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On 1st of February 2020, Australian Government has announced all travellers arriving from the mainland China to be subjected for the border control measures to ensure the health,safety and well-being of the Australian community.

Australia will be denying entry to any person who has left or transited mainland China from 1st February except of Australian Citizen, Permanent Residents or immediate family members of Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents including spouses, minor dependent and legal guardians.

Below are some of the scenarios, and the Fact sheets issued by the Department.

  1. I am a visa holder in Australia, my visa is about to expire and I cannot return to China. Can I stay in
    Australia?
    If you wish to remain in Australia beyond the expiry date of your current visa, you must apply for a further visa.
  2. When should I apply for another visa to remain in Australia?
    Applications should be made before your current visa expires. In this case a bridging visa will be granted which will keep you lawful in Australia until a decision is made on your application.
  3. I am a visa holder in Australia and my visa has condition 8558 (Non Resident cannot stay for more
    than 12 months in any 18 month period) and I have already been in Australia for nearly 12 months in the last 18 months? Do I need to apply for a new visa in order to remain?
    If you currently hold a visa which includes condition 8558, and you wish to remain in Australia for more than 12 months in any 18 month period, you will need to apply for a further visa in order to avoid breaching this condition.
  4. I am a visa holder in Australia and my current visa has the ‘No Further Stay’ condition attached? Can I stay in Australia?
    If your current visa includes a ‘No Further Stay’ condition (includes 8503, 8534 and 8535), you are unable to make a valid application for most other visas while you are in Australia. If you wish to remain in Australia beyond your visa’s expiry date, a request to waive this condition must be made.
    We recommend that you not make a request for a ‘No Further Stay’ waiver if your current visa still has more than two month’s validity remaining.
  5. I am currently overseas and will not be able to enter Australia before my visa ceases. What do I need to do to travel to Australia?
    Prospective visitors must check Australian Government travel advice before making any travel plans.
    If you are outside Australia and are unable to enter before your visa’s validity ceases, you will need to apply for a new visa if you wish to travel to Australia. It is not possible to extend the validity period of a visa.
  6. I am a Chinese national and I want to apply for a visa at an Australian Visa Application Centre
    Prospective visitors must check Australian Government travel advice before applying.
    Most Australian visas can be lodged online.

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