Restrictions for Australians to Leave from Australia During COVID-19
While temporary visa holders may still be able to leave Australia and go back to their home country where practical, the Government has imposed overseas travel restrictions on Australian citizens and permanent residents.
Only if your travel falls under any of the below mentioned categories, you may be able to seek a travel exemption from the Commissioner of ABF (Australian Border Force) to be allowed to travel:
- To respond to the COVID-19 outbreak;
- To conduct critical industries and business;
- To receive urgent medical treatment (not available in Australia);
- To attend urgent and unavoidable personal business;
- To serve the national interest;
- For compassionate or humanitarian grounds.
You should apply for an exemption at least 48 hours before your intended departure time by filling the online ‘COVID-19 (Novel coronavirus) request to travel form’. Without the exemption, you may not be allowed to travel.