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Update for Parents of Australian Citizens & PRs

Published Date: 29th October 2021

Now those whose children are citizens or permanent residents of Australia can visit the country if they successfully receive an exemption to travel from the Australian government.

Australia has broadened the definition of “immediate family” by including parents in the list too. Earlier, only spouses, dependent children, or de facto partners were considered a part of the immediate family but now, Australia has included parents in it too.

All these restrictions were put in place as a part of a controlled entry to limit the spread of COVID-19. Slowly and steadily the country is allowing more people every day to enter Australia.

One can travel to Australia if they are an immediate family member of:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian permanent resident
  • New Zealand citizen who resides in Australia

This will take effect from 1st November 2021. A person will be considered immediate family if they are:

  • a spouse
  • a de facto partner
  • a dependent child
  • a legal guardian
  • a biological parent
  • legal (including adoptive) parent
  • step-parent
  • parent-in-law

Australian travelers usually have to be quarantined for 14 days at the time of arrival in addition to complying with state/territory travel restrictions. Still, exceptions include travelers who are traveling from a green zone or the ones who fall under an exemption category.

In case you have successfully received a complete vaccination course also recognized by the government of Australia, you are eligible for reduced quarantine.

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