1 September 2023 – The Australian Government has announced it is closing the Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408) Australian Government endorsed events (COVID-19 Pandemic event) – referred to as the Pandemic Event visa, see Minister O’Neil’s media release .  

From 2 September 2023, the Pandemic Event visa will only be open to applications from existing Pandemic Event visa holders.  New visas for existing holders will have a 6 month visa validity only and will incur a charge of $405 for the visa.

Pandemic Event visa holders will be able to apply for a subsequent visa after 2 September 2023 until the visa is fully closed by February 2024 to everyone.

All other visa holders will be ineligible for the Pandemic Event visa from 2 September 2023.

It was inevitable that this visa would come to an end but disappointing that it is happening so quickly with one days notice from the Immigration Department.

As always please contact the team at Visa Executive if you need to lodge this application today.