Travel Exemption Statistics May 2021


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Travel Exemptions Statistics for Australia Jan to May 2021.

Exemptions for Overseas Travel are currently required for many people travelling to or from Australia.

  • Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents are NOT allowed to LEAVE Australia unless they hold an Outbound Travel Exemption.
  • Temporary Visa Holders ARE allowed to LEAVE Australia at any time. This includes Partner Visa subclass 309 and 820 holders.
  • Temporary Visa Holders are NOT allowed to ENTER Australia unless they hold an Inbound Travel Exemption.
  • Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents ARE allowed to ENTER Australia at any time. This includes Partner Visa subclass 309 and 820 holders.

In the first 5 months of 2021, about 77% of Inbound Travel Exemption applications were refused.

In the first 5 months of 2021, about 50% of Outbound Travel Exemption applications were refused.

Inward Travel Exemption Applications

Month Approved Refused Total
Jan 2021 2,521 11,216 13,737
Feb 2021 3,290 11,212 14,502
Mar 2021 3,663 12,125 15,788
Apr 2021 3,408 10,047 13,455
May 2021 3,351 9,689 13,040
Total 16,233 54,289 70,522

Outbound Travel Exemption Applications

Month Approved Refused Total
Jan 2021 8,546 9,049 17,595
Feb 2021 9,405 11,322 20,727
Mar 2021 11,778 11,870 23,648
Apr 2021 9,871 10,388 20,259
May 2021 11,876 9,871 21,747
Total 51,476 52,500 103,976

Source: FoI Request FA21-06-00601

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