The Department of Home Affairs has restrictions on who can travel to Australia. Previously, if you were a 188 visa holder you needed to apply individually for an exception for you to travel.
However, from 9 September 2020 the rules changed. If you are a 188 visa holder you are now exempt from these travel restrictions.
Therefore, if you hold a 188 visa and are currently overseas, e.g. in Vietnam, you will be automatically allowed to travel back to Australia.
You must carry proof of holding the 188 visa, i.e. best forms of evidence will include:
- Visa grant notice; and
- A Vevo visa check.
For BVA holders granted in connection with a 188 or 888 visa application, then you will need to apply for an exception. JADE has raised this issue with the Department of Home Affairs to seek greater clarity for BVA visa holders.