Travel from Australia to other countries is prohibited. If you’re an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you can’t leave the country unless you have an exemption to leave Australia or are visiting a country that isn’t subject to the ban. Temporary visa holders have the right to leave Australia at any time.
Australians and Permanent Residents
COVID-19 regulations prevent Australian citizens and permanent residents from leaving the country unless they have a travel exemption to leave Australia.
You may apply for an exemption to leave Australia online, but at least one of the following requirements must be met:
- It is in the national interest for you to fly
- Your trip is for the benefit of your company/employer
- You’re travelling for humanitarian or compassionate reasons
- You’re going to get the emergency medical care that isn’t available in Australia
- Your trip is part of the COVID-19 outbreak response, which includes providing assistance
- For three months or longer, you are travelling outside of Australia for a compelling cause
Temporary Visa Holders
COVID-19-affected temporary visa holders may make plans to return to their home country if border restrictions in that country allow it.
Leaving Australia exemptions are not needed for temporary visa holders to leave Australia. They can leave at any time as long as their home country’s border restrictions enable them to return. Temporary visa holders should be mindful that they would almost certainly need a travel exemption for coming to Australia if they wish to return to Australia while COVID-19 restrictions are in effect.
Temporary visa holders who want to depart and then return to Australia may apply for an inwards exemption before leaving, but approvals are usually only accepted if:
- An individual qualifies for an individual travel ban exemption from Australia’s inward travel restrictions
- An individual has a compassionate and compelling reason to travel, for example, attending a funeral, visiting a seriously and critically ill or seeking medical treatment not available in Australia
No Exemption Needed
You do not need an exemption to leave Australia if:
- You are Travelling for official government business
- You are a New Zealand citizen holding a subclass 444 visa
- You are a Resident of another country other than Australia
- You are a maritime crew, an airline crew or an associated safety worker
- You’re flying directly to New Zealand and have spent at least 14 days in either Australia or New Zealand prior to your departure date
Travelling To New Zealand
Citizens and permanent residents of Australia who have only been in Australia or New Zealand for 14 days prior to departure are not required to apply for an outwards travel exemption. However, they must be aware that quarantine free travel can be paused or suspended at any time.
If you are transiting through New Zealand to another country, then it is necessary for you to have an outward travel exemption.