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Reopening of borders to international students

From 1 December 2021, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can come to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. Eligible visa holders include international students and skilled workers, as well as humanitarian, working holiday maker and provisional family visa holders.

 

Travellers must:

  • Be fully vaccinated with a completed dosage of a vaccine approved or recognised by TGA (Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration)

    • Two doses at least 14 days apart of:

      • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria

      • AstraZeneca Covishield

      • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty

      • Moderna Spikevax

      • Sinovac Coronavac

      • Bharat Biotech Covaxin

      • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for 18-60 year olds).

    • Or one dose of:

      • Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.

  • Hold a valid visa for one of the eligible visa subclasses (see the table below)

  • Provide proof of their vaccination status

  • Present a negative COVID-19 PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test taken within three days of departure.

 

In addition to the introduction of the travel bubble with Singapore that started on 21 November, fully vaccinated South Koreans and Japanese who hold a valid visa will be able to enter Australia without quarantine.

 

*Because of the different rules across states and territories, only NSW, VIC and the ACT will allow travellers to fly in without quarantining.

WA:

  • Will welcome fully vaccinated domestic and international arrivals (including international students) with no quarantine period once 90% of Western Australians (aged 12+) are fully vaccinated.

  • (90% target) Expected date: late January/early February 2022

  • Read more 

SA:

  • Will welcome fully vaccinated domestic and international arrivals (including international students) with no quarantine period once 90% of South Australians (aged 12+) are fully vaccinated.

  • (90% target) Expected date: late December 2021

  • Read more

 

*Australia’s borders are currently closed to temporary visa holders, including international students and entry to Australia remains strictly controlled.

*Travel to Australia is only available for people who are exempt (e.g. Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family members) or have been granted an individual exemption.