UPDATED Exempt Persons List for Travel to Australia

The Department has updated their travel restrictions to allow additional categories of persons to be exempted from travel restrictions. These people may enter Australia without obtaining an individual travel exemption:

  • an Australian citizen

  • a permanent resident of Australia

  • an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident*

  • a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia and their immediate family members

  • a diplomat accredited to Australia (holding a subclass 995 visa)

  • a traveller transiting Australia for 72 hours or less

  • airline crew

  • maritime crew including marine pilots

  • recruited under the Government approved Seasonal Worker Program or Pacific Labour Scheme

  • holder of a Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 188) visa

* certain immediate family members who hold a temporary visa or do not hold a valid visa must apply for an exemption before travelling to Australia

If you require help with a visa application please contact our friendly team at

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