5 Mar 2020

Coronavirus Travel Ban Update

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Ban restrictions have been extended to travellers from Iran from 1 March 2020.

The Australian Government is denying entry to temporary visa holders who have departed or transited through mainland China or Iran within 14 days of arriving in Australia.

At this stage, the Coronavirus travel ban restrictions will continue until 7 March, however it is possible it may be extended further.

How the Coronavirus travel ban applies

The Coronavirus travel ban now applies to any temporary visa holders (excluding permanent residents of Australia) who have been in Iran on or after 1 March 2020.

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

Are there any exemptions to the travel ban?

The Government has advised the travel restrictions do not apply to:

-Australian Citizens

-Permanent residents

-New Zealand citizens resident in Australia

-And immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents including spouses, minor dependants and legal guardians.

Immediate family members who do not hold a permanent visa will however be required to complete an Australian Immigration Enquiry Form.

Limited exemptions may be available for Year 11 and 12 students who remain in China due to the travel ban (apart from those in the Hubei province).

While exemptions may apply, all travellers from Iran or mainland China will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of departure.

For further information on how the Coronavirus Travel Ban may impact your visa arrangements, please read our Q&A’s here and our previous article here.

For advice on your particular migration arrangements, please contact our Registered Migration Agents on 08 9221 3388 or


Immigracious’ Registered 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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