Australian Visa Holders, International Students and Workers can travel in from December 15, 2021

TO FULLY-VACCINATED ELIGIBLE VISA HOLDERS, starting from 15 December (which initially is from 1 December but has now been postponed), you can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.

The eligible visa holders include:-

Subclass Types of Visa
482 Temporary Skills Shortage visa
457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa
400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa
485 Temporary Graduate visa
407 Training visa
408 Temporary Activity visa
417 Working Holiday visa
462 Work and Holiday visa
476 Recognised Graduate visa
461 New Zealand Family Relationship visa
494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional visa
491 Skilled Work Regional visa
500 Student visa
870 Sponsored Parent visa
300 Prospective Marriage visa

Safe Travel Zone for Japan and South Korea

From 15 December, Japanese and South Korean citizens who are fully vaccinated and have eligible visas will be able to travel directly from Japan or South Korea to Australia without requiring a travel exemption. Similar to the safe travel zone that Australia has established with Singapore, Japanese and South Korean citizens wishing to travel to Australia must:

  • hold a Japanese or South Korean passport;
  • hold an Australian visa;
  • be fully vaccinated;
  • depart directly from their country of passport (either Japan or South Korea);
  • provide proof of their vaccination status; and
  • present a negative PCR test within 3 days of departure.

However, please note that for Japanese and South Korean citizens travelling from countries other than Japan and South Korea respectively are not eligible, and must continue to apply for a travel exemption (unless they are an eligible visa holder, as mentioned above).

How to qualify as fully vaccinated

Travellers must show they are fully vaccinated with an Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved or recognized vaccine. These vaccines currently include the following:

Two doses at least 14 days apart of:

* AstraZeneca Vaxzevria

* AstraZeneca COVISHIELD

* Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty

* Moderna Spikevax

* Sinovac Coronavac

* Bharat Covaxin

* Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for ages 18-60 only)

Or one dose of:

*Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine

In order to be considered as fully vaccinated, one must have passed seven days since the final dose of vaccine. Children aged under 12 years count as fully vaccinated for travel purposes (assuming the adult family members they are travelling with are vaccinated).

How to qualify as proof of vaccinations

Anyone vaccinated in Australia and who has a valid passport can have access to an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC). The ICVC can be obtained by using a Medicare account through the myGov website. For those vaccinated in Australia but not eligible for Medicare (e.g. temporary visa holders), they can find information on how to obtain an ICVC at

Travellers not vaccinated in Australia should provide evidence of vaccination issued by a national or state/provincial-level government authority or an accredited vaccination provider. The vaccination certificate must be in English (otherwise to be accompanied by a certified translation) and contain the following details:-

  • travellerโ€™s name (as it appears in their passport);
  • either date of birth or passport number;
  • vaccine brand name; and
  • the date of each vaccination dose or the date the full course of vaccination was completed.

For more information, please contact our KL office at 03-2300 2380 / 012-238 1380 or our Melbourne office at +614 5077 2380 or email to:


30 Nov 2021

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