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    Australia Opening Border to Foreign Students & Skilled Workers from Dec 1, Bring Smiles for Many

    Nov 23,2021

    Australia Opening Border to Foreign Students and Skilled Workers from Dec 1

    Since the Wuhan Virus Pandemic has begun in the early 2020s, Australia has lockdown their borders on the world. Australia is among those few countries that have been affected less as compared to other countries of the world. Imposing lockdown and following strict COVID 19 guidelines is one of the reasons for a less number of COVID 19 cases in Australia.

    Now as the Wuhan COVID 19 virus pandemic effects are reducing around the world, Australian Immigration swings into action. The recent frequent announcements and travelling ease by the Australia Immigration have proved that. In the hierarchy, on 22 December 2021, the Australian government has declared one of the best news of the year. As per the statement of Prime Minister Scott Morrison from 1 DECEMBER 2021, fully vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residency holders, and some of the eligible visa holders can travel from and to Australia without applying for a travel exemption. The significant move has brought relaxation among, international students, who wish to fly in summer, skilled migrants and tourists/travellers.

    Here is the guideline that you should check while planning to travel to Australia.

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    Fully Vaccination Criteria Set by Australia Immigration

    If you are fully vaccinated and have the relevant documents then Australia Immigration won’t be a hassle for you. The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) department has published the approved or recognized vaccine list for travellers.

    • Additionally, it is also legitimate if any candidate may have mixed doses of two vaccines.
    • However, the doses at least have a gap of 14 days, as well as the full vaccination, has been completed at least 7 days before travelling. Here is the list of the approved vaccination to travel to Australia.
      • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
      • AstraZeneca Covishield
      • Bharat Biotech Covaxin
      • Moderna Spikevax
      • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
      • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for 18-60-year-olds).
      • Sinovac Coronavac
      • OR one dose of:
        • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine)

    Country-wise the vaccination schedule may differ. If any candidates have not been vaccinated as per the Australian government’s schedule then they do not meet the Australia Immigration and TGA definition of full vaccination. However, some exceptions have been declared by the department, which is as per below.

    Exceptions for the Vaccination Declared by The Australia Immigration and TGA

    • If any travellers may not be vaccinated due to medical reasons then they must need to prove themselves with valid documents. However, the travellers may have to be quarantined after reaching Australia. Each state has their criteria of quarantine so check the criteria before travel.
    • Children under the age of 12 have also been considered under the same travel arrangement category
    • Not vaccinated or partially vaccinated children between the ages of 12 to 17 years can travel with fully vaccinated parents or guardians.
    • If children are travelling with unvaccinated parents or guardians then the whole family will also need to be quarantined.

    Proof of Vaccination

    As per the guideline of Australia Immigration and TGA, these proofs are mandatory to show the airline staff while travelling to Australia or from Australia.

    • Travellers who have been vaccinated from overseas, need to have the vaccination certification as per these criteria.
      • The vaccination certificate must be issued by the national or state/provincial authorities
      • Must be written in English or must have a certified translation copy
      • The certificate must have
        • Name as per the passport or
        • Date of birth as per the passport
        • Vaccination brand name
        • The date of each dose
      • The certificate will be valid in both forms – paper printout or digital copy
    • The traveller who have been vaccinated from Australia
      • They need to show the international COVID – 19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC).
      • The certificate will be valid in both forms – paper printout or digital copy

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    Eligible Visa Subclasses

    With the announcement, the Australia immigration department has also declared the eligible visa subclass list. Only those candidates, who are holding this visa can only travel to Australia without applying for a travel exemption.

    1 Subclass 200 Refugee visa
    2 Subclass 201 In-country Special Humanitarian visa
    3 Subclass 202 Global Special Humanitarian visa
    4 Subclass 203 Emergency Rescue visa
    5 Subclass 204 Woman at Risk visa
    6 Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage visa
    7 Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa
    8 Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (other streams, including Australian Agriculture Visa stream)
    9 Subclass 407 Training visa
    10 Subclass 408 Temporary Activity visa
    11 Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa
    12 Subclass 449 Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) visa
    13 Subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa
    14 Subclass 461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa
    15 Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa
    16 Subclass 476 Skilled – Recognized Graduate visa
    17 Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa
    18 Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa
    19 Subclass 489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa
    20 Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa
    21 Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa
    22 Subclass 500 Student visa
    23 Subclass 580 Student Guardian visa (closed to new applicants)
    24 Subclass 590 Student Guardian visa
    25 Subclass 785 Temporary Protection visa
    26 Subclass 790 Safe Haven Enterprise visa
    27 Subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa
    28 Subclass 988 Maritime Crew visa
    29 Subclass 201 In-country Special Humanitarian visa
    30 Subclass 202 Global Special Humanitarian visa
    31 Subclass 203 Emergency Rescue visa

    **In future Australia immigration may add some more subclasses in the list.


    In the nutshell, the Australian government and Australia immigration has speculated that the target of 90% population (over 16 years) will be fully vaccinated before the end of the year. Whereas, with the support of the health department and the health workers until now, almost 85% of the population has been vaccinated. As a result, the announcement of opening the borders have come into the picture. On the other end, as per the Federal Treasurer and deputy leader of the Liberal Party Mr Josh Frydenberg, reopening the borders for nearly 200,000 visa holders would be proven the booster dose for the Australian economy.

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