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.
To discuss how we can assist with your migration arrangements and advise on your available options, please contact Interstaff’s Registered Migration Agents on +61 8 9221 3388 (or National Free Call 1800 449 858) or [email protected]
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