By SAT News Desk
MELBOURNE, 22 October 2021: There is good news for parents of Australian citizens and Permanent Residents to join their loved ones in Australia or overseas, as the Federal Government has permitted travel to and fro in this regard. Thousands who are stranded in this category are now eligible to apply for exemption from travel restrictions because of the Covid-19 pandemic, to travel from 1 November 2021. PM ScoMO talked about it at his media conference today:
Video clip- PM office.
Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said the changes would reunite many families separated by the pandemic.
“For more than 18 months, many families with parents overseas have missed weddings, funerals, the birth of grandchildren, and other significant events. I thank these families for their patience and their sacrifice over this period,” Minister Andrews said.
“With today’s change, parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents can reunite in Australia; they can once more hold their grandchildren, and gather in-person to share life’s significant milestones.
“The change is possible because many millions of Australians have rolled up their sleeves and been vaccinated. In line with Australia’s National Plan, I look forward to further easing travel restrictions over coming weeks and months as Australia’s vaccination rate continues to climb.”
Applications for a travel exemption can be made through the Department of Home Affairs Travel Exemption Portal, for travel to Australia from 1 November 2021. A variety of parental relationships are recognized, including biological, adoptive, legal, step-parent, and parent-in-law.
Evidence of a parental relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident is required, with examples of the type of evidence required available on the Department’s website. Parents must also have a valid passport, visa, and proof of vaccination for travel to Australia.
All international travelers remain subject to state and territory quarantine arrangements says a media release.