The Government’s recently announced Coronavirus travel ban means temporary visa holders will not be able to travel to Australia from mainland China despite having a valid visa. It will impact:
- Temporary visa holders in China who intend to travel or return to Australia
- Temporary visa holders who have recently transited through China
The Government intended for the travel ban to apply for 14 days starting from 1 February, however it has now been extended a further week from 15 February 2020.
Arriving at the border while the travel ban is place will result in denied entry and visa cancellation.
I am currently overseas and need to postpone my travel. I will no longer be able to enter Australia before my visa expires. What do I need to do?
If you are unable to enter Australia before your visa expires, you will need to apply for a new visa. It is not possible to extend the validity period of a visa.
I am a visa holder in Australia. My visa is about to expire but I cannot return to China. Can I stay in Australia?
To stay in Australia beyond your visa expiry date, you must apply for a further visa before your current visa expires. A bridging visa may be granted to you while the Government processes your application for a new visa.
My visa has ‘conditions’ that prevent a further stay. Can I apply for a further visa?
If you hold a Tourist/Visitor Visa with a ‘No further stay condition’, a waiver can be arranged in some circumstances. However, the process of requesting a waiver is complex.
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We encourage businesses and individuals to postpone travel arrangements from China to Australia until after the travel ban has been lifted.
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