Blog Archives: 2021

20 Jan 2021

Will Australia’s International Border Open for Travel in 2021?

This week, Health Department Secretary, Brendan Murphy predicted it is unlikely there will be a return to widespread overseas travel this year, even with COVID-19 vaccinations being rolled out across the world. According to Mr Murphy, the prospect of Australia’s international border opening in 2021 remains a ‘big open question’. He told ABC TV, “I…

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15 Jan 2021

New travel rules to come to Australia

The Government has announced new rules for international travellers, which will take effect no later than 15 January 2021.  The changes were agreed by the National Cabinet on 8 January 2021 in response to the new COVID-19 strain that is more infectious.  Here’s a summary:  International passenger caps in NSW, QLD and WA will be halved by 50% until 15…

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22 Dec 2020

Australia’s International Quarantine Requirements

As part of Australia’s international travel restrictions, all travellers to Australia need to quarantine for 14-days, except for:   Travellers who have been in New Zealand for 14 days prior to travel (although this may differ between Australian States and Territories).   People who meet a Quarantine Exemption category.   To separate passengers from ‘quarantine-free’ flights and those who must enter…

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22 Dec 2020

Business Visa Changes for July 2021

Business owners, entrepreneurs and investors will gain access to a longer visa period in Australia and a direct Permanent Residence (PR) pathway following changes to the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) from 1 July 2021. The BIIP program targets migrants with a demonstrated history of success or talent in innovation, investment and business and who make…

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22 Dec 2020

Australia-New Zealand Travel Bubble for 2021

Updated 19 January 2021: According to recent news, quarantine-free movement between Australia and New Zealand is still planned for April 2021. This is despite caution over the new COVID-19 strain and Government discussions as to whether Australia will re-open its international border in 2021. New Zealand’s COVID-19 Response Minister has reaffirmed plans to establish a two-way travel…

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22 Dec 2020

Australia Travel Declarations | What you need to know

The Government has introduced Australia Travel Declarations to better manage contact tracing and quarantine plans.  All international travellers should complete an Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before departing for Australia. This includes: Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents People who are automatically exempt from the travel restrictions People who have been granted a travel exemption The declarations collect each traveller’s:…

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22 Dec 2020

Update on Travel Exemptions and Priority Skilled List

We are continuing to see Travel Exemption categories gradually expand and occupations added to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) while Australia seeks to ensure it has the critical skills needed to boost the economy during the pandemic. Travel Exemptions to come to Australia The Government has added two new Travel Exemption categories. Individuals…

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9 Oct 2020

Federal Budget and Australia’s Migration Program

The 2020-21 Federal Budget has confirmed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to be felt in Australia’s migration program for years to come.  While Australia’s migration program has historically been a significant economic driver, it will be severely limited by international border restrictions in coming years.  The Budget revealed several 5 key assumptions about the future of migration…

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