17 Mar 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 Travel Ban | How it impacts travel to Australia

Countries all across the world are imposing new limitations on travel to restrict the spread of Coronavirus. Here’s how Coronavirus Travel Ban restrictions currently impact travel to Australia.

Coronavirus Travel Ban Updates

-Australia’s Coronavirus Travel Ban applies to travellers from Mainland China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. Read our update here.

-From midnight 15 March 2020, all arrivals into Australia must self-isolate for 14 days. Heavy penalties for non-compliance apply;

-International cruise ships are banned from arriving at Australian ports for the next 30 days;

-Special arrangements apply for airline and maritime crew staff.

Onshore Visa Holders

-Temporary Onshore Visa Holders that cannot travel to their home country before their current visa expires must apply for a further visa, such as a Visitor Visa, to remain in Australia.

Onshore Visa Holders with a ‘No Further Stay’ condition can arrange for a waiver of the condition.

Offshore Visa Holders

Offshore Visa Holders that are required to enter Australia by a specified date may request an extension to the entry date.

Bridging Visa B Holders Offshore that are unable to return before their expiry date may apply for a Visitor Visa. Once onshore, they can apply for a Bridging Visa A.

Australian Citizens, Permanent Visa Holders and Family

Australian citizens and Permanent Residents and immediate family (spouses, minor dependants or legal guardians only) who hold a Permanent Visa can continue to enter Australia, but must self-isolate for 14 days;

Partners and immediate families of Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents who hold a Temporary Visa are being managed by the Department on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must complete an Australian Immigration Enquiry Form before travelling.

Get in touch

For further details, please read our previous update here. To discuss how Australia’s Coronavirus Travel Ban impacts your visa arrangements, simply contact Immigracious’ Registered Migration Agents on 08 6263 4406 or

Immigracious’ Registered Migration Agents
Migration Institute of Australia

Further information: 
What is Self-Isolation? | Department of Health

Sheila Woods

Posted by: Sheila Woods

A very experienced migration agent, Sheila has always been fascinated by this field. Her university degree thesis was on Australia’s post-war immigration history (and it earned her first-class honours).

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