G'day Travel Agent,
Many of you would have seen the exciting news from Australia regarding the re-opening of Australian borders from 21 February 2022. You can now commence lodging visa application. It’s advisable to lodge applications as early as possible. Further, it is important to mention the travel dates in the application form.
From 21 February 2022, Australia will welcome all fully vaccinated eligible visa holders, enabling the return of leisure visitors, business travellers, and other visitors to Australia from this date. Travellers who are fully vaccinated with a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved vaccine, will not have to quarantine on arrival. However, please note that some states and territories have specific requirements for visitors arriving from overseas so please refer to the latest advice for more details.
Please also note that as of 15 February 2022, all travellers to Australia will need to compete a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) of their critical health information prior to arriving in Australia by air – the DPD is replacing the Australia Travel Declaration (ATD), and will be available to complete as a web form. A DPD mobile application will also become available from 1 March 2022, which passengers can download for free from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play Store (Android).
There are also several important pre departure requirements for international visitors travelling to Australia, further details of which are available here:
Vaccinated Travellers. https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/vaccinated-travellers
From 21 February 2022, all fully vaccinated visa holders can travel to Australia without a travel exemption. Unvaccinated visa holders will still need a valid travel exemption to enter Australia and will be subject to state and territory quarantine requirements.
• Vaccination exceptions and arrangements for children
• Proof of vaccination when leaving or travelling to Australia
• If the name on your vaccination certificate does not match your passport
• If you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons
• Proof that you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons when departing Australia
• Proof that you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons when coming to Australia
• Quarantine and local requirements
• Current arrangements for eligible visa holders
Nil Visa Application Charge (VAC) for Visitor Visa
You can now apply for a new Visitor (subclass 600) visa with a Visa Application Charge i.e. VAC waiver (no fee) if the traveller held a visitor visa and was unable to use it due to Australia’s COVID-19 travel restrictions. The traveller is eligible if their visa has expired, or will expire, between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2022, and was either a multiple entry visa, or a single-entry visa. Please find further details and eligibility criteria for the same here.
All The content provided here are from Australian Tourism updates.