Travel Exemption AUS – Leaving Australia COVID19

Leaving Australia during COVIDQ19 Border closed.

Travel exemption AUS – Australians and permanent residents

If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident you cannot leave Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions unless you have an exemption.

Travel exemption AUS – Australians and permanent residents

you should apply for an exemption online and if the proposed travel is a 3-month trip or more.

Travel exemption AUS – Australians and permanent residents

you should apply for an exemption online and meet at least one of the following:

  • your travel is as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the provision of aid
  • your travel is essential for your business/employer
  • you are traveling to receive urgent medical treatment that is not available in Australia
  • you are traveling outside Australia for three months or longer
  • you are traveling on compassionate or humanitarian grounds
  • your travel is in the national interest.

Travel exemption AUS – Evidence to support

Exemption Requests may be finalized without further consideration if insufficient evidence is provided.

Note Evidence should include but not limited to :

    • passport/s
    • marriage certificate/s
    • birth certificate/s
    • death certificate/s
    • proof of relationship (for example, shared tenancy agreement, joint bank account etc.)*
    • proof that you are moving to another country on a long term basis such as leases, job offers and evidence your goods are being transported
    • proof of your current valid visa, including in Australia and/or overseas
    • letter from a doctor or hospital about any medical treatment/condition with statements on why travel is necessary
    • letter from your employer, or other evidence that you are travelling for an essential business reason
    • statement or evidence to show when you wish to return to Australia
    • any other proof you may have to support your claims.

Travel exemption AUS – compelling and compassionate grounds

Compelling and Compassionate circumstances are circumstances that are generally beyond your control and affect your ability and the reason you have to travel.

Compelling compassionate factors are, broadly speaking, exceptional circumstances which mean that would result in unjustifiably harsh consequences for the applicant or their family.


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