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Australia To Welcome Back Students, Graduates, Workers & More - This December!

Australia To Welcome Back Students, Graduates, Workers & More - This December!


Prime Minister Scott Morrison has formally announced that Australia's international borders will be reopening on 01 December 2021 to fully vaccinated visa holders - yes, it's finally happening!  As of December, you will be able to travel back to Australia without needing a travel exemption. All you need is an eligible visa and a vaccination.

Who Does This Apply To?

To be eligible, you will need to hold one of the following visas:

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



You must be able to show proof you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with a TGA approved vaccine,or show proof that you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons

At the time of publishing, the approved vaccines are:

  • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
  • AstraZeneca CoviShield
  • Pfizer/Biontech Cominarty
  • Moderna Spikevax
  • Sinovac Coronavac
  • Bharat Biotech Covaxin
  • Sinopharm BB/BP-CorV
  • Johnson & Johnson/Jansen-Cilag COVID vaccine

Children aged under 12 are not required to be vaccinated.


Will I need to Quarantine?

Once you arrive in Australia, you may need to stay in quarantine for 2 weeks. The rules for quarantine are different in each Australian State, so it this will depend on which State you arrive in.


See You Soon!

We are so happy to be welcoming visa holders back to Australia. It's been a very long and difficult wait, and we can't wait to hear the happy stories of everyone returning to their families, jobs, studies, and dreams.



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Chris Johnston, Founder and Principal Lawyer at Work Visa Lawyers




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This information is correct at the time of publication but is subject to change without notice.  All information provided on this page is provided for purely educational purposes and does not constitute legal advice.  For advice on your situation, please speak with an Immigration Lawyer or a Registered Migration Agent.


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