If you are a temporary visa holder who wishes to return to Australia, you need a travel exemption. You do not need any permission to leave Australia. Even though most international flights are suspended, it is still possible to find repatriation flights.
Australian citizens and permanent residents
If you are an Australian citizen or have permanent residency and want to leave the country, you need to meet at least one travel exemption below in order to return:
- travelling as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the provision of aid
- travelling for the conduct of critical industries and business (including export and import industries)
- travelling to receive urgent medical treatment that is not available in Australia
- travelling on urgent and unavoidable personal business
- travelling on compassionate or humanitarian grounds
- travelling for the national interest.
Travel Exemptions are in place for the following applicants:
- ordinarily resident in a country other than Australia
- an airline, maritime crew or associated safety worker
- a New Zealand citizen holding a subclass 444 visa
- engaged in the day-to-day conduct of outbound freight
- associated with essential work at Australian offshore facilities
- travelling on official government business, including members of the Australian Defence Force.
These changes will be implemented through updates to regulations and procedural instructions. Withstand Lawyers comprises of senior immigration lawyers and senior immigration agents, for further information regarding your eligibility fill the free initial consultation or call us.