Stricter COVID-19 restrictions for travel exemptions lodged after 9 February 2021

With Australia's international borders still closed, Australian citizens and permanent residents cannot leave the country unless they have been granted an outbound travel exemption.

Even if granted a travel exemption, travellers should be aware of the strict conditions that apply. For instance, a travel exemption is valid for one outwards movement only ie. you can only leave Australia once using the exemption, unless it is specified that it is a multiple-use exemption.

Additionally, travel exemptions lodged before 9 February 2021 do not have a validity period. They will remain valid as long your reason for travel remains the same.

However, travel exemptions lodged from 9 February 2021 onwards are only valid for 3 months from the date of approval. At the end of the validity period, you will need to apply for another outbound travel exemption.

You should check the Department of Home Affairs’ website for the latest travel restrictions, as conditions around travel may change at any time.

Our qualified immigration experts can help you understand the latest travel restrictions and requirements.

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