Travel Exemption for people from humanitarian backgrounds

Travel Exemption for people from humanitarian backgroundsAs of 1 November, if someone in Australia who is a citizen or permanent resident has a parent overseas who has also been granted a humanitarian visa, they will be exempt from travel restrictions. This means they can now apply for a travel exemption online and it should be granted based on this relationship alone. 

This information is for people who have already been granted a Refugee or Humanitarian Visa (visa sub-classes 200, 201, 202, 203 or 204) by the Australian Government but have not been able to travel yet because of COVID-related restrictions. This information is also for family or community members in Australia with links to humanitarian visa holders currently overseas.

We know that it is an extremely difficult and uncertain time for refugees who are waiting to travel to Australia, and for families who are worried about their loved ones overseas. This document tries to answer some frequently asked questions about when Australia’s resettlement program will restart.

This information has been compiled by the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA). RCOA is a non-governmental organisation and is not part of the Australian Government. Refugee Council of Australia does not have the authority to make decisions about visas or travel regulations.

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Travel Exemption for people from humanitarian backgrounds




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