Holders of Australian visa permits who have been fully vaccinated will be able to enter the country from December 1 without being subject to travel exemptions, the Australian authorities have announced.

“On November 22, Australian authorities announced that the number of visa types, which allow entry to Australia, would be expanded. Therefore, as of December 1, students, professionals and travelers on “working holiday,” among others, may enter Australia without a travel exemption,” the press release reads.

However, in order to enter the country, visa holders have to be fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved for use by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), VisaGuide.World reports.

Furthermore, the authorities warn that entry requirements vary in the destination state or territory, meaning that arrivals can only enter and travel between New South Wales, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) without having to quarantine. On the contrary, when traveling to other states and territories, travelers are subject to entry quarantine.

In other words, to be eligible for entering the country, the traveler has to prove he/she received both shots of the following vaccines, with a 14-day pause in between:

  • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
  • AstraZeneca Covishield
  • Pfizer/BioNtech Comirnaty
  • Moderna Spikevax
  • Sinovac Coronavac
  • Bharat Biotech Covaxin
  • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for 18–60-year-olds).

Moreover, the single-shot Johnson & Johnson / Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine is also recognized as valid for entry by competent authorities. In addition, seven days must have passed since the final dose was administered, and the combination of the authorized vaccines is approved by TGA.

This announcement affects holders of various visas such as refugee visas, emergency rescue visas, woman-at-risk visas, prospective marriage visas, temporary workers’ visas, training visas, work holiday visas, humanitarian temporary stay visas, student visas, etc.

Rules for Vaccinated & Unvaccinated Travellers Entering ACT

Vaccinated travelers can enter the ACT by getting tested for COVID-19 within 24 hours of arrival in the ACT and performing another test between the fifth and sixth day of arrival.

Unvaccinated travelers are subject to 14-day quarantine, which can be reduced if the traveler requires an exception for exceptional or compassionate reasons, issued by the ACT health authorities.

Rules for Vaccinated & Unvaccinated Travellers Entering NSW

Vaccinated travelers entering NSW have to take a COVID-19 within the first day of arrival, in addition to quarantine and another test taken on the seventh day of arrival. 

“If you’re arriving in NSW from an overseas location and you’re not fully vaccinated, you’ll need to go into a 14-day mandatory quarantine period. You’ll be charged a fixed fee for hotel quarantine,” the authorities explained. The same rules apply to arrivals reaching the Victoria region.