A Guide to New Travel Rules



Australian borders are now open for select “fully vaccinated” Visa holders.

Fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can now travel to and from Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. This includes Working Holiday Makers (subclass 417 and 462 visa holders) and Student Visa holders (subclass 500 and 560) who can now come to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.

Travellers will still need to present either an International Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate if they were vaccinated in Australia, or an Australian recognised vaccination certificate to airline staff.

Approved vaccines are listed here.

Before you apply for a visa it’s best to check the processing times and the eligibility of the visa. Below is a list of visas and their processing times.

Visa Type Processing times 
Student Visa 28 – 87 Days 
Working holidaymakers  01 – 60 Days 
Sponsored Visa 18 -25 Months 
Business visa 29 – 34 Months 
Permanent Residency 05 – 13 Months 

While the visa types mentioned above are the most popular, you can explore and find other visa types and their processing times here.

Travellers will still need to comply with the quarantine and isolation requirements of the state or territory they are travelling to, or plan to travel to. Requirements are subject to change with short notice. It is Ideal to plan for how quarantine or post-arrival testing requirements may affect your travelling plans in order to make arrangements. You can check the requirements of each state here.

Travellers should also be aware of the specific requirements of different airlines before flying, as well as plan for additional requirements for those taking flights with connections.

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