government or a state or territory government authority.

These travel exemptions are in place to support the Australian economy and to meet the needs of these sectors that are lacking in skills which are critical during these unprecedented times. 

This is good news for some people.

So, how do I apply for the travel exemption for critical skills during COVID-19?

If you meet one of these criteria, you may apply for an exemption through online submission. You will be required to provide some documents and evidence supporting your claim and will be validated. Your application will be finalised around 24 – 48 hours. This processing time may also take longer depending on each individual’s case and circumstances. 

Another thing that you should take note of is when you are applying for these exemptions, you must apply not less than two weeks but no more than three months before travelling. Your application may be prioritised if there is a case of death or critical illness among your family members living in Australia.

Sounds like hope, doesn’t it?

We understand that applying for a visa to Australia is certainly very complex. It is even harder during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our visa specialists at ONE derland Consulting will help you assess your visa options. We have a 98% success rate and one of the most highly recommended migration agents in Australia. Read our 4.9* score customer reviews.

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Take the first leap and get in touch with us. Our migration agents are professional, honest and speak various languages such as Mandarin/ Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, Arabic, Japanese, Polish, German and Russian. Contact us through email at [email protected] or via phone at 08 9477 5831 (Perth office), 02 9188 2065 (Sydney office) or 03 9088 4114 (Melbourne office). Alternatively, you may book your consultation online and is 100% refundable*. 

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