COVID-19 (Coronavirus​) Immigration Updates

For frequent business travellers, expedient visa processing and ease of travel is critical to the success of international trade and investment endeavours. The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card (ABTC) Scheme simplifies short-term travel for business travellers within the APEC region. Card holderswill no longer have to apply for multiple short-term entry visas to fully participating APEC economies. The ABTC gives travellers: Fast-track entry, immigration processing and exit through specially allocated APEC lanes at major international airports in fully participating economies; and Multiple, short-term entries to precleared APEC economies without having to make a separate visa application to fully participating members. To be eligible to apply for an ABTC you must: Hold a valid passport from an APEC economy (or be a permanent resident of Hong Kong holding a Hong Kong permanent identity card); and Engage in regular business travel throughout the APEC region; and Have no criminal conviction Senior government officials and officials actively engaged in APEC business may also be eligible for an ABTC. Each economy may also impose additional eligibility requirements at their discretion. Hammond Taylor can assist you through the entire ABTC application process. Contact Hammond Taylor for a consultation today. Read more about the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC)

Travel restrictions to Australia

From 9 pm AEDT 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia. All travellers to Australia are required to self-isolate for 14 days, either at home or in a hotel.

Exemptions to travel restrictions

You can travel to Australia if you are:

  • an Australian citizen
  • a permanent resident
  • a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia

Citizens and Permanent Residents

There are no restrictions on Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents (PR) to enter Australia. They are however subject to a 14 day self-isolation period.

New Zealand Citizens

New Zealand citizens who are ordinarily residents in Australia are not restricted from entering, but they will need to show proof of residency such as a drivers licence or other documents showing an Australian address. They are however subject to a 14 day self-isolation period.

Temporary Residents/Visitors

You may be able to travel to Australia with specific permission only if you are:

  • an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident or are a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia. Partner and Child visa holders do not need to apply for permission.
  • Foreign nationals travelling at the invitation of the Australian Commonwealth Government for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response or whose entry would be in the national interest
  • Critical medical services, including air ambulance and delivery of supplies, that regularly arrive into Australia from international ports
  • Persons with critical skills (for example, medical specialists, engineers, marine pilots and crews) by exception
  • Diplomats accredited to Australia and currently resident in Australia, and their immediate family
  • ​Case-by-case exceptions may also be granted for humanitarian or compassionate reasons.

You cannot travel until you have been granted permission.

If you wish to apply for an exemption, please contact us to discuss your circumstances or book a consultation.

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Travel restrictions from Australia

As of 25 March, 2020 at 12:00 pm AEDST The Health Minister has determined that an Australian citizen or permanent resident must not travel outside of Australia unless an exemption is granted to them. 

Exemptions to travel restrictions from Australia

  • people ordinarily resident in a country other than Australia
  • airline and maritime crew and associated safety workers
  • people engaged in the day to day conduct of outbound and inbound freight
  • people whose travel is associated with essential work at offshore facilities and
  • people travelling on official government business, including members of the Australian Defence Force.

Travellers who believe they meet a travel restriction exemption can apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF.​​

Office closure & work from home update

Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis, the Hammond Taylor offices are currently closed but normal operations continue through phone and electronic communications.

Travel restrictions are subject to change. Please check back regularly.

Last updated March 25, 11.00 a.m.