Australian Border: Travel Ban Exemptions and Restrictions

2020 what a year it’s been, it’s been a tough one all round. You may be one of the many couples who are getting very frustrated currently, due to the current travel restrictions and being forced apart from your loved one. It’s been a trying time and we completely understand how frustrating this could potentially be.

You may be one of the couples who are currently forced apart due to maybe one of you traveling overseas to see a family member for example, and being unable to come back into Australia because the travel restrictions were then imposed after they left. Or potentially you may be in a situation where you had your heart set on lodging an onshore partner visa (subclass 820/801), and had planned for your partner to enter into Australia on a temporary visa and then lodging an onshore partner visa, however those plans have been ruined. Or it may be the situation that you applied for a prospective marriage visa (subclass 300) and potentially even got it granted, however you aren’t able to have your partner enter into Australia, due to the travel restrictions.

It has been a frustrating and disheartening time for many couples in similar situations, however there may potentially be a solution, which is the Travel Ban Exemption. Some people are being permitted into Australia despite the current travel restrictions if they are able to get a travel ban exemption granted. In order to get a travel ban exemption you need to fall under one of the exempt categories and to apply for one and would need to lodge an online application with the Australian Border Force.

Those eligible for the travel ban exemption are immediate family members of an Australian citizen/permanent resident. That is, a spouse/de facto partner/dependent child of an Australian citizen/ permanent resident. People who fall under one of the listed categories may be granted a travel ban exemption subject to meeting the relevant criteria. In all cases a visa must be held if you are not an Australian permanent resident/citizen.

If you are unsure whether you meet the criteria for the travel ban exemption or not, feel free to get in touch with us. You can give us a call and book in for a visa planning session. In this visa planning session, I will conduct a consultation with you where I will assess your prospects and eligibility and give you my advice and recommendations regarding whether or not you will be eligible to apply for the travel ban exemption. We will discuss what steps you could take to reunite with your partner and hopefully get your partner back in Australia and have you reunited just in time for Christmas.

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IMPORTANT: Please note, this does not constitute Immigration advice. Always seek advice from a Registered Migration Agent before applying for an Australian Visa. Migration Law is constantly changing. This information is accurate only at the time of publication.

  • Graham Peter Kendall says:

    I whont to go home in the Philippines with my defacto and my two children IM not sure whot to do

    • Emma Drynan MARN0960361 says:

      Hi Graham, we understand your frustration. Please give our office a call at 07 3063 1200 so we can check and discuss the options you have so you can be reunited with your family.

  • bakuru fidele says:

    hello I want to reunite with my partner and my children are in Australia in Brisbane I’m in Rwanda my partner visa has long timeline process since 27 may 2019 up to now November 2020 I’m not sure what to do? now please help me to reunite with my families it can be a great pleasurer to me and them to share together with my lovely families a charismas day with them

    Thank you

    • Emma Drynan MARN0960361 says:

      Hi Baruku, we have a few questions we want to ask you. Please give our office a call at 07 3063 1200.

  • About the Author Pearl Frankis MARN2015921

    Pearl is a lawyer and Freedom Migration's Business Development Manager. She's a Registered Migration Agent who studied law and has vast experience in the legal industry. Her expertise in Partner Visa's bloomed from her fondness of a good love story and desire to help people and make a difference in people's lives.