Lombard and Laurence Newsletter — October Migration Updates

Travel to Australia Opening

As we announced earlier this week, New South Wales will be introducing a quarantine-free arrangement for Australian citizens, permanent residents and their families travelling to Australia. The Department of Home Affairs has also expanded the definition of ‘immediate family’ of Australian citizens or permanent residents to include parents. This means that parents with a valid visa will be able to travel to Australia quarantine-free, however, they will still need to lodge an exemption application. These changes will only come into effect from November 1st.

For more information on travel exemptions please visit the link below.

Department of Home Affairs website...
Queensland Premier Palaszczuk has announced that vaccinated individuals will be able to travel to Queensland without needing to quarantine in December. The state will begin a phased opening of their border from November 19th.
Premier Paszczuk stated,“[From December 17] travellers from a designated interstate hotspot can travel by road or by air, they must be fully vaccinated, they must have a negative COVID test in the previous 72 hours and no quarantine will be required,”

It should be noted that international travellers to Queensland or New South Wales will still be subject to existing travel restrictions and will need to apply for a travel exemption to enter the country.

ABC News article...
Changes to Australian Citizenship Applications

From November 1st, applicants for Australian citizenship by descent and Evidence of Australian citizenship will need to lodge their application online. Paper applications will. No longer be accepted by the Department of Home Affairs.

Applications for Australian citizenship by conferral will still be able to be lodged either online or through the paper form.

English Testing Centres to Open
Although the lockdown in NSW has made it difficult to obtain bookings of English tests, most IELTS and Pearson English testing centres in Sydney are set to open in November.
IELTS Centres and Bookings
Pearson Bookings...
Travel to New Zealand

Quarantine-free travel to New Zealand has resumed on October 19th only for individuals moving between Australia and the South Island of New Zealand. The Department of Home Affairs has advised that although Australian Travel Declarations will indicate that travellers are not eligible for a quarantine-free flight, this will be amended at check-in.

Quarantine-free travel between Australia and the North Island of New Zealand has remained suspended until further notice.

For further information, please visit the link below.

Department of Home Affairs website...

Please note that the above information is only general information and is not legal advice and should not be relied upon. Please contact our office for immigration advice specific to your situation.