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Confirmed! Australian international borders to reopen on 15 December

Australia’s international borders are confirmed to reopen as planned on 15 December 2021 to eligible visa holders, including international students and skilled migrants.

From 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. This includes eligible visa holders in Australia seeking to depart and return.

To be considered an eligible visa holder you must hold one of the following visas. If you have applied for the visa but it has not yet been granted, you are not an eligible visa holder.

Arriving Victoria

If fully vaccinated, or if aged under 12 and 2 months:

  • Immediately self-quarantine at home or private accommodation for 72 hours after arriving

  • Get a standard (PCR) test within 24 hours of arriving

  • Get another standard (PCR) test between day 5 and 7 after arriving

  • There are restrictions on entering sensitive settings (including education)

Arriving New South Wales

Arriving Queensland

You will be required to undertake 14 days mandatory quarantine unless you:

  • are coming from a safe travel zone on a quarantine-free flight

  • are maritime crew who is not required to quarantine under the Protocol for maritime crew members joining or signing off a vessel in Queensland (Opens in new window), or

  • you have been granted an exemption by the Chief Health Officer.

Your vaccination status, Australian residency status and suitability of your residence will determine whether you will be eligible for home or hotel quarantine.


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