Coronavirus - international travel restrictions


Visiting Australia during the coronavirus pandemic

Caps on international passenger flows and travel restrictions have been introduced by the Australian government to protect the health of the Australian community during the coronavirus pandemic. This includes:

•    A travel ban for all non-residents and non-Australian citizens coming to Australia including people planning to visit Australia for Tourism or to see their family.

•    Exemptions from this travel ban are in place for Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family members (spouses, dependent children and legal guardians) plus New Zealand citizens who usually reside in Australia.

Caps on international arrivals

On 10 July 2020, National Cabinet agreed that all international passenger flight arrivals will be coordinated by the Commonwealth Government. This means, the number of arrivals at each international airport will be subject to caps agreed upon between federal and all state and territory governments.

As part of this national coordinated approach and to manage and maintain quarantine arrangements, all international passenger flights into Victoria have been cancelled until further notice and caps have been introduced by some states as follows:

•    Perth - a cap of 525 international arrivals per week.
•    Brisbane - an overall cap of 500 international arrivals per week.
•    Sydney - a cap of 450 international arrivals per day.

Flexibility remains within these caps to as much as possible minimise disruptions to returning Australian citizens and permanent residents but, currently passenger seats are extremely limited and at a premium. These arrangements are subject to change and will be reviewed by the National Cabinet before the end of July.

Applying for an exemption

If you who have a compassionate or compelling reason to travel to Australia, you will need to have an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Before you apply for permission to travel, you must either hold a valid visa or have applied for a visa. It is recommended you apply at least 4 weeks, but not more than 3 months, before your planned travel. If you are not granted an exemption, you should not continue with your travel plans. If you are granted an exemption, you must take evidence of the exemption decision to the airport.

Quarantine is mandatory

All travellers arriving in Australia are subject to mandatory quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility, such as a hotel at their place of arrival. Incoming passengers will be liable for the cost of their quarantine which will vary depending on the state or territory.

Grahame Igglesden

Registered Migration Agent 9901024


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