14 Feb 2020

Coronavirus Travel Ban – How it Impacts Visa Holders

As a result of the Government’s recently announced Coronavirus travel ban, temporary visa holders will not be able to travel to Australia from mainland China – even if they have a valid visa.

The travel ban impacts:

-Temporary visa holders in China who intend to travel or return to Australia

-Temporary visa holders who have recently transited through China

This includes overseas employees on a Subclass 400, 457 or 482 Temporary Work Visa, and individuals on a Visitor, Student or Temporary Family Visa.

The Government originally intended for the travel ban to apply for 14 days starting from 1 February, however it has now been extended a further week from 15 February 2020.

Arriving at the border while the travel ban is place will result in denied entry and visa cancellation.

Here are a few FAQ’s on how the travel ban may impact you as a visa holder.

I am currently overseas and need to postpone my travel. I will no longer be able to enter Australia before my visa expires. What should I do?

If you are unable to enter Australia before your visa expires, you will need to apply for a new visa. It is not possible to extend the validity period of a visa.

I am a temporary visa holder in Australia and my visa is about to expire but I now cannot return to China. Can I stay in Australia?

Staying in Australia beyond your visa expiry date will require you to apply for a further visa before your current visa expires. A bridging visa may be granted to you while the Government processes your application for a new visa.

My visa has ‘conditions that prevent a further stay. Can I apply for a further visa?

If you hold a Tourist/Visitor Visa with a ‘No further stay condition’, a waiver can be arranged in some circumstances. However, it’s worth noting the process of requesting a waiver is complex.

Migration connections made simple

We encourage businesses and individuals to postpone travel arrangements from China to Australia until after the travel ban has been lifted.

To discuss how we can assist with your migration arrangements and advise on your available options, please contact Immigracious’ Registered Migration Agents on 08 6263 4406 or


Immigracious Perth Migration Agents

Migration Institute of Australia

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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