With the Australian borders closed, we have experienced numerous client queries with regards to how to enter Australia under special circumstances or in the case of an emergency.

The Australian Border Force may consider an additional exemption in relation to travel restrictions to permit travellers to enter Australia under the following circumstances:

  • foreign nationals travelling at the invitation of the Australian Commonwealth Government for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response or whose entry would be in the national interest of Australia;
  • critical medical services, including air ambulance and delivery of supplies, that regularly arrive into Australia from international ports;
  • people with critical skills (for example, medical specialists, engineers, marine pilots and crews) by exception;
  • diplomats accredited to Australia and currently resident in Australia, and their immediate family; and
  • ​for humanitarian, compelling or compassionate reasons.

Cases will be treated on a case by case basis and supporting evidence will need to be provided for any request for a travel exemption. For example, if you have a member of your family who maybe unwell in Australia and you wish to visit them, a letter from their Doctor on hospital letterhead would be necessary.

If you are seeking assistance in the organisation of a visa to enter Australia due to an emergency or under special circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact us for clear, on-point and practical guidance.

Rebekah O’SullivanEntertainment, Intellectual Property and Immigration Lawyer  |  Registered Migration Agent (Lic No. 1568412)