apply for an exemption to leave Australia

If you are a resident of Australia who hasn’t seen their families during this period of lockdown, then this article is for you.

A home is a place where you always leave your heart, and if you are travelling outside for work or permanently deciding to leave your hometown, parting from your natives and family is one of the hardest decisions. 

But thanks to airlines and travelling, home is just a flight away, but what if even that freedom is restricted due to some strange virus you didn’t even know existed. Sars-Cov19 has changed how the world has been working for centuries. Nobody knew that masks were necessary, social distancing would become a norm, and sanitisers would become assets. But since the lockdown is far from ending, we have seen changes in the travelling patterns as level. The movement is under restrictions, but emergencies are not. 

Covid-19 regulations do not permit Australian citizens and permanent residents to travel unless they have a travel exemption to leave Australia. You can apply for an exemption to leave Australia if it is for are any of the reasons following:

  • 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

You need to apply for an exemption to leave Australia at least two weeks, but not more than two months, before your planned travel.

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Your request must include:

  • Traveller details: name, date of birth, visa type and number, passport number
  • Proposed residential address and phone number in Australia
  • Your reasons for coming: why you should be granted an exemption
  • A supporting statement: setting out how you meet one of the grounds for an exemption
  • Accompanying evidence.

One of the reasons you can choose to travel is for compassionate and compelling reasons. The Commissioner of the Australian Border Force may grant you an exemption to leave Australia if you are seeking to travel for compassionate and compelling reasons. Compassionate and compelling reasons include, but are not limited to, needing to travel due to a close family member’s death or critical illness.

You must hold a visa and have a travel exemption to leave Australia before you travel. You can request an exemption online and must provide appropriate evidence to support your claims. 

Staying away from family for long can take a toll on anybody’s mental health, including your parents. So if you are not in an exempt category, you can request an individual exemption to Australia’s travel restrictions because you matter the most.