Merry Christmas and Thank You
Let’s finish off a bloody awful year with some good news and this is it……………
Australia is reopening its border to vaccinated travellers. This is part of the Government’s step-by-step and safe reopening to the world. From 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated visa holders from the following cohorts will be able to travel to Australia without an exemption:
- international students
- skilled migrants i.e. 482 visa holders
- refugee/humanitarian, and
- temporary and provisional family visa holders.
This was to begin from 1 December 2021, however the reopening was paused due to the emergence of the ‘Omicron’ COVID-19 variant.
As part of Australia’s reopening to fully vaccinated travellers, international safe travel zones have been introduced for New Zealand and Singapore. International safe travel zones with Japan and Korea will begin from 15 December 2021.
International student arrivals
State and territory governments are leading the return of international students to their jurisdictions. They are best placed to understand their health and quarantine capacities. This is consistent with protocols and preconditions set by Commonwealth Government.
The Australian Government has endorsed International Student Arrival Plans approved by the relevant state or territory government.
For more information, visit our International Student Arrival Plans webpage and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.
Source – Department of Home Affairs.
From the team at Visa Executive, we would like to wish you and your families all a wonderful, safe and Merry Christmas.
Thank you for your trust in us and your friendship, it is greatly appreciated by us all.
In the spirit of giving this year I gave everyone $500 each to donate to a charity or charities of their choice and the results are below:
- William Heselton – Diabetes Australia diabetesaustralia.com.au
- Sheelagh Blanckenberg – Heart Kids
- Sarah Loch-Wilkinson – ASRC (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre) https://asrc.org.au
- Gary Tinner – The Alfred Hospital
- Catherine Clarke – Safe Perth www.safeperth.com.au/about
- Corinne Johnson - Alzheimer’s Association (USA)
- Sandra Tempest – Hairdressers with Heart https://www.hairdresserswitheart.com.au/about-us
- Amanda Tinner - Omeo Primary School www.omeops.vic.edu.au
Christmas Holiday Office Closure
Our office will be closed from 23rd December and re-open on 4th January with the sporadic long weekends throughout the month of January to enjoy some Summer sun.
We wish all of our friends and families across the world a safe time throughout the coming few months. Stay safe, wear a mask and have a few good gins and tonic as the quinine will help something but not sure what.