Published Nov 22, 2021
 by Nick Yock

Australian Borders Opening for International Students

The Australian Borders are Finally Open!!!

The Australian Government has announced that most vaccinated visa holders will be able to enter Australia from Dec 1st, including student visa holders, without the need for a travel exemption! You must hold a valid visa, be fully vaccinated and return a negative PCR test within three days of departing for Australia.

Because of the different rules in each state and territory, only New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory will allow travellers to fly in without quarantining.
Queensland plans to open its internal border with NSW on December 17th, so this could potentially open a pathway into QLD for students studying in the state, but the details of how this could work are not yet confirmed. We hope to have these details soon, keep an eye on this page for updates.

To be considered fully vaccinated you must has had 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.
A full list of the 28 eligible visa holders is below.
  • Subclass 200 – Refugee visa
  • Subclass 201 – In-country Special Humanitarian visa
  • Subclass 202 – Global Special Humanitarian visa
  • Subclass 203 – Emergency Rescue visa
  • Subclass 204 – Woman at Risk visa
  • Subclass 300 – Prospective Marriage visa
  • Subclass 400 – Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa
  • Subclass 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (other streams, including Australian Agriculture Visa stream)
  • Subclass 407 – Training visa
  • Subclass 408 – Temporary Activity visa
  • Subclass 417 – Working Holiday visa
  • Subclass 449 – Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) visa
  • Subclass 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) visa
  • Subclass 461 – New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa
  • Subclass 462 – Work and Holiday visa
  • Subclass 476 – Skilled – Recognised Graduate visa
  • Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa
  • Subclass 485 – Temporary Graduate visa
  • Subclass 489 – Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa
  • Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa
  • Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa
  • Subclass 500 – Student visa
  • Subclass 580 – Student Guardian visa (closed to new applicants)
  • Subclass 590 – Student Guardian visa
  • Subclass 785 – Temporary Protection visa
  • Subclass 790 – Safe Haven Enterprise visa
  • Subclass 870 – Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa
  • Subclass 988 – Maritime Crew visa

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

If I hold a current student visa in Australia can I leave and re-enter?

Yes, if you currently hold a student visa, you should be able to leave and re-enter Australia without applying for a travel exemption.

 

Can I enter on a visitor visa?

No, you cannot enter yet without an exemption, but we expect an update within the next few months on this.

 

Australian Borders Opening for International Students was last modified: December 17th, 2021 by Nick Yock
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