November 22, 2021

Australian international borders open from 1st December 2021!

From 01 December 2021 onwards, eligible visa holders (including subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visa holders and Subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa holders) may travel to Australia, so long as they can prove they are fully vaccinated.

Numerous fiancés/fiancées and parents of Australian citizens or permanent residents have struggled to enter Australia since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, mostly owing to the fact that they for a majority of the time have not been regarded as "immediate family members" under Australian immigration law. The writer is relieved that these families are finally given a fair opportunity to reunite with their loved ones in Australia, especially following the recent change in policy allowing for parents to be regarded as "immediate family members". The writer notes that parents who are subclass 600 visa applicants and holders will still need to be granted a travel ban exemption in order to travel to Australia.

All in all, great news for these eligible visa holders who are now able to travel to Australia without having to stress about a travel ban exemption! Travellers to Australia are urged to review the Department of Home Affairs' website for detailed rules pertaining to entering Australia.

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