On 22 October 2021, Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews announced that as from the day, parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for a travel exemption, for travel to Australia from 1 November 2021.
The travel exemption applications can be made through the Department of Home Affairs portal. A variety of parental relationships are recognised, including biological, adoptive, legal, step-parent, and parents-in-law.
Applicants, however need to provide evidence of a parental relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent residents, such as birth certificate, family-relationship certificates. Parents must also have a valid passport, a visa (such as tourist visa 600) and proof of vaccination for travel to Australia.
In addition, all international travellers remain subject to State and Territory quarantine arrangements.
The Minister’s media release can be found here.