Australia to open International Border on December 1. With this, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that those with skilled visa and international students will be able to return to the country.

Skilled Visa


New South Wales and Victoria opened their international borders on November 1. But only who holds skilled visa, Australian permanent residents and citizens abroad were able to reach the country. International students also began arriving in New South Wales yesterday.

This was followed by Australia announcing the opening of its international border 20 months later. Home Secretary Karen Andrews has announced that visas will be available in Australia from December 1, including for those with a skilled visa and international students who have been vaccinated. Additionally, temporary working holidaymakers and provisional family visa holders can enter the country.

With this, those coming from abroad will not have to apply for concessions from December 1

Only those in these visa subclasses can enter the country:

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 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

Travellers must present proof of completion of vaccination and undergo PCR examination three days before departure. Passengers are required to follow the quarantine instructions of each state and territory.

Australia closed its international border in March 2020. After this, it was suggested that concessions be sought for travel for urgent needs. As a result, many are stranded abroad. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the international border would be opened with the vaccination rate in Australia at 80 percent.

With the opening of the international border on December 1, people can return from abroad without applying for concessions. The Prime Minister said this was a crucial milestone.