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23 Mar 2021

Travel Bubble Australia | Plans with New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Fiji

This month, Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack told ABC News the Government is working with Singapore on a plan to create an Australia-Singapore Travel Bubble, which could start from as early as July 2021. Encouraging news also emerged for a Travel Bubble with New Zealand (NZ), with agreements between Australia and NZ in final stages. Australia’s emergency biosecurity…

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23 Mar 2021

Leaving Australia in the COVID-19 Era | Outbound Travel Exemptions

With reportedly more than 11,000 Australians getting Outbound Travel Exemptions to head overseas each month, there are many reasons why a person may need to leave Australia – for example, for Compassionate circumstances or Critical Work overseas. According to FOI data from the Department of Home Affairs, 105,028 Travel Exemptions were approved for people to…

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18 Mar 2021

FIFO Travel Impacted by Suspended Flights Between Australia and Papua New Guinea

As announced yesterday by Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, all flights were suspended between Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Australia from midnight last night, as PNG experiences a surge in COVID-19 cases. While Australia’s international border is closed, people could previously fly between PNG and Australia if they met a Travel Exemption – for example, for Critical Work…

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9 Mar 2021

Partner Visas in the COVID-19 Era | What you should know

Since international travel restrictions began, it has become more difficult for visa applicants to satisfy their visa requirements – particularly the Offshore Visa Grant Requirement.  This requires many applicants that applied for their visa offshore to also be overseas at the time of their visa grant.  Thankfully, from 27 February 2021 a temporary concession applied which may allow the below Partner…

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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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