Latest Travel Conditions for Permanent Residency in Australia

Latest Travel Conditions for Permanent Residency in Australia

Getting a Permanent Residency in Australia can give you a lot of benefits. Australia is one of the best states in the world for migration. People from all around the world choose Australia to live and build their careers on a permanent basis. The Government of Australia provides a pathway for its migrants to stay and settle there permanently.


Perks of Permanent Residency in Australia

Australia provides many great opportunities to people who want to live and work there. Here are some of the major benefits that you can have while staying in Australia.


  • Australia has a strong economy that provides employment and professional experience to its workers.
  • The firms in Australia enhance your skills and gives you different opportunities to start your business as well.
  • The Australian universities rank among the top universities of the world. Therefore, if you graduate from any Australian institution so you will have a strong worth. Moreover, you can get more opportunities for further studies and employment in Australia.

Visas to get Permanent Residency in Australia

There are some famous visas through which you can get Permanent Residency in Australia. They include:


Travel Conditions in Covid-19 for Australians

As we know travel restrictions in Australia are still not lifted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Even if you’re an Australian or permanent resident you can’t travel from Australia. However, there’s a possibility that if you’ve got an individual exemption from the Government then you’ll be allowed to travel.


You can submit an application along with evidence and documentation to get an exemption from the Government. Although, there are some conditions under which you can apply for the individual exemption.



  • You’re traveling for the national interest.
  • You’ll be providing aid for the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Your travel is as part of the response to Covid-19.
  • You need to travel for a business purpose.
  • You’ve compassionate and compelling reasons to travel.
  • You’re traveling to get the medical treatment that isn’t available in Australia.
  • You’re leaving for more than three months due to some compelling reasons.

Evidence to Support Request for Exemption

The Government needs proof and valid reasons to issue the exemption. Therefore, you need to provide evidence that should support your claims to travel. Moreover, your application for exemption will be rejected in case of invalid reasons or insufficient evidence.


You’re supposed to provide the evidence which includes:

  • Passport/s
  • Marriage certificate/s
  • Birth certificate/s
  • Death certificate/s
  • The evidence of relationships such as shared tenancy agreement and joint bank account, etc.
  • The evidence that you’re traveling for more than three months for leases or job offers
  • The proof that your goods are being transported
  • The evidence of your current valid visa including in Australia and/or overseas
  • An official letter from a hospital or doctor about your medical treatment or health condition with statements that why you’re traveling is important
  • An official letter with a statement that should claim that you’re traveling for a business purpose
  • A proof or statement about your return to Australia
  • Submission of any other pieces of evidence that support your claims

Travel for Three Months or More

If you need an exemption from Australia’s outbound travel restrictions to travel for three months or more than that then you’re supposed to submit the evidence. There must be compelling reasons along with evidence to support your application and get the exemption.


The evidence must include:

  • The confirmation of your flight schedule along with the return date of at least three months after the date of departure
  • Confirmation of leave approval from employment for three months
  • The confirmation of enrollment for the study
  • You must have a doctor’s certificate that should verify that you’re traveling to provide medical aid
  • You can add any other evidence that could make your exemption application valid

No False Statements

Make sure you don’t submit any false statements as a person who makes wrong statements to get exemption will be guilty of an offense under section 11 of the Statutory Declarations Act 1959. Moreover, you’ll not get the exemption either.


Your application and evidence should be translated into English before submission. Further, you must apply for the exemption two weeks before traveling. Usually, requests for the travel exemption get finalized within 48 hours. However, applications with insufficient evidence might get delayed or disapproved.


You’re not supposed to travel if you don’t have the exemption. Or else, if you’ve got the exemption then you must carry it along with other documents at the airport. Likewise, you have to check all the instructions about travel risks that you might face while staying outside Australia.


Make sure you’ve enough resources to support yourself if flights get canceled or travel restrictions are imposed in the future.

Automatic Exemptions

You can travel without any exemption in a few conditions. They’re:

  • If you’re a resident of any other country
  • Part of an airline, maritime crew or associated safety firm
  • Resident of New Zealand who holds a Special Category (Subclass 444) Visa even though you’re living in Australia
  • Engaged in the daily conduct of inbound and outbound freight
  • Traveling in association with important work at an offshore facility in Australian waters
  • Traveling on official government business such as if you’re a member of the Australian Defence Force or an Australian Government official traveling on a diplomatic or official passport
  • If you’re traveling directly to New Zealand or you’ve been in Australia or New Zealand for 14 days or more immediately before your travel date


Ordinarily Resident

If you’ve spent more than 24 months in a country other than Australia then you’re considered as an ordinarily resident of that specific country. You don’t need to take documents with you as it’s not necessary. Though if documents will be required then the Australian Border Force Officers will check your travel history in their systems.


You can always request an assessment if you’ve any doubt regarding the ordinarily resident information. The request should be submitted two weeks before your departure date.

APEC Business Travel Card

You can’t get the exemption if you hold the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card (ABTC). You have to apply for the exemption along with the evidence to support your application.



People who want to migrate to Australia for permanent living and occupation so they can avail themselves of many great opportunities there. The Government of Australia provides amazing opportunities to international students and skilled people to build their careers in Australia.


However, there’s a travel ban due to which the people with Permanent residency and other Australians can’t travel from and to Australia. Though, the Government of Australia provides an exemption to people with serious and compelling reasons to travel. You can request for exemption along with evidence to support and prove your claims. If you get the exemption successfully after meeting all requirements and conditions then you can travel easily.


Source of the News: Department of Home Affairs


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I’m Nasir Nawaz. I’m a registered migration consultant in Australia. I am based in Sydney. I’ve studied Master of Laws at the University of New South Wales. I’m providing immigration services for several years.

Consult with me for legal advice on Australian visas to permanently live, study, and work in Australia.