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Migration Newsletter – Edition 17

Hello everyone!

The moment you all have been waiting for is here! Australia will reopen its borders to international travellers from 1st December 2021. Pack your bags and book your farewell party!

No, you are not dreaming! The Australian Government has finally announced that Australia will reopen to the world, after almost two years with closed borders to international travellers.

And the day this all will take place has been set: the 1st of December, 2021. This is the day that, if you (i) are fully vaccinated with a completed dosage of a vaccine approved or recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) AND (ii) hold a valid visa for one of the eligible visa subclasses AND (iii) provide proof of their vaccination status AND (iv) present a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken within three days of departure, you may be to enter Australia without the need of a travel exemption approved by the Australian Border Force.

Ok, it all may seem a bit overwhelming, but fear not! We have prepared a practical guide so you know how to prepare for your long-awaited travel to Australia:

Eligible Visas

To be allowed to travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption, you must be a fully vaccinated Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible visa holder. Among the visas that will be allowed to the country, we can highlight:

  • Subclass 500 (Student visa)
  • Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate visa)
  • Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional visa)
  • Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional visa)
  • Subclass 300 (Prospective Marriage visa)
  • Subclass 400 (Temporary Work visa)
  • Subclass 407 (Training visa)
  • Subclass 408 (Temporary Activity visa)
  • Subclass 417 (Working Holiday visa)
  • Subclass 462 (Work and Holiday visa)
  • Subclass 457 (Temporary Work visa)
  • Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage visa)
  • Subclass 476 – Skilled (Recognised Graduate visa)
  • Subclass 461 (New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa)
  • Subclass 489 (Skilled Regional visa) and
  • Subclass 870 (Sponsored Parent visa). 

Please note that visitor visa holders have NOT been included in the list of eligible visas, and so they will not be allowed into the country at this stage without having a travel exemption approved.


Although the international borders are controlled by the Australian Government, each state or territory in Australia may have different quarantine arrangements. Before you book your flight, check the quarantine arrangements for the state or territory to which you are travelling to. You may find this information here:

At this stage, only NSW, Victoria and the ACT are allowing overseas travellers to enter the country without quarantine.


Australia will consider you to be fully vaccinated if you have taken all doses of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved or recognised vaccine. Current vaccines and dosages accepted for the purposes of travel are:

  • Two doses at least 14 days apart of:
    • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
    • AstraZeneca Covishield
    • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
    • Moderna Spikevax
    • Sinovac Coronavac
    • Bharat Biotech Covaxin
    • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for 18-60 year olds)
  • Or one dose of:
    • Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine

At least 7 days must have passed since the final dose of a vaccine for you to be considered fully vaccinated. Mixed doses count towards being fully vaccinated as long as all vaccines are approved or recognised by the TGA.

The TGA is evaluating other COVID-19 vaccines that may be recognised for the purposes of inbound travel to Australia in future.


Vaccination Certificate

To travel to Australia, you will need to present a vaccination certificate. To be accepted, it must:

  • have been issued by a national or state-level authority or an accredited vaccination provider
  • have been written in English or accompanied by a certified translation
  • Contain at a minimum:
    • name as it appears in the traveller’s passport
    • either date of birth or passport number
    • the vaccine brand name, and
    • the date of each dose or the date on which a full course of immunisation was completed.

Paper and digital certificates will be equally acceptable.

Pre-departure COVID-19 test

A negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result is required for travelling to Australia. Evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 3 days before your flight’s scheduled departure must be provided to your airline when you check-in. If your flight is rescheduled or cancelled, you will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 3 days before the date the flight has been rescheduled to.

Australia Travel Declaration

Travellers to Australia should complete an Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before departure. You can complete your Australia Travel Declaration by downloading the free mobile Australia Travel Declaration app from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play store (Android) or completing the desktop ATD Online form:

Vaccination Exceptions and Children

Travellers with acceptable proof they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, and children under 12 can access the same travel arrangement as fully vaccinated travellers. Arrangements are also in place to allow unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children aged 12-17 years to travel with a fully vaccinated parent or guardian.

We can’t wait to see you in Australia!! =)

3 thoughts on “Migration Newsletter – Edition 17”

  1. Berthalo Franco Fonseca

    Tudo bem?
    Buscando informações e respostas sobre possibilidade de imigrar para Australia com esposa e dois filhos menores. Sou Dentista e minha esposa professora de matemática.
    Berthalo Fonseca.

    1. Marketing Seven Migration

      Olá Berthalo, obrigada por sua mensagem.
      Nossa recomendação é que agende uma consulta com um dos nossos agentes para avaliar sua elegibilidade.
      Seven Migration team

  2. Berthalo, dá uma olhada nessa lista de profissões e veja se a sua e da sua esposa estão (acredito que estejam!).

    Em seguida, cheque junto ao órgão que regulamenta as profissões de vcs quais os requerimentos pra validar suas profissões e trabalhar na Austrália. Há diversos caminhos pra imigração, cada um tem custos diferentes, tempos diferentes… Eu sou fisioterapeuta e estou nesse processo de busca há quase 5 anos, e acho importante vc estudar as possibilidades antes de conversar com um agente de imigração, pra aproveitar melhor a consulta!

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