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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

Starting December 1, 2021, eligible and fully vaccinated visa holders can travel to Australia without the need to apply for a travel exemption again.

Visa holders who are eligible to travel back to Australia are those who hold the Subclass 500 – Sudent visa.

Keep in mind that you should also be aware of the applicable laws in your state and territory.

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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

Now students traveling to Australia are not required to quarantine for 14 days. The current quarantine regulations depend on the state or territory you are traveling to.

Travelers can travel without quarantine only if heading to New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT. It is more advisable to travel to the destination city directly and not to travel domestically.

Make sure you are aware of the entry and quarantine regulations for each state and territory you wish to visit. You will also cover the costs of quarantine in that state or territory if you do not meet the entry requirements.

4. Proof of Vaccination when Traveling to Australia

If you were vaccinated outside Australia, you can present a foreign vaccination certificate that meets the requirements described at the Australian Passport Office website. 

If you are vaccinated in Australia you must present the international airline staff with a International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC). ICVC will be provided in PDF format which you can print later or electronically on your mobile phone.

5. Several Types of Approved Vaccines

There are several types of vaccines approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). This includes several types of mixed vaccines. The following are the types of vaccines and the required doses.

Two doses in at least the last 14 days:

• Astrazeneca Vaxzevria
• Astrazeneca Covishield
• Pfizer/Biontech Committee
• Moderna Spikevax
• Sinovac Coronavac
• Bharat Biotech Covaxin
• Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for 18-60 years)

Or a single dose:

• Johnson & Johnson / Janssen -Cilag's Covid Vaccine

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

As Australia is currently in lockdown, you’re only allowed to go out under specific circumstances.

These include shopping for food or essential services within 10km of your accommodation, 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!

To meet us virtually, fill up this form and we’ll get in touch.

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