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Travel Exemptions for Parents of Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents

From 1st November 2021, travel exemption rules will be eased by the Australian government to allow fully vaccinated parents of an Australian citizen or permanent resident to visit from overseas.



Definition of "Parent"

Under the current travel restrictions, "immediate family member" of Australian citizen or permanent resident usually resident in Australia could request for an exemption to travel into Australia. From 1st November 2021, the definition of "immediate family member" will change to include the parents of adult Australian citizens and permanent residents, which includes:

  • Biological parents;

  • Legal (including adoptive) parents;

  • Step-parents; and

  • Parents in-law.


Inward Travel Exemption Request Required

Before a parent of Australian citizen or permanent resident can travel, the relationship with an adult Australian child must be confirmed by submitting a travel exemption request through the Travel Exemption Portal.


Evidence to be Provided with Travel Exemption Request Application

A parent of Australian citizen or permanent resident will need to prove:

  • Adult child’s Australian citizenship or permanent residency; and

  • Parental relationship to the Australian citizen or permanent resident.


To prove the adult child’s Australian citizenship or permanent residency, the following documents could be provided:

  • Australian passport;

  • Australian citizenship certificate;

  • Australian birth certificate; or

  • Evidence of permanent residence in Australia (permanent residence visa grant letter from the Immigration Department).


To prove the parental relationship to the Australian citizen or permanent resident, the following documents could be provided: