Parents to be considered ‘Immediate Family’ for Inbound Travel Exemptions

As of 1 November 2021, parents of Australian permanent residents and citizens will be allowed to enter Sydney under a recently announced change to the classification of ‘Immediate Family.’

Previously, parents were not recognised as immediate family members permitted to enter Australia under exemptions to the COVID-19 travel rules.

Under the new rule, parents will have to be fully vaccinated but will not have to undergo hotel quarantine.

No update has been provided regarding when the changes might include travel into Victoria, but it is predicted that the incline in double vaccination rates may see this implemented soon.

The state is currently estimated to reach the 80 per cent vaccination target on 31 October 2021.

The update in NSW is a sigh of relief for many Australians who have experienced separation from their parents as a result of tough border restrictions.

If you would like further information on the upcoming changes to border restrictions, assistance applying for an inbound travel exemption or for further assistance with any other Australian migration matters, please contact our office.

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