Eligible visa holders can enter Australia from December 1 2021, including skilled workers, working holiday visa holders and students
After shutting its international borders for nearly 600 days due to the pandemic, Australia continues to take further steps to safely reopen to the world, with additional changes to the international border arrangements coming into effect on 1 December.
Fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can come to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption from December 1. The move opens the door for tourists, backpackers, skilled migrants and international students to fly in for summer.
Besides, Japanese and Korean citizens who have been double-jabbed can also visit Australia from the same date without needing to quarantine, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced today.
From December 1st, fully vaccinated travellers on the below visas can return to Australia:
- Working Holiday Visa (417)
- Work and Holiday Visa (462)
- Student Visa (500)
A finalised list of the 28 eligible visa holders is available on the official Home Affairs website.
Anyone who wants to come to Australia must be fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR test result within 3 days of departure to Australia.
Due to different regulations in every state and territory, only New South Wales, Victoria and the Territory of Canberra will allow visitors to fly in without quarantining.
Mr Morrison said the return of skilled workers and students to Australia is “a major milestone”. He also claimed Australians could look forward to the Christmas and holiday season in a way that “few around the world can”.
Earlier, speaking on Today, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said reopening borders to 200,000 visa holders would be a real boost to Australia’s economy.
Employers have complained of a shortfall in workers across a variety of sectors after Australia locked out the world for 18 months, when the pandemic began in early 2020.
As predicted a couple of weeks back, visa processing times are longer than normal, something we kept in mind when confirming your travel dates for 2022.
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