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COVID-19 Measures: All You Need To Know For International Students In Australia

With a great selection of recognised universities and international culture, Australia has become a popular study destination for students from all around the world.

If you’re looking to study in the land down under during this period, it would be helpful to take extra care and understand the COVID-19 measures Australia is taking.

From quarantine rules to general regulations for day-to-day living, we’ve put together a guide to Australia’s COVID-19 measures to make things easier for you.

Read on to learn more about what you need to know before heading to Australia to study!

What You Must Know To Study In Australia During The Pandemic

1. Australia’s Border Status For International Students

Australia has delayed the plan to open border to international students due to a recent discover of the highly infectious Omicron variant.

As there isn’t a set date on when you would be allowed back to Australia to study, we encourage you to start your studies online while waiting since most schools offer blended learning.

Once the borders reopen, you’ll require a travel exemption which will be applied on your behalf by the relevant state or territory government – only if you’re nominated under their approved International Student Arrival Plan.

2. What To Know & Pack Before Leaving Your Country For Australia

In order to study in Australia, you’ll be required to either have a student visa or take part in an International Student Arrival Plan.

Do note that at this point you should not apply for a student visa or travel exemption and make arrangements to travel to Australia to participate in an International Student Arrival Plan unless your education institution advises you to.

In the event you are able to travel, you would be required to get tested within 72 hours or less of your flight time and provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test to your airline when checking in for your flight at the departure point.

Once you arrive, you will have to stay in a quarantine facility for 14 days.

3. Quarantine Rules To Take Note


According to the Australian Government Department of Health, you’ll be required to stay in a government-approved mandatory quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Australia.

Your transport from the arrival point to the quarantine facility and quarantine arrangements at the accommodation facility will be made by state and territory governments.

Within the first 48 hours, you may be tested for COVID-19 and then between the tenth and twelfth day of quarantine too.

In the event you refuse to get tested, you may have to quarantine for a longer period.
Depending on the state and territory, you may have to contribute to the cost of quarantine and the exact testing arrangement depends on that as well.

Once you’re medically cleared to enter the Australian community, you can travel in line with state and territory domestic travel restrictions.

4. General COVID-19 Regulations For Daily Living At The Moment

As Australia has lifted the lockdown, you’re allowed to go out with precaution.

These include shopping for food or essential services, medical care (including getting a COVID-19 vaccine) and essential work or education that cannot be done from home.

Besides that, it is a requirement to wear a face mask in all indoor areas of non-residential premises, on public transport and outdoors as well.

The fine for not wearing a mask when required is $500.

5. IDP Student Support Resources

To help you better navigate studying abroad while in the midst of the pandemic, we have put together some resources for you.

To stay updated about Australia’s COVID-19 measures, you can refer to the official student resources here and understand more about student visas during the pandemic here.

Also, you can read more about studying abroad during the pandemic as well as learn about border status and study options through our guides. We’ve also answered some commonly asked questions in our (for both students and parents) study abroad guide that you should definitely check out.

Should you feel the need to get in touch, our IDP Helpline is available for you 24/7 and you’ll be able to confidentially speak to our trained advisors about anything.

Get One Step Closer To Studying In The Land Down Under


At IDP, we understand that it could feel daunting to study overseas – especially in the midst of a pandemic.

That’s why we’re here to help!

Our team of experienced counsellors will be happy to guide you through the environment and course application process so that you have a smooth journey studying in Australia.

Book a counselling session to get started!

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