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Australia to re-open international borders from 1 Dec. Here's who will be allowed in.

Updated: Nov 26, 2021


After shutting its international borders for nearly 600 days since March 2020 due to the pandemic, Australia finally announced opening its borders to fully vaccinated skilled workers, overseas students, and eligible visa holders from 1 Dec 2021.


"Australia is re-opening to the world," said Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews as she announced the news, adding it was "yet another step forward for Australia."

Australian education minister Alan Tudge said the decision is good for international students, the universities in his country, and their economy.


Who will be able to come to Australia?

Overseas students and skilled workers will be able to enter Australia from 1 December provided they’re fully vaccinated and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within three days of departure. The prime minister, Scott Morrison, said it would be a “major milestone” for the nation’s economic recovery.


Eligible visa holders who hold the following visas are allowed to enter Australia:

  • 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

Additional visa subclasses may be added over time.


At Ascend Migration, we pride ourselves in going above and beyond, as your appointed representative, we will act in your best interests at all times, even after you have obtained your Visa.


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