Australia Updates Travel Restrictions, Moves India to Global Setting

In an ongoing effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, Australia’s borders remain closed and international travel from Australia remains strictly controlled.

As of August 11, there are updates to the inbound and outbound travel policies.

Highlights of Changes as of August 11
  • Travel restrictions for travel from India to Australia have returned to global settings. Individuals who wish to travel from India to Australia can apply for a travel exemption through the travel exemption portal.
  • Australian citizens and permanent residents who ordinarily reside outside Australia will not be automatically exempt from Australia’s outward travel restrictions. These individuals must apply for a travel exemption through the travel exemption portal. Exemptions are valid for 3 months from the date of approval.
    • Supporting evidence must be provided and may include:
      • foreign government-issued documentation
      • evidence of an established and settled home overseas
      • evidence of employment or ongoing business interests overseas
    • There will be a transitional period until September 7, 2021, when travelers who arrive at the airport without an exemption will be allowed to travel if their status as ordinarily resident overseas can be confirmed by an ABF officer at departure.
Current Guidance

Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents

  • Australian citizens, permanent residents, and their immediate family members, New Zealand citizens usually residing in Australia, and select others are automatically exempt from the current travel restrictions and can enter Australia without an inbound exemption.
    • Quarantine-free travel from Australia to New Zealand is currently suspended.
  • Australian citizens and permanent residents cannot leave Australia without an exemption. There are automatic exemptions based on travel purposes.

Temporary Visa Holders

  • Temporary visa holders can leave at any time, as long as border restrictions in their home country allow them to return. Temporary visa holders who depart Australia will generally not be permitted to return.


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