Leaving and Returning to Australia

As Australia marches closer to the required 80% fully vaccinated rates there is the overwhelming prospect that International Borders will begin to reopen. With regards to leaving or returning to Australia the Prime Minister has made the following announcement:

Leaving  Australia

Only Fully vaccinated Australians will be eligible for international travel without seeking an exemption first.

All Australian citizens or permanent residents aged 12 and over who have received two doses of a recognised vaccine will be able to travel without needing an exemption. It is believed that this may begin sometime in November but there will be further information to follow.

For those children under 12 and for those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons may also travel overseas without an exemption.

Australian citizens or permanent residents who do not meet this eligibility requirements must continue to seek exemptions when leaving Australia or coming to Australia.

Arriving Back Into Australia

Fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents with an Australian Government recognised vaccine, or under the age of 12, may be eligible for reduced quarantine arrangements when you return to Australia.

It is important to demonstrate your vaccination status at check-in when travelling to Australia.



States and Territories are responsible for deciding and managing all quarantine arrangements for vaccinated Australians and permanent residents.

Any reduction of quarantine and location (eg home quarantine) will be determined by each state or territory.


Overseas Workers (457/482 visa holders) – Leaving and Returning to Australia

Currently there is no plan for overseas workers to be able to leave Australia and return back to Australia without obtaining a travel exemption.

If you have any migration related questions feel free to contact:

 Registered Migration Agent Graham Copson (MARN 1575606)

on 08 8155 6062 or by email

“Your Migration Partner”

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