International students and other eligible VISA Holders can enter Australia from December 1

International students and other eligible VISA Holders can enter Australia from December 1

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Study Info CentreMon Nov 22 2021

Australia has been very martinet about its border policies since the inception of disastrous COVID-19. However, the moment has come which thousands of overseas students and migrants were waiting for since Australia is finally relaxing its borders. 

Starting from December 1, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders from international students to skilled workers and many others (you can see the full list below) can enter Australia. Additionally, they need not apply for travel exemption. Over 200,000 refugees, international students and other eligible migrants are expected to return to Australia by January without needing any travel exemptions. 

As already mentioned above you need to be fully vaccinated to take benefit of this recent development. You need to present a foreign vaccination certificate-that meets the requirements stated by the Australian Passport Office- to the airline staff. 

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison Announcement

After the vaccinated population exceeded 85% of adults over 16 in Australia, Prime Minister announced easing international border restrictions and taking a step towards Pre-COVID normality. 

“We said let’s get Australians home first, and that’s been occurring, and so from next month we will welcome back students and start looking to (bring back) the skilled workers that are needed to ensure we are able to take full advantage of the economic recovery that we are working to secure.” 

Additionally, the Australian Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews stated-

“Eligible visa holders include skilled workers and student cohorts, as well as refugees, humanitarians, temporary and provisional visa holders, In order to access the new provisions, travellers will need to be fully vaccinated, and they will need to present a negative PCR test taken within three days prior to their departure.”

Which vaccines are approved?

As long as you have completed a course of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved or recognized vaccine, Australia will consider you fully vaccinated. 

Currently, you will be accepted for travel purposes if you fulfil these criteria and have been vaccinated with the following vaccines. 

  • Two doses at least 14 days apart of:
    • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
    • AstraZeneca Covishield
    • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
    • Moderna Spikevax
    • Sinovac Coronavac
    • Bharat Biotech Covaxin
    • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for 18-60-year-olds).
  • Or one dose of:
    • Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.

Additionally, a minimum of a week must have passed since you have taken the final dose of vaccination. Australia also recognizes mixed doses as “fully vaccinated” as long as the vaccines are approved by TGA. 

Eligible VISA holders who can come to Australia

According to the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs, the following VISA holders fall on the list of eligible VISA Holders. 


Subclass 200 – Refugee visa

Subclass 201 – In-country Special Humanitarian visa

Subclass 202 – Global Special Humanitarian visa

Subclass 203 – Emergency Rescue visa

Subclass 204 – Woman at Risk visa

Subclass 300 – Prospective Marriage visa

Subclass 400 – Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa

Subclass 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (other streams, including Australian Agriculture Visa stream)

Subclass 407 – Training visa

Subclass 408 – Temporary Activity visa

Subclass 417 – Working Holiday visa

Subclass 449 – Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) visa

Subclass 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) visa

Subclass 461 – New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa

Subclass 462 – Work and Holiday visa

Subclass 476 – Skilled – Recognised Graduate visa

Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa

Subclass 485 – Temporary Graduate visa

Subclass 489 – Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa

Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa

Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa

Subclass 500 – Student visa

Subclass 580 – Student Guardian visa (closed to new applicants)

Subclass 590 – Student Guardian visa

Subclass 785 – Temporary Protection visa

Subclass 790 – Safe Haven Enterprise visa

Subclass 870 – Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa

Subclass 988 – Maritime Crew visa


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