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Australia has strict border measures in place to protect the health of the Australian community. Very limited flights are currently available to and from Australia and you may not be able to travel at this time. Travel restrictions are subject to change. Please check back regularly. See: National Cabinet media statement.

Unless arriving on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand, all travellers arriving in Australia, including Australian citizens, must quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility, such as a hotel in the city of arrival.​ See Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for travellers. You may be required to pay for the costs of your quarantine. To find out more about quarantine requirements, contact the relevant state or territory government health department.

I am an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident or New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia

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.

Partner (subclasses 100, 309, 801, 820) and Child (subclasses 101, 102, 445) visa holders can come to Australia. You do not need to request an exemption to Australia’s travel restrictions.

If you hold a Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa, please be aware that you need to request an exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions and this will be considered on a case-by-case basis. An intention to marry is not sufficient evidence to demonstrate that you are an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident. You can provide proof of your relationship, or evidence that you meet any other individual exemption category, by applying online at the bottom of this page.

If you hold another type of temporary visa or do not yet hold a valid visa for Australia, you must provide proof of your relationship (such as your marriage certificate, evidence of your de-facto relationship such as shared finances or property, your birth certificate or birth certificate for your children) to the Department before you travel to Australia. Do not travel until we advise that you can.

For information about providing proof of your relationship refer to Evidence of relationship.

Please select ‘Apply for travel exemptions’ at the bottom of this page to provide your evidence.

Guardians

A guardian, in relation to a child, is a person who has responsibility for the long-term welfare of the child and has all the powers, rights and duties vested by law or custom in the guardian of the child, other than:

  • the right to have the daily care and control of the child
  • the right and responsibility to make decisions concerning the daily care and control of the child

If you don’t have a visa

You can't come to Australia until you have a visa. Apply for a visa and include proof of your relationship (such as your marriage certificate, your birth certificate or birth certificate for your children).

For information about providing proof of your relationship refer to Evidence of relationship.

Apply online for an exemption

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

Apply for travel exemptions

Travellers who have a compassionate and compelling reason to travel to Australia can also use this form to request an exemption.