Door Open to Parents of Australian Citizens
and Permanent Residents

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You can soon travel to Australia if you are exempt as a parent (immediate family member) of adult Australian citizens and permanent residents!


To help in preventing the spread of COVID-19, entry to Australia remains controlled. You can only travel to Australia if you are exempt or you have been granted an individual exemption.


From 1 November 2021, the definition of ‘immediate family member’ will include the parents of adult Australian citizens and permanent residents. This is to assess exemptions to Australia’s travel restrictions only.


You can travel to Australia if you are an immediate family member of:

  • an Australian citizen

  • an Australian permanent resident (permanent visa holder)

  • a New Zealand citizen who is usually resident in Australia.


You are only considered to be an immediate family member if you are:

  • a spouse

  • a de facto partner

  • a dependent child

  • a legal guardian

Available from 1 November 2021:

  • a biological parent

  • legal (including adoptive) parent

  • step-parent

  • parent-in-law


People arriving in Australia mostly have to be quarantined for 14 days and have to comply with the state and territory travel restrictions. Exceptions to these quarantine arrangements include travellers who are either travelling from a green zone or in an exemption category.


If you are fully vaccinated with an Australian Government approved or recognised vaccine, you may be eligible for reduced quarantine requirements when returning to Australia. There are different ways to apply for an exemption from the states or territories quarantine authorities. Please go to this website for more details. 


Before travelling:

Passengers are required to  

  • do the COVID-19 PCR test (except for passengers travelling from countries where no PCR testing is available)

  • be tested 72 hours or less before the scheduled flight departure

  • display evidence of a negative test result at the time of check-in


* Remember to submit your request for a travel exemption at least two weeks, but not more than two months, before your planned travel.

* You cannot come to Australia until you have a visa. Feel free to book a consultation with us and see which valid visa you can apply for.  


Visit these websites if you are looking for more information:

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